Tour this historic fort on Florida's gulf coast.
Fort Pickens was named after General Andrew Pickens, a revolutionary war leader from South Carolina. This historic fort was constructed in the 1830s and was the largest brick structure on the gulf coast at the time. It features five solid walls so cannons could be fired in all directions if other nations attempted to attack. The south wall is the longest and could fit 35 cannons at once. They also built three large rooms to store black powder on site, which would have potentially held over a quarter of a million pounds of black powder if they were each filled to the top.
Fort Pickens is open daily from 8 am to sunset. There is also a discovery center, beach, picnic pavilion, campground, and fishing pier at the fort, providing plenty of things to do for all ages. Be sure to see Fort Pickens the next time you're traveling through Florida's panhandle.