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    Gulf Islands

    National Seashore FL,MS

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Indoor Activities


Outside of Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center.

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Indoor, hands-on exhibits and a 20-minute orientation film are located at the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center in Gulf Breeze, Fla. and is open daily from 8:30 AM to 4:30. Call 850-934-2600 for more information. Visitors to the Fort Barrancas Area located on board the Pensacola Naval Air Station can spend time learning about the Civil War in Pensacola.

A ranger points to an exhibit so that   a young visitor can learn about the history of Fort Barrancas.

Park visitors spend time indoors at the Fort Barrancas Visitor Center to learn the significance of the historic fort.

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Visitors can view a 15 minute slide program on the history of Pensacola during the Civil War, look at exhibits on the significance of the Fort Barrancas site, and browse through the Eastern National bookstore. The Visitor Center is open March-October at 9:30 am to 4:45 pm and November-February at 8:30 am to 3:45 pm. Please call 850-455-5167 for more information.


Too hot for outdoor activities? Come inside and cool off while you watch a video! All of our Visitor Centers offer films ranging from fort history to the formation of barrier islands.

Check out our bookstore for a large selection of books, post cards, games, gifts and children's items.

Try the hands-on exhibit at the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center.

Did You Know?

The arches at Fort Massachusetts are made of red and tan bricks.

Gulf Islands National Seashore's Fort Massachusetts, on West Ship Island 12 miles off the Mississippi coastline, was covered by the 30-foot storm surge from Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. The fort has been reopened to the public.