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Tarklin Bayou Preserve State Park

Written on Thursday, November 20, 2014


Tarklin Bayou State Park

If you are visiting Perdido Key, Florida you must visit the Tarklin Bayou Preserve State Park. The natural beauty of this local spot is a fun birding trail and is home to four species of endangered pitcher plants. This Florida preserve was a great place for me to enjoy the rare and endangered plant species with my husband. We love wildlife and to be outdoors, but not always biking or hitting the beach. This nature walk through a beautiful park was the perfect way to enjoy the sun and see what Florida has to offer. The rare, white-top pitcher plant and other hundred rare plants and animals were really interesting, and to learn they can only live life in this wet prairie habitat. I had no idea that this was home to an alligator snapping turtle and Chapman’s butterwort. The boardwalk was a romantic and educational walk with my husband through the beautiful Florida Tarkiln Bayou that we will never forget. If you are up for a hike you can hike through the nature trails to observe the rare animals and plants but if you are like us we enjoyed a picnic for the day. If you feel like a more active day you can enjoy a day-hike across the park to the Perdido River, which we plan to do very soon.  

Contact this Park

12301 Gulf Beach Highway
Pensacola, Florida 32507

(850) 492-1595

The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.

Admission Fee:

$3.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle.

$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass


Tela Ivy
Perdido Key Resort Management  


Perdido Key Holiday Guide

Written on Thursday, November 13, 2014




Frank Browns International Song Writers Festival Now – Nov 16th

Miles of powder-sand beaches, legendary seafood and this November, 11 days of unforgettable music! More than 200 Grammy award-winning songwriters and up-and-coming stars head to the key to perform their original songs and talk about the stories behind the music

Fourth Annual Martini Festival Sat November 15th

The Annual Martini & Beer Festival in Perdido Key has become one of the most popular events in the Pensacola and Perdido Key area attracting visitors from a broad range of places. The Martini & Beer Festival is hosted by the Jellyfish Restaurant and Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce, but generally has involvement from the entire Perdido Key Community. A portion of ticket proceeds go to Purple Heart Homes, nonprofit founded by Veterans for Veterans, which has the singular mission of making life easier for service connected disabled Veterans by modifying, adapting or building on existing homes to ensure greater mobility. There will be live music from favorite local bands all day with intermittent announcements for raffles and giveaways. The Kyle Parker Band will be taking the main stage with special guests playing throughout the rest of the location. No festival would be complete without great food. The Jellyfish Restaurant will be serving up different types of food throughout the festival so there’s no need to leave the location.

Picture with Santa November 29th – December 21st

Every weekend from Nov. 29 until Dec. 21, you'll have the chance to start a new tradition: get your picture taken with Santa! It's only $10 per photo!

The Wharf @ Orange Beach Ice Skating December 1- Jan 4th  

Where can you find real ice to skate on at the beach? Well this year it's at The Wharf in Orange Beach in their Palm Plaza. It's $10 per person to skate, with 2 hours sessions being offered

The Wharf @ Orange Beach Christmas Tree Lighting December 2nd

Bring the family out for a Christmas-filled night at The Wharf in Orange Beach. They will be lighting the beautiful Christmas tree to kick-off a great holiday season

The Wharf @ Orange Beach Horse & Carriage Rides December 6-28th

Every Saturday and Sunday throughout December, The Wharf in Orange Beach is offering families, friends or that special someone a fun carriage ride. It is only $10 per person, so be sure to make it out to The Wharf for one of Christmas' most cherished traditions

Runway Run 5K @ Pensacola International Airport December 6th

The 2nd Annual Runway Run 5k will take place on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10 AM located at the Pensacola International Airport.  Join us for a new look at the airport & to run down the runway.  All registered participants receive an event t-shirt & BIB with timing.  Kids 12 & under are FREE.
Proceeds benefit the USO of Northwest Florida. Sign up at www.runway5k.com or call (850) 435-9222.

47th Annual Snowball Derby December 3-7

It’s that time again! The 47th Annual Snowball Derby @ Five Flags Speedway is coming around the corner!

Get your tickets now before they sell out!!

Lighthouse Christmas Gala December 6

Get over to the Pensacola Lighthoust on December 6th to see the TALLEST Christmas Tree in Pensacola!! Enjoy a hot cup of hot chocolate or hot cider, and get your picture taken with Santa!! No reservations or tickets needed for this FREE event!!

Winterfest 2014 in Downtown Pensacola Trolley  November 28th – December 21st

Through the magic of Pensacola Winterfest, the moment you enter Christmas Town at the Courthouse on Palafox Street, the snow begins to fall. A cup of hot chocolate and the sound of a trolley bell bring back memories of the Polar Express. The conductor calls your name: All aboard for the most wonderful journey you'll take this Christmas season. They have TONS of awesome events!! Take a trip with Santa through highlights of our holiday season. This 30-minute tour is especially great for young children and out of town guests. Santa rides every night December 15th – 18th, 22nd and 23rd. Check out the website below for dates and tickets!! Happy Holidays!!

Santa Drop @ Florabama December 13th

We kick-off the Christmas holidays with our annual Santa Drop. Seriously, Santa Claus parachutes down to the Flora-Bama. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still sit on Santa’s lap and ask for whatever you want!  This special day is fun for everyone, especially Cathy Pace & Santa’s helpers who sing Christmas carols with the children.