A Visit to the Okefenokee Swamp Park


Yesterday we decided to take a spontaneous picnic to the Okefenokee Swamp Park entrance. The Park itself is pretty darn neat, but it costs roughly an arm and a leg to get in, especially if you want to do the good stuff (read: boat tour). But there are a couple of gardens and outer building you can access for free. Plus, you are still guaranteed a gator sighting. Because swamp.


Okefenokee Swamp Park

So we walked around a bit and I attempted to capture gators on film in mid-day lighting on all manual settings (read: impossible).

The Okefenokee Swamp Park

We ate our peanut butter sandwiches outside the entrance.

The Okenfenokee Swamp

And then we walked around the gift shop for a few minutes so that we could photo-op with ole Oscar and I could ask about ticket prices for the future.

The Okefenokee Swamp Park

I got my ticket price information, snagged a post card, and just as we were about to head back home someone from the park approached us. She introduced herself as someone from the church we call home and said she recognized us and had put together some guest passes so we could enter the park.

#birdsoftheair, amirite?


The Okefenokee Swamp Park

So we did the nature show, the train ride, and the boat tour in the limited amount of time we had left in our afternoon.



The swamp is equal parts terrifying and beautiful. It seriously contains all the worsts kinds of everything. Alligators, venomous snakes, spiders, every kind of flying bug that can bite or sting you (we fought off yellow flies something fierce yesterday. They are  the worst).


Okefenokee Swamp Park

Also, I climbed to the top of this 90 foot tower and now my legs are pretty sure I’m dying.


Fire Tower Okefenokee Swamp Park

But the view was pretty.


View from the Tower, Okefenoke Swamp Park

Not bad for a random Wednesday afternoon. Once again, I love the flexibility of homeschooling.