A visit to Savannah can appeal not only to parents but also to kids of all ages. The city offers everything from historic monuments to fun theater performances — and while that’s great for those looking for variety, it can be hard to take it all in. Here is list of 10 can’t-miss things to do with kids in Savannah.
FORT PULASKI, http://www.savannah.com/fort-pulaski/
Fort Pulaski National Monument is located on Cockspur Island, nestled between Savannah and Tybee Island. History buffs and nature enthusiasts alike will enjoy exploring this historic fort, named in 1833 after Casimir Pulaski, a soldier under George Washington’s command during the Revolutionary War. The area around the fort is perfect for bike rides, and the on-site museum offers both guided tours of the fort and an indoor exhibit. Tours usually last about 45 minutes to an hour and are held at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sundays. The entrance fee is $7 per person, and kids younger than 16 get in free. Your entry ticket is good for seven days, so feel free to return for a stroll along the fort’s ramparts. An annual pass is $30.
OLD FORT JACKSON, http://www.chsgeorgia.org/OFJ
Not to be confused with Fort Jackson in Columbia, Old Fort Jackson is Georgia’s oldest standing brick fort at 210 years old. During the Civil War, the fort became the headquarters of Savannah’s river defenses after Fort Pulaski fell to the Union in 1862. In 1864, the fort was seized by Gen. William T. Sherman after his infamous “March to the Sea.” The fort was abandoned by the U.S. Department of War in 1905 and later was converted into a maritime museum in 1962. The museum was closed in 1975, but the Coastal Heritage Society received permission to reopen it, and still manages the museum today. Visitors will experience an immersive historical reenactment of life as a soldier, as well as learn drills and watch cannon demonstrations using authentic artillery. Tickets are $8 per adult and $4 per child ages 2 to 12. The fort is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
RIVER STREET, http://www.savannah.com/savannah-river-street/
One of Savannah’s most beloved attractions, River Street is as exciting as it is historic. Restaurants, boutiques, pubs and art galleries populate the street’s century-old buildings, which once were used as cotton warehouses. From River Street, visitors can enjoy a variety of activities: They can set out on a riverboat cruise, enjoy a delicious meal, stroll along the banks of the Savannah River. River Street also is popular with teens, thanks to its quirky boutiques and shops. The street can be busy and crowded, and might not be the best place for kids younger than 10.
FORSYTH PARK, http://visithistoricsavannah.com/forsyth-park/
Forsyth Park is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike — many area residents love to walk their dogs there year-round. Located in Savannah’s historic district, the park is surrounded by beautiful Victorian homes, inns and boutiques. On Saturdays, the park hosts a farmers market — a great time to teach kids about the importance of buying local or an opportunity to snag some fresh produce. Forsyth Park’s most famous feature is the fountain at its center; it’s a popular hangout spot for locals, and if you’re in Savannah during the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, you’ll find that the fountain’s water has been dyed a festive green.
SAVANNAH CHILDREN’S THEATRE, https://savannahchildrenstheatre.org/
Savannah Children’s Theatre is a nonprofit organization that offers theater classes to children in order to help them express their personalities and creativity. Kids who are interested in acting benefit from spending time with the talented professionals who teach at the theater, as well as the chance to make new friends their age. Even children who aren’t interested in acting or theater will appreciate the classes’ focus on character and community building. If there’s not enough time in your trip to Savannah to attend a class, try to take in a performance.
ICE SKATING AT THE SAVANNAH CIVIC CENTER, savannahcivic.com
The South isn’t exactly known for its ice rinks, but you don’t want to miss the one at the Savannah Civic Center during the winter. From Dec. 7 to Jan. 2, the Civic Center is transformed into a public skating rink for the annual Skatefest. Single-session tickets are $8 and include skate rentals; a six-person punch pass is $40. Each session is 90 minutes. To purchase tickets, go to the Savannah Civic Center Box Office, 301 W Oglethorpe Ave., or call the Civic Center at 912-651-6615.
TELFAIR MUSEUMS, https://www.telfair.org/
The oldest public art museum in the South, Telfair Museums comprise multiple locations around the city, each offering different experiences. The Telfair Academy — a two-story mansion designed by William Jay in the neoclassical Regency style and built in 1819 — contains three 19th-century period rooms and houses 19th- and 20th-century American and European art from the museum’s permanent collection. The Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, just a short walk from the academy, allows visitors to explore the relationships between 19th-century Savannah’s most powerful people and most disenfranchised people. Jepson Center is the culmination of the history preserved at the Owens-Thomas House and the art exhibitions at Telfair Academy.
SHIPS OF THE SEA MARITIME MUSEUM, http://www.shipsofthesea.org/
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum offers a fantastic experience for those interested in history; it’s filled with artifacts that showcase Savannah’s ties to the water. Most of its tours are self-guided, but for groups larger than 10 the museum can arrange a docent-led tour. The museum offers educational opportunities for any age, including classes on the art of scrimshaw, sailor's valentines, and female pirates.
SAVANNAH CHILDREN'S MUSEUM, http://www.chsgeorgia.org/scm
Savannah Children's Museum in Tricentennial Park is perfect for families with younger children. Located in the old Central of Georgia Railway Carpentry Shop’s lower level and upper courtyard, the museum is entirely outdoors and features more than a dozen exhibits, including an exploration maze, a reading nook and a sensory garden. Tickets are $7.50 a person for ages 18 months and older.
Savannah is famous for its Victorian architecture, cobblestone streets, brightly colored houses and moss-draped trees. See them all from a horse-drawn carriage. Kids will enjoy the ride while parents can enjoy the history lesson — or plan an adults-only romantic evening ride. Carriages range from public, which can seat up to 10, to private, for up to two riders, and cover everything from the city’s historic landmarks to its haunted history. There are multiple tour companies in the city, and most allow children of any age as long as there is parental supervision.