Student in a hammock in a tree at the Center for Wildlife Education in Statesboro, Georgia

Center for Wildlife Education at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia

Guide to Statesboro

Home to Georgia Southern University, Statesboro is a unique place to visit with an eclectic downtown full of things to do, places to stay and great restaurants.

Founded in 1803 by cotton farmers, Statesboro, Georgia, was damaged by the Civil War. It was also the site of a 1906 college that eventually became Georgia Southern University, one of the state's largest. The small-town atmosphere features charming shops and restaurants, historic buildings, and plenty of activities to keep visitors entertained.

Things to Do

The Clubhouse

The Clubhouse is made up of 30 acres of indoor and outdoor fun, including a golf range, mini golf course, batting cages, bowling lanes, an arcade, laser tag and a go kart raceway. The onsite restaurant feeds all appetites with sandwiches, desserts, and even beer and wine.

Center for Wildlife Education
Center for Wildlife Education

Center for Wildlife Education

Get up close with eagles and other wildlife at the Center for Wildlife Education at Georgia Southern University. This facility on more than 5 acres is also home to a python and other mammals as well as a raptor center. The diverse habitats and indoor classroom educate visitors about these species.

Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern University

Set on more than 11 acres, the Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern University started as a 20th century farmstead. Wander the trails, paths and courtyards that feature plant life of the Southeastern coastal plain. There’s also a rural life museum and a camellia garden.

Splash in the Boro in Statesboro, Georgia
Splash in the Boro in Statesboro, Georgia

Splash in the Boro Family Water Park & Aquatic Center

Cool off at the Splash in the Boro Family Water Park & Aquatic Center, a water park with more than 700,000 gallons of fun. The lazy river, five-lane mat racer slide, inner tube slide and play pool are perfect for all ages. Pools are open year-round.

Statesboro Main Street Farmers Market

Pick up the area's best produce at the Statesboro Main Street Farmers Market, held from April to November on Saturday mornings. Booths sell produce, meat, cheese and eggs as well as handcrafted items as live music plays nearby.

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Places to Stay

Lay your head at one of Statesboro’s modern accommodations.

Holiday Inn Statesboro-University Area

The Holiday Inn is well located near businesses and the university, and is the area's only full-service hotel. It has a restaurant and bar, mini fridges and microwaves, and a daily Southern buffet breakfast. Rooms come with WiFi, and guests have access to the business and fitness centers.

SpringHill Suites Statesboro University Area
SpringHill Suites Statesboro University Area

SpringHill Suites Statesboro University Area

The brand new SpringHill Suites is well located near the highways. Amenities in the large suites include free high-speed Internet, mini fridges, coffee makers, microwaves and pull-out sofa beds. Guests can also enjoy the free hot breakfast buffet.

Parkwood RV Park & Cottages

Guests traveling with campers can stay at the Parkwood RV Park & Cottages, a nostalgic facility with modern conveniences like laundry facilities, a picnic area, pool, clubhouse, refrigerators and microwaves.

Comfort Inn & Suites Statesboro exterior

Comfort Inn & Suites Statesboro

The Comfort Inn & Suites has all of your lodging needs with high-speed Internet, a 24-hour business center, fitness center, laundry facilities, an outdoor pool and complimentary continental breakfast. Rooms have refrigerators, microwaves and coffee makers, as well as flat-screen televisions and a conference center.

Hampton Inn Statesboro

Minutes from downtown, the Hampton Inn has warm and inviting guest rooms with amenities like free high-speed Internet, a lap desk, flat-screen television, microwaves, mini fridges and their signature Hampton beds.

Home2 Suites

The new Home2 Suites has studio and one-bedroom suites for short or long stays with free WiFi, separate living areas, full kitchens with refrigerators and cutlery, and sofa beds. Guests have complimentary breakfast as well as access to the outdoor pool, laundry and fitness facilities.

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Where to Eat

Chow down at some of Statesboro's best restaurants.

Del sur Taqueria and Cantina

Del Sur Taqueria & Cantina

Tex-Mex lovers can't miss Del Sur Taqueria & Cantina, which features gourmet tacos, more than 20 premium draft beers on tap, and specialty cocktails. They are even open for weekend brunch with mimosas and other brunch staples.

Holiday Pizza

Every college town needs a pizzeria, and Holiday Pizza is Statesboro's. A local staple since 1991, their pizza, pasta, salads and subs are favorites at this counter-serve spot.

Soyumi Asian Kitchen

Soyumi Asian Kitchen

Settle in for a steaming bowl of noodles at Soyumi Asian Kitchen, the city’s best Asian food. Menu highlights include spring rolls, rice dishes, curries, and fusion dishes like sushi pizza, and chicken katsu and waffles.

Coconut Thai Cuisine

Owned by a native of Thailand, Coconut Thai Cuisine brings family recipes to Statesboro, including noodles, fried rice and curries not found elsewhere in town.

Sugar Magnolia Bakery & Cafe

Sugar Magnolia Bakery & Cafe specializes in freshly baked bread and sweet and savory treats. Breakfast pastries, cookies, brownies and coffee are among the favorites, but they also have weekend brunch and dinner.

Beaver House Restaurant table

The Beaver House Restaurant

Set in a traditional Southern boarding house, The Beaver House Restaurant is one of Statesboro's oldest restaurants, resembling Sunday dinner at Grandma's house. Lunch and dinner feature shared platters in the century-old home.

Vandy's Bar-B-Q

A local favorite, Vandy's Bar-B-Q has been using their famous 1929 barbecue sauce for generations. The barbecue is pit-cooked to perfection using their homegrown recipe. They have two locations for guests to enjoy.

Uncle Shug's on Main

For more than 30 years, Uncle Shug's on Main has had some of the best meals in Statesboro for lunch specials and breakfast. The menu changes daily, with items like chicken pot pie and mashed potatoes.

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Published: November 2018
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