First, realize that there are at least two main attractions at the Okefenokee Swamp; the Okefenokee Swamp Park (near Waycross) and the Stephen Foster State Park (on the more western or southwestern side of the swamp). The Okefenokee Swamp park is a privately run, non-profit. The Stephen Foster State Park is run by the state of Georgia. This review is for the Okefenokee Swamp Park.
We went by here on the way home from Cumberland Island. It was mid-morning on Sunday. There were very few people there. When we arrived we noticed what appeared to be an alligator on the sidewalk to the entrance. He was so still we thought he wasn't real. We quickly learned that there is only one "not real" alligator in that park and he is in a building on a display. Bottom line: assume that all alligators are real. Make sure your children are aware.
When you enter the park on the left is a really interesting raised walkway where you can see penned alligators, turtles, etc. Next is a building that had a black bear in a large pen behind the bhilding. There is a show that they put on each day that is well-worth attending. The lady gave interesting information about alligators, area snakes, and turtles. My daughter was given the opportunity to touch two baby alligators, a snake, and a turtle. There is a train ride which was somewhat interesting, but the driver dragged the ride out too long. At the end of the ride is an old homestead setup. My children found it to be interesting. There is a boat ride that we chose not to do because of time constraints. There is also a really tall tower out in the swamp. We did not go to the tower because we were still recovering from the walk on Cumberland the day before. One of the buildings in the park has lots of interesting information about various animals in the swamp.
All in all, this park is worth the money. However, do not count on buying food there. Food service was awful. There are plenty of places to eat a picnic. The park is clean and bathroom facilities were good.
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