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Your Perfect Family-Friendly Valdosta Itinerary

With so many things to do in Valdosta, this charming city featuring kid-friendly activities, restaurants and picturesque places to stay is perfect for your family getaway. Pet farm animals, fly across a roller-skating rink, dig into Georgia soul food, and relax in a vacation-rental pool or at a campground at the end of an adventure-filled day.

Check out our two-day family-friendly vacation itinerary in Valdosta.

Wild Adventures Theme Park
Wild Adventures Theme Park

Day 1: From Roller Coasters to Doughnut Heaven

Things to do

Wild Adventures Theme Park

A zoo, roller-coaster attraction and waterpark all in one, Wild Adventures is the ultimate destination for family fun. Zoom around on twirling coasters; hop on a mellow ride with the little kids; and admire baby gators, alpacas, bears and other wildlife.

Raisin’ Cane Country Store

Shop for canned peaches, artisanal home decor and sugar-cane syrup at this market, or (for a few weeks starting mid-November) cut your own oranges off the tree at their U-Pick event.

Valdosta Studio Imagination

Unleash your whole family’s creativity through painting. Dip your brush in smooth paint or watch your youngsters decorate a one-of-a-kind piece of pottery.

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Mo Mediterranean
Delicious eats at Mo Mediterranean 

Things to eat

Mo’s Mediterranean Table

This eatery makes vegetables fun. Sink your teeth into a decadent falafel wrap full of fresh lettuce, tomatoes and parsley while the whole table enjoys the stuffed grape leaves and hummus.

Dixie Cream Donut Shop

You and the kids can enjoy a cream-filled or rainbow-sprinkled glazed doughnut. Need a pick-me-up? Sip a hot coffee before a day of excitement.

The Mill Pizza Buffet & Games

This pizza-buffet hall has it all when it comes to keeping the kids happy: flashy arcade games and Skee-Ball, plenty of veggie- and meat-topped pizzas and eye-catching art (think airplanes, palm trees and a giraffe statue).

Bubba Jax Crab Shack

Chill at the outdoor patio while devouring tender crab cakes as the kids savor corn on the cob, classic chicken fingers or, if they’re seafood lovers, a steaming shrimp basket.

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Day 2: Llamas, Live Theater, Soul Food & More

Things to do

Skate & Play Family Fun Center

Tighten your roller-skate laces and glide under neon lights or challenge your family to an arcade-game duel. With events like DJ nights and weekly cornhole competitions, there’s no end to the family fun.

Fifth Day Farm

The kids will love getting up close and personal to feed rescued goats, pigs, llamas and donkeys.

Valdosta State University Theatre & Dance

From plays and musicals to kid-centric interactive performances, Valdosta State University’s Theatre & Dance program thrills audiences with shows featuring incredibly talented students.

Barbecue Ribs with sides
Big Nick's ribs, smoked chicken, brisket and signature sides 

Things to eat

Red Owl Coffee Company

Treat yourself to a creative coffee blend while the little ones wash down a blueberry muffin with a refreshing fruit smoothie, milkshake or hot cocoa.

Big Nick’s

From Southern soul-food classics like collard greens to Georgia Boys (a take on a shrimp po’boy), you won’t want to miss this Creole-inspired fare. Kids will delight in the picky-eater-proof macaroni and cheese and steaming cornbread.

Coyoacan Mexican Restaurant

Dip a birria taco adorned with cilantro into smoky sauce, and order a bean burrito or hamburger and fries from the kids’ menu. With themed events, deals on grub, specialty cocktails and a fun vibe, this place is a family-friendly haven.

McKey Hotels
Cozy room at McKey Hotel

Places to stay

The McKey

Rooms with kitchenettes, large city-peering windows and whimsical names (check out “Lady Liberty” and “Orange Grove”) make this sleek stay perfect for the whole family.

Best Western Plus Hotel & Suites

Spacious rooms, free breakfast and a relaxing pool and hot tub make this hotel a classic family stay.

Pool House Airbnb

For a rip-roaring good time with all the members of your family, stay in this house outfitted with an arcade game and a large pool complete with fun floaties.

Book and Table Inn

Stay within the heart of downtown Valdosta in one of these charming rooms perfect for a family vacation. The August Room, a spacious loft-style apartment with games, books and toys, is sure to entertain the kiddos.

No matter your fancy, family-friendly adventure awaits in Valdosta, Georgia. Explore more things to do in Valdosta.

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Published: January 2024

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