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Wild Adventures Theme Park in Georgia is offering free admission to Hurricane Dorian evacuees.


Escaping Hurricane Dorian? Wild Adventures in Georgia is offering free admission

Free admission applies to voluntary and mandatory evacuation residents.

Some good news for anyone fleeing the state to get away from Hurricane Dorian over the next few days. The Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Georgia is offering free admission to evacuees over Labor Day weekend.

“We understand that being away from home during a storm like this comes with a lot of emotions, including frustration, anxiety, fear, and even boredom,” said Molly Deese, vice president and general manager of the theme park. “We hope that opening our doors to our Florida neighbors this weekend will help provide some moments of relief and fun as they seek shelter.”

Free admission applies to Florida residents who live in counties where voluntary or mandatory evacuations have been ordered. Qualifying residents must show proof of residency to obtain free admission to the park. 

Wild Adventures is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday. Splash Island Waterpark, which is included in the deal, is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday.

Anyone traveling to Valdosta through Labor Day weekend can obtain buy-one-get-one admission if they donate food to assist in hurricane recovery efforts. 

“Throughout the weekend, we will also be accepting food donations for Second Harvest of South Georgia to help stock their food pantry shelves,” Deese said.

Qualifying food donations must be valued at least $10 and are good for a single-day admission with the purchase of a full-price ticket. 

First responders can also visit either of the two parks for free throughout the holiday weekend with a valid employee ID or pay stub. 

Wild Adventures Theme Park is located at the halfway point between Atlanta, Ga. and Orlando. It features more than 40 family and thrill rides, hundreds of exotic animals, dozens of concerts and special events each year. Splash Island Waterpark was named in 2018 as one of the “Top 30 Waterparks” in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Wild Adventures is ranked as the Fifth Most Affordable Theme Park in America in the Theme Park Price Index published by HomeToGo and the Top Theme Park Deal in Georgia by Yahoo! Finance.

Regular general admission for the park is $50 for adults and $45 for children 3-9 as well as seniors 55 and older. 

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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