In 2014, we packed up the family and headed south to Savannah for spring break. This was our first big vacation with all three kids (ages 11, 4 and two), and thus, it seems appropriate that my first family adventure blog post should be about this particular trip. These are our top picks for family fun in and around Savannah, Georgia:
All aboard! The trolley tours were a wonderful option for us. You could hop off and on at various stops throughout the beautiful city of Savannah. The kids enjoyed riding a trolley (something we don’t have in our home town), the adults enjoyed the interesting tidbits of information from the tour guide, my husband enjoyed not having to drive (and park) in the heart of town, and everyone enjoyed resting their feet for a bit during the ride. We were allowed to hop on/off at any of the designated stops throughout the day, and the trolleys took us within an easy walking distance of every destination that we wanted to see/visit.
The Pirates’ House
Aargh, me hearty! The Pirates’ House Restaurant is an awesome place to eat lunch. The building first opened as an inn for seafarers back in 1753. It has significant historical ties to real pirates and is rumored to be the inspiration for the children’s classic book, Treasure Island. It features a moderately priced menu and pirate-costumed actors that come around to talk about the building’s history with you (and they are happy to pose for fun photos with you as well). Additionally, they had a fun kids’ menu that converted into paper pirate hats. Be sure to ask for a tour at the end of your meal so you can see the secret tunnels discovered under the building. The entire family LOVED eating at The Pirate’s House.
Georgia State Railroad Museum
If you have a train fanatic in your family (like we do), the Georgia Railroad Museum is a must see. There was a little something for all of us there. We attended a few demonstrations, we toured various train cars, the boys worked a real handcar, there were several train-themed play areas good for a variety of ages, and our little kids loved the wooden train playground.
Fort Pulaski National Monument
Moats, drawbridges, cannons, and underground passages… what kid wouldn’t enjoy that?!? My adventure-seeking children thought it was great fun exploring Fort Pulaski in nearby Tybee Island. Additionally, we learned all sorts of neat facts during the tour, and the views were quite lovely. Keep a close eye on small children though. There are all sorts of hazards (i.e. moats of murky water, high places to fall from, etc.) to be wary of there.
Other kid-savvy stops in and around Savannah that you may want to consider include:
- Savannah Children’s Museum – Neighboring the Georgia State Railroad Museum, the Savannah Children’s Museum was closed the day that we were on that end of town but it looked really fun! We were bummed that we weren’t able to go in and play/learn.
- Forsyth Park – This is probably the most famous park in Savannah. It features a beautiful water fountain, lovely natural spaces, and playgrounds. Our entire family enjoyed exploring the grounds.
- ArtZeum at Jepson Center for the Arts – We simply ran out of time and were not able to visit Jepson Center for the Arts. However, I am quite intrigued with their ArtZeum, a permanent interactive art exhibit designed specifically for children. It sounds like a lot of fun.
- Tybee Island Light Station and Museum – We climbed to the top of the lighthouse (178 stairs!!!). It’s a great way to run off the children’s extra energy. We all found it very interesting to wander around the surrounding property as well.
- Tybee Island Marine Center – Our toddler fell asleep just as we pulled into the parking lot for this one. Thus, we chose to let her sleep peacefully instead of waking her to visit the Marine Center. However, I hear that turtle-lovers would consider this stop to be a must-see.
- River Street – Souvenir shops, great food, pretty scenery, and a lively atmosphere… River Street is a fun stop for all ages.
Have you been to Savannah with your family? What activities and sights do you recommend?