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  1973 Jack Sanborn discovers the beauty and serenity of the Santa Rosa County's rivers and streams as a flight student by the USMC at Whiting Field

River View


  1976 Adventures Unlimited was incorporated to fulfill Jack and Esther's (his wife) dream of helping provide a means for the general public to enjoy the Blackwater chain (which includes the Coldwater and Sweetwater-Juniper) and the beautiful outdoor resources of Santa Rosa County.

The Journey begins at Adventures Unlimited with two canoes on the top of a 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass. As time went on we were able to expanded to thirty canoes and a 1972 GMC three quarter ton pickup (affectionately referred to as "Old Blue").


  1978 The original Tomahawk Landing was purchased on the Santa Rosa County courthouse steps and Mike, Linda, and Bill Sanborn moved into the original building (now Forest Glen).

Forest Glen


  1979 Jack's brother Mike, and wife, Linda, moved to Milton and began to contribute to the development of Adventures Unlimited. They remain full partners today.



  1982 Kirk and Cindy Sanborn became partner's by providing financial support and directing the early stages of an innovative summer camp program that was offered at  AU until 1984.

Fox Den


  1982 Mike Sanborn designed and built the spacious and unique Adventures Unlimited Lodge in 1982. The earliest cabins included the present "Azalea" and "Cedar" rustic cabins, followed by the first fireplace cabins, "Egret" and "Foxden". Canoeing and tubing proved to be very popular, and customers also began staying in the developing campgrounds and cabins.


  1990's Hayrides were added to the growing list of activities Adventures Unlimited  had to offer, along with the new "Creekside Kitchen". Much of the success of the hayrides and catering can be credited to Adventures Unlimited's then Resident Manager, Pat Mitchell, whose steadfastness and good cooking has kept Adventures Unlimited going.

Creekside Kitchen


  1993 "Granny Peaden's", a cracker-style cabin, was moved to Adventures Unlimited Wilderness Resort on Coldwater Creek. It was restored and furnished with period pieces and has become one of the most popular cabins.

Granny Peaden's


  1994 A 1940's State of Florida Ranger cabin and a two-story house (originally owned by the Bagdad Land and Lumber Company) were moved to the Resort. Both dwellings have been restored and have had fireplaces added to them.

Bagdad House


  1994 Adventures Unlimited high and low Ropes Challenge Courses were completed. Since then. Adventures Unlimited has had numerous groups benefit from these unique sets of problem solving elements.

High Ropes

  1994 Several schools in the Santa Rosa County school system were among the first groups to enjoy the "Adventure Hike".  School children were given a basic hands-on science lesson, and taken on a nature hike.

Walking Bridge


  Wow! Adventures Unlimited now enjoys a fleet of approximately 400 canoes, 50 kayaks, 500+ tubes, and 4 rafts for "on water" enjoyment. Adventures Unlimited also has approximately 100 acres on its Wilderness Resort location with 18 cabins, the Schoolhouse Inn, campgrounds for groups and individuals, a catering facility, a playground, nature trails, sports fields, and sports equipment. There is also a franchise location on the Perdido River.

AU Sign

  1997 Renovations of the old Fidelis Schoolhouse are completed and the name is officially changes to the School House Inn.

School House Inn


  1998 The renovations to the old trailer located on Coldwater Creek were completed and renamed to Riverside I. The cabin quickly became a favorite of our guests.

Riverside I


  2002 Riverside II was added, with screened-in porches overlooking the rippling creek

Another recent addition to Adventures Unlimited is the "Recreation Barn". Designed specifically for group retreats, the Recreation Barn offers a deluxe meeting room, as well as a gymnasium complete with a basketball court and ping-pong tables

The Team & Leadership Center at Adventures Unlimited was created to assist adult learners with challenging their assumptions about themselves, their team, and their problem solving techniques.

Riverside II

  2002 Team and Leadership Youth is born!  

"Adventures Unlimited continues to expand to meet the needs of all our guests families, honeymooners. churches, schools, Scout Troops, corporate groups, and many, many more. If there is anything Adventures Unlimited can do meet your specific requests, please let us know! Your input is essential to the growth and development of Adventures Unlimited, and has made this resort what it is today."

                           Jack Sanborn




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