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10 Things To Do In Savannah With Kids

roundhouse-museumHere are SouthernMamas.com’s picks for Savannah’s top 10 child-friendly sights/children’s activities. Hours and admission costs are subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm. FOR MORE KID-FRIENDLY LOCAL ACTIVITIES, VISIT THE SOUTHERNMAMAS.COM EVENT CALENDAR HERE.

Savannah Children’s Museum
Savannah Children’s Museum offers daily programs. Outdoor activities such as arts & crafts, story time & water play offered for children of all ages.
655 Louisville Rd.
Savannah, 31401
Call for hours & admission fee
912-651-4292
www.savannahchildrensmuseum.org
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• Georgia State Railroad Museum
Explore historic railroad structures and see locomotives and rolling stock. Interpretive displays include a large model train layout of Savannah as well as exhibits explaining steam engines and belt-driven machinery. See a massive operating turntable in action. Occasional train rides are also available.
• 601 W. Harris St., Savannah
• Call for hours & admission fee
• 912.651.6823
www.chsgeorgia.org/roundhouse/home.html

Oatland Island Wildlife Center
Follow a nature trail through Lowcountry forest and marsh to see eastern timber wolves, alligators, birds of prey, bison, endangered panthers and more of Georgia’s local animals and plants in their own habitats. Activities include Toddler Tuesday every Tuesday morning featuring stories, games, songs, crafts and animal visitors.
• 711 Sandtown Road, Savannah
• Call for hours & admission fee
• 912.395.1212
www.oatlandisland.org

Tybee Island Marine Science Center
Discover the Georgia Coast. Learn about tides, seashells, dunes, marine animals and more. Features include a touch tank, turtle exhibit, coral reef and gift shop. Guided beach walks, marsh treks, turtle talks and group programs are also offered.
• 1510 Strand Ave., Tybee Island
• Call for hours & admission fee
• 912.786.5917
www.tybeemarinescience.org

ArtZeum at Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center for the Arts
Visit the two-level, hands-on gallery that encourages children to explore art using works from the Telfair collection, Savannah architecture building blocks, interactive media experiences, a magnetic sculpture wall and more.
• 207 W. York St. Savannah
• Free for children 12 and younger.
• Call for hours & admission fee
• 912.790.8800
www.telfair.org

The University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium (MECA)
See the saltwater aquarium’s 14 exhibit tanks representing 50 species of Coastal Georgia fish, turtles and invertebrates; dioramas, and interactive exhibits including a touch tank and wheelchair-accessible nature trail and boardwalk.
• 30 Ocean Science Circle, Skidaway Island
• Call for hours & admission fee
• 912.598.FISH
www.marex.uga.edu/aquarium/

Fort Pulaski National Monument
See the Civil War-era fort that once guarded Savannah. Features include trails, demilune, drawbridges, ditches, and dikes. Guided tours, musket and soldier demonstrations, cannon-firing demonstrations. Encampments of troops, special programs and demonstrations are held on various holiday weekends.
• U.S. 80 East (toward Tybee Island), 15 miles east of Savannah
• Call for hours & admission fee
• 912.786.5787
www.nps.gov/fopu/

Old Fort Jackson
Explore one of only eight second system fortifications (a series of forts built prior to the War of 1812) still standing in the United States. Features include cannon firing demonstrations as well as cannon salutes to passing military vessels.
• 1 Fort Jackson Road, 3 miles east of downtown Savannah.
• Call for hours & admission fees
• 912.232.3945
www.chsgeorgia.org/jackson/home.html

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
Experience “Girl Scout Mecca.” Even kids not in the Girl Scouts enjoy this 1821 historical home because the guides are pros at entertaining children. The founder of the Girl Scouts spent her childhood in the home, which is now a National Historic Landmark. A gift shop offers Girl Scout memorabilia.
• 10 E. Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah
• Call for hours & admission fee
• 912.233.4501
www.girlscouts.org/birthplace

Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum
Experience what it was like to fly a B-17 bomber aboard the museum’s interactive flight simulator. Hear the sounds of the engines and the spinning of the propellers as computer monitors reflect cockpit windows and flight controls. Other exhibits include a B-17 bomber that’s undergoing complete restoration and is on display in the Combat gallery.
• 175 Bourne Ave., Pooler
• Call for hours & admission fee
• 912.748.8888
www.mightyeighth.org

Skidaway Island State Park
Playgrounds, hiking trails, picnic shelters, free nature programs for kids, wildlife. Children can see the towering, 20-foot Giant Ground Sloth replica and reptile room in the Interpretive Center .
• 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA 31411
• $5 Parking Fee. Annual passes available.
• 912-598-2300
• www.gastateparks.org/SkidawayIsland

FOR MORE KID-FRIENDLY LOCAL ACTIVITIES, VISIT THE SOUTHERNMAMAS.COM EVENT CALENDAR HERE.