Below is the official website for the museum. They're open everyday except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's (I think those are the ones). Admission to the museum is free. IMAX has a fee. Also a great old lighthouse on the base. National Naval Aviation Museum - Welcome Main Page
I live on the Island and for years watched people going by in their RVs to Fort Pickens. Now we've joined their ranks. Don't know if you've chosen your site at the campground yet, but 1 and 3 in Loop "C" are very nicely shaded and seemed roomy.
Restaurants we like on the Island:
Peg Leg Pete's
- (about a block from my house on the way to Ft. Pickens) for their raw oysters, and grouper sandwiches and nuggets. Other tasty things on the menu, those are just our favorites.
All these others are in the "core" area of the Island which will make sense to you once you get here.
Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill
- (same owner as Peg's) excellent hamburgers and better nachos than Peg's. Tom likes the wings.
- more upscale, but not over-priced. Only about a year and a half old so I haven't tried all that many dishes but the the ones we've had were very good. Great view.
- long time restaurant on the beach. Excellent steaks, burgers and seafood. Tasty desserts, too. Huge portions.
- just to the east, outside the main core is one of the few places on the Island to get breakfast as well as lunch. Good breakfast and people rave about their fish tacos.
Just across the bridge in Gulf Breeze are:
- fresh, fresh seafood and nothing bad on the menu. We eat there about once a week.
- near the Publix grocery - my husband (who makes excellent sushi) loves theirs, also have hibachi tables.
As Dadeaux mentioned, The Fish House/Atlas Oyster/The Deck
complex is across the 3 Mile bridge in Pensacola and has a wide variety of very good food. Very close to them is an Italian place - Tre Fratelle
- some of the best Italian I've ever eaten. Also nearby is McGuire's
- good food, generous portions and most tourists consider it a "must see" for all the dollar bills people have stapled to every available surface. I love their shepherd's pie. They also have their own micro brewery on site.
That should get you started. Happy to tell you anything else I can. I love this place enough to endure the occasional hurricane to live in paradise the rest of the time. Can you tell?
Have a safe trip down.