The world-famous Blue Angels are based at NAS Pensacola, and can be seen practicing over the Museum at NAS Pensacola from April through November. There are also major air shows in July and November.
*NOTE: Currently only DoD ID cardholders and Veterans with a Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC) from the Dept of Veteran's Affairs are allowed on base. DoD ID cardholders can escort guests to the Naval Aviation Museum, and to the flight line behind the museum for viewing Blue Angels practices.
Not a DoD ID cardholder, there are still ways to view Blue Angels Practices, and if you keep your eyes and ears open you'll frequently see them flying along our coast during these months.
By Ferry: The Pensacola Bay City Ferry has trips from the Pensacola Downtown Landing specially planned to offer unobstructed views of Blue Angels practices. Board at 9:45 for a 10am-noon cruise. See details and buy tickets.
By Boat: Experienced boaters can rent a boat in Orange Beach and head east. You'll want to give yourself plenty of time to arrive. We recommend the route on the north side of Orange Beach and Perdido Key into Big Lagoon, enjoy the beautiful houses and scenary on the way and you may want to stop at a waterfront restaurant for lunch afterwards. NOTE: We do not recommend inexperienced boaters venture into the Gulf, particularly given the distance. Be safe, hire a captain, enjoy the ride.
Fort Pickens: This one is a full day field trip as it is a long haul to Fort Pickens from Gulf Shores. We hear that there is a perfect spot to watch the Blue Angels at Fort Pickens, at the back of the park by the fishing pier. With Pensacola NAS closed to most visitors you'll want to arrive early to view from here. Parking passes are $25 per car (good for 7 days there and at Johnsons Beach at the east end of Perdido Key Florida) or $45 for an annual pass. While you are there, Fort Pickens is a full of interesting history from its role protecting the bay to being both a site built by enslaved labor and a stop on the Underground Railroad, and a prison where Geronimo was held for a year and a half.
2022 Practice Schedule--practices start at 10:30 am
April 5, 6*, 12, 13*, 20*, 26, 27*
May 3, 4*, 10, 11, 17, 18
June 1, 8*, 14, 15*, 21, 22*, 28, 29
July 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27*
August 2, 23, 24*, 30, 31
September 7*, 13, 14, 20
October 12*, 18, 19*, 25, 26*
November 1, 2*, 8, 9