18th Annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour highlights family-friendly fall activities throughout Santa Rosa County

Posted on August 31, 2021 by Staff reports

This year marks the 18th Annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour, a series of family-friendly fall festivities from September through the beginning of November. Enjoy the crisp air as you pick your own pumpkin, fish the many waters in Santa Rosa County and discover new cultural attractions.

Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
Bands on the Blackwater Fall Concert Series

5158 Willing St. in Milton, 7 to 9 p.m.
Bands on the Blackwater is a free outdoor spring and fall concert series held Friday nights in downtown Milton. Pull up your boat or bring a lawn chair and relax while listening to great live music! For more information visit www.facebook.com/BandsOnTheBlackwater or call the City of Milton at 850-983-5400.

Sept. 3 – Nov. 6
Chain of Lakes Trail Self-Guided Interpretive Tour

Blackwater River State Park, 7720 Deaton Bridge Rd. in Milton.
Come out on a nice fall day to enjoy the scenic route that is our Chain of Lakes hiking trail. Approximately 1.5 miles in distance, this trail will traverse through many types of natural habitats supported by the park. On this self-guided tour, learn about the natural habitats as well as other insightful facts about the park and trail. Parking is located in the “P” across from the Chain of Lakes trailhead. Park admission is $4 per vehicle. Bring exact change and utilize the honor pay station located within the parking area. Grab a trail map on the boardwalk before embarking on a hike. For more information, call the Ranger station at 850-983-5363. To view the park map visit: www.floridastateparks.org/sites/default/files/media/file/Blackwater%20River%2001218_0.pdf.

Sept. 4, 18, Oct. 2, 16, Nov. 6
Hwy. 87 Outdoor Market at Pik-itz

1922 Hwy. 87 in Navarre, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This monthly outdoor market takes place on the first and third Saturday of each month. Farm to Table vendors are available along with arts and crafts. Also, don’t miss out on shopping inside Pik-itz! For more information visit www.pikitz.com or call 850-710-7128.
Sept. 10, 11 and 12
31st Annual Juana Good Time Regatta
1451 Navarre Beach Causeway, Navarre Beach.

The Juana Good Time Regatta is designed for both experienced and novice racers, with the main emphasis being a “Good Time”. It is open to all sizes of multi-hull sailboats, from beach cats and trimarans to cruisers. For more information visit www.juanaspagodas.com/RegattaNews.htm or call 850-939-1092.

Sept. 25

Ye Olde Brothers Brewery, 4458 Hwy. 87 in Navarre, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The premier event of the year at Ye Olde Brothers Brewery! Come out and enjoy premium craft beer and authentic lagers in addition to traditional German fare and great music. For more information visit www.yeoldebrothersbrewery.com or call 850-684-1495.

Sept. 25 – Nov. 6
Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch & Maze
2055 Homer Holland Rd. in Milton, Sunday to Saturday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Enjoy a farm hayride around the farm and to the pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin. New activities for this year include a .75-mile train ride around the farm and a new innertube hill slide! Other activities include corn box, horse and regular swings, spider web, pirate ship, zip lines, pedal tractor cart racing, hill slides, rat racers, sand box and an eight-acre corn maze with kiddie maze. Every visitor receives a free cup of Holland Farms’ famous homegrown boiled peanuts. Sit back and relax on the farm market porch. Follow Holland Farms on Facebook or Instagram (Hollandfarmsonline). For more information visit www.HollandFarmsOnline.com or call 850-675-6876 or email Hollandfarms@gmail.com

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights in October
Whispering Pines Haunted Hayride & Zombie Shoot

1603 Penton Rd in Milton, 7 p.m. to midnight.
Come out for some Spooktacular Fun! Halloween activities include haunted hayride, zombie bus paintball shoot, bonfire, live music, and concessions. For more information and admission prices visit www.floridachristmastree.com or www.facebook.com/WhisperingPinesTreeFarm or call 850-304-1559.

Oct. 2 – Nov. 7
13th Annual Sweet Season Farms Corn Maze and U-Pick Pumpkins and Sunflowers

2260 Horn Rd. in Milton, Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Reserved school field trips only on weekdays. Visitors can spend time this fall season navigating their way through a fun and unique corn maze with plenty of room to spread out on the farm! U-pick sunflowers will be blooming in October along with the pumpkin patch. Over 25 fun farm-themed activities, including the cow train, beeline zipline, corn popper jumping pillow, barnyard ball, farm themed playground and more. Plenty of food including the farm bakery with fresh squeezed lemonade, homemade caramel apples, roasted sweet corn, sno cones, kettle corn and much more. Find Sweet Season Farms Facebook or Instagram for more details and event updates. For more information visit www.sweetseasonfarms.com or call 850-686-9917 or email info@sweetseasonfarms.com.

Oct. 2
1st Annual Challenge 22 Event Walk and Ride
Navarre Park, 8513 Navarre Parkway in Navarre, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the American Legion Riders Chapter 382 to help bring awareness to the effects of post-traumatic stress and the 22 veteran suicides a day. This community event will help raise money towards Project: VetRelief and feature an opening military ceremony, followed by a 2.2-mile walk and 22-mile motorcycle ride. There will be guest speakers, vendors, food and live music throughout the day. Register or donate at www.american-legion-riders-chapter-382.ticketleap.com/1st-annual-challenge-22/. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Navarre-Challenge-22-104872238505978 or call 850-420-4721.

Oct. 2
Juana’s Annual Oktoberfest Beer Tasting, Juana’s Pagodas & Sailor’s Grill
1451 Navarre Beach Causeway, Navarre Beach, 12 to 4 p.m.

Festive atmosphere for adults to sample craft beers and food from the Sailor’s Grill along with activities for children staffed by the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. For more information, visit www.juanaspagodas.com or call 850-939-1092.

Oct. 2
Sea Turtle Extravaganza, Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center
8740 Gulf Blvd., Navarre Beach, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Shell-e-brate all things sea turtle through games, crafts, photo booth, costume characters, music and more! Free admission all day to the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center. NBSTCC is open until 4 p.m. For more information visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org or call 850-684-3347.

Oct. 2
Take a Kid Fishing
8579 Gulf Blvd., Navarre Beach, 8 a.m.

This kid’s fishing clinic is staged at Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. First 200 children (12 and under) receive a fishing pole, goodie bag, free bait and fishing instruction. This event usually fills up quickly. Proceeds go to Navarre Chamber Foundation, a 501(c)(3). For more information and to pre-register visit www.takeakidfishingnavarre.com or www.NavarreChamberFoundation.org.

Oct. 2, 3
Navarre Fishing Rodeo
1451 Navarre Beach Causeway, Navarre Beach

Tournament competition opens 12:01 a.m. Saturday – until 4 p.m. Sunday. Fish from the shore, a boat or kayak, or from the pier – you just can’t “fish” from the seafood market! Prizes will be awarded in all divisions. Weigh-in is on the beach at Juana’s, close to Santa Rosa County Boat Ramp and parking. Scales close promptly at 4 p.m. on both days. Up to two junior anglers 12 years of age and under can compete in the junior division for free with each paid rodeo admission. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Navarre Chamber Foundation which in turn benefits the Navarre Beach Marine Park. Visit the event website to find discounts from local lodging partners for the week of the Navarre Fishing Rodeo. For more information visit www.navarrefishingrodeo.com or call 850-939-1900 or email info@navarrefishingrodeo.com.  

Oct. 9
87 Art Fest at Pik-itz
1922 Hwy. 87 in Navarre, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kick off the shopping season with over 30 local artists, food trucks and live music. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pikitzartandantiques or call 850-710-1728.

Oct. 9
Fall Festival at the West Florida Railroad Museum
5003 Henry St. in Milton, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This event will include tours of the museum, historic presentations, model train displays, and the riding kids train and garden. Food vendors “Dadgum Good BBQ” and “Snowbiz Shaved Ice” will on site. For more information visit www.wfrm.org or www.facebook.com/West-Florida-Railroad-Museum-169032023184068.

Oct. 9
13th Annual Run for the Reef 10K/5K and Kid’s One Mile Fun Run
8597 Gulf Blvd., Navarre Beach

Run starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Navarre Beach boat launch parking lot. Features an out-and-back course along scenic Gulf Blvd. Event is a fundraiser to help “Make Navarre Snorkelicious,” a benefit for the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary and artificial reefs. Race day registration will be from 6 – 7 a.m. at Windjammers on the Pier. Awards will also be held at Windjammers on the Pier. For more information visit www.navarrebeachmarinesanctuary.org or contact Mike Sandler at 850-686-6643 or email mike@navarrechamberfoundation.org

Oct. 9
20th Annual Navarre Car, Truck, and Bike Show and Craft Fair
Navarre High School, 8600 High School Blvd. in Navarre, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 100 historical cars from all decades are on display in this popular event. Event features music, food, vendor booths and a craft fair. For more information, visit www.NavarreCarShow.com or call 850-501-2244.

Oct. 9
Bluegrass in the Woods
Sunburst RV Resort, 2375 Horn Rd. in Milton. 7 – 9 p.m.

This free event will feature bluegrass music, s’mores around the fire pit and plenty of toe tapping. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy the peaceful setting. RV sites, cabins, and tent sites can be rented to make a weekend of it. For more information visit www.sunburstrvresort.com or call 850-675-6807.

Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30
Spooky Shark School at Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center
8740 Gulf Blvd., Navarre Beach, 9 to 10 a.m.

Explore sharks of the deep when the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center Shark School goes spooky in October. Explore local Gulf Coast sharks, shark biology, and shark conservation. Shark school participants receive an introduction class to sharks of the Gulf of Mexico, shark arts and crafts, shark tooth treasure hunt, a certificate of completion, and early entrance to the NBSTCC. For more information and to register, visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org/programs or call 850-684-3347.

Oct. 10
Annual Charity Chili Cook-off and Volleyball Tourney
Juana’s Pagodas & Sailor’s Grill, 1451 Navarre Beach Causeway, Navarre Beach
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Event is a fundraiser for Caring and Sharing of South Santa Rosa County. Fee required to enter the chili cookoff or the volleyball tournament. Donation fee required to taste. Bring already cooked and hot chili in crock pots with serving ladles to set up between noon and 2 p.m.; chili tastings take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Volleyball registration at 10 a.m. and tournament starts at 10:30 a.m. Four-person co-ed teams any skill levels, will be paired according to skill level. For more information visit www.juanaspagodas.com or call 850-939-1092.

Oct. 15, 16
Spirits of the Simpson House Tour
Arcadia Homestead Site, 4755 Anna Simpson Rd. in Milton.

Join the homestead for a spooky evening of history and hauntings at the restored Simpson House Museum that highlights the life at Arcadia Farms during the Great Depression. The multi-sensory exhibit features a mixture of staged, historic furniture and interactive exhibits. This event requires pre-purchased tickets, limited spots available for each tour. For more information and tickets visit www.historicpensacola.org/arcadia.

Oct. 16
Pink Pirate’s Save Second Base Annual 5K Run
8578 Gulf Blvd., Navarre Beach, 8 a.m.

Breast Cancer Awareness Run. Race starts at the Navarre Beach boat ramp parking lot. Pink Pirates is a 501C non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds to assist with early detection of breast cancer. For more information visit www.facebook.com/pinkpiratesnavarre or call 850-323-8287 or email PinkPiratesofNavarre@gmail.com.

Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31
Boo at the Zoo – Trick or Treat Trail
Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. in Gulf Breeze, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Trick-or-Treat with all your favorite animals! Boo at the Zoo offers six days of scare-free, daytime fun for children and their families. Join the safe zoo neighborhood of Halloween entertainment, with kid-friendly fun around every corner. Includes trick-or-treat trail with toys, treats, treasures, bounce houses, face painting, animal ambassador headquarters and the entire zoo. Save time and purchase tickets online. For more information visit www.gbzoo.com or call 850-932-2229.

Oct. 22, 23
1st Annual Batty Halloween Wing-Ding!
Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, 3051 Cloptons Cir. in Navarre
Friday 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday 4 to 8 p.m.

Join the refuge and their animal ambassadors for games, crafts, and candy. Rose the Raccoon will teach how to play ring toss the right way or get a picture taken at the hissing booth with Butch the Corn Snake. Take a walk through the kid friendly haunted trail and take a flying lesson from Aries the Red-Shouldered Hawk. Dress up in a favorite Halloween costume! Admission fee required, discount for visitors in Halloween costumes. For more information visit www.facebook.com/emeraldcoastwildliferefuge or call 850-684-1485.

Oct. 23
Science Spooktacular by the Sea presented by the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station
8638 Blue Heron Ct., Navarre Beach, 5 to 9 p.m.

From creeps of the deep, an endangered species cemetery, to science that glows in the dark, amazing sea creatures await. Join the science station for their 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. For more information and pricing visit www.navarrebeachmarinesciencestation.com or call 850-261-2141.

Oct. 29, 30
Annual Ghost Walk Downtown Milton
6866 Caroline Street, in Milton

Tours will begin at the Imogene Theatre in Milton starting at 6 p.m. each evening. Tours will leave approximately every 25 minutes until around 10 p.m. Tours last 30 to 45 minutes. Event website: www.santarosahistoricalsociety.com.

Oct. 30
Annual Fenner McConnell/Mark Wantz Blackwater Heritage Century Ride
Clyde L. Gracey Community Center (Milton Community Center), 5629 Byrom St., in Milton.

Ride starts at 7:30 a.m. October is a great time to get outside, enjoy the cooler temperatures, reconnect with nature, and enjoy all that life has to offer. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida and the West Florida Wheelmen Bicycle Club host this event. This ride gives a unique chance to experience Northwest Florida’s native wildlife, natural environments, and beautiful scenery. A ride for all cycling levels, choose 18, 42, 62, or 100 miles. Registration includes event giveaways, fully supported rest stops, limited SAG support, a post-ride meal, great prize opportunities, a t-shirt, and medals for all participants. For more information and to register visit www.bbbsnwfl.org/events/fenner-ride.

Oct. 30
Halloween, Hallow-Seas Saturday
Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, 8740 Gulf Blvd., Navarre Beach,
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Celebrate Halloween in the seas with free activities and upcycled arts and crafts outside the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, story time with “Duffy’s Lucky Escape”, photo booth fun and a Turtle Excluder Device display. Take a tour of the Conservation Center to learn about Sweet Pea’s journey along with many other animal exhibits. The NBSTCC will be open until 4 p.m. with general admission fees. For more information visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org or call 850-684-3347.

Oct. 30
Trash Bash with the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center
8649 Gulf Blvd., Navarre Beach, 8 to 10 a.m.

Halloween-themed for the month of October. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes that are upcycled and/or marine themed! Help protect sea turtles and other imperiled species through a citizen science program that allows volunteers to take an active role in the war against marine debris. Volunteers collect trash from different areas along the 4.5 miles of Navarre Beach and record data that is forwarded to state and federal agencies. Meet in the main Navarre Beach parking lot near the Sand Crab Pavilion. A limited supply of gloves, buckets and pickers are provided, or participants may bring their own supplies. For more information, visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org or call 850-684-3347.

September, October,November (all month long)

Adventures Unlimited Fall Foliage Zipline Tours
8974 Tomahawk Landing Rd. in Milton
Fall is a great time to enjoy the many natural attractions at Adventures Unlimited located just north of Milton, FL., in the Blackwater River State Forest. Enjoy the changing colors and the rush of excitement while doing one of the Canopy Zipline Tours. Overnight accommodations at the resort’s camp sites or cabins are available along with canoeing and kayaking down the majestic Coldwater Creek. Inquire about team building activities and group outings also. For more information visit www.adventuresunlimited.com or call (850) 623-6197.

Holley Hill Pottery and Art Studio Kiln Openings
7507 Buckeye Dr. in Navarre, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Open Tuesday to Saturday on the tour. Holley Hill Pottery has been making pottery in Santa Rosa County for over 40 years capturing the lifestyle, scenery and sea life of the Gulf Coast using local clays and their own glaze formulas. For more information visit www.holleyhillpottery.com or call 850-939-2744 or email martyandbrendas@gmail.com.
Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society
7507 Buckeye Dr. in Navarre, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kilns can be toured every Saturday on the tour. Kiln Walk has the largest historical 32-foot wood fueled “Anagama” cave style kiln and the only reconstructed wood fueled Southern Altered Groundhog Kiln from the 1940s in the state of Florida. Both historical kilns are available to view on the tour. For more information visit www.holleyhillpottery.com or call 850-939-2744 or email martyandbrendas@gmail.com.

The Beaches to Woodlands Tour is coordinated by the Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Office. For more information, visit www.beachestowoodlands.com or call 850-981-8900. The website is still being updated and 2021 events will be shown on the site soon. Events can also be found at www.getrelaxing.com/see-do/events.