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Milton Local is a new complete online guide for residents and visitors who are curious about our fair city. We want to help connect people with local businesses and organizations, promote events and attractions, boost our economy, and put our best foot forward while introducing ourselves to prospective families considering a move to Northwest Florida.
We want to build a stronger, more vibrant Milton by encouraging people to be both active in the community and engaged on issues. We hope this site will provide a forum where we can discuss and debate, share resources and new ideas. We want to get conversations started. We’ve built a portal for all things Milton. Come on in, take a look around and tell us what you think.
City of Milton: A Small Town with a Big Heart
Tucked away from the Panhandle’s tourist-packed beach towns, Milton is a small but spirited city, home to some of the friendliest people in the world. Ours is a southern community, valuing its rich cultural heritage, pristine natural resources and abundant recreational opportunities.
As more families discover our old-world charm, Milton is becoming one of the fastest growing areas in Santa Rosa County. Residents and visitors alike explore Milton’s storied history, including the food, music and art of its many cultures in numerous annual celebrations, such as the Scratch Ankle Festival, Blackwater Heritage Tour, and Riverwalk Arts Festival.
Milton is nestled in a gorgeous rural setting of gently rolling farmland and unspoiled nature. Thick forests of cedar, magnolia and longleaf pine are interspersed with majestic rivers and freshwater creeks that offer abundant opportunities for both solitude and adventure. Canoe or kayak peaceful pristine rivers, fish the freshwater streams, boat or water ski on placid bays, explore trail systems for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
Milton is home to the Blackwater River State Forest, dubbed the “Canoe Capital of Florida.” With its countless opportunities to cool off with a swim or just take in the scenic views, this nationally recognized state forest has become the center of ecotourism in the region, attracting nature lovers and adventure seekers both near and far.
Opportunities abound for residents to leave their daily stresses behind, reconnect with nature and just enjoy themselves, including award-winning, championship golf courses, Gulf Islands National Seashore, the Gulf Breeze Zoo, and Adventures Unlimited.
Milton literally has something for everyone!
NAS Whiting Field & Milton: A Mutually Beneficial Partnership
Milton’s relationship with the local military community is very important to us. It’s a strong relationship that brings out the best of both parties. We have embraced our military heritage with attractions like the Veterans Memorial Plaza, which serves as a great memorial and educational tool, and our citizens and business owners do a great job of giving back to the community and supporting our men and women in uniform.
Located 7 miles north of Milton, NAS Whiting Field is known as “The Busiest Air Station in the World.” Opened in July, 1943 to fulfill the pilot training demands of World War II, Whiting Field supports primary and advanced helicopter training or aviators from the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force and foreign countries. Additionally, the Navy’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle training schools calls NAS Whiting Field home. Flight operations typically exceed 160,000 flight hours and average more than 1.3 million flight operations annually.
Whiting Field hosts a fleet of over 200 T-34Cs and nearly 150 TH-57s. Over 1,200 students a year complete their primary flight training here. Whiting Field is composed of two separate airfields. Primary and intermediate flight training is conducted at North Field, and South Field is used for helicopter training. There are 13 outlying fields used for additional training. Whiting Field is close to numerous other military installations, including Hurlburt Field, Eglin Air Force Base and Pensacola Naval Air Station.
Santa Rosa Medical Center: Excellent Care in Your Own Backyard
For a small town, Milton boasts an abundance of modern, high-quality healthcare. We are proud to offer residents and visitors an array of state-of-the-art healthcare facilities and services that ensure their peace of mind.
Our hospital, Santa Rosa Medical Center, is a comprehensive 129-bed full-service facility that offers 24-hour physician-staffed emergency department, women’s services with family birthing center, day surgery, critical care, inpatient dialysis, wound care and rehab center. With over 100 physicians, 400 associates and 100 volunteers on staff, Santa Rosa Medical Center is well equipped to meet all of your healthcare needs.
Most recently, Santa Rosa Medical Center was recognized by The Joint Commission as one of 405 top hospitals nationwide on quality measures. The Joint Commission is an independent nonprofit that evaluates more than 19,000 U.S. healthcare organizations and whose accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality.
Santa Rosa Medical Center was also recognized by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association as a participating facility for its “Get With The Guidelines” program.
Also part of the SRMC family is the Santa Rosa Medical Group, which offers many private medical specialties, including family medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN, neurology, pulmonology and general surgery practices as well as urgent care and occupational health clinics.
Milton High School: World-Class Education with Small-Town Values
Education is one of the top priorities in Milton. Thanks to excellent teachers, innovative administrators and an enthusiastic PTA, the majority of our schools have earned the coveted grade of “A” on Florida’s A+ Plan, and Santa Rosa County is consistently in the top three school districts in Florida.
Milton High School is the pride of the city. The school just celebrated it’s 100-year anniversary and is committed to excellence in both academics and athletics. Students enjoy a full complement of challenging courses and consistently score well above national averages on standardized tests. Extra-curricular activities and opportunities for student involvement, which include organized sports, fine arts, honor societies, service clubs and special interest groups such as the Navy Junior ROTC, are both high-quality and varied.
Santa Rosa County Arts and Culture Foundation
Founded in 2003, the Santa Rosa County Arts and Culture Foundation (SRACF) is a nonprofit organization created to be a catalyst for the growth and appreciation of the arts, encourage continued development of the arts and culture, and foster charitable, educational and recreational arts programs. Its stated mission is to vitalize, promote and enrich the arts and culture in Santa Rosa County.
SRACF works to promote art education, support arts organizations and events, preserve cultural heritage, and encourage networking between artists and the artistic community. The Foundation is engaged in numerous art contests, festivals and events, including the Riverwalk Arts Festival and The Youth Arts Festival.
SRACF is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Foundation’s offices are located at the Dragonfly Gallery, 5188 Escambia Street in Milton. For more information, visit www.sracf.org or call 850-981-1100.