Valdosta

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Valdosta is the 10th largest city in the state of Georgia. It is located in Lowndes County, in the state's Plantation Midlands region. The population is about 50,000 people. Valdosta is one of the fastest growing cities in Georgia, where new buildings are always being built somewhere.

Valdosta City Hall

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Valdosta is located just off I-75, about 15-20 minutes from the Georgia-Florida border, roughly halfway between Atlanta, Georgia and Orlando, Florida. Valdosta can also be reached traveling on US 84, US 41, and US 221.

By plane[edit]

Valdosta Regional Airport (VLD). The only commercial carrier serving the airport is Delta, from/to Atlanta only.

By bus[edit]

  • Greyhound. Stop is located at 200 N Oak St.

Get around[edit]

Valdosta has a network of roads that is more or less structured. The major roads are I-75, US 41 (N Valdosta Rd./Inner Perimeter Rd.), US 41 Bus. (Ashley St.), US 84 (Hill Ave.), and Patterson St. Inner Perimeter Road is a bypass around Valdosta. Bemiss Rd. is the main route if you need to go to Moody Air Force Base. Although Valdosta is a medium-sized city, tourism is important, with thousands of visitors visiting the city every year.

Climate[edit]

Valdosta has a subtropical humid climate with mild winters, hot summers, and abundant rainfall. Please be aware that Valdosta often suffers from oppressive heat and humidity in the summer, due to the fact that rainfall is most abundant in the summer. In the summer, temperatures easily reach the mid-90s. When the temperature is accompanied by high humidity, the heat index can reach well over 105. If you're not accustomed to the heat, the best times to visit Valdosta is from late September to early May. Otherwise, wear sunscreen, and a hat. Bug spray is also necessary, as gnats can be a problem in the summer. Temperatures can reach 90 degrees as early as May, and as late as September.

Lowndes County Courthouse

See[edit]

Lowndes County Historical Museum - Carnegie Library
Dosta Playhouse
  • Lowndes County Historical Museum305 West Central Ave +1 229 247-4780. M-F 10AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-2PM. Displays the heritage of Valdosta and Lowndes County. Maintained by the Historical Society of Lowndes County. Free.
  • 'Dosta Playhouse122 N. Ashley St +1 229 247-8243. Featuring various performances throughout the year by Theatre Guild Valdosta.
  • Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts527 North Patterson St +1 229 247-2787. M-Th 10AM-6PM, F-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 1PM-4PM. Features four galleries with rotating exhibits along with a permanent gallery featuring East African art.
  • Valdosta State University Fine Arts Gallery, +1 229 333-2149.
  • Valdosta State University Theatre, +1 229 333-2149. Productions featured September through May.
  • The CrescentN Patterson St & Gordon St. Historic home

Do[edit]

Wild Adventures
  • Wild Adventures. Family-friendly theme park and zoo.
  • Splash Island, Water park connected to Wild Adventures. A good place to go to cool off during the intensely hot summers.
  • Stone Creek golfcourse4300 Coleman Road North +1 229 247-2527 ext 2. .
  • Kinderlou Forest Golf Club3374 US Highway 84 W +1 229 219-2300.
  • Morven Music Hall, +1 229 775-2181. Sa 5PM-11PM. Live music, dancing. No smoking, no alcohol.
  • Watkins Music Hall, Mt Zion Road near Rocky Ford Road, +1 229 242-2169. Sa 6PM-11PM. Live music.
  • Go to church.
  • Theatre Guild Valdosta. Community theater in Valdosta. TGV produces four shows per season, plus two childrens' show. Located in the 'Dosta Playhouse in downtown Valdosta.
  • Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area. There are hiking trails, a 2,000-foot boardwalk and a 54-foot observation tower that overlooks open prairie and a heron rookery. Water lovers enjoy the canoe trail and boating through the Blackgum Swamp.

Learn[edit]

Valdosta State University
  • Valdosta State University, 1500 N Patterson St, +1 229 333-5800, +1-800-618-1878, [1]. Over 10,000 students enrolled undergraduate and graduate programs.

Buy[edit]

  • Valdosta Mall1700 Norman Dr. (Exit 18),  +1 229 242-0457. Shopping center anchored by Sears, JCPenney, and Belk department stores
  • Downtown Valdosta, +1 229 259-3577
  • City Market3215A North Oak St Ext +1 229 219-0007. Art gallery and shop
  • Walmart340 Norman Dr +1 229 249-8400. 24/7.
  • Walmart3274 Inner Perimeter Rd +1 229 253-0312. 24/7.
  • Winn-Dixie4036 Bemiss Road (Exit 22; Take US 41 S to Inner Perimeter Rd., turn left, then turn left on Bemiss Rd.),  +1 229 247-2775. 7AM-10PM. Groceries
  • Winn-Dixie3200 North Ashley St. (Exit 22 - S on US 41),  +1 229 242-0917. 7AM-10PM. Groceries
  • Winn-Dixie1105 Madison Hwy. (Exit 16; E on US 84, S on Patterson St.),  +1 229 242-0127. 8AM-10PM. Groceries
  • Publix3330 Inner Perimeter Rd. (Exit 22; S on US 41, turn left on Inner Perimeter Rd.),  +1 229 671-9835. 7AM-10PM. Groceries
  • Publix1741 Gornto Rd. (Exit 18),  +1 229 242-2409. 7AM-10PM. Groceries
  • Target1815 Norman Dr. (Exit 18),  +1 229 242-0330. 8AM-10PM. Department store (like Walmart, but more upscale)
  • Kohl's1511 Baytree Rd. (Exit 18),  +1 229 219-7321. 9AM-10PM. Apparel
  • Home Depot1825 Norman Dr. (Exit 18),  +1 229 293-9008. 6AM-10PM. Hardware
  • Lowe's1106 N St. Augustine Rd. (Exit 18),  +1 229 671-4721. 6AM-10PM. Hardware

Eat[edit]

  • Sonny's BBQ1701 Norman Dr (Exit 18; Across the street from Valdosta Mall),  +1 229 241-8090. 10:45AM-9:35PM Sun-Thurs; 10:45AM-10:05PM Fri & Sat. Part of the chain located in the Southeast US.
  • Red Lobster1179 N Saint Augustine Rd (Exit 18),  +1 229 244-7587. 11AM-10PM Sun-Thurs; 11AM-11PM Fri & Sat. Seafood
  • Applebee's1301 N Saint Augustine Rd (Exit 18),  +1 229 241-9933. 11AM-12AM Sun, 11AM-1AM Mon-Thurs, 11AM-2AM Fri & Sat. American
  • Cracker Barrel1195 N Saint Augustine Rd +1 229 244-5258. 6AM-10PM Sun-Thurs, 6AM-11PM Fri & Sat. Comfort food
  • International House of Pancakes (IHOP), 1821 West Hill Ave (Exit 16),  +1 229 249-8444. 24/7. Breakfast
  • Outback Steakhouse1824 Club House Dr (Exit 18),  +1 229 242-4329. Mon-Thu: 4PM-10PM, Fri: 4PM-11PM, Sat: 11AM-11PM, Sun: 11AM-9PM.
  • The Bistro132 North Ashley St (Exit 16, Take US 84 E, turn left on Ashley St.),  +1 229 253-1253. 5PM-11PM.
  • Mori Japanese Steakhouse1709 Norman Dr +1 229 244-5299.
  • Smok'n Pig4228 N Valdosta Rd +1 229 245-8227. Sun-Thurs 1100-2200, Fri & Sat 1100-2230. BBQ
  • Ole Times Country Buffet1193 N St. Augustine Rd (Exit 18),  +1 229 253-1600. 10:30AM-9PM. Southern food buffet
  • Masato Japanese Steakhouse1337 Baytree Rd (Exit 18),  +1 229 242-4667. Japanese
  • Barberitos1337 Baytree Rd (Exit 18),  +1 229-244-4804. Mexican-American
  • Aligatou Japanese Steakhouse and Seafood1922 W Hill Ave (Exit 16),  +1 229 244-4784. Japanese
  • Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse2913 N Ashley St (Exit 22, Take US 41 S, bear left on Ashley St.),  +1 229 249-9010. Japanese
  • Olive Garden1315 N. St. Augustine Rd (Turn left at the first traffic light when entering from I-75 (Exit 18)),  +1 229 244-9990. 11AM-10PM Sun-Thu; 11AM-11PM Fri & Sat. Italian $.
  • Mellow Mushroom1526 Baytree Rd (Exit 18),  +1 229 333-1891. 11:00-22:00 Sun-Thurs; 11:00-23:00 Fri & Sat. Pizza $.
  • Applebee's3254 Inner Perimeter Rd. (Exit 22, Take US 41 S & turn left on Inner Perimeter Rd.),  +1 229 257-0003. 11AM-12AM Sun, 11AM-1AM Mon-Thurs, 11AM-2AM Fri & Sat. American
  • Bleu Cafe125 N. Patterson St (Exit 16, Take US 84 E, turn left on Ashley St., turn left on Central Ave., turn left on N. Patterson St.),  +1 229 244-2248. American
  • 306 North306 N Patterson St. (Exit 16, Take US 84 E, turn left on Ashley St., turn left on Magnolia St., turn left on Patterson St.),  +1 229-249-5333. 11AM-2PM & 5PM-9PM. Upscale
  • Giulio's Greek & Italian Restaurant105 E. Ann St. (Exit 22, Take US 41 S, bear right on Patterson St., turn left on Ann. St.),  +1 229 333-0929. 5PM-10PM.
  • Mom and Dad's4143 N. Valdosta Rd. (Exit 22, Take US 41 S),  +1 229 333-0848. 5PM-10PM. Italian

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Connect[edit]

  • The local area code is 229 and is not required for local calls.

Stay safe[edit]

Travel in Valdosta is relatively safe, as it is a medium-sized city, but like all cities regardless of their sizes, there will be crime in certain areas so use common sense no matter what.

Cope[edit]

Radio stations[edit]

  • WQPW 95.7 the Mix - Pop music
  • WAFT Radio 101.1 - Christian music
  • WXHT Hot 102.7 - Pop music
  • WGLF 104.1 - Classic rock

Go next[edit]

Routes through Valdosta
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