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8 Things to Do on the Key this Week

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 05/08/2012 at 12:15PM

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Need something fun to do on the Key this week? Check out our top picks:

1.)  Go bird watching at Tarkiln Bayou Trail and visit the observation deck that overlooks the bayou. (This is a paved/boardwalk trail that’s fully accessible for persons with disabilities.)
2.)  Take a walk down the beach at Gulf Islands National Seashore in search of seashells and sand dollars.
3.)  Experience the thrill of cruising the skies at Mach speed with a trip to the IMAX® Naval Aviation Memorial Theatre.
4.)  Hike the Johnson Beach Discovery Trail, just under a half-mile long, and stop to enjoy a waterfront picnic.
5.)  Sing along with local musicians and experience the unique culture of the Flora-Bama.
6.)  Go crabbing at Little Lagoon Pass.
7.)  Explore the certified wildlife habitat encircling Native Paths Cultural Heritage Museum.
8.)  Get ready to crack some tails at the annual Crawfish Boil and Jambalaya Competition at the infamous Flora-Bama Lounge on May 12-13. Enjoy fresh Cajun-style grub, live music and a ton of fun. Don't forget to cast your vote for the best jambalaya!

For more things to do, check out our list of great Perdido Key restaurants, events, attractions, shopping, parks & nature and more! Visit us on Facebook and let us know what you're doing on the Key.

Topics: Events and Festivals, Parks and Nature

5 Things to Do this Cinco de Mayo Weekend

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 05/05/2012 at 08:20AM

There's only one drawback to vacationing on Perdido Key: There are so many activities to enjoy that you can't do them all in one trip! Here are our top picks for things to do this weekend.

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1.)  Honor the military by attending the Rosamond Johnson Day Celebration at Gulf Islands National Seashore in remembrance of war hero Rosamond Johnson Jr., a 17-year-old African American, who under enemy fire was killed while trying to rescue comrades. The ceremony will be held at 10am on Saturday at the Star Pavillion on Johnson Beach. Details: Perdido Key Visitors Center, (850) 492-4660.

2.)  Crawfish lovers should head to Bartram Park in downtown Pensacola for the 28th annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival featuring 16,000 pounds of boiled crawfish. If you’re not into crawfish, try one of the other many items available including Cajun red beans and rice, boudin balls, seafood gumbo, jambalaya, hot dogs, funnel cakes and more. Admission is $5 daily or $10 for a weekend pass. Children 12 and under receive FREE admission. Details:

3.)  Appreciate the arts with a trip to DeVilliers Cultural Heritage Arts Festival this weekend. The annual festival showcases the regions outstanding artists and also highlights the cultural diversity of our community through art. Experience culture as the community comes together to learn, discover their shared values, promote and support the arts in atmosphere that honors all—celebrating rich diversity. Details:

4.)  Go on an adventure with aLight of the Moon Tour and hear true stories of the blood stained room and ghostly encounters at one of America's most haunted lighthouses! Climb the 177 steps to the top of the lighthouse for the most breathtaking view of a moonlit Pensacola Bay. Space is limited to make your reservation today! Details: (850) 393-1561. Pensacola Lighthouse is located at 2081 Radford Blvd, NAS, Pensacola.

5.)  Visit the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo – “The Little Zoo That Could” this weekend for a chance to see the two cuddly snow white Bengal Tiger cubs. Brother and sister Yeti and Kolkata are ready to play with ages 4 and up! Up to four at a time during scheduled time slots by reservation.  The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is located at 1204 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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Mother's Day Travel Deal

Posted By Ideaworks on 05/04/2012 at 02:30PM

Skip the flowers and treat mom to a memory she won’t forget. This Mother’s Day, give a gift and get a gift—up to two FREE $100 American Express® gift cards when you book and stay at least two nights at any participating Perdido Key accommodation before May 20, 2012.

Registration for the gift cards promotion is going on now through May 18, 2012 or until all cards are gone. Remember, you must register online before booking your accommodations.  For full rules and regulations visit

Top Picks for Mom:

Mother's Day on Perdido Key

Book a “Mom-cation” now and claim your gift cards for as long as supplies last. Check out our list of great Perdido Key restaurants, events, attractions, shopping, parks & nature and more!

For more information on the American Express® gift card promotion in Perdido Key, visit

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Perdido Key Honors Servicemen and Women with Special Discounts!

Posted By Ideaworks on 05/03/2012 at 01:56PM

May is National Military Appreciation Month, but in Perdido Key we honor those who serve every day! Are you in the military? Take advantage of the discounts that local restaurants, coffee shops and bars are offering as a way to say thanks. Save on everything from lunch and dinner to drinks with friends. Check out the list below and get to know the area!

  • Bella Luna PizzeriaEvery Thursday, buy one, get one half price on all pizzas and BOGO on all domestic drafts for military.
  • Flora-Bama—Admission is waived for all past and present military every Friday night. 
  • The Jellyfish Bar—Active military receive 15% off 7 days a week and 25% off on Thursdays.
  • Original Point Restaurant—Military and first responders in uniform receive 15% off daily.
  • Perdido Key Sports Bar—Celebrate Thursday night with the military and 50¢ wings. 
  • The HangoutDaily 10% discount for all military, and 30% off if in uniform.
  • Mojo's Coffee Shop—Military in uniform and first responders receive 25% off every day.
  • Lillian's Pizza—Active military receives 15% off on dine-in and pick-up orders every day.

Military Veterans

See the full list of current military offers at, or call the Perdido Key Visitors Center at (850) 492-4660.

Topics: Deals and Discounts

Soak up the Sun and get Fishy!

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 04/30/2012 at 10:05AM

Mullet Toss

Perdido Key is home to a wacky and wildly fun annual fish-throwing competition, and it’s back this weekend. Flora-Bama has hosted the Interstate Mullet Toss for more than 25 years and people keep coming back for more!

The “fishy” festivities take place April 27-29 and there couldn’t be a better time to visit Perdido Key. Before you plan your trip make sure you check out the deals link on to take advantage of any specials while you’re here. You can also shop around for events or activities for the whole family on to make the most out of your vacation!

So grab the family and head to the Key to watch the fish fly, or to toss a few yourself. But bring your “A” game, because past winning throws have been more than 150 ft.           

For more information contact Flora-Bama at (850) 492-0611 or visit

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Come Celebrate the Life of a War Hero

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 04/25/2012 at 12:02PM

On May 5, Perdido Key will host a ceremony at Gulf Islands National Seashore to honor the life of Rosamond Johnson Jr., a 17-year-old African American who, under enemy fire, pulled two comrades to safety and was killed while trying to rescue a third.

Rosamond Johnson

Bring the grandkids and hear the story about this local hero who joined the military at the age of 15. The ceremony will begin at 10am at the Star Pavilion on Johnson Beach. Park admission is FREE for anyone attending the event.

Keynote speaker is Elvin McCorvey, president of the Pensacola Chapter of the NAACP. Gene Valentino, Escambia County Commissioner, and Dan Brown, Park Superintendent, will unveil new entrance signage for Rosamond Johnson Beach that is dedicated to Private Johnson.

The ceremony will also include a heartwarming performance of the National Anthem by the Naval Performance Group. For details or more information, contact the Perdido Key Visitors Center, (850) 492-4660 or

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Perdido Key salutes the military with savings

Posted By Ideaworks on 04/25/2012 at 01:43PM

Perdido Key salutes the military with savings

At Perdido Key, we truly appreciate military personnel and others who wear uniforms in service to our country and our community.

We don’t just show it on Veterans’ Day or Memorial Day. We show our appreciation year-round to military people and first-responders like police officers and firefighters.

That’s why military people who come to Perdido Key will find all sorts of discounts and other tokens of appreciation at – savings for lodging and restaurants, pizza, golf, opera, pet-sitting, zoos and tattoos, too.

Check out these savings that will salute your time on Perdido Key.

Topics: Deals and Discounts

$200 When You Stay in Perdido Key by May 20!

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 04/18/2012 at 09:21AM

You Play, We'll Pay


Right now on the Key, we’re bringing back our famous $100 American Express® gift card giveaway! For new reservations, that’s one gift card per night—up to $200—when you stay at least two nights before May 20, 2012. Save even more with pre-season rates at your favorite Perdido Key accommodations.

Here are some ideas on how to spend your stash:

  • Sign yourself up for the 28th Annual Interstate Mullet Toss held at the world famous Flora-Bama and throw a fish over the Florida-Alabama state line.  
  • Visit Sarah Jane’s Gift Shop, located on Sorrento Road, to pick up beach bags, souvenirs and more.
  • Head on over to Sail Wild Hearts and enjoy an adventure as you cruise through the waters of the Gulf of Mexico on a search for dolphins!
  • Grab a sandwich and a fresh fruit smoothie at Island Time Deli, located in the Villagio Shopping Center in Perdido Key.
  • Take the grandkids on a day trip to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, and schedule a wild animal encounter with kangaroos, lemurs, tigers and more.

No matter what you choose to do, there are plenty of ways to spend your gift card money on the Key. Check out our list of great Perdido Key restaurants, events, attractions, shopping, parks & nature and more!

Topics: Deals and Discounts

Preparing for your trip: 5 quick tips!

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 03/15/2012 at 02:19PM

Are you planning to visit us soon here on the beaches of Perdido Key?  Travel requires some forethought and planning so we have put together 5 quick travel tips that will help you maximize the fun during your stay!

#1 Plan for your health

Refill your prescriptions and pack any other essential health items before you leave. It is also a good idea to schedule your flu shot before you go. Read this article from AARP for more info on some hidden health risks of winter.


#2 Get your documents in order

When traveling for extended periods, it is best to be prepared. In addition to making sure your passport or government ID is current, pack your credit and debit card and keep a list of phone numbers for customer service when preparing for travel.


#3 Prepare your home for your time away

Arrange for someone to pick up your mail or contact your local post office to stop delivery during the time you plan to be away. It is also a good idea to clean out any perishable food items, unplug appliances, and install timers on lights.


#4 Pack wisely

Even though your snowbird travel plans may take you to warmer destinations, do not forget to pack warmer clothing including a jacket or sweater. The weather can be hard to predict sometimes, so don't get caught unprepared.


#5 Double-check your reservations

Before you leave town, make sure you have a place to stay! Call your condo or time-share representative to confirm your reservations at your destination before you hit the road. If you need to adjust your schedule, this will give you ample time to plan before it's too late.


Planning ahead is the key to a better trip. With these five simple tips you can ensure that your next vacation is safe, fun and free of stress.  For some great ideas of things to do while in the Key, take a look at the events on

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Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 03/05/2012 at 06:03PM

The final Snowbird Roost of the season is happening Thursday, March 8 at the Perdido Bay Community Center.  Come and take pleasure in the company of other Snowbirds while enjoying a fantastic lunch for only $2!  You'll also have the opportunity to pick up information about local discounts and deals in the Perdido Key area.  Please be sure to RSVP since there will only be one lunch seating at 11:30 am. For details or to RSVP call the Perdido Key Visitors Center at (850) 492-4660, then head over to Perdido Bay Community Center, 13660 Innerarity Point Road in Perdido Key this Thursday.

Topics: Events and Festivals

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