“Perdido” means “lost” in the Spanish and Portuguese languages. If you are environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts, you may probably enjoy being “lost” in this “preserved paradise.” It is one of those remaining wildlife reserves that support eco-tourism.
Besides, Perdido Key is well connected, to the east by a bridge to the city of Pensacola and to the west by bridge to Orange Beach, Alabama. Imagine that, within 30 minutes you are on your way to lots of good experiences that only Perdido Key Florida can give. At Perdido Key itself, you will find miles and miles of beaches and nature trails for you to explore. There is no time to lose!
Find out about the top 10 things to do in Perdido Key, Florida here!
1. Learn at the wildlife reservation
From our friends at Dauphin Island Wildlife Two very pretty visitors to the island this afternoon, Roseate Spoonbills....Posted by Friends of Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, 28 July 2016
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge was established as a unique habitat for various species of neotropical migratory songbirds, beach mice, Loggerhead, Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles turtle, gray foxes, blue herons and more. As the wildlife is finding their refuge here, the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge has become a place for education, students, and scientists alike. They are drawn here for wildlife-oriented public recreation and education programs.
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
Address: 12295 Alabama 180, 36542 Gulf Shores, AL
Website: Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
2. Get wet at Perdido Key State Park
Perdido Key State Park takes advantage of the barrier island of Perdido Key, situated near Pensacola on the Gulf of Mexico, which protects the Florida mainland from storms and provides natural habitats for shorebirds and other coastal animals. Its white sand beaches and rolling dune with sea oats are visitors’ favorites. Swimming, sunbathing and surf fishing are the most popular activities around the beach.
Perdido Key State Park
Address: 15301 Perdido Key Dr, 32507 Pensacola, FL
Website: Perdido Key State Park
3. Be enchanted by the view of nature at the Big Lagoon
Hardy hikers are loving this trail system at the Big Lagoon situated between Pensacola and Perdido Key. The Big Lagoon is known for its high observation tower and campground. The entire park allows any walkers to have a scenic, natural walk greeted by the sunshine, soft sand and hills at every turn.
Address: 12301 Gulf Beach Hwy, 32507 Pensacola, FL
Website: Big Lagoon
4. Get excited by the Wildlife Show at Gulf Islands National Seashore
When you get to the seashore, you will discover another great place for the wildlife show. Watch the osprey and great blue herons flying above, with their huge nests at the treetops. Do not miss the sea turtles, rays, gopher tortoises and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. If you spend time and pay close attention, you can find more than 300 bird species of shorebirds just like the beautiful black skimmers, the least terns, loggerheads turtles, sand dollars, starfish, crabs, and fish.
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Address: 3500 Park Rd, 39564 Ocean Springs, MS
Website: Gulf Islands National Seashore
5. Enjoy dolphin watching at Dolphin Tales
Try this affordable and family-friendly cruise to see dolphins and other sea creatures along the Alabama’s Gulf Coast. You can board the eco-friendly cruise from Perdido Key and look at the wildlife in the ocean. Swim freely in the scenic Back Bay.
Address: 25991 W. Perdido Avenue, 36561 Orange Beach, AL
Website: Dolphin Tales
6. Get close to the endangered plants and animals
At Tarkiln Bayou Preserve, you can find at least four species of endangered pitcher plants and other rare and endangered plant species. Look out for the unique carnivorous white-top pitcher plant at Gulf Coast, which can be found only between the Apalachicola and Mississippi rivers. More awaits you at Tarkiln Bayou Reserve with close to 100 other rare plants and animals, which are dependent on the wet prairie habitat, including the alligator snapping turtle, sweet pitcher plant, and Chapman’s butterwort. Have a picnic and take a hike to observe the plants and animals along the way.
Tarkiln Bayou Preserve
Address: 2401 Bauer Rd, 32506 Pensacola, FL
Website: Tarkiln Bayou Preserve
7. Go golfing at the Lost Key Golf Club
Come out and see us at Lost Key Golf Club. Call 850.549.2161 to book a tee time now!Posted by Lost Key on Thursday, 7 January 2016
Located along the emerald Gulf of Mexico waters, 30 minutes from Perdido Key, Lost Key Golf & Beach Club features an 18-hole Arnold Palmer-designed golf course set amongst more than 120 hectares (300 acres) of natural preserves. Lost Key offers the best environmental charm from the area’s sugar sand beaches, Gulf breezes and rolling dunes overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.
Lost Key Golf Club
Address: 625 Lost Key Dr, 32507 Pensacola, FL
Website: Lost Key Golf Club
8. Soar high at National Naval Aviation Museum
F-14 Tomcats of Fighter Squadron (VF) 301 pictured returning to Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon, Nevada, #OTD in 1991.Posted by National Naval Aviation Museum on Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Just 30 minutes away from Perdido Key, the National Naval Aviation Museum brings you more than 150 restored aircraft from Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Aviation. This 32,000-square-meter (350,000-square-feet) complex is the largest Naval Aviation museum in the world and one of the most visited museums in the state of Florida. The admission is free, so you can see all to your heart’s content from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and get high with the historic and one-of-a-kind aircrafts!
National Naval Aviation Museum
Address: 1750 Radford Blvd, 32508 Pensacola, FL
Website: National Naval Aviation Museum
9. Get “peeked” by birds
You will be ‘peeked’ by all kind of birds at Alabama Coastal Birding Trail (24 minutes from Perdido Key) as it is home and paradise for the birds. See the blue herons slide their way across the Mobile Bay sunset and pelicans nose-dive into the Gulf. You will be joined by many birdwatchers along the way. The trail offers visitors many ways to view more birds.
Alabama Coastal Birding Trail
Address: The Gulf Shores, Orange Beach Loop begins at the bridge over Perdido Pass, east of AL 59 on AL 182
Website: Alabama Coastal Birding Trail
10. Get an education with the near-extinct animals
Have an educational experience at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, 28 minutes from Perdido Key, where the animals are the ambassadors for their wild relatives to greet visitors. Many species in the zoo are near extinction, so enroll in their free educational programs (offered throughout the year) to join their effort of the wildlife preservation.
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
Address: 1204 Gulf Shores Parkway, 36542 Gulf Shores, AL
Website: Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
Get lost in Perdido Key
Immerse yourself in the beauty of Perdido Key in her white sand beaches, wildlife reserves, parks, and zoo. You will get lost in no time! With its good connection, you will probably be able to spend a longer vacation here.
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