Top 10 Reasons to Live in Milton
Smack dab in Santa Rosa County, Florida, sits home of the Naval Air Station Whiting Field, the beautiful and serene town of Milton. There is some centention with how it came to be named Milton, with some historians claiming it was a homage to poet and author John Milton, while others say Milton is a shortened version of Mill Town, a nod to the lumber industry which has historically flourished in the area. Although in Santa Rosa County and not Escambia County, Milton is apart of the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Metropolitan statistical area.
Living in Milton is the best of both worlds; next door to sunny beach life but with plenty of country flair. As an exciting and unique community here in NWFL, Milton makes a fantastic place to call home, and in today’s blog, I am going to list ten of them. Be sure to check out my list on why neighboring Navarre is a topnotch place to live as well.
10. Best of Both Worlds
Sometimes, nothing beats a day at the beach. But other days, when you want nothing more than a bonfire and miles of isolation to ride around four wheelers and dirt bikes. Milton is located in a heavily forested area of NWFL, and being only a quick drive from the beach gives you the ability to enjoy pretty much everything nature has to offer (outside of snowy mountains and scorching deserts).
9. The West Florida Railroad Museum
In operation at the Louisville and Nashville Depot in Milton since 1989, the year I am writing this marks the 30th anniversary for the West Florida Railroad Museum, which in and of itself is a tad historic. The Depot itself was built in 1909. It was replacing the original building, constructed in in 1882, which burned down two years prior to the construction of the Louisville and Nashville Depot. The history in the building alone is something to marvel at, but their wide variety of old trains and train accessories truly is a sight to behold. Also on site is the maintained house of a bridge tender, taken from the Escambia Bay trestle bridge, as well as a section shed and accompanying motor car. The museum makes a great place to take your kids, have a date, or just kill some time with some friends. It also sponsors two separate model railroad clubs, The Emerald Coast Garden Railway Club and The West Florida Model Railroad Club.
8. The Santa Rosa Historical Society
Personally, I find it comforting to know that there are people living where I do that are so in love with the town, and the history of the town, they spend their time and money to preserve it. Milton is home to The Santa Rosa Historical Society, as well as their most prestigious project, the Imogene Theatre in downtown Milton. To learn more about all of the many things The Santa Rosa Historical Society is responsible for, check out their website http://santarosahistoricalsociety.com/
7. Carpenter’s Park
Carpenter’s Park is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon on a hot summer’s day. You see, this facility doesn’t just boast the normal niceties a park in NWFL does, but has water access, electric outlets at the picnic tables, and boat ramps. There is literally everything you need here to have the time of your life, and then some. If you’ve got a boat and you want to have some fun, Carpenter’s Park is a must visit location.
6. Main Street
Main Street Milton has that classic Americana feel to it, and it has been well preserved over the many decades since its erection. From shopping to fine dining and chic hotels, Main Street Milton is a fun enough for the whole family, and romantic enough for date night.
5. Tanglewood Golf & Country Club
Being home to golf legend Boo Weekely, you’d imagine the golf in Milton is top notch. If you’ve ever been to the Tanglewood Golf & Country Club, you’ll know that it is. Touted as “where the pros go to learn”, this full 18 tee course and driving range has everything golf fanatics want from a course.
4. Milton/Gulf Pines KOA
A snowbird favorite, the Milton/Gulf Pines KOA offers a full miniature golf course, 100’ pull-through lots, a heated, fully domed pool, laundry facilities, a clubhouse, free CATV, executive sites, all paved roads, a free Continental breakfast, WiFi and seasonal rates. 20 minutes east of Pensacola, 20 minutes to the beaches and easy interstate access make this an amazing spot to visit for a day, a week, or a whole season!
3. Black River State Forest
The Black River State Forest is one third of the largest longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem in the world. It’s neighbors, the Conecuh National Forest and the Eglin Air Force Base combine to forge this ecosystem. This system used to cover over 60 million acres in the Southeast USA, although not less than three million acres remains. Black River, and longleaf pine communities in general, are home to many endangered and threatened species.
2. Coldwell Creek Paddling Trail
Coldwell Creek is home to some of the swiftest water in Florida. A spring fed, shallow waters, the temperatures here are relaxingly cool and makes for safe fun for paddlers of all ages. Soft sands, broad sandbars, and at some spots incredibly narrow, this 20 mile float is designated as an official paddle spot in Florida.
1. Milton Quality Bakery
The baked goods here are so good, I had to list it on this list. You’ve never tasted pies or cakes until you’ve gotten them at Milton Quality Bakery. You never knew a donut could be so fancy until you’ve eaten them from Milton Quality Bakery. You’ve never seen the true potential of cinnamon raisin bread until you’ve gotten a loaf from Milton Quality Bakery. If you’re a local you know, and if you’re ever in the area, you wasted a trip to NWFL if you didn’t stop by and indulge your sweet tooth at Milton Quality Bakery.
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