Yumion, Vidalia Onion Museum's mascot.
Discover Vidalia’s Sweet Onions & Hidden Gems
There’s more sweetness to this town located just two hours west of Savannah than the Vidalia onion it’s known for. Spend a day winding your way through its authentic farm markets, slow-paced and historical downtown, and sprinkling of local attractions.
Fill Your Basket
Vidalia is famous for its namesake onion, first grown during the Great Depression by local farmers looking for another cash crop … that turned up surprisingly sweet and unique! You can grab your share of this delectable, aromatic vegetable April through August, but don’t sleep on the area’s other colorful and delicious produce, including Silver Queen corn, kale, cabbage, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, watermelon, boiled peanuts and more. Toombs County Farmers Market, General Store 30474, and Pittman Family Farms & Country Market are three places to load up, get recipes, and pick up jams, salsas, honeys and other straight-from-the-farm snacks.
Find Out What Makes Vidalia Onions Special
So what does it take to make an onion famous? South Georgia’s climate and low-sulfur soil contribute to the magic of this crisp, tangy, hand-planted veg. Pop into the Vidalia Onion Museum to see how Georgia’s official vegetable protects its name from imposters, the science of harvesting them, their place in pop culture and more. Kids can play in a hands-on exhibit and meet Yumion the mascot. Don’t leave town without stopping for a pic at two other onion-related hot spots: the 6-foot stainless-steel, musical, colorfully lit onion fountain and the selfie-perfect “Be Sweet” mural downtown.
Celebrate the Local Bounty
Schedule your visit in April to coincide with the four-day Vidalia Onion Festival, packed with small-town charms, including movies under the stars, concerts, arts and crafts, a carnival, an onion run, fireworks and — of course — cookoffs, recipe contests, and onion-eating contests. The atmosphere is one of the reasons we’ve named it one of Georgia’s 5 Food Festivals Perfect for Families. Other events throughout the year include the Savor Vidalia Celebration of Wine, Food & Jazz in February; a Fourth of July celebration concert and fireworks show; and harvest and Halloween festivities in the fall.
Other Things to Do in Vidalia
Downtown Vidalia Historic District
Stroll downtown’s coffee shops and bakeries, boutiques and home-goods stores, all housed in historical buildings. Have lunch in a local cafe or sandwich shop and enjoy the town’s Southern hospitality.
Altama Museum of Art & History
The architecture of this 1911 gem is worth a visit alone. Occupying the Neoclassical Brazell House, see the museum’s collection of 20th-century paintings, prints, furniture, Staffordshire porcelain and historical costumes.
Vidalia Splash Pad at Ben Smith Park
Within walking distance of shops and restaurants, this family favorite cools folks off during the summer, entertaining wet ones with shooting mini fountains that light up at night for a summer spectacle.
Rent a canoe or kayak to explore Georgia’s Mightiest River with outfitters who can get you on the water within a 20-minute drive of Vidalia.
Built in 1927, this nostalgic venue is home to first-run movies and performing arts throughout the year. Check their site for events like theater camps, art classes and open mics.
Plan Your Trip
There are several places to stay in Vidalia — from hotels to inns and cabins — that can serve as home base for discovering all the tastes of the area.
Visit the Vidalia Onion Museum & Welcome Center or the Downtown Vidalia Association Main Street Office for directions and more tips when you’re in town.