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Plan a Memorial Day visit to Fort McAllister, Fort King George & Fort Morris

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Fort Morris Georgia State Parks Memorial Day 2015 Celebrate Memorial Day with a reflection on American battles, touring historic sites.

Below are suggested forts, museums and battlefields near Savannah as well as others in Georgia for those that are up for a roadtrip. For directions and admission fees, visit GeorgiaStateParks.org.

FREE Parking & Admission Pass

Live Oak Public Libraries customers with valid library cards can borrow a Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites “Park Pass.” The passes are good for free parking or admission at any of the 63 parks statewide. For more information, click here. 

Forts near Savannah

Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill
This beautiful park south of Savannah marked the end of General Sherman’s March to the Sea and is the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy. On Saturday, May 23, watch a program about Civil War soldiers, as well as musket and cannon firings. Nestled among giant live oaks and Spanish moss, this park is also a great place for camping, hiking, fishing and boating. Cabins overlook the forest and marsh. For details on special Memorial Day Weekend family & kids events happening May 23 @ Fort McAllister click here. 

Fort King George State Historic Site, Darien
From 1721 until 1736, this fort was the southern outpost of the British empire in North America. Climb into the reconstructed cypress blockhouse, explore the palisaded earthen fort and tabby ruins, tour the museum. Be sure to hike the pretty nature trail following the river and marsh. For those wishing to take a mini staycation while in the area, campsites and cabins are nearby at Fort McAllister and Skidaway Island state parks.

Fort Morris State Historic Site, Midway
This earthen fort on the Medway River protected Georgia against the British in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. A museum describes the colonial port of Sunbury, and a nature trail and picnic sites are available. For a holiday getaway, cabins and campsites are found nearby at Fort McAllister and Skidaway Island state parks.

Other forts throughout Georgia

Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, Dallas
Pickett’s Mill is one of the best-preserved Civil War battlefields in the nation, highlighted with a museum, earthworks and wooded trails. The 1864 battle was one of the few Confederate victories during General Sherman’s Georgia campaign. Water lovers may want to spend Memorial Day weekend nearby at Red Top Mountain State Park on Lake Allatoona, where they can also visit Allatoona Pass Battlefield.

A.H. Stephens State Historic Park, Crawfordville
This park is named for the Confederate Vice President, and his 1875 home, Liberty Hall, is furnished and open for tours. A museum houses one of the finest collections of Civil War artifacts in Georgia. Families can also enjoy geocaching, fishing, hiking and boating at the park. Campsites and cabins are available for overnight getaways.

Georgia Veterans State Park, Cordele
Established as a memorial to U.S. veterans, this park features a museum with aircraft (including a Boeing B-29A), armored vehicles, uniforms, weapons, medals and other items from the Revolutionary War through the Gulf War. Park visitors can also enjoy camping, cabins, Lake Blackshear Resort, golf and boating.

Free kids nature programs & National Kids in the Park Day @ Skidaway Is. State Park ($5 parking), Savannah

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

free kids nature activities Savannah Skidaway Island State Park

Come out to Skidaway Island State Park to enjoy FREE kids’ nature activities most Wednesdays-Sundays during May 2015 including free  Toddler Time for kids ages 2-4 and their caregivers at 10 AM Thursdays. Bring your child to enjoy stories, games and learning designed just for them. Each week there will be a different nature based theme.

Other free kids’ nature programs include: National Kids in the Park Day on May 16, hikes, a feral hogs program, birds of prey program & more.

To see the complete list of FREE kids’ nature activities @ Skidaway Is. State Park each month, click here.

FREE Parking Pass

Live Oak Public Libraries customers with valid library cards can borrow a Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites “Park Pass.” The passes are good for free parking or admission at any of the 63 parks statewide. For more information, click here. 

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Saturday, May 16th, at 1:00pm is
National Kids in the Park Day. 

Celebrate this day by competing in a number of yard games, such as water balloon tosses and sack races. The is a fantastic family outing!

$5 parking.

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Meet a Park Ranger

Join one of Skidaway Is. State Park rangers every Friday morning at 9:00 am to discuss all things Skidaway Island State Park. Learn what it’s like to be a ranger, what it takes to manage the park, or what the daily dealings/activities are. The possibilities are endless.

So come for great coffee, great discussion, and a great time.

See you at the Interpretive Center on Friday

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Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah , GA 31411. On Facebook here.

FOR MORE FREE LOCAL KIDS’ EVENTS, CLICK HERE.

FREE Family Outdoor Skills Workshop, Guided Hike @ Skidaway Is. State Park, May 2

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

FREE Hammocking for Health COPE Savannah event

 

COPE (Childhood Obesity Prevention & Education, www.copeforchange.org , On Facebook here. 

Summer 2015 Kids Programs @ Fort McAllister, Richmond Hill

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Fort McAllister RIchmond Hill kids events Fort McAllister State Park, a 1,725-acre Georgia state park and home to the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy, offers several family & kids events throughout Summer 2015.

Fort McAllister State Historic Park
3894 Fort McAllister Road
Richmond Hill, GA 31324

FREE Parking & Admission Pass

Live Oak Public Libraries customers with valid library cards can borrow a Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites “Park Pass.” The passes are good for free parking or admission at any of the 63 parks statewide. For more information, click here. 

Memorial Day Festivities @ Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill
Saturday, May 23, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Come for an old fashioned Memorial Day with family activities and living history demonstrations throughout the day. Cannon firings and musket demonstrations hourly. $8 Adults, $6.50 Seniors and $5 youth. Children’s 5 & younger are free. $5 parking. 912-272-2339. Details here. 

Family activities include fiber demonstrations, spinning, felt bead and drop spindle making. Living history demonstrations will take place throughout the day including a Cavalry Unit drilling demonstration, Civil War era medical demonstration and weapons programs. Cannon firings and musket firings hourly.

For more information, call 912.727.2339 or email your questions to FortMcAllister.Park@gadnr.org

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Other Summer 2015 events @ Fort McAllister

National Trails Day Hike @ Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 9 AM to 10 AM
Join us as we celebrate National Trails Day with a hike on our 3 mile Redbird Creek Trail. Our Naturalist will talk about the different Eco-systems in the park. Bring insect repellent and water. $2.00 per person for anyone over 18. Children free with parents. $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Let’s Get Batty With Sarah @ Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill
Friday, Jun 12, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Learn about our Brown Bat population at the park and why we enjoy having them make their home here with us. After a brief talk , we will walk 1/2 mile to our bat houses and watch as they emerge for a night of insect hunting. Then we will return to the visitors center for a campfire. Bring a flashlight or headlamp, and insect repellent. $4.00 per person $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Junior Ranger Camp @ Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill
Weekdays 9 AM – 3 PM from Jun 22, 2015 until Jun 26, 2015
Details here.

Independence Day Celebration @ Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Celebrate Independence Day like it’s 1864. Join us for old fashioned fun. Games, food and fun for all. Living history demonstrations, cannon firings, and musket demonstrations. $5-$8 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Labor Day Celebration @ Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Join us for some old fashioned family fun. Civil War era games and prizes. $5-$8 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

ABOUT FORT MCALLISTER:

Located south of Savannah on the banks of the Ogeechee River, Fort McAllister showcases the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy. The earthworks were attacked seven times by Union ironclads but did not fall until 1864 — ending Gen. William T. Sherman’s “March to the Sea.”  Visitors can explore the grounds with cannons, a furnace, bombproof, barracks, palisades and more, while a Civil War museum contains artifacts, a video and gift shop.

Nestled among giant live oaks, Spanish moss and salt marsh, this park is a beautiful location for camping, fishing, boating and picnicking. Seven cabins sit on stilts near the marsh, surrounded by palm trees and palmettos. The shaded campground is bordered by tidal Redbird Creek, a boat ramp, fishing dock and nature trail. A large picnic area offers river views and playgrounds, while another boat ramp provides access to the Ogeechee River.

For more information, visit www.gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister.

Fort McAllister State Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill, GA 31324

Free kids’ nature programs including Thursdays Toddler Time @ Skidaway Is. State Park, Savannah

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

free kids nature activities Savannah Skidaway Island State Park Come out to Skidaway Island State Park to enjoy FREE kids’ nature activities most Wednesdays-Sundays during April 2015 including free  Toddler Time for kids ages 2-4 and their caregivers at 10 AM Thursdays. Bring your child to enjoy stories, games and learning designed just for them. Each week there will be a different nature based theme.

Other free weekend kids’ nature programs include: hikes, a feral hogs program, night sensory awareness & call of the wild hikes, campfire & s’mores evening & more.

To see the complete list of FREE kids’ nature activities @ Skidaway Is. State Park each month, click here.

Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah , GA 31411. On Facebook here.

FOR MORE FREE LOCAL KIDS’ EVENTS, CLICK HERE.

FREE Colonial Faire and Muster & FREE Super Museum Sunday 2015

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

FREE Colonial Faire & Muster Wormsloe Super Museum Sunday 2015 Savannah FREE Colonial Faire and Muster 2015

Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. from February 7 & February 8
Wormsloe Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah  31406.
Experience life in Colonial Georgia during the 18th century with a military encampment, sutler’s row, craft demonstrations, military demonstrations, and period music and dance. Food concessions will be available. Free. 912-353-3023.

FOR MORE FREE SAVANNAH AREA KIDS’ EVENTS, CLICK HERE. 

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Super Museum Sunday 2015 Savannah FREE admission to museums, historic sites on Super Museum Sunday, Feb. 8

Georgia History Festival’s Super Museum Sunday 2015 is Sun. Feb. 8.

List of Participating Super Museum Sunday Sites

The following sites will have free admission on Sunday, February 8th, 2015, from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m., unless alternate hours are listed. All Coastal Heritage Society sites – Savannah Children’s Museum, Georgia State Railroad Museum, Fort Jackson, Savannah History Museum – will be open 9am-5pm.

FOR MORE FREE SAVANNAH AREA KIDS’ EVENTS, CLICK HERE. 

Andrew Low House Museum
329 Abercorn Street, Savannah
andrewlowhouse.com

Battlefield Memorial Park
303 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Savannah
chsgeorgia.org

Beach Institute African American Cultural Center
502 East Harris Street, Savannah
3:00-6:00 p.m.
visit-historic-savannah.com/beach-institute.html

Bethesda Academy’s William H. Ford, Sr. Museum & Visitors Center
9520 Ferguson Avenue, Savannah
bethesdaacademy.org/

Bloomingdale History Museum and Visitors Center
205 E. Hwy 80, Bloomingdale
bloomingdale-ga.com/Bloomingdale-History-Museum.html

Bonaventure Historical Society
330 Bonaventure Road, Savannah
Tours at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, and 3:00 p.m.
bonaventurehistorical.org

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens
2 Canebrake Road, Savannah
coastalgeorgiabg.org

Congregation Mickve Israel
20 East Gordon Street, Savannah
Tours from 1-4:00 p.m.
mickveisrael.org

Davenport House Museum
324 East State Street, Savannah, GA
davenporthousemuseum.org

First African Baptist Church
23 Montgomery Street, Savannah
1:30-4:00 p.m.
firstafricanbc.com

First Bryan Baptist Church
575 W. Bryan Street, Savannah
2:00-4:00 p.m.
fbbcsav.org

Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home Foundation, Inc.
207 East Charlton Street, Savannah
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
flanneryoconnorhome.org

Fort King George
302 MacIntosh Road, SE, Darien
gastateparks.org/FortKingGeorge

Fort Morris Historic Site
2559 Fort Morris Road, Midway
gastateparks.org/FortMorris

Fort Pulaski National Monument
US Highway 80 E,  Savannah
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
nps.gov/fopu/index.htm

Funk Heritage Center
7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska, Ga
reinhardt.edu/funkheritage

Geechee Kunda
622 Ways Temple Road, Riceboro, GA
geecheekunda.com/

Georgia Historical Society
501 Whitaker Street, Savannah
georgiahistory.com

Georgia Salzburger Society
2980 Ebenezer Road, Rincon
georgiasalzburgers.com

Georgia Southern University Museum
Rosenwald Building, Southern Drive, GSU
2:00-5:00 pm
academics.georgiasouthern.edu/museum

Georgia State Railroad Museum
601 W. Harris Street, Savannah OPEN 9AM-5PM.
chsgeorgia.org

Girl Scout First Headquarters Museum and Program Center
330 Drayton Street, Savannah
gshg.org/Things-to-Do/Visit-First-Headquarters/Pages/default.aspx

Great Savannah Races Museum
411 Abercorn Street, Savannah
greatsavannahraces.com

Harper Fowlkes House
230 Barnard Street, Savannah
1:00-4:00 p.m.
harperfowlkeshouse.com

Historic Effingham Society Museum and Living History Site
1002 Pine Street, Springfield
historiceffinghamsociety.org

Historical Dorchester Academy
8787 Oglethorpe Highway, Midway
libertycounty.org/dorchester-academy

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, National Historic Landmark
10 E. Oglethorpe Ave, Savannah
juliettegordonlowbirthplace.org

King Tisdell Cottage
514 E. Huntingdon Street, Savannah
3:00-6:00 p.m.
visit-historic-savannah.com/king-tisdell-cottage.html

Massie Heritage Center
207 E. Gordon Street, Savannah
massieschool.com

Midway Museum
491 N. Coastal Hwy, Midway
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
themidwaymuseum.org

National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force
175 Bourne Avenue, Pooler
mightyeighth.org

Oatland Island Wildlife Center
711 Sandtown Road, Savannah
oatlandisland.org

Old Fort Jackson
1 Fort Jackson Road, Savannah. Open 9 AM-5PM
chsgeorgia.org

Pin Point Heritage Museum
9924 Pin Point Avenue, Savannah
chsgeorgia.org

Richmond Hill Historical Society
11460 Ford Avenue, Richmond Hill
richmondhillhistoricalsociety.com

Savannah Children’s Museum
655 Louisville Road, Savannah OPEN 9 AM-5PM
savannahchildrensmuseum.org

Savannah History Museum
303 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Savannah OPEN 9AM-5PM
chsgeorgia.org

Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum & Nature Center
681 Fort Argyle Road, Savannah
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
parks.chathamcounty.org/Parks/Multipurpose-Trails/Old-Savannah-Ogeechee-Canal

SCAD Museum of Art
601 Turner Blvd., Savannah
scadmoa.org

Ships of the Sea Museum
41 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Savannah
shipsofthesea.org

Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences
121 Barnard Street, Telfair Square, Savannah
telfair.org

Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts
207 West York Lane, Savannah. Families can add to the fun of Super Museum Sunday by taking part in several open-ended art-making activities in the Jepson Center Eckburg Atrium.
telfair.org

Telfair’s Owens-Thomas House
124 Abercorn Street, Savannah
telfair.org

Thunderbolt Historical Society
2702 Mechanics Avenue, Thunderbolt
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Tybee Island Light Station and Museum
30 Meddin Drive, Tybee Island
tybeelighthouse.org

UGA Marine Education Center & Aquarium
30 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, GA
marex.uga.edu/aquarium

Wormsloe Historic Site
7601 Skidaway Road, Savannah
gastateparks.org/Wormsloe

FREE admission to Fort Pulaski National Monument, Aug. 25

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Fort Pulaski National Monument in Savannah will have free admission Aug. 25 providing a great opportunity for kids to take tours of the fort or become junior rangers @ Fort Pulaski.

Fort Pulaski is on Hwy 80 East Savannah, 31410-0757 tel: (912) 786-5787. Details here. 

FREE Entrance Days @ National Parks:
August 25
National Park Service Birthday
September 26
National Public Lands Day
November 11
Veterans Day

FOR MORE FREE LOCAL KIDS’ EVENTS, VISIT OUR FREEBIES PAGE HERE. 

Junior Park Rangers

Junior Ranger programs at National Parks in Savannah, CharlestonWhen you take kids to tour national parks, you never know how much they are getting out of the visit. Especially for those of us moms who aren’t exactly history experts.

Which is why you need to pick up the Junior Ranger booklets at the visitor centers of national parks you visit. The Junior Ranger program kids engage more during the visits.

Junior Ranger booklets have activities about the national parks for ages 5-12. Junior ranger books are free to any visitor and usually are available at the visitors’ centers. Often, similar programs with more advanced activities are also available for older kids. Just ask at the site’s visitor center.

While doing the activities, children enjoy earning a badge and a certificate.

Nearby national parks/monuments that have Junior Ranger programs include:
*Fort Pulaski National Monument, on U.S. 80 en route to Tybee Island. Info on the Fort Pulaski Junior Program here.
*Fort Sumter & Fort Moultrie national monuments, Charleston, S.C. Info on these forts Junior Ranger program here.
*Cumberland Island National Seashore, Ga. More info here.
*Fort Frederica National Monument on St. Simons Island. Info on the Fort Frederica National Monument Junior Ranger Program here.
*Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon. Info on Ocmulgee’s National Monument Junior Ranger Program here.

150th Civil War Anniversary Kid-Friendly Events in Savannah during December 2014

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

150th Civil War Anniversary Occupation of Savannah Sherman March to SeaView Savannah-area upcoming events related to the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War, particularly the 150th anniversary this December of General Sherman’s 1864 March to the Sea & the Union occupation of Savannah.

*“Savannah in the Civil War,” A Film by Michael Jordan
6 p.m. December 11 @ Jepson Center, 207 W. York St., on Telfair Square Savannah
Local filmmaker/historian Michael Jordan’s 90-minute film highlights events and people who played a role in Savannah’s Civil War story. More than a dozen historians discuss forces that shaped Savannah’s war years, and thirty local actors portray important Savannahians of the time. Characters include Suzie King Taylor, the only African-American woman to keep a journal during the war, and Francis Bartow, who suggested gray as the Confederate military uniform color. Learn about the massive prisoner-of-war camp in that housed thousands of Union prisoners in Forsyth Park, the dramatic battle between ironcal warships in Ossabaw Sound and other key events.

After the screening, Jordan will participate in Q&A discussion. The movie is 90 minutes long and free for Telfair members or $12 for non-members. Watch a short clip from the film online at www.civilwar-savannah.com.

Details here. 

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*Georgia Historical Society Commemorates Sherman’s March to the Sea with new historical marker
1-2 PM Dec. 11
Join the Georgia Historical Society and the Georgia Battlefields Association as they dedicate a new historical marker commemorating the 150th anniversary of General William T. Sherman’s March to the Sea. The dedication will consist of a brief program to unveil the new historical marker and discuss Sherman’s historic march in the context of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Georgia.
Madison Square, Savannah 31401
912-651-2125

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*150th Winter Muster – Civil War Enactment

Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill: This is the site where Sherman ended his “March to the Sea” in December of 1864. Planned commemorations will mark the Capture of Fort McAllister Dec. 13 2014.

Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 9 AM-4 PM with the battle at 5 PM
Come on the actual date — 150 years since General Sherman ordered his troops to take Ft. McAllister. Watch as historians reenact this significant moment in our country’s history. Help make this 150th Winter Muster the greatest one yet. The museum and staging area will be closed to the public at 4pm, and will reopen for the battle at 5pm. 912-727-2339. Details here. 

This 150th Anniversary of Sherman’s ‘March to the Sea’ will bring 300 Re-enactors to Fort McAllister exactly 150 years after Gen. William T. Sherman ended his “March to the Sea” by overtaking the fort.

Additional public events planned for December 11 and 12 as well.
The three-day commemoration begins Thursday, December 11 as Union soldiers set up camp at the Richmond Hill Museum and answer visitors’ questions about the upcoming battle.
On Friday, soldiers will march from the intersection of Highway 144 and Fort McAllister Road to the park, setting up camp when they arrive.
By 9 a.m. on Saturday, the fort will be filled with Confederate soldiers as they prepare for the battle they know is coming. Throughout the day, visitors can watch skirmishes between Union and Confederate troop as they fire muskets and cannons. Guests can also walk among the earthworks and tour a Civil War museum.
Then at 5 p.m., the same time that the actual battle occurred 150 years ago, visitors can watch Union forces breach the fort and take Confederates as prisoners.
When Union troops took control of Fort McAllister in 1864, they marked the end of Gen. Sherman’s “March to the Sea” and enabled him to present Savannah as a Christmas gift to President Lincoln.

“Fort McAllister is a very significant part of Georgia’s history, and we’re especially pleased that our annual Winter Muster falls on the exact date of the original battle” said Park Manager Jason Carter. “This event is expected bring in a large number of visitors to the Richmond Hill and Savannah areas, so it’s good for tourism. They will be dining and shopping at local businesses and making a positive impact on our community.”

Fort McAllister State Park is located on the Ogeechee River. Admission to Winter Muster is $6. To learn more, visit www.GaStateParks.org/fortmcallister or call 912-727-2339.

Location:
Fort McAllister State Park
3894 Fort McAllister Road
Richmond Hill, 31324

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FREE Civil War Medicine event, Savannah, Dec. 17

Join the Savannah Chatham County Public School System at Massie Heritage Center in downtown Savannah at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17 for Civil War Medicine in Savannah, a program devoted toward medical procedures and practices of the Antebellum Era. The guest presenter will be Talley Kirkland, Interpretive Ranger at Fort McAllister State Historic Park. The program will include guided tours of the facility from 5-6 p.m. before the main presentation begins and there is no fee for admission. For more information, search “Massie” at www.eventbrite.com or call (912) 395-5070.

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*Civil War Demonstrations @ Old Fort Jackson, Savannah 
This December 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the evacuation of Fort Jackson. Several days before December 20, 1864, General William Hardee arrived to take command of Savannah’s defenses. He refused General Sherman’s demand to surrender and ordered the evacuation of the city and all surrounding defenses. To commemorate this event Old Fort Jackson will offer engaging programs throughout the weekend of December 20th and 21st. Details here. 

Savannah Holidays 2014: Luminary Night with Santa & Kids’ Nature Programs, Skidaway Is. State Park

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Luminary Night with Santa Skidaway Is. State Park

Celebrate the Holidays @ Skidaway Is. State Park.

Luminary Night is a special time.  With family-centered activities, as well as a magical walk in the maritime forest, this is an event you’ll want to add to your holiday traditions.

Luminary Night with Santa @ Skidaway Is. State Park

Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 6-8 PM
Bring your children and pets for pictures with Santa. Enjoy a walk along our enchanted luminary trail and take a hayride around the park. Sip on hot chocolate while decorating cookies and making holiday crafts.
$5 per picture, hayrides $2.
$5 parking. 912-598-2300.

FREE KIDS NATURE EVENTS WEDNESDAYS-SUNDAYS IN DECEMBER

Come out to Skidaway Island State Park to enjoy FREE kids’ nature activities most Wednesdays-Sundays in December including free  Toddler Time for kids ages 2-4 and their caregivers at 10 AM Thursdays. Bring your child to enjoy stories, games and learning designed just for them. Each week there will be a different nature based theme.

Other free kids’ programs happening in December 2014 include Holiday Movie Night showing of Home Alone on Dec. 20; Venomous Snake Safety and ID programs; Wilderness Survival; & more.

For the complete list of FREE kids’ nature events happening during December at Skidaway Island State Park, click here. 

First Day Avian Loop Hike @ Skidaway Is. State Park

Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 1 PM
Enjoy an afternoon hike through the marsh. This guided hike will discuss the history of Skidaway Island, marsh plants and local animals.
$5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah , GA 31411. On Facebook here.

FOR MORE FREE LOCAL KIDS’ EVENTS, CLICK HERE.

Savannah Holidays 2014: Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe Historic Site, 12/21

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Wormsloe Colonial Christmas Savannah Holidays Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe Historic Site, Savannah
Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 12 PM to 4 PM

Participate in activities such as caroling, burning of the yule log, dancing to live period music, and other holiday observances of the colonial period, including games and refreshments.

$4.50-$10. 912-353-3023.

Wormsloe Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Rd Savannah, 31406, http://gastateparks.org/Wormsloe  

FOR MORE FAMILY HOLIDAY EVENTS IN SAVANNAH & NEARBY, CLICK HERE. 

Holiday Family Events including 150th Winter Muster re-enactment @ Fort McAllister State Park, Savannah

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

 

Fort McAllister 150th Anniversary Winter Muster End of Sherman's March to the Sea

150th Winter Muster
Sat. Dec 13, 2014 9 AM-4 PM

Civil War History Event: Come join Fort McAllister in Richmond Hill on the actual date — 150 years since General Sherman ordered his troops to take Ft. McAllister. Watch as they reenact this significant moment in our country’s history. Help make this 150th Winter Muster the greatest one yet. The museum and staging area will be closed to the public at 4PM and will reopen for the battle at 5 PM. 912-727-2339.

This 150th Anniversary of Sherman’s ‘March to the Sea’ will bring 300 Re-enactors to Fort McAllister exactly 150 years after Gen. William T. Sherman ended his “March to the Sea” by overtaking the fort.

Additional public events planned for December 11 and 12 as well.
The three-day commemoration begins Thursday, December 11 as Union soldiers set up camp at the Richmond Hill Museum and answer visitors’ questions about the upcoming battle.
On Friday, soldiers will march from the intersection of Highway 144 and Fort McAllister Road to the park, setting up camp when they arrive.
By 9 a.m. on Saturday, the fort will be filled with Confederate soldiers as they prepare for the battle they know is coming. Throughout the day, visitors can watch skirmishes between Union and Confederate troop as they fire muskets and cannons. Guests can also walk among the earthworks and tour a Civil War museum.
Then at 5 p.m., the same time that the actual battle occurred 150 years ago, visitors can watch Union forces breach the fort and take Confederates as prisoners.
When Union troops took control of Fort McAllister in 1864, they marked the end of Gen. Sherman’s “March to the Sea” and enabled him to present Savannah as a Christmas gift to President Lincoln.

“Fort McAllister is a very significant part of Georgia’s history, and we’re especially pleased that our annual Winter Muster falls on the exact date of the original battle” said Park Manager Jason Carter. “This event is expected bring in a large number of visitors to the Richmond Hill and Savannah areas, so it’s good for tourism. They will be dining and shopping at local businesses and making a positive impact on our community.”

Fort McAllister State Park is located on the Ogeechee River. Admission to Winter Muster is $6. To learn more, visit www.GaStateParks.org/fortmcallister or call 912-727-2339.

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A Soldier’s Serenade with the Eighth Georgia Regimental
Sat. Dec 20, 2014 noon-4 PM

Step back in time as the Fort McAllister is filled with the sounds and songs of the Eighth Georgia Regimental Civil War Band. This is a unique opportunity to experience the “in the moment” of the Civil War era with this phenomenal instrumental band. Admission and time of event TBA. 912-727-2339.

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Christmas Carols Around the Campfire
Sat. Dec 20, 2014 7 PM-8 PM

Fort McAllister campground guests are invited to come to a campfire at the assembly shelter where the choir from Saint Elizabeth Episcopal Church will be singing Christmas Carols. You are welcome to join them in singing carols that we all know. Get your Jingle on and come get in the Christmas spirit. $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

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First Day Hikes

Thurs. Jan 1, 2015 10 AM-2:30 PM
Join Fort McAllister at 10AM for a 3 mile nature hike with Ranger Rowe on the Redbird Creek Trail. This hike is medium difficulty and requires sturdy shoes and water. At 1:00 there will be a History Hike in and around the fort. An Interpretative Ranger will walk you through the past and tell you about the daily life at Fort McAllister during the war. $3. Children under 5 free. $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Location:
Fort McAllister State Park
3894 Fort McAllister Road
Richmond Hill, 31324

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Candle Lantern Tour; Bats & Campfire; Reserve Trick or Treating @ Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Halloween Kids' Events in SavannahFort McAllister State Park in Richmond Hill Halloween Events include:

Candle Lantern Tour
Saturday, Oct 18, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Fort McAllister State Park – Richmond Hill, GA
Experience the fort at night as you are guided into the past by candlelight. Guided walks will be held every half hour. $4.50-$7.50 912-727-2339.

BATS & CAMPFIRE
Let’s Get Batty With Sarah
Friday, Oct 24, 2014 6 PM
Join Ranger Sarah for an informative talk about bats. Learn why we love our bat community here at the park. Take a walk to watch as they emerge from their houses and head out for an evening of hunting insects. Then return to the visitors center for a campfire. Great event for the whole family. Bring a flashlight and a chair for campfire time. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

The Haunting of Savage Island & Reverse Trick or Treating
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Halloween comes to the campground. We invite our campground guests to decorate their campsite and wear costumes. The Rangers will drive through the campground and judge the campsites for creativity. We will be doing reverse trick or treating. You remain at your site and we bring candy to you. Then gather for a bonfire and ghost stories. Donations accepted $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Location:
Fort McAllister State Park
3894 Fort McAllister Road
Richmond Hill, 31324

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Kids can earn Civil War badges at Georgia state parks this summer & Junior Ranger badges at National Parks

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Civil War badges for kids Georgia State Parks Get more out of your visits to state parks & national monuments.

This summer kids can get a limited edition Civil War badge from Georgia State Parks. Georgia State Parks and Historic sites are commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with this limited addition Junior Ranger badge.

Children are required to complete a certain number of activities such as visiting certain state parks, attend special events, find historic markers et. For ages 7 and older. Details here.

FREE Junior Ranger booklets at National Parks

This state park program is similar to the Junior Ranger program available at National Parks & Historic sites like Fort Pulaski in Savannah, Cumberland Island, Ga. and Fort Frederica on St. Simons Island. For more information about the Junior Ranger program click here.

Daily Civil War soldier programs Tuesday-Saturdays @ Fort McAllister, Richmond Hill

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Fort McAllister Richmond Hill kids activitiesLocated south of Savannah on the banks of the Ogeechee River, Fort McAllister state park showcases the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy. Visitors can explore the grounds with cannons, a furnace, bombproof, barracks, palisades and more, while a Civil War museum contains artifacts, a video and gift shop.

A large picnic area offers river views and playgrounds. There’s also a nature trail.

SOLDIER PROGRAMS: Offered Tuesdays through Saturdays beginning at 1 p.m. Learn about the American Civil War, soldier life, medicine, infantry, weapons and more from staff historians.

Fort McAllister State Park
Park Hours: 7AM-10PM
Office and Museum Hours: 8AM-5PM
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
http://gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister
Historic Site Admission:
– $7.50 Adults
– $6.50 Seniors (62+)
– $4.50 Youth (6-17)
– $2.00 Child (under 6)
Group rates available with advance notice.

Summer kids’ events

*WEEKLY SOLDIER PROGRAMS: Offered Tuesdays through Saturdays beginning at 1 p.m. Learn about the American Civil War, soldier life, medicine, infantry, weapons and more from staff historians.

Rowe’s Guide to the Great Outdoors
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
If you’ve ever wanted to know more about almost every plant or animal on the Georgia Coast, then you’ll want to stop by for a 3 mile day hike on our trail with Master Naturalist Rowe. $5 in addition to the Parking fee $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Labor Day Festival
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
You deserve a little R&R for all your hard work, so gather the family up, kick back and enjoy yourselves at our Labor Day Festival! Visitors who wish to only use the Day Use outside of the fort will require a $5 ParkPass. Fort and museum visitors need to pay for admission at the museum when they arrive. $4.50-$7.50 912-727-2339.

“Incoming!” with Shuman’s Artillery
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 10 AM to 3 PM
Civil War History Event: Listen and learn about the use of artillery in the Civil War with our local expert Eddie Shuman. From mortars to howitzers and more, Shuman’s talk on artillery will be a blast. Date and time subject to change. $4.50-$7.50 912-727-2339.

Toddler Time for Ages 2-4 & More FREE Kids’ Nature Programs in August 2014 @ Skidaway Is. State Park

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Skidaway Is State Park hiking trailsCome out to Skidaway Island State Park in August 2014 to enjoy FREE kids’ nature activities most Wednesdays-Sundays including free Toddler Time for kids ages 2-4 and their caregivers at 10 AM some Thursdays. Bring your child to enjoy stories, games and learning designed just for them. Different nature-based theme each Thursday.

To see the complete list of FREE kids’ nature activities @ Skidaway Is. State Park during July 2014, click here.

Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah , GA 31411. On Facebook here.

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Free kids’ April 2014 nature programs including Reptile Show, Bird Hikes, Fire Building 101@ Skidaway Is. State Park, Savannah

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Skidaway Island State Park Free nature events

Skidaway Island State Park playground

Come out to Skidaway Island State Park in April 2014 to enjoy FREE kids’ nature activities most Wednesdays-Sundays including free Toddler Time for kids ages 2-4 and their caregivers at 10 AM Thursdays. Bring your child to enjoy stories, games and learning designed just for them. Each week there will be a different nature based theme.

Other free nature kids’ programs happening in April 2014 include fire building 101, bird hikes, night sensory hike, toads & turtles, reptile show & an Easter Blast festival with an egg hunt.

To see the complete list of FREE kids’ nature activities @ Skidaway Is. State Park during April 2014, click here.

Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah , GA 31411. On Facebook here.

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