What would you like to do first?
What’s on your wish list? Watch an eagle take flight, meet a 78-million year old dinosaur. Stop to smell the roses (and azaleas and camellias) in our garden or have a family day at our water park. And if you can’t fit it all in, we’ll be glad to see you come back again.
The Georgia Southern University Golf Course at University Park
Tee off in Statesboro at the new GSU Golf Course at University Park. This 18 hole championship course, opened in October 2013, is available for public use at a daily rate or through an annual pass. The course offers five sets of tees and is designed so golfers of all skill levels can enjoy playing a round. The facility also has a driving range, practice putting and chipping greens, along with a renovated 8,000 square foot clubhouse. Grab a bite in the Snack Bar or browse the Pro Shop for the latest Eagle accessories!
Address: 1031 Golf Club Road
Fees: Prices vary *Please visit website for details
Blind Willie McTell Trail
Who was Blind Willie and why does he have a trail in Statesboro? Ever hear the Allman Brothers Band song “Statesboro Blues”? Willie is the blues great who wrote it. His namesake trail, though, is anything but blue. You’ll ramble or cycle through a mile – and 7,415 square yards — of architecturally designed park, quirky art, and cobra lighting throughout that connects the Georgia Southern University campus to Downtown Statesboro. Bike racks, picnic tables and quirky art benches invite you to stop and enjoy lunch or the beautiful day.
Address: Beginning at Fair Road’s Memorial Park and ending at Downtown’s Triangle Park
Phone: 912-489-1869 or 1-800-568-3301
Hours: Any time
Eagle Nation on Parade
Presented by Georgia Southern University, Eagle Nation On Parade is a public art project that salutes the University’s traditions, celebrates the unity of campus and community, contributes to the economic vitality and quality of life in Statesboro, and supports student scholarships and research. The Eagle Nation on Parade leads visitors on a tour of Statesboro — from eagle to eagle and all destinations in between! Follow the official Eagle Nation on Parade Flight Path to see the eagles, take your picture and upload them to Facebook. More eagles will continue to be added to the Flight Path until the entire flock of 50 is in place!
Current Eagles on Parade:
- Embrace the Heritage is located at Heritage Bank of the South on South Main Street
- Farmer’s Market is located near Triangle Park on East Main Street
- GATA is located at the Statesboro Holiday Inn
- GSU’s Victory Eagle is located on Georgia Southern’s Campus, near the Foy Building
- Statesboro Blues is located in front of Howard Lumber
- The Pursuit of Knowledge is located on Georgia Southern’s campus at the Zach S. Henderson Library
Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern, aka Garden of the Coastal Plain at Georgia Southern University, aka Botanical Gardens
It’s a lush garden, it’s a historical site, it’s a cultural heritage center. The botanical garden is an 11-acre site centered on an early 20th century farmstead that’s lush with beautiful azaleas, camellias, native plants and endangered species. You can watch history in bloom through a restored historic farmhouse, barn and the Oak Grove one-room schoolhouse filled with authentic relics of long-ago life in the Southeastern Coastal Plain. The garden also hosts dozens of events year-round, from the Whirligig Festival to Lunch and Learn presentations, so check their website calendar.
- Walking Woodland Trails
- Bland Cottage Visitor Center and Gift Shop
- Oak Grove one-room schoolhouse
- Heritage Garden with Rose Arbor
- Children’s Learning Garden
- Camellia Garden
- Native Plant Landscape Garden
- Native Azalea Collection and Bog Garden
Address: 1505 Bland Avenue off Fair Road (Hwy. 67).
Hours: Garden gate and grounds — Monday through Friday, 9:30 am-7 pm; Sunday, 1 pm-4 pm; Saturday, closed.
Bland Cottage, Heritage Pavilion and Weather Vane Barn — Monday through Friday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm; Sunday 1 pm-4pm; Saturday, closed
Georgia Southern University Museum
The best of the old – say, 78 million years old – meets with ever-new and changing exhibits at this exhibit-packed museum. In the Hall of Natural History, meet the Mosasaur, who roamed the earth in the Mesozoic Era, the Vogtle Whale, and 80 million years of natural history. Bring the children – there are lots of interactive exhibits.
Now step into Gallery 2, where there’s always something new – special and national traveling exhibits. You might find the archeology of Camp Lawton, the recently discovered Civil War prisoner of war camp. Or an exploration of satellites and geochaching. Or maybe something on World War II, model trains, or a mad scientist’s laboratory for kids.
- 78- million year old, 26-foot long, fossil skeleton of a Mosasaur
- Georgiacetus Vogtlensis, at 42 million years young, the oldest whale skeleton in North America
- Kids’ interactive area: Be a Paleontologist
- Skeletons from modern vertebrates, including shark jaws, a sawfish bill, and a complete bottle-nosed dolphin
- Gallery 2 changing exhibits feature hands-on educational fun for all ages. Check the website for the latest.
Address: 2142 Southern Drive in the Rosenwald Building #0104 on the campus of Georgia Southern University
Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9 am-5 pm; Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m;
Fees: $2 per person, children 3 and under free.
Georgia Southern University Wildlife Education Center and the Lamar Q Ball, Jr. Raptor Center
Watch the eagles take flight, touch our lime-green friend and Burmese Python, get up close and personal with raptors, reptiles, amphibians, waterfowl and mammals. With more than five acres featuring diverse habitats and species, an amphitheater and an indoor classroom, get ready to take a walk on the wild side! Check the schedule of daily programs, too, from herpetology to flights by birds of prey.
- Numerous resident species of birds of prey including eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, kestrels, vultures and more
- Exhibits of reptiles and amphibians, including a gator tank, turtle petting pen, and Red-eyed Tree frogs and 23 other amphibians on exhibit
- Self-guided nature walks
- A Children’s Discovery Trail
- A newly remodeled Lecture Hall Classroom
- An Ecology Pavilion
- A 120-seat amphitheater
- 12-acre Wetland Preserve
Address: On Georgia Southern University campus, directly off Hwy. 301.
Hours: Monday through Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday 1pm – 5pm (closed Saturdays in June, July, & August); Sunday–closed.
Fees: Adults: $2.00, Children (3-11): $1.00, Children under 3: Free
Mill Creek Regional Park
Ready to play? This is your place. Mill Creek Regional Park is 155 acres of fun for team sports, family fun and outdoor pleasure. The sports fields? State-of-the-art and unmatched in the
Southeast. The activity areas? Playgrounds and a walking trail, picnic areas and plenty of wide open spaces. And the surroundings? A picturesque lake, beautifully landscaped with over 300 hardwood trees.
The Park is also home to Splash in the Boro Family Waterpark, separate admission required and a brand new Tennis Complex that boasts 10 lighted courts and Pro Shop.
• 155 Acres of parkland, including a picturesque lake • 15 Lighted Baseball/Softball Fields (12 Lighted) • 7 Soccer/Football Fields (4 Lighted)
• 2 Playgrounds
• 1.25 Mile paved and lit Walking Trail with exercise stations
• 9 Picnic Pavilions
• 8 Public Restrooms
Address: 1388 Hwy 24 East, Statesboro, GA 30458, at Hwy 24 and the 301 Bypass
Phone: (912) 764-5637
Website: www.bullochrec.com. Hours: Daily, from sunrise to sunset.
Splash in the Boro Family Waterpark
Is it any wonder people from all over dive into Statesboro for Splash’s 768,000 gallons of fun? Let’s start with boogie boarding on the Dual Flow Rider, the only one in Georgia. Then swim on over to the 5-lane mat racers and three waterslides. The little splashers love the Play Pool. And who doesn’t love to go with the flow on the Lazy River? Stay all day – there are two concessions stands, a gift shop and plenty of picnicking in Mill Creek Regional Park where Splash is located.
- Play Pool has a zero-depth entry with low-level water, designed for all ages. Tunnels, slides and a water bucket that pours 600 gallons of water onto the play area every three minutes
- 800-ft. Lazy River that encircles the play and leisure pools
- Spray Ground includes a 15″ wading pool, slides and interactive spray-and-play features for all ages
- 25-meter lane pool
- 24,000-sq.-ft. heated therapy pool
- Pools open year-round under a portable dome structure
- Two concession stands with seating area
- 25 trained lifeguards on duty at all times
- Men’s/Women’s restrooms with family change area and lockers
- Gift shop and more0
Address: 1388 Hwy 24 East, Statesboro, GA 30458, at Hwy 24 and the 301 Bypass
Hours: Seasonal, mid-May through Labor Day. Check website.
Fees: Daily: Under 48” tall – $10; Over 48” tall – $12. Specials and discounts – see website.
New York has one. Dallas has one. Seattle has one. And well ahead of cities nationwide, Statesboro has one. We’re talking about farmers markets – the tasty centerpiece in the growing farm-to-table movement. Thousands (yes, thousands) make their way to ours on Saturdays, April through November, for fresh, locally grown produce, including conventionally grown and organic products. There’s also meat, dairy, eggs, baked goods, honey and jams, and crafts. And leave room in your shopping bag for fun. You’ll find live music, cooking demos, a wellness tent, children’s activities and more. Hungry yet?
Address: Downtown Sea Island Bank Parking Lot, East Main Street
Website:http://www.visitstatesboroga.com/shopping/mainstreetfarmersmarket/Hours: 9 am-12:30 pm, Saturdays, April through November
One of Statesboro’s most recent attractions is The Clubhouse! Offering the most fun you or a group can have in one place. With 24 bowling lanes including 4 luxury lanes in a private suite, full arcade, mini-bowling, laser tag arena and Ballocity, the greatest playground you’ll find for kids for miles around. Then if you want to take a step outside, head over to Hackers Golf Park which has an 18-hole mini golf course, golf range, and batting cages. Then when you’re hungry, head over to Spikes Sports Grill. Spend your whole day there or keep coming back for the fun!
Address: 2704 Old Register Road, Statesboro, GA 30458
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10 am – 11 pm, Fri-Sat: 10 am – 1 am, Sun: 11 am – 11 pm.
Fees: Check out Clubhouse packages for more ways to save and have fun!
Have you always wanted to touch the clouds? You can do that right here in Statesboro! The Jumping Place is a skydiving facility that offers Tandem, Student, and experienced jumper skydiving with a 100% safety record. On your skydive you will witness breathtaking views of Statesboro, Georgia Southern and surrounding areas. Feel like you’re soaring with the Eagles!
Address: 601 Airport Blvd, Statesboro, GA 30461
Fees: Prices vary with Military and Student discounts available
Unleash the adventurer inside of you at Blackwater Preserve. Located only 6 miles from Statesboro, you can be on the water in just minutes! This 420-acre preserve is perfect for wildlife exploration and camping with numerous pathways or you can blaze a trail of your own. Canoes and kayaks are available onsite and fishermen will find a variety of fish including warmouth, largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish and crappie on the 200-acre cypress water impoundment. Guided birdwatching tours are available as well as duck, turkey and deer hunting. The perfect place for outdoor family fun!
Statesboro paintball is the newest and hottest thing in the Boro! We are located inside the Statesboro Flea Market. Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 12pm-6pm for public play. We are available for private parties with reservation. All players must be at least 9 years old. We have 3 different field types for everyone to enjoy. We have a steel barrel field, a full psp pro field, and a two story stronghold.