Wild Adventures Water & Theme Park | Valdosta, GA

Wild Adventures Theme Park sponsored  our family’s visit to help facilitate the writing of this post.  Affiliate links may be used throughout this site.  

Wild Adventures Theme Park is something of a loosely held secret, easily accessible as a day trip from South Georgia, East Alabama, and North Florida.  The fares are reasonable, the crowds are manageable, they kick the fun up a couple of notches during special seasonal times, and they have pretty amazing concerts (general admission to the concerts is free with a Season Pass or park admission).

But don’t tell anybody.  This is just between me and you.  And the fence post over there.  We are considering annual passes and I don’t want everybody finding out how awesome and easy to get to this place is.

Before I get to all the fun we had on our visit, I wanted to mention a couple of pretty spectacular announcements from Wild Adventures:

First, Splash Island’s getting bigger and wetter in 2017 with OHANA BAY!

Right beside Hakini Rapids and Kona Cliffs, your whole family can hang ten at the brand new addition to Splash Island… OHANA BAY! With 7 brand new slides sure to excite everyone from the tiniest tadpoles to the Big Kahunas plus additional seating and shade for mom and dad to sit back and relax, Ohana Bay is sure to make a big splash with your whole family! 

Second, Wild Adventures will be releasing their 2017 concert lineup on February 13!

We loved Dinosaur Explore, featuring 20 life-size, moving, roaring dinosaurs, two roaming Raptors and a special display of Dinosaur eggs…

Wild Adventures boasts 41 thrill rides (including seven coasters!), but admittedly we only experienced a fraction of them!  Our youngest is more of the thrill-seeker, but is still limited in the rides he is allowed to get on. Our eldest likes the tamer stuff, so he and I sit out the crazier rides!

Some of the thrill rides and coasters are: Jungle Rumble (thrill ride), TailSpin (spinning thrill ride), Cheetah (wooden roller coaster), Boomerang (steel roller coaster), Twisted Typhoon (steel roller coaster), Swamp Thing (family coaster), Viking Voyage (family coaster), Ant Farm (family coaster), and Go Bananas (family coaster).

Wild Adventures hosts hundreds of animals… the new South American Exhibit features capybaras, alpacas, rheas, plus Green Monkeys, Squirrel Monkeys with an interactive exhibit, 53+ species including zebras, lions, tigers, giraffes, alligators, rhino and Shirley, the oldest elephant on record!

The Splash Island Water Park is currently 17 acres (expanding in 2017!) and more than a million gallons of fun!  It currently has 15 attractions, including Hakini Rapids and Kona Cliffs, plus 14 VIP cabanas and 12 loungers available for daily rentals.

In its entirety, Wild Adventures Water and Theme Park is currently 170 acres!  It is large enough to hold more fun than you could experience in one very full day, yet small enough that it is easy to navigate.

Our visit was the first time that I had been in many, many years and was the first time ever that my boys had been to Wild Adventures. As we were leaving, they were both asking to come back again very soon! Since it makes a perfect day trip, I can pretty guarantee we’ll be making that happen!

Blackberry Picking At BD Berries Farm

The boys and I recently enjoyed a blackberry picking excursion at BD Berries U-Pick Blackberry Farm in Patterson, GA.

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The boys carefully choosing their blackberries!

Located in South Georgia, it is convenient to the North Florida and South Georgia areas, whether you are local to the area, passing through, or vacationing nearby.

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I remember picking wild blackberries as a child, eating them right off the vine.  Since none grow around our house the boys have not had this pleasure.

June is their blackberry picking season, and we were fortunate enough to learn about them in time to visit on one of the last picking days of the season (thankfully, not missing it!).  It was our first time berry / fruit picking and we really enjoyed it.

BD Berries offers three varieties of blackberries: Osage, Natchez, and Oachita.  The boys and I carefully tasted each one.  Oachita reminded Banan of the blackberries we bought at the grocery store; Natchez was the least sweet; and Osage tasted the sweetest and was therefore our choice.  Tastes vary, of course!  If you go, be sure to taste each one yourself to find your personal favorite.

We only gathered about 2 pounds since it was just before our vacation and we had to eat or take with us all that we picked.

Next season, I may look into more advantageous uses and recipes!

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Picture courtesy of BD Berries

BD Berries Blackberry Farm is very reasonable at $3 per pound u-pick or $20 for a pre-picked 4.5 pound flat.

Like the BD Berries Facebook page for updates on blackberry picking season and treat yourself to some family fun and yummy delights!