Savannah Family Friendly Vacation Ideas
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Savannah Family Friendly Vacation
Even though Savannah is a popular destination for history buffs and antique shopping, we can make sure the younger crowd is occupied too. Be sure to check out these great places when visiting with kids of all ages.
Historic District Locations - Most of these locations are walking distance or feel free to take a ride on the DOT, Savannah’s complimentary downtown shuttle, that will take you throughout the Historic District.
Located directly beneath the hotel, River Street will keep the whole family busy. You can start the trip down the fabled cobblestone street taking in the sights of the Port of Savannah while huge cargo ships pass by and of course the old buildings that now house many popular restaurants, pubs and shops. Be sure to visit at least one of Savannah’s popular candy stores, River Street Sweets or Savannah Candy Kitchen. Here you can watch any variety of sweets being made and fill up a bag full of sweet treats. If the kids get hungry, there are plenty of kid friendly restaurants such as Spanky’s on River Street or Tubby’s Tankhouse. All this walking may make get you tired, but no fear, you can hop aboard one of our Savannah Belles Ferries and make the trip back to City Hall Landing, located right next to the hotel. If you are out past dark, you might get lucky for a fireworks show (guaranteed on the First Friday of each month) grab a seat along the river; the show starts just after dusk.
This central Savannah park is 30 acres and offers any child a place to run and play. Pack a picnic lunch or pick up lunch at The Café on Forsyth and enjoy the peacefulness lounging under the oaks while your children play at the playground. This park also offers one of Savannah’s most iconic cast-iron fountains and a fragrant garden for the blind. Forsyth Park offers many great family friendly events throughout the year such as movies in the park so be sure to check with the Concierge and see what will be happening while you are in town.
Departing from River Street, this family friendly tour begins with a cruise along Savannah’s historic waterfront, past Fort Jackson and Fort Pulaski before venturing toward Tybee Beach for prime dolphin spotting. This tour has been around for over 15 years, so the Captains are sure to find you some dolphin at play.
Pirates House Restaurant
This building was erected in 1734 and is said by many to be the oldest building in Georgia. Once upon a time it was an Inn and gathering place for many a sea weary pirates and sailors to rest up. It’s said there are tunnels located beneath the restaurant that were used to shanghai drunken seaman back to the boat. It also where Robert Louis Stephenson got many of his tales for “Treasure Island”. It is a great spot to visit and dine for adults and kids alike.
Leopold’s Ice Cream
You must have at least one trip to Leopold’s. There is no comparison and is a Savannah must have for locals and visitors. Your kids will thank you for it!
Visit museums just for kids and kids at heart. At the Georgia State Railroad Museum located at the old Central of Georgia Railway, you will enjoy close up views of a fully operational turntable and experience the handcar with the help of a knowledgeable interpreter. Also, take time to visit the Savannah Children’s Museum and explore coastal Georgia through play with your children. The Jepson Center for the Arts will give mom and dad some beautiful art to view, but when you travel to the 2nd floor you are transformed into ArtZeum, an interactive children’s museum space designed with young people in mind.
Will you be driving in?
Most of these locations are less than 30 minutes away. Please feel free to stop by and visit our Concierge for directions, then stop at Perks for some grab and go snacks before heading out for some day trips.
Oatland Island Wildlife Center
Ever wanted to get up close and personal with a bison, alligator or grey wolf? Well, not too close! Take some time to travel to Oatland Island and visit with these animals and more that are living in their natural habitat. While there, you have an opportunity to “adopt a friend” and receive a certificate with the animal’s picture, fact sheet and quarterly email updates about how your new friend is doing. Located off of Highway 80 approximately a 15 minute drive.
Go Beachin’ at Tybee Island and take a day trip over to relax on the sandy beaches of “Savannah’s Beach.” While there stop by and visit the Tybee Island Marine Science Center located on 14th Street near the Tybee Pier and visit the Tybee Island Lighthouse and Museum for a self guided tour at the Lighthouse and Head Keepers Cottage. Be sure to pack some comfy shoes; it is 178 steps to the top for a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean. If you get hungry while on the island, head to Huca Poos for a great slice of pizza. Tybee Island is located about 20 minutes away from downtown Savannah on Highway 80.
Skidaway Island and Pin Point
Visit the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and experience many different activities designed to teach children about their surrounding environment. You can enjoy the nature trail and saltmarsh boardwalk and pack a lunch to take a break underneath the oak and palm trees. As you make your trip over the Diamond Causeway, stop in and visit Pin Point Heritage Museum, open Thursday-Saturday only, and learn about the life, work and history of the Gullah/Geechee community that calls the banks of the Moon River home. Located about 20 minutes from the historic district.
Visit with our local baseball team at Historic Grayson Stadium and catch a minor-league baseball game. Grayson Stadium is said to be the oldest working minor-league stadium in the US and has hosted the likes of Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Jackie Robinson. Be sure to stick around for the fireworks after every game. Check the Sand Gnats schedule for game days and time. Located 15 minutes from the historic district.