On a vacation to Tampa from Atlanta, we took a side trip to Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Ga. Wild Adventures Valdosta is about three and a half hours from Atlanta and only four miles off I-75. When I told friends what I was doing, several said they had seen the billboards on their way down to Florida and always thought about stopping. Well, you should.
Wild Adventures Theme Park is smaller than Six Flags, but still offers plenty of fun for everyone, without the long lines (at least on the day we went). Wild Adventures hours vary depending on day and season, so be sure to check the website before you go, and consider shoulder seasons (spring before school gets out or fall after school is back in session)
Wild Adventures for all Ages
My oldest is a thrill seeker, but my youngest is hesitant to even go up in the air on one of the kiddie airplanes. We found a nice mix of both types of rides and I liked the layout because the kiddie rides were interspersed with the thrill rides, so I could send the older ones over to the Wild Adventures rides that were fast and had loops next door, and keep the younger one engaged on something that was more his speed.
Wild Adventures concerts are another way to engage older kids in theme parks in Georgia. Wild Adventures has a full line up and those concerts are free with your Wild Adventures tickets or a season pass.
Splash Island: Wild Adventures Water Park
In addition to the rides, Wild Adventures, Valdosta Ga. has a safari with elephants, giraffes and other animals, several shows and one of the popular water parks in Georgia called Splash Island for wild water adventures.
As with most water parks in Ga. that are inside a amusement park, we recommend heading to the water park first. After 12 noon, it gets quite crowded. The lifeguards confirmed that too. Wild Adventures water park doesn’t open until 11, so if you head here first, you can do a couple of the rides on the way and still arrive in time for opening.
Ohana Bay: New Wild Adventures Water Park Opening in 2017
Splash Island will be getting bigger in 2017. Ohana Bay is a new family friendly water park in Georgia with seven slides that are geared toward older thrill seekers to small children just looking to splash around. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about this newest addition to Georgia water parks.
Tips for a Great Day at Wild Adventure Theme Park
Based on my discussion with the Wild Adventures PR rep, tips for a great experience are pretty much the same as most amusement parks in Georgia, here is what she said.
Get there early. This is true for ANY of the theme parks in Georgia or pretty much anywhere. Most people run late, so although they may try to get to the park when it opens, fewer people do. Remember, you want to be ready to walk into the park at opening, which means your Wild Adventures tickets have been purchased, bathroom breaks are finished and sunscreen is on.
Go left rather than right. Most people meander to the right when they tour one of the theme parks in Georgia. Those with the inside scoop on Wild Adventures rides head to the back of the park and work their way to the front.
Don’t let the characters distract you. At Wild Adventures, it’s more live animals. Go straight to the thrill rides where lines will form and come back to see the animals later.
Rain can be good. The day we went it rained around 2 pm, so lots of the big rides were closed for a while. The good news was that the rain seemed to empty the park, so when the thrill rides did open, we were able to ride again and again.
Bring a Picnic. To save money, we didn’t eat at the park, opting for a picnic outside the gate instead. We did however indulge in one amusement park treat on the way out — funnel cakes. mmmm.
Upgrade for more fun. If you have a great time, you can upgrade your Wild Adventures tickets to a season pass. The key is you need to do this BEFORE you leave the park.
Buy Wild Adventures Tickets Early. To save money on admission, buy your tickets online before you go. Wild Adventures give a discount if you buy tickets at least two days in advance. Purchase your Wild Adventures tickets at least seven days for the biggest savings.
Staying at Wild Adventures Theme Park, Valdosta Ga.
When we visited, we just went for the day. However, if you want to stay at one of the hotels near Wild Adventures, take a look on their site for partners which include Days Inn Valdosta, Ga. In addition to the Wild Adventures list, another one of the closest motel is the Hampton Inn Valdosta, Ga.
What: Wild Adventures Valdosta, Ga. Amusement Park
Where: 3766 Old Clyattville Road, Valdosta, GA 31601