Day trip: In an era where developers and retailers try to create "lifestyle centers," the historic towns of Milton and Bagdad offer a rare view of the region's authentic lifestyle and the landscape on which it was originally centered. Many beach vacationers explore our area for the day. Spend the morning on a walking tour of downtown Milton with lunch at one of our award-winning restaurants (see mainstreetmilton.com for details). For the afternoon, explore the rich history of Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site (details and hours at 850-626-3084) or the Blackwater Heritage Trail (details at blackwaterheritagetrail.org). Wrap up the day with a memorable dinner, such as fresh seafood at Shuck'Ums.
Blackwater Day Trip: Focus on our historic waterways with a day of paddling in what's known as the Canoe Capital of Florida (river trip details and directions at adventuresunlimited.com). Afterwards, keep the focus on the river with dinner at Blackwater Bistro's historic waterfront location in downtown Milton.
Weekend Trip: Spend two nights in or near Milton for a fuller experience. Accommodations range from the convenience of national-brand hotels to the historic and natural immersion of the Schoolhouse Inn, located within the Adventures Unlimited property. Combine a full day of natural adventures as you explore the landscape via paddle or zip line with a full day of historic tours including antiquing, shopping, museum tours and dining.
A Week in Milton: Those wanting an in-depth experience of what Florida used to be will need more time to spend in the Milton area.
- Day One: Walking tour of downtown Milton, antiquing
- Day Two: Blackwater Heritage Trail and L&N Depot museum tour
- Day Three-Four: Two-day river/zip line tour
- Day Five: Arcadia Mill and Bagdad Village tours
- Day Six: Blackwater State Forest hiking
- Day Seven: Special events (see The Santa Rosa Arts & Culture Foundation, Main Street Milton and Florida Beaches to Rivers.