20 Family Friendly Activities in Savannah

Posted on July 20, 2016 by

Thinking about visiting Savannah for a family vacation? Live in Savannah and curious about family friendly activities that everyone will enjoy? Wonder no more; there are plenty of activities in Savannah that moms, dads and kids will adore—from outdoor adventures at parks to interactive, kid-friendly exhibits at museums and animal discoveries at wildlife centers and aquariums. Fun is just around the corner!

1. Explore The Savannah Children’s Museum

1. Explore The Savannah Children’s Museum

Have an adventure at the Savannah Children’s Museum! Located in Tricentennial Park at the old Central of Georgia Railway Carpentry Shop and courtyard in Downtown Savannah, this museum is completely outdoors and has over a dozen children-friendly exhibits and activities. Designed to spark curiosity and imagination, this museum features exhibits such as an exploration maze, a sensory garden, reading nook and several other interactive stations that get kids to use their thinking and problem solving skills.

Details: The Savannah Children’s Museum, located at 655 Louisville Rd., is open Monday-Saturday, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is $7.50 for anyone over the age of 18 months.

Photo provided by the Coastal Heritage Society.

2. Chug on over to The Georgia State Railroad Museum

2. Chug on over to The Georgia State Railroad Museum

Discover historic railcars at the Georgia State Railroad Museum! Also located in Tricentennial Park, this museum can be found at the old Central of Georgia Railway Savannah Shops and Terminal. Check out the full operational turntable, many of their historic steam or diesel trains or go on one of the guided tours!

Details: The Railroad Museum is open Monday-Sunday, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $10 per adult and $6 per child ages 2-12.

Photo provided by the Coastal Heritage Society.

3. Have a Blast at Old Fort Jackson and Fort Pulaski

3. Have a Blast at Old Fort Jackson and Fort Pulaski

Enjoy a day full of history and adventure at Old Fort Jackson or Fort Pulaski. Old Fort Jackson is a must-see historical landmark which features interactive programs for the whole family! Experience cannon firings and weapon demonstrations at one of the oldest standing brick fortifications on the East Coast.

Fort Pulaski also hosts cannon firings and weapon demonstrations, and on top of that, there are nature trails and guided tours! To help children learn more about the fort and its history, Fort Pulaski offers a Junior Ranger program, which allows kids ages 6-12 to explore the fort and create a special relationship with it and its history.

Details: Admission to Fort Jackson is $7 per adult and $4 per child, ages 2-12. Fort Jackson is open Monday-Sunday, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission to Fort Pulaski is $7 per person, and free for anyone under the age of 15. Fort Pulaski is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Photo provided by the Coastal Heritage Society.

4. Unleash Your Imagination at Telfair Museum's Jepson Center

4. Unleash Your Imagination at Telfair Museum's Jepson Center

Bring the youngest children to Art Start: Stroller and Toddler Tours, where once a month, the museum invites its youngest patrons to come play and learn with story time, a special tour and an art activity. Those a little older can enjoy the Drop-In Studio at the Jepson Center, which features an art project that connects to one of the exhibits in the museum.

For a more interactive experience, moms and dads can take their kiddos over to Jepson Center’s Artzeum, where they will find reproductions of art works from the Telfair collection, kids can act as a curator and create artwork out of everyday items or the special magnet tiles on the magnet wall.

If your whole family wants to get in on the action, then head over to the Jepson Center for their Free Family Days! On these special days guests can enjoy fun, educational and free activities such as art projects, gallery exploration, DIY masterpieces, story time and much more.

Details: The Art Start takes place the third Thursday of every month, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Admission is $5 per child and free for adults. The Drop-In Studio is daily, from 1-4 p.m., at the Jepson Center, and it’s free with museum admission! Free Family Days are free for all ages; check the museum's website for dates. The Telfair Museums are completely free for children under the ages of 12, and the Artzeum is open during the Jepson Center’s regular hours.

Photo provided by the Telfair Museums.

5. Go on an Adventure at The Oatland Island Wildlife Center

5. Go on an Adventure at The Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Explore the Oatland Wildlife Center with the kids this summer at their Summer Camp or Toddler Tuesday programs. Their Summer Camps are weeklong day camps available for children grades K-8. Campers will be able to discover the Oatland Wildlife Center through hands-on activities, crafts and wildlife investigations. Enthusiastic instructors will guide the kids during their weeklong exploration journey. Tuition is $135 for each week of camp, and includes a free T-shirt that must be worn each day of camp.

Details: Camp runs from June 6-July 22, 2016 and hours are from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit the Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s website to register.

Photos provided by Oatland Island Wildlife Center.

6. Watch Dolphins Play on A Dolphin Tour

6. Watch Dolphins Play on A Dolphin Tour

Enjoy family fun on the water with a dolphin tour on Tybee Island! Check out Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours or Dolphin Magic Tours. Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours depart daily from Lazaretto Creek Marina and head towards the Atlantic Ocean. The boat passes the Cockspur Lighthouse, Fort Pulaski and offers a scenic view of the Tybee Island Lighthouse. Dolphin Magic Tours features a view of Fort Jackson, the Waving Girl and Fort Pulaski, and is narrated by their friendly captain and first mate. Enjoy the excitement of being alongside the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins as they swim and play!

Details: Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours are $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Dolphin Magic Tours are $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.

Photo provided by Captain Mike's Dolphin Tours.

7. Explore Downtown Savannah with an On/Off Historic Tour

7. Explore Downtown Savannah with an On/Off Historic Tour

Go on an adventure throughout all of Downtown Savannah on the Old Savannah Tours’ All Day On/Off Tour! This unlimited tour allows you to fit all the touring that you can into one day. Enjoy the route with an enthusiastic tour guide, and explore Historic Savannah on your own as well by utilizing the 15 available trolley stops. Hop off one trolley, explore the area on your own for a little while, and then hop right back on! This is definitely the best touring option to see the city to its fullest. The ticket also allows you to get free admission into the Telfair Academy and the Jepson Center.

Details: This tour is $46 for adults, and $32 for children. The trolleys run seven days a week, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and operate on a 15-20 minute pickup schedule.

Photo provided by Old Savannah Tours.

8. Get “Shanghaied” on Black Betty’s Piracy and Privateers Tour

8. Get “Shanghaied” on Black Betty’s Piracy and Privateers Tour

Learn about pirates and Savannah’s privateer history on a Piracy and Privateers Tour with Black Betty the pirate! Join a historically-accurate tour guide and the boisterous Black Betty as they guide you through an exciting adventure through the streets of the Historic District. See Savannah through the eyes of an 18th century buccaneer and hear stories of the pirates and patriotic privateers.

Details: Black Betty’s Tours are daily April-October at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and November-March, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Prices are $25.99 for adults, $12.99 for children ages 5-12 and children 4 and under are free.

Photo provided by Black Bettys Tours.

9. Enjoy a Cold Treat at Leopold’s Ice Cream

9. Enjoy a Cold Treat at Leopold’s Ice Cream

Cool off with a delicious, cold treat at Leopold’s Ice Cream on Broughton Street. Indulge in their homemade, premium ice cream flavors, such as Tutti Frutti, Butter Pecan or Coconut. Get a coke float, coffee float, ice cream sundae or even ice cream cake! Not a fan of ice cream? No worries! Make sure to check out their café menu too, for a cappuccino or a signature sandwich.

Details: Leopold’s, located at 212 E. Broughton St. is open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

Photo provided by Leopold's.

10. Run and Play at Forsyth Park

10. Run and Play at Forsyth Park

Explore Forsyth Park and find something the entire family will enjoy! Check out the recently-renovated playgrounds with kids and the splash pad near the stage. Enjoy concerts, jogging, playing fetch with the family pet, soccer or frisbee in the open fields or play a family game of basketball or tennis on one of the courts on the south side of the park. Then grab lunch at the Forsyth Café and have a picnic on the lawn!

Details: Forsyth is open to the public from 6:45 a.m.-9 p.m. and is located between Drayton and Whitaker Streets and East Park Avenue and Gaston Street in Downtown Savannah.

Photo by Andrea Six.

11. Satisfy Candy Cravings on River Street

11. Satisfy Candy Cravings on River Street

Make sure to visit River Street with the family to satisfy your sweet tooth! River Street has two amazing candy shops, River Street Sweets and Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. Stop in for free praline samples and visit River Street Sweets for amazing ice cream and gelato! While you’re on River Street, make sure to check out the historic monuments and stop by the Tinkerbell Boat sandbox, which is great for pictures with the kids!

Details: River Street Sweets (located at 13 E. River St.) and Savannah’s Candy Kitchen (located at 225 E. River St.) are both open daily from 9 a.m.-11 p.m.

Photo by Andrea Six.

12. Bike or Hike the McQueens Island Trail

12. Bike or Hike the McQueens Island Trail

Enjoy nature and history together at McQueen’s Island Trail. The six-mile trail was built on a stretch of the Savannah and Atlantic Railroad line in 1887. The trail existed to carry people from Savannah to Tybee Island and vice versa. A highway to the island was built in 1923, leaving the trail nearly forgotten and in disrepair, until recently when the trail was renovated so families, friends, runners and bikers alike can enjoy possibly one of the most scenic and beautiful trails in the area.

Details: The trailhead can be found about 15 miles east of Savannah, one alongside the road before you reach Fort Pulaski, and one right off the parking lot of Fort Pulaski.

Photo by Andrea Six.

13. Take a Trip to Tybee Island

13. Take a Trip to Tybee Island

Visit Tybee Island for a weekend full of family fun! At South Beach, you can enjoy a snow cone on the beach, go fishing on the pier, shop, listen to live music and much more. At the recently-renovated North Beach, guests can visit the Tybee Lighthouse and Fort Screven, a landmark full of history that the whole family can explore.

Details: Tybee Island enforces a pay-to-park rule, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and starts at $2 per hour. The Tybee Lighthouse, located at 30 Meddin Dr., is open everyday, except Tuesday, from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and admission is $9 for adults, $7 for children ages 6-17 and free for children under the age of 6.

Photo by Nicolette Kay.

14. Catch a Savannah Bananas Baseball Game

14. Catch a Savannah Bananas Baseball Game

Go Bananas with the family at a Savannah Bananas baseball game! Enjoy America’s favorite pastime at the Grayson Stadium, during one of the Savannah Banana’s home games, which are known to sell out. The season runs May 31, 2016 through August 8, 2016 and you won't want to miss it. They host special promotional events during games, such as Savannah Idol Night and Bark in the Park!

Details: Grayson Stadium is located at 1401 E. Victory Dr.; game times and schedules can be found at the Savannah Banana’s website.

Photo by Malcolm Tully, courtesy of the Savannah Bananas.

15. Splash and Swim at Surf Lagoon

15. Splash and Swim at Surf Lagoon

Cool down this summer at the Surf Lagoon waterpark in Pooler! Located near I-95 and Pooler Parkway, Surf Lagoon is a great place for family-friendly fun. Surf down slides, relax in their Layback Lagoon, catch some rays on the Shorebreak Beach or book a private cabana. Once you've worked up an appetite, head over to Surf Lagoon's Gnarly Grill and get chicken fingers, fries, corn dogs, hot dogs, burgers pizza or nachos.

Details: Surf Lagoon, located at 130 Towne Center Blvd., is open from April 23-September 25, and hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. during the summer months. General admission for anyone 48 inches or taller is $14.99, admission for anyone shorter than 48 inches is $9.99 and admission for children under the age of 2 is $4.99. The Surf Lagoon season pass is $49.99.

Photo provided by Surf Lagoon.

16. Hear about Hauntings with Savannah’s Creepy Stroll

16. Hear about Hauntings with Savannah’s Creepy Stroll

Take a creepy stroll through the Savannah Historic District with Savannah by Foot's Creepy Stroll Haunted Walking Tour. Listen to spooky stories about the ghosts and ghouls who haunt Savannah’s streets and tour buildings that inhabit specters from the past. This tour is age-appropriate for children, and Girl Scouts can even earn a patch if they participate!

Details: The Creepy Stroll lasts one and a half hours, and is conducted by a licensed professional tour guide. It costs $10 for children and $16 for adults. Hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Sunday, and the tour is located at 245 Bull St.

Photo provided by Savannah By Foot.

17. Paddleboard or Surf Somewhere New

17. Paddleboard or Surf Somewhere New

Have an adventure on the water with East Coast Paddleboarding on Tybee Island! Whether you’re looking for something for the kids to do over the summer, or something the whole family can enjoy, they have it all! Their nationally certified surf and paddleboard instructors safely teach kids and adults alike the ancient Hawaiian sport. They offer both a paddleboarding camp and a surf camp for kids ages 7-16, as well as tours and lessons! Go on a guided tour and visit an uninhabited nature preserve and paddle alongside dolphins! If you’re new to paddleboarding, no worries—they offer an introduction to the basics required to paddleboard.

Details: The guided tours are two hours in length, and start at $50 per person. The Summer Camps are available May-August, and cost $50 per day. All necessary equipment is provided!

Photo provided by East Coast Paddleboarding.

18. Discover Marine Life at the University of Georgia Aquarium

18. Discover Marine Life at the University of Georgia Aquarium

Visit the University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium, a part of UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant! It houses a variety coastal fish, invertebrates and reptiles, most of which are native to the Georgia coast. The aquarium features a touch tank, which allows visitors to interact hands-on with marine life, as well as multiple exhibit tanks that feature jellies, lionfish, a loggerhead sea turtle and much more. The aquarium also has nature trails, observation platforms, shaded picnic area along the banks of the Skidaway River, a learning garden and plenty of activities for its youngest visitors, such as activity sheets and scavenger hunts.

Details: The UGA Aquarium, located at 30 Ocean Science Circle, is open Monday-Saturday, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is $6 for ages 13-54, $3 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under the age of two years.

Photo provided by UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant.

19. Have an Adventure at Skidaway Island State Park

19. Have an Adventure at Skidaway Island State Park

Plan a family trip to the family-friendly Skidaway Island State Park! Explore wildlife on one of their many nature trails, take a camping trip or bring the kids (ages 6-11) to the Junior Ranger Camp. The park also features many events, such as "All About Bats," a lecture all about local bats, and "Coffee, Reptiles and Bobcats," a coffee-and-conversation event with one of the park’s rangers, where you can sit, enjoy coffee and talk about the local wildlife.

Details: Skidaway Island State Park, located at 52 Diamond Causeway, is open daily from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. and requires $5 for parking. Camping requires an extra fee, starting at $26. The Skidaway Island State Park is located at 52 Diamond Causeway.

Photo by Andrea Six.

20. Visit the Birthplace of the Girl Scouts’ Founder

20. Visit the Birthplace of the Girl Scouts’ Founder

Be sure to stop by the original birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts. Juliette Gordon Low was a pioneer in the growth and elevation of young girls, shaping them into independent, strong women. She started the Girl Scouts in 1912, during a time where women had very little rights, with a vision of an organization that would prepare girls to meet the world with confidence. Today, her childhood home is open to the public, and is a worldwide treasure nestled in the Historic District of Savannah.

Details: The Juliette Gordon Low, 10 E. Oglethorpe Ave., is open Monday-Saturday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for students ages 5-18 and $10 for Girl Scouts.

Photo by Andrea Six.