Santa Rosa County

Santa Rosa County is located in northwest Florida in the Panhandle bordering the Gulf of Mexico, Alabama, and Escambia and Okaloosa Counties. 

Santa Rosa County was established in 1842 from a portion of Escambia County and named for Santa Rosa Island, which was named for the Catholic Saint, St. Rosa de Viterbo. 

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Population - 2000
117,743
Population - 2010
151,372
Population - 2015 Est
162,925
Land Area (sq mi)
1,012
Water Area (sq mi)
162
Total Area (sq mi)
1,174
Average Rainfall
59
Temperature - Average High
81
Temperature - Average Low
54

Open every day of the year, Blackwater Heritage State Park is a great place to go for mountain biking or just plain old bicycling, hiking, and horseback riding. The paved trails, which add up to more than nine miles in total, are great for walkers too, and some paths are shaded for more enjoyment. People also find some great photography shots of nature while they are here, with the wildlife that lives so peacefully here. There are multiple wooden bridges throughout the state park that exercisers can walk/ride over with creeks running underneath them. Pets are allowed as long as they are on a leash, so feel free to bring your little four legged friend with you. Restroom facilities, picnic pavilions, playgrounds, and water fountains are also found around the state park. 

Blackwater River State Park is made for the outdoor enthusiasts. Activities like canoeing, kayaking, camping, and picnicking are some of the more popular activities, along with walking through the park's nature trails surrounded by trees. Blackwater State Forest and Blackwater River State Park are a part of the largest longleaf pine ecosystem that's left in the world. They say it's even rarer than a tropic rainforest, so be sure to bring your camera when you visit to get some excellent photography shots of nature at its finest. Guests can also came here in tents or RV's if they want to make their stay a little longer.

Deer Lake State Park is Florida nature at it's best with a rare dune lake, huge natural dunes, inland habitats, all in one.This coastal dune park offers visitors hiking and trails, birdwatching, fishing in Deer Lake, and a natural beachfront with pure white soft sands and warm emerald Gulf waters. 

NAS Whiting Field is a U.S. Navy base in the town of Milton, Florida. Consisting of two separate airfields, one for training fixed wing aviators and the other for training rotary wing aviators, they are joined together by a common support area. Most future Navy aviators train at NAS Whiting Field as they pursue becoming fully qualified pilots. The NAS Whiting Field website states its mission is “to produce the military’s best trained Aviation Warfighter.”

Santa Rosa County School District is located in the beautiful panhandle of Florida. The school district has authority over 28 traditional schools and a number of specialized centers.

Are you ready to spice your day up with some fun nature and excitement? Yellow River Marsh Preserve Park has just what you're looking for. They offer birding, hiking nature trails, and wildlife viewing. It’s time to live a little and experience your adventurous side, and it’s okay to get your feet in the mud once in a while. Whether it be a trail with your husband or loved ones or to get some good ole exercise with a hike.

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The Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary offers near shore artificial reefs in the Santa Rosa Sound and the Gulf of Mexico off of Navarre Beach. The reefs are positioned to be easily accessible by the public of all skill levels to view marine life and ecosystems inhabiting the reefs. Snorkel, scuba dive or kayak out to the reefs and explore the natural habitats and beauty of Florida's marine life. 

 

The mission of the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station is to promote the appreciation, conservation, and understanding of the marine ecosystem of coastal Florida through education and service. The center offers programs that address environmental issues, dune renourishment efforts, beach clean-ups, ethical fishing, water quality, and teaches respect for the marine ecosystems and delicate habitats of Florida. Learn through hands-on, feet-wet experiences, designed for students and schools in the area and visitors to the area. 

The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) is working to conserve and protect threatened and endangered sea turtles through community education and partnered research. The vision is to impress upon the community the importance of sea turtle conservation through education and hands on learning experiences. They believe that this will make a global difference in preserving sea turtles for future generations. 

This center located on Navarre Beach, just as you cross the bridge inside the Navarre Marine Park. They operate year round with limited hours in the winter season. The conservation and education center is open to the public with a main pool exhibit featuring a sea turtle who is unable to be re-released back to the ocean. The center also offers interactive exhibits, jellyfish aquarium, shark tooth treasure hunts, and more. It's a fun day to explore and learn about Florida's treasured marine life. 

 

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The Santa Rosa County Library System has 5 branches in Pace, Navarre, Milton, Jay, and Gulf Breeze.

Try a little bit of everything here in Santa Rosa County. With a huge number of options for physical activity, like horse riding, sports programs, and some great dog parks, check out the details of just a few of what this area has to offer.

Santa Rosa High School offers students ages 16-21 who have left the traditional high school setting the opportunity to earn a standard high school diploma.

GCCHEA, a Christian homeschool group, is one of the largest homeschool groups in the area. A large close-knit community of homeschoolers in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton Counties offers an extensive forum and activities planned by the members. 

 

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