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Beaches to Woodlands Week 4 | Oct. 15-21

Adventures Unlimited Fall Foliage Zipline Tours
All month long
8974 Tomahawk Landing Rd., Milton, FL
www.adventuresunlimited.com

Fall is a magnificent time to enjoy the many natural attractions at Adventures Unlimited located just north of Milton, FL, in the Blackwater River State Forest. October is beautiful; a great month to absorb the changing colors through a Fall Foliage Zipline Tour.  Accommodations at the resort’s camping sites or remote cabins in the woods are available along with the Challenge Courses and river trips (canoeing, kayaking & paddle boarding) on the majestic Coldwater Creek.

Clear Creek Farm Tours

All month long
6065 Clear Creek Rd., Milton, FL | Open daily 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
www.clearcreekfarm.net
Clear Creek Farm was named Santa Rosa County's 2014 Innovative Farm of the Year. A variety of workshops and tours will be held at this solar-powered organic method farm. Reservations required. 

Bands on the Blackwater
Sept. 8, Sept. 15, Sept. 22, Sept. 29 ,Oct. 6, Oct. 13, Oct. 20, Oct. 27
South Willing Street, Milton, FL | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

www.facebook.com/BandsOnTheBlackwater
Bands on the Blackwater is a free outdoor concert series held Friday nights from 7-9 p.m. in downtown Milton, Florida. Pull up you boat or bring a lawn chair and relax while listening to great music.       

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch & Maze

Sept. 23-Nov. 4
2055 Homer Holland Rd., Milton, FL | Open Monday-Sunday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
www.HollandFarmsOnline.com  
Enjoy a Farm hayride that will take you around the farm and to the pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin of your choice. Also available are many activities including corn box, horse and regular swings, spider web, pirate ship, zip lines, petal tractors on race track, hill slides, knocker balls, rat racers, sand box and an eight acre corn maze with kiddie maze. Every visitor receives a free cup of our famous home grown boiled peanuts. Sit back and relax on our farm market porch, see you at the farm! Follow us on Facebook by searching Holland Farms or Instagram by searching Hollandfarmsonline.

Sonshine Family Farms Corn Mazes and Mini Golf
Sept. 23 – Nov. 5

6270 Oglesby Road Milton, FL | Saturdays 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (group discounts available)
www.SonshineFamilyFarms.com
We have two mazes in one with games to play inside the mazes. Playground area with swings, slides, kiddie train ride, zip line, horse and pony rides, tether ball courts, 9 hole mini golf course, corn toss boards, picnic tables under shade trees and a concession stand with refreshments and food. Our hayrides take you for a ride around the farm and the pond. The fish pond will be open for fishing. Grab your pole and come make some memories with your family. (Catfish and Bream). See website for details. Oct. 28 will be our “Monster Maze” from 8pm until midnight. There will be a live band, bonfire (weather permitting), costume contest, candy and “Monsters” in the maze.


Sweet Season Farms Corn Maze and Fall Fun Festival
Sept. 30 - Nov. 5
2260 Horn Rd., Milton, FL | Sat. - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Fridays 6 to 10 p.m. in October
www.sweetseasonfarms.com
The event gives families the opportunity to enjoy a day on a working Santa Rosa County farm. Visitors can spend time navigating their way through an eight-acre corn maze, playing on 20 types of fun farm-themed equipment including a playground, hayrides, cow train rides, farm animals, corn popper jumping pillow and more. The farm is available for group bookings, field trips and other special events. The “whole cob” admission includes unlimited access to all attractions: corn maze, children’s playground, farm games, picnic area and hay bale maze and is $10.50 ($5 fee for pony rides, pumpkins priced per size.) Flashlight maze (Friday nights) is $10.50.


Holley Hill Pottery and Art Studio Kiln Openings
All Month

7505 Buckeye Dr., Navarre, FL | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
www.facebook.com/stokespottery    
Open five weekends on the tour! The Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society has the largest wood fueled anagama kiln and the only reconstructed wood fueled kiln from the 1940s in the state. Holley Hill Pottery has been making pottery in Santa Rosa County for over 35 years using local clays capturing the lifestyle, scenery and sea life of the Gulf Coast.
       

Coldwater Gardens Tours
Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24

7009 Creek Stone Rd., Milton, FL
www.coldwatergardens.com
Take a farm tour of shiitake mushrooms, aquaponics, hydroponics, raise bed gardening, vermiculture, chickens and honey bees. Tours last about an hour, creek access included. Coldwater Gardens agriculture area spans five acres with three greenhouses and two high tunnels. There are opportunities for overnight cottage rentals, glamping, and primitive camping on the property.


Navarre/Hwy. 87 Farmer’s Market
Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28

SR 87 & Bob Tolbert Rd. across from Gordon Evan Rd., Navarre, FL | Next to Holley Hill Pottery & Ye Ole Brothers Brewery | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
A growing market staged weekly with a variety of fresh produce and vendors.
 

Secrets of Santa Rosa: Archaeology and History in Your Backyard
Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28

5709 Mill Pond Ln, Milton, FL | 11 a.m.
www.historicpensacola.org/explore-arcadia-mill  
Acradia Mill’s lecture series returns this year, with free public lectures provided each Saturday in October at 11 a.m. in the visitor’s center classroom. Site tours are provided following each lecture.
 

36th Annual St. Rose of Lima International Fall Festival
Oct. 13-15

6451 Park Ave., Milton, FL | Fri. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sun. 12 – 5 p.m.
www.srolparish.org
International foods such as Filipino, Polish, and Italian; rides, live music, indoor bingo, Farmer’s Market, 40+ vendors, a raffle and more! Saturday features a 5K Run/Walk.


Munson Community Heritage Festival
Oct. 14 & 15
Krul Lake Recreation Area | 11098 Krul Lake Rd., Milton, FL | Sat. - Sun., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
www.munsonheritagefestival.com
One of the most popular events on the tour held at Krul Lake in the Munson, FL. Visitors learn about old-time ways through hands-on demonstrations. There is a Civil War re-enactment camp, Native American displays, wood carving, basket weaving, making corn-shuck dolls, dulcimer making, shoe cobbling, cross-cut sawing, old-time circular sawmill operation, turpentining, displays by local museums and more.
 

Monarch Madness Butterfly Festival
Oct. 20-21

Panhandle Butterfly House | 8581 Navarre Pkwy., Navarre, FL | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
www.panhandlebutterflyhouse.org
This educational event highlights the monarch butterfly migration through northwest Florida. Watch as hundreds of monarch butterflies are released into the wild for their annual migration to Mexico.
 

Annual Fenner Ride
Oct. 21

5629 Byrom St., Milton, FL | 7:30 a.m. for those ride 100 miles only | 8 a.m. for all others
www.bbbsnwfl.org
The ride starts at the Milton Community Center. This is the popular annual distance cycling event known as the “Fenner Ride.” Cost: $45. Distance rides: 18, 40, 62 and 100 miles. Day of registration begins at 7 a.m. and the ride is through the Blackwater State Forest. A portion of the ride will be on the Blackwater State Heritage Trail. The 100, 62 and 40-mile routes include some challenging hills, while the 18 mile route is entirely on the rails to trails. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northwest Florida.
 

Boo at the Zoo – Trick or Treat Trail
Oct. 21-22, 28-29

Gulf Breeze Zoo | 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy., Gulf Breeze, FL | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
www.gulfbreezezoo.org

Children are invited to don their costumes and enjoy the zoo decked out for the Halloween holiday in a not-so-scary environment. The event features a Halloween hay maze, monster foam play party, animal encounters and face painting. A trick or treat trail features stations for children to enjoy toys, treats and treasures. Businesses are encouraged to help sponsor the stations.  

Pink Pirate’s Making Breast Cancer Walk the Plank 5K
Oct. 21

Navarre Beach, Navarre, FL | 8 a.m.
Register online at www.active.com
Join us for a Breast Cancer Awareness Run.