Valdosta, Ga., is a center for shopping, family fun, arts and culture, historic attractions and outdoor pursuits. Whether you are going to Valdosta to see the latest country music star at Wild Adventures, to learn about life in an early 20th-century mill town, or simply to float in a kayak through the black-water swamp, you can do it in Valdosta.
Much of the outdoor activity in the Valdosta area is focused on hunting, shooting and sport fishing. Good Hope Plantation is a private 2,000-acre area open to businessmen and sportsmen for recreation and hunting. Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area, just 10 miles from Valdosta, is part of a protected wetland area offering many opportunities for fishing, biking, boating, camping and hiking. Explore the area by canoe to really get the feel of the swampland. More than 85 varieties of birds make their home in Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area. See more flora and fauna at Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge, part of a larger black-water system. There you can fish, boat or walk the boardwalk through the refuge.
Formerly a mill town itself, Valdosta offers several historic attractions where you can see what life was like in an early 20th-century mill town. Check out the Milltown Murals made to represent life in the 1920s. Visit nearby Remerton to see an old mill village currently used to house local businesses and quaint shops. You will notice that many of the place names conjure up biblical stories as you visit Macedonia Baptist Church in Antioch. Valdosta's most famous historic attraction is the Crescent House and Gardens, former home of U.S. Sen. William S. West. The building's 13 columns are said to represent the original 13 colonies.
The biggest family attraction in the area is Wild Adventures Water and Theme Park. With more than 50 animal species, 30 rides that includ nine different roller coasters, water rides and a concert venue to host big-name musicians, Wild Adventures draws many tourists to Valdosta. In the past the park has hosted Keith Urban, Chris Tomlin, Vince Gill and Amy Grant. You can also check out Jungle Jym's Family Fun Center, which boasts a skating rink, jungle gym, arcade and mini-golf course. There are two movie theaters in Valdosta and several large shopping centers.
Article Written By Heather Carreiro
Heather Carreiro is a certified English teacher who has been writing since 2008. The editor of Matador Abroad, her work has appeared online at BootsnAll, Matador Network, GoNOMAD, Journey Beyond Travel and Expat Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Bridgewater State University.