Beaches to Woodlands is coming early this year

My favorite time of year is almost here. I’m not talking about the holidays. (Though that is an exciting time of year.)

No, I’m talking about Beaches to Woodlands! For the 15th year in a row Navarre Beach and her neighboring communities are coming together for a variety of festivals and fun centered around the transition of the seasons.

This annual assortment of festivals, runs and seasonal activities allows our local community to celebrate what makes us great. From the fertile farm lands in the north end to the beauty and history of the Blackwater River to the tropical beaches of Navarre Beach.

This is also a great time to visit and really experience our county like a local while the temperatures are still mild. This time of year the weather is still warm staying in the 80s and 70s. Perfect temperatures to relax on the beach or to zip through treetops on a Fall Foilage Zipline.

The 15th Annual Beaches to Woodlands has expanded for this year. The event that once resided firmly in the confines of October 1-31 now encompasses a three-month affair, and I welcome the change.

I am especially excited to try out some new events this year including the Rhythm and Ribs Festival 2018 being hosted in historic downtown Milton and the Navarre Beach Fireman’s Challenge where participants try their hand at being a fireman for a day complete with the uniform. (Trust me, it’s a lot harder than it looks.)

Kicking off the events this year in September will be month long activities such as the Fall Foliage Zipline Tours at Adventures Unlimited and cultural opportunities with Gulf Coast Kiln Walk in Holley. I love checking out their handmade pottery and learning about the history of mankind’s love of firing clay.  Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch & Maze and the Sonshine Family Farms Corn Maze and Mini Golf will open to the public Sept. 22.

The fun in Navarre will be kicked off with a packed weekend Oct. 6-7 with Monarch Madness Butterfly Festival in Navarre Park, Take a Kid Fishing, Navarre Fishing Rodeo and Juana’s 5th Annual Oktoberfest Beer Tasting.

A full list of events is available at Find your favorite festival or a register for a fun 5K, then book your stay at


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