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By Nicole St. Aubin | Agent in Pensacola, FL
  • Family fun in Pensacola area: Gulf Breeze Zoo

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Gulf Breeze, Parks & Recreation in Gulf Breeze, In My Neighborhood in Gulf Breeze  |  April 6, 2013 7:22 AM  |  2,993 views  |  No comments

    With the arrival of Spring, we are ready to explore the great outdoors along the Gulf Coast and Florida Panhandle.  One of our favorite places to explore is the Gulf Breeze Zoo in Gulf Breeze, FL.  Take a look at this video we made showcasing some of our favorite animals at the zoo



    Read more and view more photos on our blog here:
    http://realtymastersoffl.blogspot.com/2012/01/family-fun-things-to-do-in-pensacola.html

    Thanks and have a great day,
    Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
    Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Property Management
    4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
    Call us at (850) 473-3983
    Over 45 Pensacola Rental Homes at
    www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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  • Big Lagoon State Park in Pensacola, FL

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Pensacola, Parks & Recreation in Pensacola, In My Neighborhood in Pensacola  |  April 6, 2013 6:39 AM  |  2,302 views  |  No comments

    I made a recent visit to Big Lagoon State Park for the first time recently.  After taking a quick tour around the 650+ acre park, I wondered why I had never been to Big Lagoon State Park Before. 
    Big Lagoon State Park & Recreation Area in Pensacola, FL

    Check out a comprehensive blog I wrote on Big Lagoon State Park and all it offers the Pensacola/ Perdido Key area including boat launch, camping, observation tower, kayak & canoe rentals, nature trails, biking trails, and more here on our blog:

    http://realtymastersoffl.blogspot.com/2013/04/family-fun-in-pensacola-big-lagoon.html

    Thanks and have a great day,
    Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
    Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Property Management
    4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
    Call us at (850) 473-3983
    Over 45 Pensacola Rental Homes at
    www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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  • Free Fireworks show courtesy of the Blue Wahoos!

    Posted Under: General Area in Pensacola, Shopping & Local Amenities in Pensacola, Parks & Recreation in Pensacola  |  June 15, 2012 7:57 AM  |  3,220 views  |  No comments

    Saturday night Fireworks at Blue Wahoos a hit!
    Free Fireworks show from Palafox Pier over Pensacola Bay~

    Hopefully, by now, you've had a chance to see a baseball game at Pensacola's new waterfront stadium. If you haven't, you are surely missing out!
    Pensacola residents of all ages are enjoying the Blue Wahoos' first season. In addition to themed nights including 80's night and movie night, the Blue Wahoos also host a spectacular fireworks show on Saturday night home games. The show, although only about 4-5 minutes on average, is definitely comparable to the Pensacola areas Fourth of July Fireworks.

    View of the interior of Blue Wahoos Stadium
    It's my opinion that the fireworks alone is worth admission into the Blue Wahoos game. For as little as $5, you can get general admission tickets and secure a spot on the green. General admission does not provide a seat; it gives you entry into the ballpark but is standing room only so we suggest you bring your own chair just in case! Box seats are available for as little as $10 per ticket. You can purchase tickets here. Because of the fireworks, many Saturday night games are booked in advance so make sure you buy tickets the week prior in order to secure your seat at the next Saturday night home game!

    If you are working on a limited budget, tickets are sold out, or you are not interested in baseball, we have a secret we'd like to share with you! There is a fabulous view of the fireworks show from Palafox Pier in downtown Pensacola which actually overlooks the Blue Wahoos Stadium. Of course, there is no charge for admission and usually plenty of parking. The firework show starts at the conclusion of the game, which typically ends around 9pm but could begin as late as 10pm if there the guys go into overtime.


    Fireworks at Blue Wahoos Stadium in downtown Pensacola~ overlooking Pensacola Bay!


    We went a few weeks ago to check out the view from Palafox Pier (997 S Palafox St, Pensacola, FL 32502) There were only a few people there taking advantage of the view~

     Here's some footage of the fireworks showcasing the fabulous view from Palafox Pier!
    The finale of the show was awesome, but you will have to go see it for yourself!
    We are so grateful to have the Blue Wahoos in Pensacola and look forward to enjoying the many activities the team brings to our area! Thanks guys!

    Until next time,
    Realty Masters of FL ~ # 1 in Pensacola Property Management!
    (850) 473-3983 ~ Over 40 rentals available at www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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  • Family Fun: Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park~

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Fort Walton Beach, Parks & Recreation in Fort Walton Beach, In My Neighborhood in Fort Walton Beach  |  June 13, 2012 10:01 AM  |  3,203 views  |  No comments

    Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park~
    Beach front marine park opens with new name & new attractions!
    New animal encounters at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
    Visitors feed the penguins through one of
    the many new animal encounters~
    Looking for something fun to do in the Pensacola/ Destin area? Back for the 2012 Summer season, the Gulfarium comes with a jazzier name, AKA The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, and several new attractions including up close and personal encounters with the animals.

    The Gulfarium is located at 10101 Miracle Strip Pkwy in Fort Walton Beach, FL in Okaloosa County. Fort Walton Beach is approximately 45 miles east of Pensacola, FL and less than 10 miles west of Destin, FL.
    The Gulfarium has been a popular Gulf Coast attraction since 1955! This gulf-front marine park showcases several marine animals including dolphins, sea lions, seals, turtles, sea otters, tropical penguins, alligators, and several species of birds and fish. The Gulfarium also serves as a rehabilitation center and life-long refuge for some injured animals unable to survive in the wild.
    Video tour of the Gulfarium


    The park is open daily from 9am to 4:30pm. General admission is $19.95 for adults and children ages 3-12 for $11.95 with children under age 3 free and covers entrance to the park and exhibits as well as entrance to the dolphin and sea lion show.

    New EncountersThe new animal encounters at the Gulfarium are available for an additional charge and include opportunities to feed and/or interact with marine mammals including stringray, sharks, seals, sea lions, sea otters, turtles, and even dolphins! There are several encounters to choose from. The animal encounters range from $5 to feed the penguins to $349 to spend the day as a VIP marine mammal trainer. Reservations are suggested for animal encounters.
    Visitors snorkel in Stingray Bay with stingrays and sharks! The cost is $34 per participant and includes a 30 minute snorkel.


    Another new attraction is the "Living Sea" which features a huge indoor aquarium with several species of marine life as well as several other aquariums housing octopus, blow fish, sea horses and more.


    Living Sea Aquarium~


    Sea Lion Shows Daily
    There are three California Sea Lions who live at the Gulfarium and perform three shows daily at 9:30am, 11:30am, and 2:00pm. The show is entertaining and sure to make you laugh.
    Marine Mammal Trainer works plays with California Sea Lion during a show in Summer 2012~

    Sea lions play before show at the Gulfarium during 2012 Summer Season~
    Dolphin Shows Daily
    There are three dolphins that live at the Gulfarium and boy, are they smart! The dolphin show is one of the most popular attractions at the park. Held three times daily, shows begin at 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 3:00pm. Although brief (it only lasts 15-20 minutes) it is well worth the trip to the Gulfarium for this alone. There is some seating, however, seating fills up fast so if you want to get a seat, make sure to get to the show early. If seating is full, you are welcome to stand around the pool and watch like we did for a closer view of the show! Just be careful, you may get splashed.

    Dolphin show at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park in Fort Walton Beach, FL~
    Dolphin relaxes in between tricks during the Dolphin Show at the Gulfarium

    A few more photos of the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and the animals who live here:

    View from observation deck of part of the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and beautiful white sand beaches

    Seal swims under water at Seal Harbor~
    Fish in the Living Sea aquarium at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park in Fort Walton Beach, FL ~
    Dolphin shows off at the Gulfarium in Fort Walton Beach~












    For more information, visit
    their website or call them at 850-243-9046. What are you waiting for? Plan your trip to the Gulfarium today!

    Until next time,
    Realty Masters of FL ~ # 1 in Pensacola Rental Homes & Apartments!
    (850) 473-3983 ~ Over 40 rentals available at www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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  • Your guide to Gulf Breeze, FL Parks!

    Posted Under: General Area in Gulf Breeze, Quality of Life in Gulf Breeze, Parks & Recreation in Gulf Breeze  |  May 16, 2012 7:22 AM  |  4,695 views  |  No comments

    Your Guide to Gulf Breeze Parks~
    Gulf Breeze has a park for just about everyone!

    Along with East Hill in Pensacola, Gulf Breeze proper houses the most parks per square inch in our local community. This is one of the reasons Gulf Breeze is such a sought after area (that and the A+ school districts.) Here's our guide to helping you enjoy Gulf Breeze Parks!

    Shoreline Park (North and South)~ Sports, boat launch & dog park

    Shoreline Park South ~ Boat Launch, fantastic waterfront picnic area, & dog park


    Shoreline Park
    is located off Shoreline Drive in Gulf Breeze Proper. The park area spreads over 150 acres so is divided into subareas including Shoreline Park South, Shoreline Park North, and Sunset Kids Park. With its sister park across the road (Sunset Kids Park) and the Gulf Breeze Rec Center on the property, these parks offer everything you could ask for in one convenient location!

    Dog Park at Shoreline Park South in Gulf Breeze Proper~



    Waterfront picnic area at Shoreline Park South
    At Shoreline Park South & North:
    • Public boat launch
    • Covered picnic areas with grills
    • Baseball, soccer, and softball fields
    • Dog park (Bark Park)
    • Nature Trail
    • Public restrooms and showers
    • Volleyball court
    • Plenty of parking
    • Great place to kayak, canoe, or paddleboard
    Beautiful nature trail


    Sunset Kids Park in Gulf Breeze Proper~ The Kids Park to be at!
    Sunset Kids Park is located conveniently across the road from Shoreline Park South and next to to the Gulf Breeze Rec Center is beautiful Sunset Park. Here you will find:
    Basketball and tennis courts
  • Sunset Skate Park
  • Two playground areas including areas for tots
  • Restrooms & picnic areas
    Sunset Kids Park ~ at the corner of Sunset Ave. and Shoreline Dr. in Gulf Breeze Proper


    Nice playground equipment at Sunset Park in Gulf Breeze near schools


    Public skate park in Gulf Breeze near Gulf Breeze Recreation Center
    Basketball Courts overlook tennis courts and skate park

    Other parks in Gulf Breeze:

    Wayside Park is a waterfront park along Hwy 98 near the 3 Mile Bridge in Gulf Breeze proper area. This park doesn't get busy and is a great place to have a picnic or to go fishing. There is a public boat launch as well. There isn't a playground set here so not your tyipcal park! 

    Wayside Park in GB Proper near 3 Mile Bridge.
    Woodland Park is located in Gulf Breeze proper off Fairpoint Rd. and Highpointe Dr. which is located in a more residential area of Gulf Breeze Proper. This 1.5 acre park includes two sets of playground equipment including one for smaller children, swings, two tennis courts, and a waterfront dock!

    Waterfront dock- great picnic area


    The tennis courts are located a little farther down Highpoint Drive from the rest of the park area at Woodland Park and is considered Highpoint Park. The area encompasses two tennis courts and a picnic area.
    nice tennis courts at Woodland Park off Highpoint Dr. near Fairpoint.


    There are two other public parks in residential areas in Gulf Breeze Proper including Williamsburg Park and McClure Park. McClure park is a smaller .5 acre park with playground equipment, swings, and picnic areas off McClure near Hwy 98. Williamsburg park sprawls over 3 acres and includes a large open field, playground equipment, and picnic areas and is located off Williamsburg Ave. and Shoreline Ave.

    Swenson Park is located in the Oriole Beach area at the intersections of Laurel Drive, West Ave, and Circle Drive is Swenson Park. This public park boasts baksetball goals, a rock climbing wall, playground equipment including equipment for smaller chldren, swings, tennis courts and more. Enjoy the sunset here too!

    Another fabulous place in Gulf Breeze is the Naval Live Oaks in the Gulf Island National Seashore off Hwy 98. You should definitely check it out if you haven't yet.

    There is a huge park facility in the Tiger Point area of Gulf Breeze off Hwy 98 named Tiger Point Park and is located at 1370 Tiger Point Lane. The park spans over 30 acres and includes basketball courts, soccer, baseball, and football fields, batting cages, picnic areas, playground areas and restrooms.
    Private Park in Grand Pointe Subdivision
    Many local neighborhoods also feature parks including Grand Pointe off Hwy 98, Shadow Lakes off Hwy 399, and many in Gulf Breeze proper.

    Geeze, Gulf Breeze has a lot of parks! Did I miss one? Let me know!

    Until next time,
    Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Rental Homes & Apartments
    4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503~ (850) 473 3983
    Over 45 rentals available! Follow us on facebook and pinterest
  • Perdido Kids Park ~ near NAS Pensacola back gate

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Pensacola, Parks & Recreation in Pensacola, In My Neighborhood in Pensacola  |  May 1, 2012 7:08 AM  |  2,635 views  |  No comments

    Hands Down: The best park in Pensacola!
    The Perdido Kids Park off Gulf Beach Hwy is sure to please your family members of all ages

    Blue Angels fly over Perdido Kids Park Tuesday & Wednesday mornings at 8:30 am during Blue Angels Season~


    Located in Southwest Pensacola less than 1 mile from the back gate of Naval Air Station Pensacola, the Perdido Kids Park is (in our opinion) the best park in town. What other park can you go to and see the Navy Blue Angels fly above you while your children play?

    Map of Perdido Kids Park off Gulf Beach Hwy near Blue Angel Pkwy~ Look for Perdido Kids Sign on Right

    This park is a little harder to find on a map, so here are some directions. From Blue Angel Pkwy, turn Right onto Gulf Beach Hwy at stop light. Travel approximately .8 miles to Perdido Kids Park on your right just past Batten Blvd.
    Look for this sign off Gulf Beac Hwy just past
    Blue Angel Pkwy~
    About Perdido Kids Park
    This community-themed park stretches across multiple acres and even includes a nature trail. The park definitely honors our local military and has its own Pensacola flavor.

    The Perdido Kids Park is open during daylight hours and there is no fee for admission. In addition to the nice park, there is plenty of parking, picnic areas, and clean restrooms.

    The park is large and is usually packed with kids especially on the weekends with children. With plenty of picnic areas and bathrooms, it's a perfect spot to host a birthday party or other get together.

    And better yet, from April to October, you can routinely spot the famous Navy Blue Angel pilots practicing for their award winning shows. The Blue Angels fly right above you while you enjoy this beautiful park. Blue Angels typically practice about an hour beginning around 8:30 am on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

    Short Video Tour of Perdido Kids Park in Pensacola~

    Park Features:
    -Two park areas including main park and "Tot Lot" for children ages 2-5
    -Two rock climbing walls
    -Blue Angels wooden airplanes
    -12+ swings including swings for all ages and a tire swing!
    -Monkey bars, slides, ramps= normal park stuff
    -Pensacola Ice Pilots misting station
    -A dozen picnic tables and clean restrooms

    More Photos of Perdido Kids Park in Pensacola, Florida:


    Do you love the Perdido Kids Park as much as we do? Tell us about your experience.

    Until next time,
    Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Proeprty Management
    (850) 473 3983 ~ www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest
  • Family Fun in Pensacola: Wildflife Sanctuary of NW FL

    Posted Under: General Area in Pensacola, Parks & Recreation in Pensacola, In My Neighborhood in Pensacola  |  April 24, 2012 8:26 AM  |  1,559 views  |  No comments
    Family friendly event draws hundreds to Wildlife Sanctuary

    Map of Wildlife Sanctuary of NW FL in Downtown Pensacola
    The Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida hosted their annual Baby Shower and Supply Drive on Saturday, April 21, 2012. The event was held on their property in Downtown Pensacola off Navy Blvd.
    Hundreds attended the event despite the constant rain showers. The party lasted from noon to 3:30 pm and was open to the general public at no cost.

    Dozens of volunteers assisted with family-friendly activities including:
    Children pet turtles at 2012 Annual Baby Shower in Pensacola
    - Animal demonstrations with hawks, vultures, and various owls
    - Turtle petting zoo
    - Pelican Feeding ($1 per tray of fish)
    - Educational information
    - Face Painting
    - Live music
    - Bald Eagle cam and name the eaglets contest

    Volunteers also funded and manned a bake and plant sale and sold merchandise to raise money for the wildlife sanctuary.

    Beautiful Owl at Wildlife Sanctuary in Pensacola~

    Pelicans Feeding at Wildlife Sanctuary~

    Families feeding pelicans at the Northwest Florida Wildlife Sanctuary ~


    The Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest FL
    The sanctuary provides care for injured or orphaned wildlife until they can be released safely back into the environment. There are over 100 animals at the sanctuary including some permanent residents. Animals include deer, fox, opossums, various birds including owls, hawks, vultures, bald eagles, fox, bobcats, rabbits, squirrels, ducks, pelicans, and herons to name a few.
    The Sanctuary is open for visitors Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 3:30 pm. There is no charge for admission, but they do request a monetary donation or supply donation if possible. If you have never visited our local wildlife sanctuary, you definitely need to! It is a great experience for all ages.
    Hawk at Wildlife Sanctuary






    Upcoming Events at the Wildlife Sanctuary
    June 15, 2012. Artists Gone Wild Art Auction
    September 8, 2012. WILDfest 2012 Open House
    December 1, 2012. Holiday Open House & Supply Drive

    Supplies and Donations always needed
    The Wildlife Sanctuary relies heavily on donations and is always in need of supplies including: paper towels, tissues, liquid laundry soap, bleach, daisy mats, first class stamps, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, suet cakes, peanuts/pecans, fresh or frozen small minnows, canned chicken, Purina puppy and kitten food, grapes, apples and sweet potatoes.

    Ijured or Abandoned Animals in Pensacola
    The center is available 7 days a week for drop off of injured or abandoned animals. Give them a call and check out these tips for transporting animals before going.
    Please visit their website or call them at 850-433-9453 for more information.

    Until next time,
    Realty Masters of FL ~ #1 in Professional Property Management
    4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503~ call us at (850) 473 3983
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