You can go ape at the Gulf Breeze Zoo in the neighboring city of the same name. Get up close and personal with a giraffe, or giggle while you feed some goats and guinea pigs. All board the Safari Line Train Ride, where you really can see antelope and deer play. After you have had your animal adventures at the zoo, head back to Milton and lace up your hiking boots. The Blackwater Heritage Trail has 8.5 miles of winding, scenic trail that is bike, horse, rollerblade, and walk friendly. The family dog is also welcome; just remember to clean up after him.
Dancing and Trains
Get an eye and earful of train history at the West Florida Railroad Museum. The museum is located in the old L&N Milton depot from the early 1900s. It is home to hundreds of well-kept railroad-related objects, including clothing and model trains running on tracks. The museum is a must-see for railroad fans. For dance fans, the Northwest Florida ballet can help keep you on your toes. The ballet has shows and special events each year with emotional performances that delight everyone in the audience. They also offer dance workshops in the summer, so dust off your shoes and get moving.
A Seafood Smorbasbord
There is really no limit to the diversity, and the deliciousness, of the seafood you will find in Milton. This being a coastal city, you will find everything you could ask for, from coconut-fried shrimp to citrus-glazed salmon. Head to Blackwater Bistro for their Gouda shrimp and grits. Experience the old-school Southern charm of Chet’s Seafood and feast on a dinner as fine as any in New Orleans. If it is something fresh and sweet you want, take home a dozen warm glazed doughnuts from Milton’s Quality Bakery. They make a great snack or breakfast.