Explore The Outdoors Festival comes to Live Oak Landing Oct. 15, 2016

boywithfishA great day for outdoor family fun

Walton Outdoors is pleased to announce we will be hosting our seventh annual Explore The Outdoors Festival on Oct. 15, 2016. The event will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the beautiful waterfront location of Live Oak Landing Outdoor Destination, 229 Pitts Avenue in Freeport, Florida.

This fun-filled day is geared towards introducing children to the wonders of exploring nature and the outdoor experience. Hands on activities will include fishing, kayaking, wildlife encounters, archery, interactive educational exhibits, nature-based crafts, giveaways and much more. The event is free. The water activities are geared for children six-years-old and up. Food will be available for purchase.

Activities and exhibits include:
• Learn to fish on Black Creek
• FISH FLORIDA fishing rod/reel giveaways
• Freshwater fishing education with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
• Kayaking with Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network
• Emerald Coast Hydrobike cruises
• Archery with Freeport Parks and Recreation
• Boating with Wounded Warrior Fishing
• Boating with Backwater Tours
• Birding with the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
• Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wildlife exhibit
• Topsail Hill Preserve State Park exhibit
• Ponce De Leon Springs State Park
• Eden Gardens/Camp Helen State Park
• Northwest Florida Astronomy club
• Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance touch tank
• Smokey the Bear and his friends from Forestry
• Snake exhibit
• Washington County exhibit
• Sea Grant
• Emerald Coast Science Center
• Freeport Town Planters Society crafts
• Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge exhibit
• Mattie Kelly Environmental Institute exhibit
• Glendale Memorial Nature Preserve exhibit
• Beekeeping exhibit
• Nonie’s Ark Animal Encounters
• Food available for purchase from Black Creek Café

exploretheoutdoorshdyrobikesTake CR3280 to McDaniel’s Fishcamp Road, (Black Creek General Store). Follow to the end. Live Oak Landing is on the left. ::MAP::

For more information call (850) 267-2064.

About Walton Outdoors:
Walton Outdoors is the online source for outdoor adventure in Walton County and northwest Florida. Our mission is to share great spaces to explore the outdoors, and to educate our readers on the wonders of nature.

Thank you sponsors:


• C.W. Roberts Contracting • Freeport Town Planters Society

• The UPS Store • Copeland’s Gun and Tackle • Ace Hardware DeFuniak Springs



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Biophilia night hike Oct. 8

nighthikedraftTime: 6:30 – 9:00 pm

The E..O. Wilson Biophilia Center is offering a night hike Oct. 8 from 6:30 – 9 p.m. The event includes a guided sensory night hike, bonfire, meet and greet with nocturnal animals, star gazing, World of Wonder, smore treats.

Bring your own flashlight and additional food will be available for purchase.

Biophilia at Night is free for members. Not a member? Become a Bio-Member! Your gift does more than just keep the lights on at the Biophilia Center in Freeport, Florida. Your support helps continue meaningful and educational programs and experiences for the kids. Your membership will educate students, train teachers, feed and provide medical care for animal ambassadors. PLUS it gets you special perks at the Biophilia Center. $30/year individual, $60/year family, $100/year supporter.

More info and membership: eowilsoncenter.org/biophilia-at-night.

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Witches of South Walton Ride Oct. 31

witchesofsouthwaltonThe Witches of South Walton will be riding again along Scenic Hwy. 30A for the 13th year in a row. The event will be held on Mon.., Oct. 31, 2016 at 7 a.m. The witches ride for a cause of course, as a benefit for the Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN. The registration cost is $30.00 which includes access to the Gathering Brunch and 3 tickets for Mimosas.

The in person registration event will take place on Friday, October 28th 2016 from 5 –  8 pm at La Playa in Gulf Place on the Town Center Loop side of the restaurant. Cash or checks for registration and raffle tickets. Checks can be made out to Children’s Volunteer Health Network. Registration fee is $30.

The ride will take place on Monday, Oct. 31. Witches will meet at the starting location at Gulf Place before start time of 7 a.m.
More information on the event can be found on at www.WitchesOfSouthWalton.com or on Facebook www.Facebook.com/WitchesOfSouthWalton

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Defuniak Springs Haunted Hospital Oct. 21, 22, 28, 29


Headless bodies, petrified mummies, experiments gone terribly wrong and a sadistic surgeon gone mad come to life at the old Lakeside Hospital where evil loves to party. Can you handle THE HAUNTED HOSPITAL featured in the 1999 campy horror classic, “House on the Haunted Hill?” Time will tell if you can manage to hold on to your senses and escape this chamber of terror, witnessing cauldrons of blood, gory ghosts and something even more…the “darkness.”

The DeFuniak Springs Art Co-Op, Inc. in cooperation with the Florida Chautauqua Association will transform the old hospital into a fright night for the second year. If you have the stomach for it, welcome to an experience which will live in your memory longer than you’d like. Come to THE HAUNTED HOSPITAL to be preyed upon. On Friday and Saturday, October 21st and 22nd from 7 – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, October 28th and 29th from7 pm – midnight for a mere $10, experience a nail biting evening that will haunt your dreams!

Proceeds from THE HAUNTED HOSPITAL benefit both the Florida Chautauqua Association and the DeFuniak Springs Art Co-Op, Inc. Chautauqua funds will help pay for the newly installed roof and operating costs of the old Lakeside Hospital, home of the Florida Chautauqua Association.

For those concerned with parking for THE HAUNTED HOSPITAL, Baldwin Avenue in Historic Downtown DeFuniak Springs will be available along with Circle Drive and adjoining side streets to accommodate vehicles. HAUNTED HOSPITAL attendees must be 12 years and older to attend or accompanied by a parent if underage. The Haunted House address is 1290 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435.

Tickets will be available at the door. Advance ticket sales can be purchased at the DeFuniak Springs Art Co-Op beginning September 19th. The Co-Op ‘s location is 782 Baldwin Avenue in the Historic Downtown area and hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays accepting cash and credit cards. Additionally, cash only advance sale tickets are also offered at Emerald Coast Flowers and Gifts, 137 Hwy. 20 West and Kathryn Nikole Ladies Boutique, 131 State Highway 20 West in Freeport, FL. On the coast, Smith’s Antiques at 1250 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Miramar Beach will be selling cash only tickets. Check out the Haunted Hospital website at https://www.defuniakspringshauntedhouse.com/ to find specific times for advance ticket sales at our vendor locations. The Haunted Hospital’s Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/defuniakspringshauntedhouse/ Inquiries can be made at [email protected] or call 850-419-3007.


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Walton County fishing report for Sept. 28

speckledtroutFishing is good

Bay: Trout bite has started back up along with all sizes of redfish. A few black drum, ladyfish, and Crevalle jacks.

River: A few bass, shellcracker, and crappie.

Click here for fishing forecast

Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.”

Click here to find out more about Copeland’s.
Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop
17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S
Freeport, Florida 32439

(850) 835-4277
Store hours:
Mon. – Fri.: 6 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sat.: 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sun.: Closed

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Enjoy a movie under the stars at Eden Gardens State Park Oct. 13 and 27

hocuspocusDates/time: October 13 and 27, 6:30 p.m.

The Friends Eden Gardens State Park will host the third Annual Vintage Film Series at Eden Gardens State Park. Come and enjoy Hocus Pocus on October 13 and Addams Family on October 27. Enjoy a fun evening under the stars watching these two classic fun filled movies. Come dressed in costume if desired. Concessions for donations will be available. Movies are rated PC and PG13. Event times are 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Event Weather permitting.

Eden Gardens State Park is located in Point Washington, off U.S. 98 on C.R. 395.
For more information, call (850) 267-8320.
181 Eden Garden Road, Point Washington, Fl. 32459 ::MAP::

Park Fees
$4.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle.

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Camp Helen State Park Fall Festival Oct. 8

camphelenpumpkinssmCamp Helen State Park will be hosting a Fall Festival on Saturday, October 8 from 12 noon – 5 pm. There will be fun, food, and games for the whole family. Admission into the park for this event is free, although donations are accepted.  Donations will go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to benefit the park’s resource management projects and interpretive programs. A parent or guardian must accompany all children. Parking at the state park is limited to those who need accessible parking. All others are requested to park at Winn-Dixie and ride the free shuttle to the park. Winn Dixie is at the junction of U. S. 98 and Front Beach Road a mile east of the Philips Inlet Bridge and about five miles west of Highway 79.

Additionally, Camp Helen will be selling pumpkins 7 days a week, 9 am – 5 pm, starting September 29th through October 31st

These special events are sponsored by the Friends of Camp Helen State Park.

More information is available at facebook.com/FriendsOfCampHelenStatePark, by calling (850) 233-5059 or by emailing [email protected].

Camp Helen State Park is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway (Highway 98), Panama City Beach, just west of the Lake Powell Bridge.

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Fall planting for spring flowers lecture in DeFuniak Springs Oct. 12

daylilyDo you want reliable color in your landscape all year-round? Do you want to know the ins and outs of the most versatile class of plants available to you?  If so, the Walton County Master Gardeners would like to invite the you to attend “Fall Planting for Spring Flowers,” the second installment of the “How Does Your Garden Grow” lecture series on Wednesday, October 12th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Walton County Extension Office, 732 N 9th St., DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433.

This workshop will feature Walton County Horticulture Agent Daniel Leonard and will demonstrate how bulbs planted in the fall can yield year-round color. Learn which bulbs flourish in Florida and why, which species to avoid, when and how to plant the various types of bulbs, and how to design a bulb garden for four-season interest. Seating is limited, so call (850)-892-8172 or [email protected] to reserve your spot.

Cost of the program is $5 (cash or check only) and will include presentation handouts, educational publications, and light refreshments.

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