The National Park Service has resumed Pensacola Bay City Ferry service to the Fort Pickens Area.

Starting in March, the ferry will begin transporting passengers from downtown Pensacola to Fort Pickens Area, and Pensacola Beach (Quietwater Pier), every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The ferry will begin daily service by departing downtown Pensacola at 9 a.m. this year. Additionally, visitors can expect more food and drink options once arriving at Fort Pickens in the Mine Storeroom during ferry hours of operation.

Patrons can purchase ferry tickets online at or in person at the three port locations. This year’s ferry rates are $30 for adults, $24 for seniors, military, college students, and persons with disabilities, $20 for youths aged 3-15, and free for children two years and under. Purchase of a ticket provides patrons travel for the whole day to all three locations.

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