Charming and almost unassuming at first sight, Valdosta in the south of Georgia is a fascinating insight into small town America while being a big experience and one of the best places to visit in the US at the same time. Known for Wild Adventures Theme Park and successful high school football teams, this fast emerging travel destination is overflowing with things to do and with so many attractions, it’s no wonder most travelers choose to stay for a few days to take in everything it has to offer.
Hidden gems and southern hospitality
Situated just off interstate 75, Valdosta is relatively easy to find and often a stopover for anyone road tripping along the east coast or between the cities Atlanta and Orlando. However, to say that this intriguing town is merely a stopover hardly emphasizes the true appeal, as further emphasized by exhibitions in the Turner Arts Center or Lowndes County Museum and the hidden treasures that can be found in the beautiful historical home, The Crescent. Although Valdosta is also known for some unique dining and food, for this town is quite often where travelers will stop for a meal and both The Bleu Cafe and the King’s Grill are perfect examples of why this is the case. She crab soup, artichoke lavosh and chicken salad croissant will tell you that the first of these is most certainly unique while the corn munch and blueberry muffin with ice cream will give you an idea of the southern experience you can expect in the latter. In fact, this is possibly where Valdosta really excels, for the warm welcome, friendly locals and genuine southern hospitality in general are really what make this town so endearing.
Things to do in Valdosta, GA
Another highlight in the “Azalea City” are the two main attractions, for Valdosta is also home to an incredible theme park and Grand Bay Wildlife area. Test your courage on Tasmanian River Rapids (in the summer), The Cheetah and many other adrenaline-fueled rides or just enjoy the atmosphere, Wild Adventures is a fantastic theme park which may not be on the scale of Disney but one that most certainly lives up to the expectations and promises an extremely fun day out. And then there is Grand Bay Wildlife Area where you can explore the swampy surroundings of Valdosta from a scenic boardwalk and marvel in safety at dragon flies, alligators, ducks and more before climbing the fire tower for some unforgettable panoramic views.
Intriguing and interesting in every way, this may seem like a very unassuming town at first and little more than a stopover en-route elsewhere but when you reach beneath the surface in this southern gem, you will quickly find that Valdosta Georgia is one of the best places to visit in the US and more than deserving of a few days.
Some useful information:
Where is Valdosta, Georgia?
Situated in the coastal plain in southern Georgia, Valdosta is almost halfway between Atlanta and Orlando with the nearest major city being Jacksonville.
What is the climate in Valdosta?
As with neighboring regions, Valdosta is known to be semi-tropical with warm to hot summers and mild to cold winters.
Why is Valdosta known all over the United States?
High School Football. Valdosta is renowned for having the most successful football teams in the country and it is here you will find the Valdosta High School Wildcats who have more victories than any other nationwide with more than 850 wins and no less than 7 championships.
For more information on things to do in Valdosta, go to: visitvaldosta.org