Valdosta, Georgia, is one place that you may want to consider visiting this year. It is located along the Florida – Georgia border and is approximately a two hour’s drive from my home. My husband and I have been there on several occasions. Thus, I thought that I would mention several of the senior day trip options available in the area. Here they are:
If your senior group members possess an extraordinary amount of youthful exuberance, I’d suggest visiting Wild Adventures Theme Park. Just make sure that you call the park’s group sales department at least three months in advance during the peak season. Otherwise, you may end up severely disappointed. Personally, I’d suggest scheduling your visit to coincide with one of the park’s shows or concerts. That way, you’ll be sure to get the most value out of your senior day trip. The schedule listing all of the events for the year may generally be found on the park’s website at least a year in advance.
The Valdosta area is also home to some awesome wildlife viewing areas that your senior group may enjoy. One of them is the Reed Bingham State Park. It is located near Adel and is open year round. There is a parking fee that is typically charged per vehicle. Thus, you’ll want to call ahead to verify the current rate and plan accordingly. Buzzards, hawks, eagles, frogs and gopher tortoises are just some of the animals that you are likely to encounter during your visit. The park staff also offers boat tours, bicycle rentals, miniature golf and moderately strenuous hiking trails.
If you group is looking for an additional viewing spot to consider, I’d suggest visiting the Grand Bay Education Center. However, keep in mind that advance reservations are a must. Because of where it’s located, you’ll also want to bring ample amounts of a strong bug spray, sunscreen and bottled water with you. Otherwise, your group is apt to be pretty miserable wandering through the grounds on a blistering, Georgia afternoon.
Are your group’s members avid fans of historical sites? If so, you may want to think about adding the Lowndes County Historical Museum to your trip’s itinerary. It has both indoor and outdoor exhibits. One of the more heart-breaking exhibits is devoted to Gypsy and the town’s connection to the traveling circuses of old. She was an elephant that ran amok through the area in the early 1900s. Admission tends to be free and reservations are very important. I should also mention that parking near the museum can be a bit difficult at times. Thus, if you plan on arriving in a motorcoach or another large vehicle, you’ll want to take that into consideration. The museum’s staff should be able to provide suggestions on where to park such vehicles.
Source: Personal Experience
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