Extension offices introduce tourism app for Escambia, Santa Rosa counties

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Want to know the best places to pick your own fruit, go white-water rafting or hiking in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties? There’s an app for that: Naturally EscaRosa.

Naturally EscaRosa, a campaign to promote agritourism and ecotourism in Escambia and Santa Rosa, offers an app and website to help visitors traverse the counties’ many offerings. The app works on i-Phones and android phones, tablets and notebooks, said Libbie Johnson, agriculture agent at Escambia County Extension.

“The app fills a void for promotion of tourism in our region,” Johnson said. “A lot of military families and visitors are not familiar with all that Escambia and Santa Rosa counties have to offer. The app closes that gap.”

The app and website, www.naturallyescarosa.com, share information about hiking trails, farms, lakes and rivers. With the app, visitors can discover locations in either counties or can search by six categories: agriculture, trails, paddling, wildlife, water sports and fishing.

“If you pull up a location, the app provides a map and directions,” Johnson said. “Each location has its own page and contact information.” said Steve Hayes, president of Visit Pensacola.

To find out more about your local UF/IFAS Extension offices, visit http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/ and http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu.

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By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu

 

Source: Libbie Johnson, 850-475-5230, libbiej@ufl.edu