This year during our Fall Break we wanted to do something different. A lot of the time we simply stay at home since the weather is nice and do a few day trips, but since we didn’t go anywhere over the summer we decided to take a quick long weekend trip.
Since we really enjoy staying at Georgia State Parks, I looked there to see what was available. We found a cabin at the Laura S Walker campground, and started planning our trip from there! This campground is near the northern edge of the Okefenokee Swamp, so of course I wanted to have a swamp adventure!
There are several different options to choose from. We decided that we did not want to go on a boat ride since we had a two year old who easily gets restless. I decided the Okefenokee Swamp Park would be the best option for us, and we were not disappointed with this awesome little park!
When we first pulled up, we were a little worried – the place looked small! We got our map, then decided to wonder around a little bit before the train ride. The train ride was a big bonus in our book – our son loves trains, and we figured the girls would enjoy it as well. Our tour guide for the train ride was incredibly knowledgeable, and we learned so much. We even got to see baby gators on our way to Pioneer Island. That was something none of us will forget!
While a few of the animals are confined, most of them are free to wonder freely. Because of this, they advise you to stay a safe distance away from the many alligators who roam the park. They also do not allow any pets in the park. The staff has names for many of the alligators, and they will be happy to tell you stories about the individual personalities of the different gators who live there.
There are also programs at the Nature Center to let you learn more about the animals that live there. We went to Kristen’s InvestiGator program, and it was entertaining and informative. At the end, we even got to pet a baby gator and Kristen was very patient with the girls and answered all of their questions.
Everyone we met who worked there was knowledgeable, friendly, and eager to tell their swamp stories. I’d love to go back and do the observation tower one day when we have more time, and I think the boat tour would be fun as well! We had a great time and I highly recommend this great little park. Plan on spending 3-4 hours here easily.