Beaches to Woodlands Tour Accepting Applications Through August 10:

Applications to participate in the 12th Annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour of Santa Rosa County will be accepted through August 10th for the annual October showcase of events. Presented annually by the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Organization, events are primarily staged in the month of October, although some straddle late September and into early November. The tour now attracts visitors and locals eager to enjoy the area’s natural resources during a milder season.

“The Beaches to Woodlands Tour has grown to include a wide variety of events from agritourism to festivals and country fairs to 5ks and more,” said Karen Harrell, who has served as the Beaches to Woodlands Tour coordinator for seven years. “This last year we had more than 40 events and we expect to see at least that many this year.” Groups and organizations interested in joining the tour should fill out the online participation form



About the Tour

The self-guided tour, sponsored by the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council, encompasses more than three dozen diverse events staged in October each year. Events range from "fun on the farm" activities and eco-education to historical lectures and re-enactments to festivals celebrating the season, active events ranging from beach volleyball, ziplining through nature to 5k runs and walks to cycling; arts and culture that celebrate native artisans; marine life education for all ages, fishing, snorkeling and everyone's favorite - the annual migration of the Monarch butterflies.

"The Beaches to Woodlands Tour has become synonymous with Fall for many along the Gulf Coast," said sixth-year tour coordinator Karen Harrell. "Each year we add new events that are grown organically through engaged community members."



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Tour Stories

Bubba Watson talks about Santa Rosa County

The 2012 Master’s Golf Tournament Champion, born and raised in Santa Rosa County, talks about his hometown area.

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Bubba Watson’s Gear on display at Bagdad Museum

Most of the artifacts at the Bagdad Village Museum point to the hamlet’s distant mill town past, but a new exhibit there highlights the achievements of one of its modern native sons. Several items donated by Bagdad native and two-time Master’s Tournament champion Bubba Watson have been added to the museum’s collection just in time for three events planned for the venue during the 2014 Beaches to Woodlands Tour.

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Bubba Watson Talking about Santa Rosa County

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