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Beaches to Woodlands Week 5 | Oct. 22-28

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 your 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.


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.  

24th Annual Charity Chili Cook-off and 4's Volleyball Tourney
Oct. 22

Juana’s Pagodas & Sailor’s Grill | 1451 Navarre Beach Causeway, Navarre Beach, FL | 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
www.juanaspagodas.com  
This event is a fundraiser for Caring and Sharing of South Santa Rosa County.  A fee is required to enter a chili pot, commentate or participate in the volleyball tournament. You’ll receive a ceramic chili mug for your entry fee. Bring pots to set up from 12 – 2 p.m. with tastings from 2 – 4 p.m. Volleyball registration begins at 10 a.m. and the tournament at 10:30 a.m. Four-person co-ed teams of any skill level are welcomed. Teams will be paired according to skill level. There will also be a raffle.

17th Annual Ghost of Milton Walking Tour
Oct. 27-28
6866 Caroline Street, Milton, FL | Tours start at 6 p.m.
www.santarosahistoricalsociety.com
Tours will begin at the Imogene Theatre in Milton starting at 6 p.m. each evening. Tours will leave approximately every 15 minutes until around 9 p.m.


Science Spooktacular by the Sea
Oct. 27-28
8638 Blue Heron Court, Navarre, FL | 5 – 9 p.m.
www.navarresciencestation.org
This event is presented by the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. From creeps of the deep, an endangered species cemetery, to science that glows in the dark, amazing sea creatures await you. Join us for our annual fundraiser Science Spooktacular. Explore science stations led by outstanding Santa Rosa County teachers. The family-friendly event features glow in the dark science demonstrations, spine-chilling dissections, haunted beach walk, hands-on activities and crafts for children. Each night is different so join us twice! Visit www.navarresciencestation.org to see pictures from the event.
 

Panhandle Trace Annual Hikes
Oct. 28 – Nov. 5

www.westerngate-fta.org
The Panhandle Trace Hike is a daily hiking event covering 90 miles of the Florida National Scenic Trail and its sidetrail from Fort Pickens in the Gulf Islands National Seashore to the Florida/Alabama state line in northern Blackwater River State Forest. Daily hikes range in length from 6 - 14 miles and participants may come for any or all days.