Savannah is packed full of fascinating places to explore, such as the Telfair Museums, Oatland Island Wildlife Center, and Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. Kids will have the chance to enjoy everything from interactive exhibits to outdoor adventures to new ice cream discoveries.
1.Savannah History Museum
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The Savannah History Museum is a history museum that is located in Tricentennial Park, in Savannah, Georgia. The museum features exhibits relating to the city’s long history, dating all the way back to the American Revolution and Civil War eras. It is situated within the historic Central of Georgia Railway Train Shed, where visitors can explore exhibits that highlight Savannah’s artistic, cultural, and musical contributions. Visitors will see everything from the life of Juliette Gordon Low – Girl Scout Founder to the famous Forrest Gump bench. Children receive a discounted rate for entry, and it’s a wonderful way for them to learn about Savannah’s rich past.
303 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-651-6840
2.Savannah Children’s Museum
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Savannah Children’s Museum is an idyllic place for families to bring their children to play and explore in Savannah, Georgia. This children’s museum is situated within Tricentennial Park, and entirely outdoors as well. The museum occupies the upper and lower courtyards of the old Central of Georgia Railway Carpentry Shop. The museum features numerous exhibits that are designed to inspire children of all ages. They can let their imaginations run wild as they explore the museums exhibits, some of which include an exploration maze, sensory garden, and reading nook. Every exhibit has been designed to incorporate the highest of educational standards.
655 Louisville Road, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-651-4292
3.Old Fort Jackson
Old Fort Jackson is a National Historic Landmark that is situated along the Savannah River in Savannah, Georgia. It is a 19th-century fort that has been restored, situated just minutes from the city’s historic downtown neighborhood. This must-see attraction offers fascinating interactive programs for families, kids, and adults, as well as daily cannon firings – always exciting for the kids. This restored brick fortification is among the oldest still remaining on the nation’s East Coast. The interactive programs show visitors what life was like for the many soldiers who were once stationed here. Children between the ages of 2 and 12 receive a discounted entry free.
1 Fort Jackson Road, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-232-3945
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Telfair Museums is a collection of public art museums that is located within Savannah, Georgia’s historic district. The three museums featured are the Jepson Center, Telfair Academy, and Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters. The museums offer visitors a unique perspective on Savanah’s place in America’s collective past through architecture, history, and art. The museums develop awareness, understanding, and a deep appreciation for the arts, serving as a vital cultural center that connects people of all backgrounds and ages. The museums also provide a number of opportunities for children to further their education through youth classes, school tours, family programs, summer camps, Girl Scout tours, and teen councils.
207 West York Street, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-790-8800
The City Market is a vibrant, four-block, open-air market that is located on West Bryan Street in Savannah, Georgia. This family-friendly market welcomes visitors with its soothing music performed by local musicians. By day, families, couples, and solo travelers peruse the market’s shaded courtyard, where there are several sensational bistros and impressive galleries for them to explore. Millions of visitors flock here every year to roam the four-block development between two historic squares in Savannah, situated just a couple of blocks from the Savannah River. Parents and kids will love the wild art, sweets shops, trolley and carriage tours, and fresh Georgia air.
219 West Bryan Street, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-232-4903
6.Savannah Children’s Theatre
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Savannah Children’s Theatre is a community, performing arts theatre that is located on East Victory Drive in Savannah, Georgia. Their mission is to entertain, inspire, and educate families and children through the wonderful experiences of live theatre, on and off stage. This non-profit organization exists to provide young children with a creative and safe environment for their character development, as well as the opportunity for them to experience the performing arts. Each day the theatre fulfills its mission through after-school classes, community theatre productions, and school field trips. They’ll have fun taking part in productions that include Annie, Jr., Disney’s The Lion King, Jr., The Addams Family, and A Charlie Brown Christmas.
2160 East Victory Drive, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-238-9015
7.Leopold’s Ice Cream
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Leopold’s Ice Cream is an extraordinarily sensational, wildly popular ice cream shop that is located in beautiful, historic Savannah, Georgia. Unchanged since 1919, Leopold’s has been satisfying its regulars and visitors for nearly a century. The shop is known most notably for its award-winning, super-premium, homemade ice cream. However, the made-from-scratch sandwiches, soups, freshly baked treats and salads, are all equally as impressive. The shop works closely with the Girl Scouts of America, offering Girl Scout Picnic Packages at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, and Leopold’s Ice Cream patches for their vests. Tutti Frutti has been a hit with the kids (and adults) since the shop first opened its doors.
212 East Broughton Street, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-234-4442
8.Old Savannah Tours
Old Savannah Tours is a sightseeing tour agency that is owned and operated by locals of Savannah, Georgia. The agency provides family-friendly tours that deliver one of the most authentic and local experiences offered in the historic city of Savannah. The tours are a lot of fun for all ages, especially children. The guides dress up as historical figures and play lively roles throughout the experience, bringing the city’s history back to life. The tour features everything from a scandalous Savannah socialite to an always-running Forrest Gump to Savannah’s founder himself. Visitors will quickly find out why Old Savannah Tours has been rated the Best Trolley Tour in Savannah each year since 2003.
215 West Boundary Street, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-234-8128
9.Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
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Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum is a museum that features replicated model ships, located in Savannah, Georgia. The museum has nine galleries that contain maritime artifacts and paintings, and numerous ship models. A large majority of the models were commissioned to be replicated by the museum itself, to interpret Savannah’s fascinating maritime history. The museum’s collection of model ships include modern navy ships, ironclads, colonial vessels, and ocean-going steamers. The museum is also home to the historic Scarbrough House and one of the largest gardens in Savannah’s historic district. The museum offers special tours for Girl Scout troops, focusing on Juliette Gordon Low’s connection to the city’s rich maritime history.
41 Martin Luther King Jr., Boulevard, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-232-1511
10.Georgia State Railroad Museum
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Georgia State Railroad Museum is a museum that is located within Tricentennial Park, in Savannah, Georgia. This National Historic Landmark is situated at the Central of Georgia Railway Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities. The museum features a fully-operational turntable, historic railcars, handcars, and guided tours. The museum is consistently rated among Savannah’s top family-friendly attractions, offering discounted admission fees for children ages 2 to 12. Kids really love the Train Ride, where they’ll get the opportunity to ride a historic diesel or steam locomotive down numerous lines of track around the facility. The museum is also equipped with the Locomotion Lab – a temperature-controlled family area that is perfect for children.
655 Louisville Road, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-651-6823
Forsyth Park is a sprawling community park that occupies nearly 30 acres of scenic property within Savannah, Georgia’s, historic district. The park is bordered by Whitaker Street to the West, Park Avenue to the South, Drayton Street to the East, and Gaston Street to the North. For tourists and locals, the park is a center of social interaction. Visitors will often find people enjoying concerts, recreational sports, relaxing, reading, sun bathing, and much more. At the north end of the park lies a very beautiful fountain, it’s the idyllic place for capturing that perfect family photo with the young ones.
Drayton Street & West Gaston Street, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-651-6550
12.King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation
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The King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation operates the original King-Tisdell Cottage museum site and The Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center in Savannah, Georgia. The Beach Institute is an award-winning, family-friendly center where visitors can come and explore over 150 years of African-American history, preservation, and arts. Savannah’s flagship museum, children and adults will be treated to permanent collection exhibits, traveling exhibitions, live performances, and lecture series that highlight African-American artists. Visitors will also want to explore the preserved African-American culture within the King-Tisdell Cottage, where they’ll find historic neighborhood maps indicating where black communities were during the Jim Crow era. No trip to Savannah would be complete without a stop at these two must-see attractions.
502 East Harris Street, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-335-8868
13.Skidaway Island State Park
Skidaway Island State Park is a sprawling state park that is located near downtown Savannah, Georgia. This state park borders the Skidaway narrows, which are part of Georgia’s Intracoastal Waterway. Scenic trails wind their way through salt marsh and maritime forests, leading visitors to a boardwalk with an observation tower. All around the park, visitors will have the opportunity to see egrets, fiddler crabs, raccoon, deer, and other wildlife species. The park features an interpretive center where birders will find reference books, binoculars, and a window for viewing migrating species like the Painted Buntings. Kids really love seeing the reptile room and the towering, 20-foot ground sloth replica.
52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-598-2300
14.Fort Pulaski National Monument
Fort Pulaski National Monument is a U.S. National Monument that is located off of U.S. Highway 80 in Savannah, Georgia. The monument is situated on Cockspur Island, between Tybee Island and the city of Savannah. It preserves Fort Pulaski, which during the American Civil War in 1962, was the site where the Union Army successfully tested cannons that rendered fortifications made of brick, obsolete. The monument provides an excellent setting for spending the day with the family; parents and children can enjoy sightseeing, kayaking, hiking, bicycling, and exploring nature and history together. Kids will also enjoy fishing along the scenic banks of the Savannah River.
U.S. Highway 80, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-786-5787
15.Cinnamon Bear Store
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The Cinnamon Bear Store is a wonderfully-eclectic, family-friendly gift shop that is located in Savannah, Georgia. The store has become a frequent and favorited stop for families traveling to the Hilton Head, Amelia Island, and Savannah areas. For over 20 wonderful years the store has carried whimsical gifts that pique the interests of the masses; fascinating toys and books for the children; and award-winning gourmet products for the discerning shoppers. Visitors will truly feel like they’re at home at this family-owned and operated establishment. Patrons will find everything from designer handbags to vintage jewelry to logo apparel to pleasantly-scented candles.
309 West St. Julian Street, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-232-2888
16.Savannah Riverboat Cruises
Savannah Riverboat Cruises is a boat touring agency that is headquartered out of Savannah, Georgia. Patrons will have the opportunity to enjoy evening dinners, entertainment, and unforgettable tours of the city’s historic waterfront aboard a Savannah Riverboat Cruise. Visitors will be able to choose between two impressive boats with which to tour the scenic Savannah River aboard, the Georgia Queen and Savannah River Queen. Some popular cruises include Lunch Cruises, Sunset Cruises, Dinner Cruises, Gospel Cruises, Moonlight Cruises, Seasonal Cruises, Brunch Cruises, and Sightseeing Cruises. Kids love taking to the open water, with the fresh river breezes, and warm Georgia sun.
9 East River Street, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-232-6404
17.Dolphin Magic Tours
Dolphin Magic Tours is a dolphin touring and waterway sightseeing agency that is headquartered in Savannah, Georgia. The company was founded in the summer months of 1999, by Captain Derek Brown. The Captain operates a 41-foot-long, twin turbo diesel boat that has a capacity of 48 souls. Visitors will find the vessel docked at the center of River Street, on the right side of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Passengers will enjoy a two-hour narrated boat tour along Savannah’s historic waterways, toward Tybee Island. They’ll see famous points of interest that include the Waving Girl, Fort Pulaski, Fort Jackson, and the Cockspur Island Lighthouse. Kids love seeing the dolphins playing alongside the boat during excursions.
313 East River Street, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-897-4990
18.Baker’s Pride Bakery
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Baker’s Pride Bakery is a family bakery that’s been operating in Savannah, Georgia, for over 30 years, since 1982 to be precise. The family puts an emphasis on using the finest ingredients available when making their wedding cakes, specialty cakes, pastries, and other delicious goods. These sensational, gourmet goods are baked daily within the bakery, providing patrons with the freshest baked foods. The bakery is equipped with a full product display, dining area, and large production area. From miniature tea pastries to cupcakes to doughnuts to cookies, kids will have a plethora of delicious treats to choose from, and plenty to keep them smiling about.
840 East Derenne Avenue, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-355-1155
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Carnegie Library is a public library that is located within historic downtown Savannah, Georgia. The red-and-black bricked Carnegie Library is a marvelous, architectural gem that has served its surrounding community for over a century. The museum has even made the list of Georgia’s 10 Most Beautiful Libraries by the Georgia Public Library Service. Carnegie Library was the first public library to be established in the city of Savannah by a collection of African American business leaders. These same business leaders were responsible for founding the Colored Library Association of Savannah in 1906. The library offers coding classes for kids, story time, and open computer labs.
537 East Henry Street, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-651-1973
20.Oatland Island Wildlife Center
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Oatland Island Wildlife Center is a compact, zoo-like preserve that is located in Savannah, Georgia. The mission of the center is to provide adults, families, and children with the necessary information to maintain the highest standards of animal care at all times. There are a couple of different sections to explore within the center, such as Predators of Georgia, Birds of Prey, and Wolf Wilderness. There’s a large variety of animal species for visitors to explore, including Gray Wolfs, Southern Flying Squirrels, Gopher Tortoises, Cougars, Bobcats, Red-tailed Hawks, Barn Owls, and Bald Eagles. Toddler Tuesdays cater to child animal education development; the center also provides field trip programs.
711 Sandtown Road, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-395-1212
21.Old Town Trolley Tours of Savannah
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Old Town Trolley Tours of Savannah is a sightseeing touring agency that is located in Savannah, Georgia. The captivating stories, lush botanicals, and extraordinary architecture of this coastal, historic city make for a memorable vacation experience. For more than 30 years, Old Town Trolley Tours has offered sightseeing tours that highlight the very best that the city of Savannah has to offer. Families traveling with children will find this is an excellent way to explore the city while keeping them entertained. The agency has dubbed it “Transportainment,” a playful combination of entertainment and transportation. The friendly and lively conductors narrate the tours with a fun and fascinating mix of humorous stories and trivia.
234 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-559-3130
22.River Street Sweets
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River Street Sweets is a candy store that got its start in the late 1970s, with its first location on historic River Street in Savannah, Georgia. It all began when a young Tim Strickland coaxed his parents into purchasing a fudge pot for their gift shop. After his older sister Jennifer made her first batch of delicious chocolate mint fudge – it sold like crazy. They knew then, that selling candy was much more lucrative than Christmas ornaments and knick-knacks, and River Street Sweets began. Today, the family-owned company has grown to include multiple stores all over the country. It’s always an awe-inspiring experience for the kids, with the mountains of chocolate, salt water taffy, and other sweets to choose from.
13 East River Street, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-234-4608
The Savannah Bananas are a Minor League Baseball team that got their start in 2016, playing out of Savannah, Georgia. The team is part of the Coastal Plain League, and has sold out every single game during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The team takes pride in not being the ‘average baseball team’, they do things differently, with everything geared toward creating a more rewarding fan experience. The team’s President found a puppy that had been abandoned at the ballpark, Daisy is now the bat dog for the Bananas, and one of the team’s most popular members. Kids between the ages of 6 and 13 will have the opportunity to join one of the Bananas summer baseball camps.
1401 East Victory Drive, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-712-2482
24.Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
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Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, also recognized as the “Wayne-Gordon House,” is the first Girl Scout Headquarters, located in Savannah, Georgia. Owned by the Girl Scouts of the USA, the house now serves as a popular history museum for all who visit Savannah. The museum might be the only one of its kind in the country created specifically for the enjoyment of girls – though it is cherished by everyone. Kids can trace the past of Juliette Gordon Low, and the Girl Scout Movement she initiated. Children can also enjoy guided tours; the Morning Girl Scout Troop Experience; and discounted admission rates.
10 East Oglethorpe Avenue, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-233-4501
25.Mother Mathilda Beasley Park
Mother Mathilda Beasley Park is a community park that honors Georgia’s first African-American nun, Mother Beasley. The park is located on East Broad Street, in the city of Savannah, Georgia. Mother Beasley founded the St. Francis Home for Colored Orphans in 1887. The park features a baseball diamond, a large playing field for football or soccer, a charming pavilion, and two well-equipped playgrounds. The park is usually taken over by families and droves of children on the weekends, often for birthday parties, family barbeques, or sporting events. The entire park is fenced in, so kids can bring their furry friends along for a day of fun under the sun.
500 East Broad Street, Savannah, GA, Phone: 912-238-1453
25 Best Things to Do in Savannah with Kids of All Ages
- Savannah History Museum, Photo: Savannah History Museum
- Savannah Children’s Museum, Photo: Savannah Children’s Museum
- Old Fort Jackson, Photo: gnagel/stock.adobe.com
- Telfair Museums, Photo: John Paddison/stock.adobe.com
- City Market, Photo: dbvirago/stock.adobe.com
- Savannah Children’s Theatre, Photo: Savannah Children’s Theatre
- Leopold’s Ice Cream, Photo: Leopold’s Ice Cream
- Old Savannah Tours, Photo: Noel/stock.adobe.com
- Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, Photo: Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
- Georgia State Railroad Museum, Photo: Georgia State Railroad Museum
- Forsyth Park, Photo: susanne2688/stock.adobe.com
- King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation, Photo: King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation
- Skidaway Island State Park, Photo: WavebreakMediaMicro/stock.adobe.com
- Fort Pulaski National Monument, Photo: Stephen/stock.adobe.com
- Cinnamon Bear Store, Photo: Cinnamon Bear Store
- Savannah Riverboat Cruises, Photo: SeanPavonePhoto/stock.adobe.com
- Dolphin Magic Tours, Photo: atasnow/stock.adobe.com
- Baker’s Pride Bakery, Photo: Baker’s Pride Bakery
- Carnegie Library, Photo: LIGHTFIELD STUDIOS/stock.adobe.com
- Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Photo: Oatland Island Wildlife Center
- Old Town Trolley Tours of Savannah, Photo: Old Town Trolley Tours of Savannah
- River Street Sweets, Photo: River Street Sweets
- Savannah Bananas, Photo: mtsaride/stock.adobe.com
- Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, Photo: Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
- Mother Mathilda Beasley Park, Photo: eugenesergeev/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: f11photo/stock.adobe.com