Santa Rosa County won’t let you forget about fall.
While tourists and locals often recognize Northwest Florida for the endless summer possibilities at the beach, they might consider spending autumn at Beaches to Woodlands. The fall series involves a list of activities and events that the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office compiles.
Nicole Dees, the tourist information specialist, said there is something for everyone.
“What makes it so special is the scope of Santa Rosa County,” Dees said. “From the fishing rodeo on Navarre Beach all the way up to the autumnlike environment of Blackwater River State Forest and the Munson Heritage Festival.”
The 14th annual Beaches to Woodlands features several new events such as the Dog Days of Summer’s End Fest in Milton, Santa Rosa Ranch Fall Festival First Annual Fish Off and the Milton Food, Wine & Brew Festival.
Here is a list of Beaches to Woodlands events divided into categories such as families, couples and adventure seekers.
For a complete list, visit beachestowoodlands.com.
Take a Kid Fishing
When: 6 a.m.-noon Oct. 7
Where: Navarre Beach Pier, 8579 Gulf Boulevard, Navarre
Information: Call 850-939-3267 or visit navarrechamberfoundation.org.
This fishing clinic will teach children about bait, fish, conservation and how to fish. At the end, children will receive a free rod and reel.
Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch & Maze
When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Sunday through Nov. 4
Where: 2055 Homer Holland Road, Milton
Enjoy a hayride that guides you to a pumpkin patch along with other activities such as zip lines, hill slides and mazes.
Sonshine Family Farms Corn Mazes and Mini Golf
When: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 5
Where: 6270 Oglesby Road, Milton
Cost: $8 ages 3 and older, free for ages 2 and younger
Price of admission includes both mazes and everything at the farm except pony rides, fishing and pumpkins.
Sweet Season Farms Corn Maze and Fall Fun Festival
When: 6-10 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays in October
Where: 2260 Horn Road, Milton
Cost: $10.50 “whole cob” admission, $5 fee for pony rides, pumpkins priced per size, $10.50 flashlight maze Friday nights
Explore an eight-acre corn maze, hayrides, cow train rides, farm animals and more.
Jay Peanut Festival
When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 7-8
Where: Gabbert Farm, 3604 Pine Level Church Road, Jay
Cost: Free admission
This festival celebrates one of Santa Rosa’s staple crops — the peanut. It allows people to experience country life and showcases farming life past and present. It will offer vendors, a 1930s Farm Museum and 1940s John Deere dealership, food booths and games.
Sea Turtle Extravaganza
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 7
Where: 8740 Gulf Boulevard, Navarre
Learn about sea turtles through games, crafts, photos and tour the center.
Monarch Madness Butterfly Festival
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 20-21
Where: Panhandle Butterfly House, 8581 Navarre Parkway, Navarre
Information: Watch as hundreds of Monarch butterflies begin their annual migration to Mexico.
Science Spooktacular by the Sea
When: 5-9 p.m. Oct. 27-28
Where: 8638 Blue Heron Court, Navarre
Science is spooky at this event featuring an endangered species cemetery, science that glows in the dark and more. This family-friendly event features science stations led by Santa Rosa County teachers.
Music to your ears
Bands on the Blackwater
When: 7 p.m. Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 13, Oct. 20, Oct. 27
Where: South Willing Street, Milton
Pull up your boat or bring a lawn chair to enjoy a free outdoor concert series Friday nights in downtown Milton.
Dog Days of Summer’s End Fest
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 30
Where: 4636 Forsyth St., Milton
This event will feature food vendors, live music and a fun run in a one-mile or half-mile distance.
Munson Community Heritage Festival
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 14-15
Where: Krul Lake Recreation Area, 11098 Krul Lake Road, Milton
Secrets of Santa Rosa: Archaeology and History in Your Backyard
When: 11 a.m. Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28
Where: 5709 Mill Pond Lane, Milton
Listen to lectures and explore the Arcadia Mill archeological site.
Ghosts of Milton Walking Tour
When: tours start at 6 p.m. Oct. 27-28
Where: Imogene Theatre, 6866 Caroline St., Milton
Cost: $10 adults, $5 children
Meet the ghosts of Milton in the 17th annual walking tour.
MADE FOR TWO
Coldwater Gardens Tours
When: Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24
Where: 7009 Creek Stone Road, Milton
Take a tour of Coldwater Gardens to see shiitake mushrooms, aquaponics, hydroponics, raised-bed gardening, vermiculture, chickens and honey bees. The property also offers cottage rentals, glamping and primitive camping.
Arcadia After Dark Tour
When: Oct. 14 with time slots
Where: Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site, 5709 Pond Lane, Milton
Cost: $8 adults, $6 children. Tickets are pre-sale only at Arcadia Mill or at historicpensacola.org/explore-arcadia-mill.
Take a family-friendly, spooky walk through the woods at the Arcadia After Dark Lantern Tour. Arcadia Mill is Florida’s largest antebellum industrial complex. The tours last 40 minutes.
Adventures Unlimited Fall Foliage Zipline Tours
Where: 8974 Tomahawk Landing Road, Milton
Information: Prices available at adventuresunlimited.com.
Take in the fall foliage with a zip line tour. Adventures Unlimited offers zip line adventures, river adventures and a resort with cabins for camping.
Annual Fenner Ride
When: 7:30 a.m. for 100-mile ride, 8 a.m. for others Oct. 21
Where: Milton Community Center, 5629 Bryom St., Milton
Take a scenic bicycle ride through Blackwater State Forest. The cycling event includes distance rides of 18, 40, 62 and 100 miles. Proceeds will benefit the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northwest Florida.
Panhandle Trace Annual Hikes
When: Oct. 28–Nov. 5
Where: Florida National Scenic Trail
The Panhandle Trace Hike is a daily hiking event covering 90 miles of the Florida National Scenic Trail and its side trail from Fort Pickens in the Gulf Islands National Seashore to the Florida-Alabama state line. Daily hikes range from 6 to 14 miles, and participants may join for any or all days.
LADIES DAY OUT
Navarre Women’s Expo
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 30
Where: 8700 Navarre Parkway, Navarre
Milton Food, Wine & Brew Festival
When: noon-5 p.m. Oct. 7
Where: downtown Milton, Willing Street
Cost: $20 all-inclusive passport to sample
Indulge in a day with Florida wineries, local craft breweries, food trucks and artists along with live music on the Blackwater stage. Guests must be 21 or older.
Juana’s Oktoberfest Beer Tasting
When: noon-4 p.m. Oct. 7
Where: 1451 Navarre Beach Causeway, Navarre Beach
Cost: $25 to taste
Taste beers from around the world and check out marine life and interactive exhibits.
St. Rose of Lima International Fall Festival
When: 5-10 p.m. Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 14, noon-5 p.m. Oct. 15
Where: 6451 Park Ave., Milton
Try international foods such as Filipino, Polish and Italian; listen to live music and enjoy indoor bingo, vendors and a farmer’s market. Saturday will feature a 5K run.
Navarre Car, Truck, Bike Show and Craft Fair
When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 14
Where: Navarre High School, 8600 High School Boulevard, Navarre
Cost: Free admission
Peruse more than 100 historical cars from all decades along with music, food vendors and a craft fair.