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Milton is a hidden gem located in the heart of northwest Florida known for inspiring history and outdoor adventures.

Milton, Florida, Visitors Guide

Nicknamed the Canoe Capital of Florida, Milton is just north of Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle and is a popular destination for water recreational activities. It is one of the oldest cities in the state, having been incorporated in 1844 before Florida achieved statehood.

The place Where Good Living Flows, Milton is where gulf coasters flock to get away from it all! With a picturesque downtown square set to the backdrop of lush forests and fresh flowing water, Milton is worth the short drive from the beaches of the Emerald Coast.

Outdoor activities are easily the most popular things to do in Milton. Some of the region's largest extreme tour companies entice travelers with the promise of adventure. Canoe, kayak, and swim the Blackwater River, or zipline through the trees in a forest untouched by commercial development. If you're not much into the outdoors, check out downtown Milton for historic landmarks including the Milton Benevolent Cemetery and the West Florida Railroad Museum. Remarkable culture, sightseeing, and outdoor excursions make Milton a must-experience destination on your next trip to Florida!


Milton is situated on the western tip of Florida Panhandle on Pensacola Bay along the Gulf Coast. Waterways named Coldwater, Blackwater and Sweetwater all flow through the town. It is a less than 30 minute drive from Pensacola, FL, one hour drive from Destin, FL and less than 1.5 hour drive to Gulf Shores, AL. Being a small city, Milton does not have a public transit system.


The Bagdad / Dickerson City neighborhood is near the coast and has amenities and recreational activities on the waterfront. In addition to being coastal, Bagdad / Dickerson City is very walkable and densely populated.

Downtown Milton is located along the banks of the Blackwater River and is a designated Florida Main Street Community, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Top Places to Visit

Carpenter Park

This family-friendly park is located near the city center and features boat ramps, covered pavilions and picnic areas, and an abundance of children’s playground equipment that’s appropriate for most ages.

The Blackwater Heritage State Trail

The Blackwater Heritage State Trail expands nearly nine miles through Milton and the surrounding towns and countryside. It’s the perfect escape destination for burning calories or experiencing the great outdoors.

Coldwater Creek

An outdoor enthusiast’s wonderland, Coldwater Creek winds through nearly 20 miles of undisturbed natural terrain, featuring clear and cool water year-round.


In Milton, the summers are long, hot, and intense; the winters are short and cool; and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. The best times of year to visit for warm-weather activities are from late March to mid May and from late September to early November.

What is Milton Known for

Nature Trails, Camping, Blackwater River, Historical Landmarks

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