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Valdosta GeorgiaValdosta enjoys a pleasant outdoor environment, so there are plenty of activities to be enjoyed. Everything from golf, hunting and fishing to beautifully preserved historic sites to tour and an abundance of family oriented venues providing loads of fun and excitement for the entire family.
With growing population of 56,000 residents and located midway between Orlando and Atlanta on I-75, it has a moderate southern climate inviting for year-round activities from theme park fun at Wild Adventures to outlet shopping, historic museums and golf, Visitors are always delighted with our historic downtown where you'll find unique variety of eateries, shops and landmarks.
Valdosta has three National Register Districts: Downtown, Victorian Fairview, and midtown Patterson Street
Special Events throughout the year appeal to a wide variety of constituents-lunch concerts, a Holiday Open House during the Christmas season and the Dosta Theatre offer plenty to see and do.
Valdosta Georgia Attractions
Historic DowntownDowntown Valdosta evolves around the Lowndes County Courthouse, a grand Neo-classical structure built in 1905. It stands tall amongst the quaint buildings which are now modest retail stores, professional offices and privately owned eateries. Some of the area's oldest churches can also be found downtown.
Wild Adventures Theme ParkA Theme Park, Waterpark and Animal Park - all in one. Enjoy thrilling rides and roller coasters for all ages, hundreds of exotic animals, shows and all-star concerts each season. Climb aboard the Safari Train Ride to meet the exotic animals, take the Boomerang roller coaster or enjoy Splash Island, a water park featuring the Rain Fortress, and interactive wet play with 21 platforms and various slides. I-75 Exit 13 (Old Clayttville Road), 229-259-1330 web site
Valdosta Wake CompoundExperience watersports like never before. For years we have been riding, building, and working to understand how to create the best and safest environment for progression. Through all of the builds, hits, and misses, we developed a common goal, to build not only the first cable park in Georgia, but one of the first cable parks completely funded, designed, developed, and operated by riders for riders. So whether you are just learning to ride or just want to take in the atmosphere and layout by the lake, the Compound is just the place to make it happen. 2314 Old Clyattville Rd, 229.375.3060 web site
Lowndes County Historical MuseumInspired by a grant of $15,000 from Andrew Carnegie, the citizens of Valdosta constructed this building in 1913 at a cost of $40,000. It was formally opened as a library on June 15, 1914 and continued to operate until 1976. With 10,000 square feet of local history displays and research material, the museum grounds also include multiple outdoor exhibits and an extensive collection of historic photographs, attire and memorabilia dating back to 1825. 305 West Central Avenue, 229-247-4780 web site
The Barber-Pittman HouseConsidered on of the most outstanding examples of architectural design in the Southeast, the stylish residence was designed by architect Lloyd Greer and built in the 1915 for E.R. Barber, inventor and local Coca-Cola bottler. The home was later bequeathed to Valdosta citizens by Mrs. Ola Barber Pittman. The home was restored in 1979 and is now occupied by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce. 416 North Ashley Street, 229-247-8100
Converse-Dalton-Ferrell-HouseRestored to its 1902 glory, this pristine Neo-classical residence serves as the Valdosta Junior Service League's headquarters. Available for private and community functions. 305 North Patterson Street, 229-244-8575
The CrescentThis Neo-classical structure built in 1898 was the former home of U.S. Senator William S. West, and is Valdosta's most well-known landmark. The house is named for its semi-circular portico supported by thirteen massive Doric columns, representing each of thirteen original American colonies. It was saved from destruction and preserved by the Garden Club of Valdosta in 1951 and is now the Garden Center.
The estate's grounds boast beautiful test gardens, an octagonally built schoolhouse, a quaint chapel, and a small activity room with a stage. Tours Mon-Fri 2pm-5pm and by appointment. Available for special functions by reservation. 904 North Patterson Street, 229-244-6747
The Dosta PlayhouseThe Dosta theatre was built where two stores were losts to fire (Lazarus Bros. Dept. Store and Rice's Care) and opened the spring of 1941. The Art Modern style building is reflective of the sobering depression, stripped of most ornamentation with an obsession with streaming and speed. Glass, blocks, portholes and curved corners celebrate cruise liners and the automobile age. Presently the home of Theatre Guild-Valdosta. 122 North Ashley Street, 229-247-8243
Fairview Historic DistrictConcentrated area of River Street, Varneodoe Street, Wells Street and Central Place, Downtown. The village of Fairview predates the incorporation of the City of Valdosta. The neighborhood underwent three periods of development: 1840-1860; the late 1890s Victorian surge; and the 1910-1920s period of Prairie and Craftsman influence. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in May of 1984.
Lowndes County CourthouseThe present courthouse, a Neo-classical structure ca. 1905, is the third courthouse to be constructed on the square. It is one of Georgia's most elaborate courthouse, built for $60,000 and designed by Frank P. Milburn. The grand southern portico, corner domes and grand central dome contribute to a truly inspiring symbol of law and government. A Confederate Memorial, quarried and sculpted in Italy, stands guard over the corner of Central and Patterson Street.
Lowndes County Historical MuseumInspired by a grant of $15,000 from Andrew Carnegie, the citzens of Valdosta constructed this building in 1913 at a cost of $40,000. It was formally opened as a library on June 15, 1914 and continued to operate until 1976. The building is now the home of the Lowndes County Historical Society offering Valdosta's most extensive collection of historic photographs, attire and memorabilia dating back to 1825. 305 West Central Avenue, 229-247-4780 web site
Remerton Mill VillageThe town of Remerton, named for Remer Young Lane, President of Valdosta's first bank, was established in 1899 to meet the needs of the Strickland Cotton Mills' workers. Remerton was later incorporated as a textile mill town. Initially there were three streets with sixty five houses, a school and three churches. The mill owned the houses, which rented for $.25 per room. Since the plant closed in 1979, the preserved houses of Historic Remerton Mill Village have found new life as quaint shops, restaurants and boutiques. Surrounded by the City of Valdosta, Remerton still has its own government and law enforcement. Baytree Place and Plum Streets
Sunset Hill CemeteryValdosta's original burial ground, dating to the 1860s, is fascinating repository of mausoleums and memorials amongst a landscape of native and exotic flora. North Oak Street
First Baptist Church200 West Central Avenue
Architect Stephen F. Fulghum exemplified Victorian eclecticism where Queen Anne and Romanesque styles are evident. The church bell dates to 1850 and has moved with the church. The elaborate wood truss ceiling made of heart pine and exquisite stained glass windows make this one of the area's finest landmarks.
First United Methodist ChurchBuilt in the late Victorian era, this Romanesque Revival style building exhibits dynamic verticality in its tall slender towers with spires and buttresses. The interior is graced with rich Gothic woodwork of quarter-sawn oak and a fine stained glass rose window. The most striking feature of the building's interior is the monumental cathedral ceiling. 220 North Patterson Street
First Presbyterian ChurchA Romanesque interpretation of the classical Greek temple built in 1907-1909. The fine Corinthian columns were donated as a memorial gift. The sanctuary was completely renovated in 1985 and officially listed with The National Register of Historic Places in 1987. 313 North Patterson Street
Turner Center for the ArtsThe six light-filled galleries offer a diverse selection of works by regional and national artists in approximately thirty exhibits annually. Two of the galleries house permanent collections, including a 600-piece East African art collection and over 30 pieces of antique European Fine Porcelain. 527 North Patterson Street, 229-247-2787, web site
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