Visiting Savannah, GA with Kids
On a recent road trip, we decided to take a slight detour and spend a day in Savannah, Georgia. Our kids had never visited, and we thought it would be a fun place to explore as a family. Knowing we only had one day and one night, we packed a lot into the schedule.
We found some fun and unique things to do that allowed us to see the highlights and get an idea of what we’d like to see on our next visit. Here are our highlights from visit to Savannah with kids.
What to do in Savannah, GA with Kids & Tweens*
Ghost Tour with Savannah Walks
Our younger daughter was finally old enough to go on a ghost tour and enjoy it. We selected this walking tour, which starts at sundown and takes a 1- to 2-mile journey through some of the oldest parts of Savannah. We learned a lot about the city’s history and daily life back in revolutionary times.
Oatland Island Wildlife Center
This expansive wildlife center is located just five miles from downtown Savannah and is home to more than 150 animals. On the grounds of a beautiful, historic school, visitors can meander under the live oak trees from one exhibit to another.
There are quite a few indigenous species on view, as well as grey wolves and two bison! This unassuming park offers free parking, cheap admission, and plenty of space for little ones to run around. If you forget bug spray, you can buy some at the gift shop, along with souvenirs, snacks and drinks.
Juliette Low Birthplace Tour
Since this was not a planned trip, we were too late to purchase tour tickets to the birth home of the Girl Scout’s founder. This is a very popular destination for Girl Scouts, so book your tour tickets early. (There’s even a patch for visiting.) Guided tours run every half hour, Monday through Saturday and take about 40 minutes.
Best Family Restaurants in Savannah, GA
Leopold’s Ice Cream
As a mainstay soda fountain since 1919, this ice cream shop is another historic destination for those new to Savannah. Enjoying a root beer float or a mocha chocolate chip ice cream is the perfect remedy for the Savannah humidity. There are plenty of flavors from which to choose, and the portions will delight your kids. Sharing is recommended! We only tried their ice cream, but they do offer a full lunch menu.
The Pirate’s House
Established as an inn in 1753, the The Pirate’s House has been serving up food, drinks and folklore for a long time. As a popular tourist destination, this restaurant can fill up quickly for dinner, so reservations are recommended. As we learned on the ghost tour, The Pirate’s House is known to have the ghost of a sea captain frequent one of the second floor dining rooms.
We’re always looking for an undiscovered gem, and we found it at Gryphon. Formerly a pharmacy back in the 1920s, this quaint restaurant serves breakfast, brunch and tea service. The dark wood paneling, art nouveau chandeliers and the crisp white tablecloths really put us in the mood for a lovely tea service. We enjoyed our lemon scones and cucumber sandwiches with our pinkies fully extended!
Where to Stay in Savannah, GA
Hilton Savannah DeSoto is in the perfect location for exploring many of the historic Savannah attractions by foot. While we appreciated the convenient location, our kids really enjoyed the outdoor pool, where we cooled off in the afternoon between sight-seeing activities.
*Because some of our suggested Savannah attractions require a lot of walking and involve potentially scary subjects like ghosts, they might not be appropriate for younger kids.
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Erin is a native Floridian who has resided in Atlanta since 1995. Her husband Mike and she have two funny, smart, active girls and two cats.