Wayside Park & Pensacola Visitor Information Center

1401 E. Gregory St., Pensacola, 32502
(800) 874-1234
Park: sunrise to sunset
Visitor Center: Mondays-Fridays, 8:00am-5:00pm
Saturdays: 9:00am-4:00pm
Sundays: 10:00am to 4:00pm


This site is close to Project Greenshores and is a good place to look for water birds; the waterfront, fishing bridge and offshore breakwater all host a Herring, Ring-billed and Laughing Gulls, as well as Forster’s and Royal Terns. Common Loons feed very close to shore, and sport nearly complete breeding plumage in February/March before they migrate north for the summer. Bring your spotting scope to check the bay for wintering Red-breasted Merganser, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead and Horned Grebes. Check the rocks along the water’s edge for Spotted Sandpiper and Ruddy Turnstone and Savannah Sparrows during the winter months. The Panhandle Section Guidebook of the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail is available at the visitor center.

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