Valdosta Georgia located in the southern portion of the state. It is Georgia's eleventh-largest city and is nicknamed Azalea City, which comes from the origins of its name; Valdosta is derived from the Italian "Valle d'Aosta" or "Val de Osta," meaning beautiful valley or vale. Because of its proximity to Florida, tourists interested in extending a vacation from the north Florida region can easily add Valdosta travel to their itinerary in order to enjoy the southern charm of this quaint city, and it is just a four-hour drive from Orlando and Walt Disney World.
There are many fun things to do in Valdosta, including tours, festivals, and sightseeing at historical locations. Additionally the chance to play golf, hike, or go boating and fishing at nearby lakes will enhance your vacation experience by providing numerous outdoor entertainment activities. Valdosta travel is all about relaxation and time outside, and there are several local public courses for golfing enthusiasts: Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, Stone Creek Golf Club, Moody Quiet Pines Golf Club, and the Francis Lake Golf Club.
In keeping with its nickname, Valdosta is know for its azaleas, and during the spring months of March through May when the shrubs are in full bloom, visitors can tour the Azalea Trail that winds its way through Drexel Park and its beautifully designed flowerbeds. Visitors who are interested in the plants can also take part in one of the largest festivals in the city, the annual Azalea Festival, held for two days in March. The free event features music, local food, activities, Native American dancers, clogging, and a variety of arts and crafts from around the country.
Valdosta travel is a great option for families, as there are plenty of options for outdoor activities, in addition to educational opportunities and the Wild Adventures them park. Valdosta Georgia has more than 35 public parks in its county, meaning there are plenty of places for picnics or other outdoor activities. One popular park area is the 34-acre George W. Saunders Memorial Park featuring a playground for kids, basketball courts, picnic areas, and trails for hiking or biking.
If you're interested in learning about local history, take a Historic Walking Tour of downtown Valdosta, which features fourteen vintage buildings constructed from 1884 through the early 1900s and depicting various architectural styles of the times. All of the buildings are still in use as government buildings, homes, hotels, and churches. A narrated historical driving tour features Valdosta's four National Register Historic Districts, including downtown, Brookwood North, Fairview, and North Patterson Street. In addition, tours are available at the Crescent House & Gardens, built in 1898 in the neoclassical style and featuring a portico with thirteen columns representing the thirteen original colonies. A final fascinating location concerning the history of Valdosta Georgia is the Remerton Mill Village, where restored mill houses have been converted into specialty stores, restaurants, boutiques, and arts and crafts shops.
One of the main attractions in the city, especially for children, is Valdosta Wild Adventures. This exciting theme park provides family entertainment, restaurants, a picnic area, and shopping opportunities. There are also concerts, shows, and special events throughout the year. At Valdosta Wild Adventures, guests of all ages can take advantage of the roller coaster rides, water rides, games, and the Safari Train Ride. The park is home to a variety of birds, reptiles, and mammals, and it features a petting zoo and interactive animal shows. While Valdosta Wild Adventures is open year-round, park hours vary with the seasons, so be sure to check ahead of time for opening and closing times and for information on seasonal discounts.
The city is served by the Valdosta Regional Airport, with transportation from the airport available through Avis or Hertz car rental or taxi. As it's such an easy destination to reach, Valdosta is perfect to add to your vacation itinerary for any trips to Georgia or Florida, and whether you're interested in golf, festivals, or the theme park, your stay is sure to be a memorable one.
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