For land lovers, Valdosta has nearly 30 parks and recreation areas to enjoy. Freedom Park, a 250-acre multi-purpose facility, features a dog park, baseball, softball, tennis, 20-hole disc golf course, and cross-country running course. Freedom Park is the site of the state adult Georgia Special Olympics Games each year and its Miracle Field, a boundless playground for people of all abilities, is one of the largest in the country.
For a walk on the wild side, head over to the stunning Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area where you can play in more than 18,000 acres of wetlands and swamps. Bring binoculars to view birds, wildlife, and maybe even alligators! For all of you dendrophiles (a.k.a. tree lovers), Grand Bay is the largest cypress-blackgum Carolina bays complex in Georgia outside the Okefenokee Swamp.
Valdosta has all the staples, too, with four golf courses, hunting, fishing, the Azalea City Trail for walkers and joggers, Grassy Pond Recreation Area with cabins, boating and nature trails, a huge tennis center, several boat ramps, and the Alapaha Trail, Discovery Outpost, Alligator Alley gator experience, and the Birdhouse and Butterfly Garden at Wild Adventures Theme Park.