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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 2700 Suwannee Canal Road, Folkston, GA 31537
Phone Number: 912-496-7836
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Visitors to this nature preserve can experience the diversity of local...

Visitors to this nature preserve can experience the diversity of local wildlife.

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Beautiful natural setting

We took the family over for the day. We saw lots of wildlife, alligators, snakes, squirrels and birds to name a few. Great boardwalk through the swamp easy to push the strollers... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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HORTENSE
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54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took the family over for the day. We saw lots of wildlife, alligators, snakes, squirrels and birds to name a few. Great boardwalk through the swamp easy to push the strollers on. Wonderful activities for fall through spring, don't recommend summer because of the heat and bugs.

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Thank GABE AND DARLEN... W
Northern California
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you've ever wondered about the swamp, don't pass up this chance to check it out. Okefenokee Adventures offers short tours or longer canoe or kayak rental and tours. Gator, birds, plants and the canal and swamp. Check it out.

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Thank CaliforniaGoGirl
Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
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135 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place to view what the Okefenokee Swamp has to offer. Take the boat tour, 1 1/2 hours, but well worth the time. You will see many animals, gators, birds and a beautiful view. There are many short videos on the swamp and its history. There is a great snack bar for lunch or take a picnic... More 

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Thank Rush M
Fernandina Beach, Florida
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9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I highly recommend the paid boat trip which lasts about 90 minutes. The guide will show you how to pick out alligators in the wild...we saw an amazing number on our trip. The guide advised that March/April is the best window for activity, when the springtime temps are great. We also saw nearly a dozen baby gators off a walking... More 

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Thank Gloria S
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24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everything slows down and eventually one can notice the natural pulse of life and its absolutely beautiful, breathtaking and peaceful. Highly recommend.

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Thank electriclady1111
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122 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The gators are always steps away. Even around the visitor's center we spied a few. We appreciated that the visitor's center had a deck with a magnifying glass. The visitor's center is well designed with lots of informative displays. Picnic area available. We did not have time for boat or canoes, so we took the boardwalk. A highlight was seeing... More 

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Thank DCtravels11
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the 4-hour boat tour and every minute was thrilling. Our guide and expert boat navigator, Jen, was not only knowledgeable but had a very keen eye. She was able to point out wildlife we would have missed. In addition, she knew the history of the area and had interesting stories. We could tell how much she valued this... More 

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Thank Sybil H
Atwater, California
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56 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Okefenokee was great! Due to our limited time schedule, the volunteers were very understanding of our time restraint, and gave us the shorter versions of their information. We would have loved to hear all of what they had to say if we could have! The lady in the visitor's center was extremely friendly, and the gentleman at the Chesser Homestead... More 

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Thank Beth A
Atlanta, Georgia
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65 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We have a great time at the refuge. The staff at the visitor center were very nice, polite, helpful and informative. Boating, driving, cycling and hiking options are available for people of all ages. The restrooms at the visitor center was very clean.

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Thank HotelCritique111
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

After taking our boat ride through the swamp, we stayed for hours exploring the swamp via short hikes through the Chesser Homestead and along a board walk. A fantastic and unforgettable place.

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