Beaches to Woodlands Tour

Boo at the Zoo

Children are invited to don their costumes and enjoy the not-so scary, Halloween themed zoo. The event features a Halloween Hay Maze, Monster Foam Play Party, animal encounters and face painting. A trick or treat trail features stations for children to enjoy toys, treats and treasures. For more information, call 850-932-2229 or visit www.gulfbreezezoo.org.

Boo at the Zoo offers wild time

Boo at the Zoo offers wild time

There were a variety of trick-or-treating booths throughout the zoo last weekend. In addition to getting sweet treats, visitors to Gulf Breeze zoo’s Boo at the Zoo event learned about the creatures that call the zoo home. Click here to view photos featured in the Oct. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online to your […]

Boo at the Zoo

Children are invited to don their costumes and enjoy the not-so scary, Halloween themed zoo. The event features a Halloween Hay Maze, Monster Foam Play Party, animal encounters and face painting. A trick or treat trail features stations for children to enjoy toys, treats and treasures. For more information, call 850-932-2229 or visit www.gulfbreezezoo.org.

Butterfly House says farewell at Monarch Madness

Butterfly House says farewell at Monarch Madness

In a bittersweet celebration, the Panhandle Butterfly House held its final Monarch Madness at the current location Saturday as children learned about butterflies and even released them into the wild. The nonprofit program has called the eastern corner of Navarre Park home for 21 years, and the group has been hosting Monarch Madness for a […]

Boo at the Zoo

Children are invited to don their costumes and enjoy the not-so scary, Halloween themed zoo. The event features a Halloween Hay Maze, Monster Foam Play Party, animal encounters and face painting. A trick or treat trail features stations for children to enjoy toys, treats and treasures. For more information, call 850-932-2229 or visit www.gulfbreezezoo.org.  

Kids discover the fun of fishing

Kids discover the fun of fishing

Hundreds of children of all ages cast a line along the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier Saturday morning as part of the 9th Annual Take a Kid Fishing. Put together each year by the Holley by the Sea Fishing Club, this event teaches children about fishing techniques, conservation and sport. Each registered child received a shirt […]

Tourism strong despite brush with Gordon

Tourism strong despite brush with Gordon

Hoteliers in Navarre continued to see high numbers of visitors over Labor Day weekend despite an impending tropical storm. Hampton Inn and Suites Navarre General Manager Andy Peterson said the hotel was busy with families ready to hit the beach. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2018 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2018 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation and Okaloosa Gas are working to put the finishing touches on the 2018 fishing rodeo slated for Oct. 6-7 on Navarre Beach. Organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation, the event is entering its sixth year and is one stop on what will be the 15th annual Beaches […]

HBTS Fishing Club steps up for Take a Kid Fishing

HBTS Fishing Club steps up for Take a Kid Fishing

Holley By the Sea Fishing Club is the title sponsor of the 2018 Take a Kid Fishing event presented by the Navarre Chamber Foundation, the area’s premier children’s fishing camp which takes place Oct. 6, during the weekend of the Navarre Beach Fishing Rodeo. The ninth annual Take a Kid Fishing takes place on the Navarre Beach […]

Beaches to Woodlands Tour boosts off-season tourism

Beaches to Woodlands Tour boosts off-season tourism

For coastal communities, Labor Day weekend often marks the end of the peak season. Belts are tightened. Hotel room rates are reduced to attract more visitors. For county government, that dip in visitors typically comes with a decline in collections of bed taxes, the tax charged on temporary accommodations. Read the full article in the […]

Woodstoke Pottery Festival

The event will be held at the Anagama kiln site, 7507 Buckeye Dr. off of Highway 87 in Holley from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Two historical wood-fueled kilns be unloaded during the festival unveiling creations from many different potters.  Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the day. There will be a seafood and Chili […]

Children join the “Order Lepidoptera” at festival

Children join the “Order Lepidoptera” at festival

As orange and black wings fluttered around the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) en masse Saturday, so did young minds ready to learn about these fragile creatures at the annual Monarch Madness Butterfly Festival. This year the festival added a new lesson activity called the Monarch Madness Passport. Master Gardener and PBH volunteer Pam Murfey helped […]

Top 5 Events This Week

Top 5 Events This Week

Sea Turtle Extravaganza Learn about sea turtles through games, crafts, jellyfish hat photos and more on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. For more information, visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org.   Navarre Fishing Rodeo The Navarre Chamber Foundation is excited to once […]

Beaches to Woodlands returns early this year

Beaches to Woodlands returns early this year

Labor Day weekend marks the end of the traditional tourism peak season, and that can mean months of fewer visitors and lower profits known as the shoulder season. Bed tax collections, the money paid to the county by visitors for temporary lodging, tend to be lower. Despite July posting 32 percent bed tax growth, many […]

Take a Kid Fishing set for October

Take a Kid Fishing set for October

The Navarre Beach Fishing pier will be the site of the Take a Kid Fishing event on Navarre Beach in October. The event coincides with the Navarre Beach Fishing Rodeo that will also be going on that weekend. The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners approved the Navarre Chamber Foundation’s request for the use […]

Run for the Reef

Run for the Reef

Joe Jarvis and Stephanie Jarvis were the overall winners of the 5K Run for the Reef Saturday at Navarre Beach. Joe was the top male runner, clocking in with a time of 20:15. Stephanie was the top female runner at the event, crossing the finish line in 23:01. In the 10K run, Beverly Fair of […]

Sea Turtle Extravaganza brings learning and fun

Sea Turtle Extravaganza brings learning and fun

Visitors young and old played and learned Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s Sea Turtle Extravaganza. The event featured games like digging for baby sea turtles and educational displays like lessons on how litter affects turtles in the ocean. Many locals and visitors to Navarre took the opportunity to meet […]

Monarch Madness highlights end of year for butterfly house

Monarch Madness highlights end of year for butterfly house

Jean Berger sat at a chair on a sun-splashed Friday morning holding up a display of photos of butterflies. Children gathered around her, their eagerness to learn all about an insect so vital to the health of the environment very evident. “They find it very exciting and just absorb the information,” said Berger, a volunteer […]

Art at 2,400 degrees

Art at 2,400 degrees

For potter Jason Stokes, being coated in clay and tending flames of 2,400 degree heat is second nature. Stokes grew up in the world of pottery, creating works of art at Holley Hill Pottery since he was very young as his father tended the flames of the kiln. “I’ve grown up around the kiln,” he […]

Fall festival wishes Great Pumpkin happy 50th

Fall festival wishes Great Pumpkin happy 50th

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown has become a staple of fall tradition for families throughout the country, and this year the iconic movie turns 50 years old. To celebrate the anniversary, the Sweet Season Farms Corn Maze and Fall Fun Festival transformed their 8 acre corn field maze into a Charlie Brown themed adventure. […]

Beaches to Woodlands weekend fun

Beaches to Woodlands weekend fun

Monarch Madness Butterfly Festival Oct. 7–8 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Panhandle Butterfly House 8581 Navarre Pkwy in Navarre Watch as hundreds of monarch butterflies are released for their annual migration to Mexico and participate in tagging the butterflies for research. There will be science experiments as well as butterfly friendly plants for sale.   35th Annual […]

Record-setting rodeo

Record-setting rodeo

The 2016 Navarre Fishing Rodeo set records on many levels.  This year the rodeo attracted more people, larger sponsors, more door prizes, more fish weighed – it was more.  The beautiful weather on both days of the event got folks out onto the water to enjoy a day of fishing with family and friends. The […]

Calling all anglers to the Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Calling all anglers to the Navarre Fishing Rodeo

It won’t be long before anglers along the Emerald Coast can compete in the Navarre Fishing Rodeo. The event, in its fourth year, is set to take place Oct. 1-2 and is part of the 13th Annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour. The tournament highlights the abundance of fish that can be found in area waters […]

Women’s Expo exceeds expectations

Women’s Expo exceeds expectations

The theme of the 2015 Navarre Women’s Expo was Women Empowering Women. And the presenters of this event, Cherie Rice of Coldwell Banker United Realtors and Sarah Hasty of New York Life Insurance company lived up to the theme. The expo provided the opportunity for women in business to connect with other business women and […]

The Beaches to Woodlands Tour features 2 more great weekends of events

The Beaches to Woodlands Tour features 2 more great weekends of events

The fourth full weekend of the Beaches to Woodlands Tour of Santa Rosa County will feature ghostly adventures, haunted hayrides, three mazes, hikes, historical lectures, fabulous pottery at a kiln opening and more. The majority of events wrap up Halloween weekend. “The cooler weather is perfect to enjoy the outdoor events on tour – and […]

Week 3 of the 12th Beaches to Woodlands Tour of Santa Rosa

Week 3 of the 12th Beaches to Woodlands Tour of Santa Rosa

Temperatures are forecast to drop into the 70s this weekend just in time for a full slate of activities for Week 3 of the 12th Annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour of Santa Rosa County. “Along with our monthlong corn mazes and farm fun at Sweet Seasons, Sonshine and Holland Farms, we have many other events […]

Monarch Madness returns to Navarre

Monarch Madness returns to Navarre

Like the monarch butterfly, the Monarch Madness Festival returns to Navarre year after year. On Oct. 16-17, the ninth annual event will celebrate the monarch butterfly’s migration through Northwest Florida with activities and educational stations for all ages at the Panhandle Butterfly House, located at the foot of the Navarre Beach Bridge. In addition to […]