Ready To Explore - Valdosta, GA

This week, we're going on a virtual trip to Valdosta, Georgia in central Lowndes County 15 miles north of the Florida state line.

Named one of America's Friendliest Cities by Rand McNally and USA Today's Best of the Road in 2011, Valdosta is a vibrant and scenic city, where southern charm meets twenty-first-century innovation. Valdosta is about 230 miles south of Atlanta, 137 miles east of Dothan, Alabama, and 120 miles northwest of Jacksonville, Florida. Interstate 75 runs north to south through a western section of the city. Valdosta has six Historic Districts. In addition to these districts, Valdosta City Hall, Sunset Hill Cemetery, the Lowndes County Courthouse, the Carnegie Library and the Crescent are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Top Annual Events
Valdosta-Lowndes Azalea Festival (March)
South Georgia Film Festival (Spring)
Wild Adventures Summer Concert Series
Wild Adventures Kid-o-Ween & Terror in the Wild (September/October)
12 Days of Christmas & the Merry Marketplace (November/December)

Fun Facts From Valdosta Lowndes County Conference Center and Tourism Authority

  • Doc Holliday grew up in Valdosta and ran a dental practice prior to becoming a gambler and gunfighter out West.

  • Valdosta is home of Shirley, the oldest Asian elephant on record. She’s 75!

  • The second plant in the world to bottle Coca Cola was begun in Valdosta in 1897 by E.R. Barber and J.F. Holmes.

  • Sonny Shroyer was born in Valdosta! He is best known for his role as 'Enos' on the 'Dukes of Hazzard.' He has also stared in 'Smokey & The Bandit' and 'Forrest Gump.'

  • Pauley Perrette studied criminal justice while attending Valdosta State University? She is an American actress, best known for playing Abby Sciuto on the U.S. TV series NCIS.

  • Andrea Powell was born in Valdosta! She is an actress, known for Ender's Game (2013), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012) and Runaway Jury (2003) along with many more.

  • Demond Wilson was born on October 13, 1946 in Valdosta! He is an actor best known for his roles in Sanford and Son (1972), The New Odd Couple (1982) and Baby... I'm Back! (1977).

  • Country Music Star Thomas Rhett was born in Valdosta. His Father Rhett Akins grew up in Valdosta before becoming a singer/songwriter in Nashville.

  • Sixteen famous football players have graduated from Valdosta and Lowndes County High Schools.

  • Scenes from the film Zombieland, starring Woody Harrelson, were shot on Valdosta streets and at nearby Wild Adventures theme park.

  • Named Georgia’s Best Adventure Town National Geographic.

  • Named one of “America’s Friendliest Cities” by Rand McNally.

  • Named “Best Place in Georgia” by the Georgia Planning Association.

  • One of the “Top 200 Great locations” in the South for Aviation and Aerospace.

  • Ranked 38th in “Emerging Metro Areas” in the nation by Sperlings’s Best Places

  • Named “Titletown” by ESPN for football heritage.


Take a look at some of the notable stops and things to do that we've uncovered in Valdosta, Georgia, with the help of our friends at Valdosta Lowndes County Conference Center and Tourism Authority:

  • Open seasonally (March - December), Wild Adventures is a family-friendly amusement park featuring one of the largest collections of electrifying roller coasters in the South, more than 500 wild animals, the region’s largest water park, shows, and special events.

  • Valdosta Wake Compound is a full-cable wake pond and skate park for beginners and experts alike. Learn to wakeboard, practice your fine-tuned skills, and watch professional demonstrations daily.

  • The Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area (WMA) encompasses approximately 3,059 acres of upland pine and hardwood forest and 5,438 acres of cypress/gum wetlands including a half-mile boardwalk, 54 foot observation tower, picnic area, bathrooms, fishing areas, and an education center. Surrounded by lakes and atmospheric views, Valdosta is an outdoorsman’s paradise. Hike through South Georgia wetlands, kayak the Withlacoochee, or drive a ball through pristine greens. Learn more about the array of picturesque parks and outdoor recreation spaces in Valdosta!

  • One of the best ways to truly experience a destination's culture and essence is through the food you'll find at localized eateries, and one of the best ways to experience the cuisine is on a food tour! Around here, that means spending some time with Miss Kate! Offering a diverse assortment of tasting, cooking, demo, and sipping tours for couples, kids, and everyone in-between, Miss Kate's Tours offer a theme for every taste!

  • You KNOW we love the local stuff, and Valdosta is the perfect point to begin a journey of discovery on the Georgia Grown Trail on Highway 41. This pathway leads the way to miles of family farms, markets, wineries, produce stands, u-pick farms, farm-to-table restaurants, and more! Find out about favorite stops in the Valdosta area, like South Georgia Pecan Co., Raisin' Cane, Mallory's Farm, Farmer Brown's Produce Market, GTB Farms, and Georgia Beer Co.

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