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(Savannah Holiday Events 2020) Wormsloe Turkey Trot Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Wormsloe Colonial Haunted Trail Tour Halloween Savannah

Wormsloe Turkey Trot Scavenger Hunt
Friday, Nov 27, 2020 10 AM-4PM
Wormsloe State Historic Site – Savannah

Spend Black Friday @ a Turkey Trot Scavenger Hunt @ Wormsloe State Historic Site in Savannah.

At your own pace, tackle the 3-mile Battery Trail. Check in at the Visitor Center for a trail map and info about the Turkey Trot Coins you’ll be looking for along the way.

Return to the museum after completing the hike and redeem your coins for a prize (while supplies last).

Cost: $2 – $10. Questions? Call 912-353-3023.

Outdoor Thanksgiving Weekend 2020 events @ Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill

Saturday, November 14th, 2020

Fort McAllister Richmond Hill kids activities

Outdoor Thanksgiving Weekend 2020 kid-friendly events @ Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill

Friday, November 27, 2020

Friday at the Forge: Blacksmithing Program
Fri. Nov 27, 2020 3-3:30 PM
Fort McAllister State Park – Richmond Hill
Visit our blacksmith’s shop to learn about their tools and techniques. Park rangers will be demonstrating how iron is heated and formed. This program is included with fort admission. 912-727-2339.

Sunset Bat Hike
Fri. Nov 27, 2020 5-5:45PM
Fort McAllister State Park – Richmond Hill 
Join rangers for a short 1/2 mile walk along beautiful marshes and witness nature at its finest. Watch bats take flight over the setting sun and learn about the world of bats. Hundreds of bats leave their houses every evening to hunt for insects. Guests will meet rangers at the Visitors Center. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Night Fort Tour
Fri. Nov 27, 2020 6:30-7:30PM
Fort McAllister State Park – Richmond Hill 
Come experience the beauty and tranquility of Fort McAllister at night on this ranger guided tour of the fort, as you recount history and tell stories of Georgia’s last battle of the Civil War. Space is limited to 10 people. Please register in advance. 912-727-2339.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Edible Plant hike
Sat. Nov 28, 2020 11AM-12PM
Fort McAllister State Park – Richmond Hill 
Join our Naturalist to search for local plants that have edible and medicinal properties. Some species used for making tea, seasonings, and identifying species that are toxic. Registration required, limited space available. Reserve your spot today. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Soldier Saturday
Sat. Nov 28, 2020 1-3PM
Fort McAllister State Park – Richmond Hill, GA
An interpretive ranger portraying a Civil War soldier will entertain topics of conversation ranging from fort history to Civil War Medicine. This program is included with fort admission. 912-727-2339.

From Rice to Rebellion Fort Tour
Sat. Nov 28, 2020 3-4PM
Fort McAllister State Park – Richmond Hill, GA
The story of rice cultivation begins with the founding of the colony of Georgia in 1733, and was the regions largest economic export up until the American Civil War. The strategic placement of Fort McAllister was not only to protect the citizens of Savannah, but also the many rice plantations that lined the Ogeechee River. Registration Required. $9. 912-727-2339.

Center for Wildlife Education & The Lamar Q Ball Jr. Raptor Center reopens

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Center Wildlife education statesboro Georgia Southern Raptor Program

The Center for Wildlife Education and and The Lamar Q Ball, Jr. Raptor Center at Georgia Southern in Statesboro will reopen on Mon. Oct. 5, 2020 after closing in March due to COVID-19.

Find visitor guidelines regarding the reopening here.

Come check out the new waterfowl observation deck. This walk-in deck is now open to the public and allows for up close encounters with the center’s waterfowl.

The center’s collection has grown both in number and in species, making the Wildlife Center home to one of the largest waterfowl aviaries in the state of Georgia.

Other features of the Wildlife Education Center include a Discovery Trail which includes a opossum and skunk; a Habitat Walk includes a live bald eagle in her nest; 10 displays housing several live birds; a wetland preserve with ducks and wading birds, a playground; and “Discovery Logs” where kids can crawl inside and see encased ladybugs, grasshoppers, frogs, beetles and more.

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 9AM-4:45PM
Saturday and Sunday: Closed to the public.


Fort Pulaski National Monument in Savannah reopens

Friday, September 18th, 2020

Fort Pulaski National Monument Savannah reopens

Fort Pulaski National Monument in Savannah has reopened.

The national monument has moved into Phase 2 of its Adaptive Recovery Operations and historic Fort Pulaski has reopened.

The fort will be open during regular park hours from 10AM-4PM. (The park is open for visitors 9AM-5PM). Interpretive programs are not being offered at this time. Staff will be available for visitor information.

Fort Pulaski, island trails, parking lots, and visitor center restrooms are open. The visitor center, and the north shoreline, Lighthouse Overlook Trail are closed.

Construction projects have closed the Lighthouse Overlook Trail and will limit access to the historic fort. Historic Fort Pulaski may not be accessible to everyone with mobility issues.

Find more information here.



Fort Pulaski National Monument is free on the these days in 2020:

Sat. Sept. 26 – National Public Lands Day
Wed. Nov. 11 – Veterans Day

Fort Pulaski National Monument is located on U.S. Highway 80, 15 miles east of Savannah. For more information, please visit the park website at or call (912) 786-5787.

Family Weekend Getaway: Asheville, Blue Ridge Parkway N.C.

Friday, September 11th, 2020

Asheville Blue Ridge M

We don’t zip line.
Or at least we didn’t until a Labor Day Weekend jaunt from Savannah, Ga. to the Asheville-Blue Ridge Parkway NC area. A summer of COVID-cancellations called for mixing in something new.

Canopy Ridge Farm zip line tour near Lake Lure, NC  turned out to the perfect choice for us zip-line novices. Six zip lines. Lush forest. No ladders. And best of all, experienced, safe, mature, professional, fun guides. Reservations are recommended. Learn more here.

Other Asheville-area suggestions:

Lake Lure NC Flowering Bridge Asheville

Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

Lake Lure NC (where the movie “Dirty Dancing” was filmed) looked interesting, but for a less busy time than traffic-congested Labor Day weekend. We didn’t spend much time there because of the crowds, other than a quick walk along the impressive Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, a historic 1925 bridge closed to traffic in 2011 to become an abundant flower garden. Free and open to the public.


Hikes near Asheville

Mount Pisgah: 2.6 miles & nearby Frying Pan Mountain because who can pass up a hike to a fire tower that you can climb.

Craggy Gardens Pinnacle: 1.2 miles

Lunch Rock Trail, which starts at the Folk Art Center: 4.9 miles.

Mountains-to-Sea @ Craven Gap, which we did solely because my daughter is a Michelle Obama fan and Michelle Obama did this hike: 4.8 miles.

Note: We wanted to visit Mount Mitchell State Park  (highest point in NC), but because of COVID social-distancing limits, that state park was closed early each day of the holiday weekend due to being at capacity. If you go, check North Carolina State Parks Facebook page for park closure updates before making the drive.


Junior Park Ranger Nerds

Places where your kids can earn their junior park ranger badges in the Asheville area include:

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site: roam the park-like grounds where the Poet of the People retired. The house, barn and barnyard, restrooms, and other structures were still closed due to COVID, but we still got to the see the goats. Find junior park ranger info here. 

Blue Ridge Parkway National Park Site, Visitor’s Center, Asheville: Find junior park ranger info here. 


Asheville family vacations

Perks of staying outside the city

Our airbnb in Fairview, NC outside of Asheville was within a quick walk (past two bunnies and one fenced-llama) to Tryor’s Country Amish bakery and market.

We could feed the airbnb owner’s sheep, those that weren’t afraid of us, in nearby pastures and use the canoe and kayaks in the farm pond.

Definite advantages to staying outside of Asheville and within a short drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

So much to do in this area, we’ll be back.


(Daytrips from Savannah) Junior Park Ranger programs @ national monuments

Friday, September 11th, 2020

Fort Frederica Junior Ranger National Monument

As we wait for Fort Pulaski National Monument in Savannah to fully reopen (trails are open, visitor center and fort are closed),  here are some daytrips you can take to national monuments, sites that are open including:

*Fort Sumter National Monument, Charleston, S.C.
*Cumberland Island National Seashore, Ga.
*Fort Frederica National Monument, St. Simons Island.
*Congaree National Park, near Columbia, SC

Your kids can become a Junior Ranger 

Take advantage of the fact that we live within a day’s drive of multiple national parks & monuments & have your kids become a junior ranger at one or many of these sites.

When you take kids to tour national parks, you never know how much they are getting out of the visit. Especially for those of us parents 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.

Explore a nearly-complete section of Truman Linear public trail, Savannah

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

bike trail Savannah Magnolia Park DeRenne Lake Mayer Truman Linear Park Trail

There’s a new multi-use public trail to explore in Savannah.

A portion of Savannah’s Truman Linear Bike Path is now usable, although the entire park trail – including usable portions – is not complete so please use caution. 

A roughly three-mile section of the proposed six-mile public Truman Linear Park Trail is close to completion. The nearly complete section between Lake Mayer and East DeRenne Avenue parallels the Truman Parkway and Casey Canal, as detailed in the image above.

Part of the boardwalk that runs through a woodsy section of Magnolia Park neighborhood still has gaps that require bike riders to dismount but the majority of that three-mile Lake Mayer to East DeRenne Avenue section is usable. The section from the boardwalk to East DeRenne Avenue is not finished, but users can follow Woodland Drive to DeRenne until completed.

Here’s the route from Lake Mayer to East DeRenne Avenue: Trail travels from Lake Mayer north along Sallie Mood Drive to Eisenhower; cross over Eisenhower; turn right onto trail; trail travels along north side of Eisenhower; follow trail under Truman Parkway; follow trail left, traveling parallel to Truman Parkway; follow trail as it travels behind Hester & Zipperer parallel to Truman Parkway; trail travels past ball fields at the Scarborough Sports Complex (on your right); travel along Lovett Drive and follow the trail as it turns left onto Bacon Park Drive. Follow the trail along Bacon Park Drive. The trail then becomes a boardwalk through wooded area and (temporarily) spills out onto Woodland Drive. Turn left onto Woodland Drive to East DeRenne Avenue.

The proposed Truman Linear public path will eventually link Daffin Park on Victory Drive to Lake Mayer Park on Montgomery Cross Road.

The multi-use trail eventually will connect 18 neighborhoods and 13 schools. Learn more here. 

Trails reopen @ Fort Pulaski National Monument; fort remains closed

Sunday, June 21st, 2020

Fort Pulaski National Monument TYbee Savannah


The trails @ Fort Pulaski National Monument near Savannah are open, but Historic Fort Pulaski and the visitor center remain closed due to COVID-19.

Following national, state and local guidance, Fort Pulaski National Monument is increasing recreational access to Cockspur Island.

Fort Pulaski National Monument has reopened access to:
• Fort Pulaski parking lots, trails, and restrooms, 9AM-5PM
In addition, the following spaces continue to be available:
• Lazaretto Creek Area
• McQueen’s Island areas of the park

With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed to the public at this time:
• Visitor Center
• Historic Fort Pulaski
• Savannah River North Shoreline

Park entrance fees at Fort Pulaski National Monument will be charged. Credit and debit cards are the preferred method of payment. You can also pay your entrance online and in advance here.

Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted at and social media

Phased reopening of areas near Fort Pulaski National Monument, Savannah

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 Fort Pulaski and Cockspur Island near Savannah remain closed due to the COVID-19 shutdown. A reopening date has not released.

Fort Pulaski National Monument is working closely with the National park Service Office of Public Health officials on implementing an adaptive recovery plan to increase access to park areas. The goal is to ensure public areas and work spaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.

While Cockspur Island is currently closed, The Lazaretto Creek and the McQueen’s Islands areas of the park are currently accessible to the public.

Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted at and social media.

FREE Preschool Young Explorers Club @ Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

free kids events Savannah Wildlife Refuge

FREE Preschool Young Explorers Club

Tues. Nov.  5, 2019, 10-11AM. Theme: Butterflies

The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge hosts free monthly preschool program, Young Explorers Club, featuring story time, crafts, snacks, and take-home activities. Different theme each month. Call 843-784-2468 to sign up.

The monthly programs are one hour long and on the first Tuesday of every month, except if a date falls on a federal holiday, at 10AM at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (694 Beech Hill Lane Hardeeville, SC 29927).

FREE Preschool Young Explorers Club
10-11AM on the first Tuesday of the month
@ Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
694 Beech Hill Lane
Hardeeville SC 29927
Call 843-784-2468 to sign up.
November theme: Turkeys
December theme: Ducks

For more information call 843-784-2468.

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
694 Beech Hill Ln.
Savannah, GA 29927


Discounted tickets for Marsh Treks with Tybee Marine Science Center

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Discount Marsh Trek Savannah Tybee Island Marine Science Center
The Tybee Island Marine Science Center will offer a half-price discount on their popular Marsh Treks.

Discounted tickets will be available starting this Sat. Sept. 1 2018 through Dec. 31 2018. The one-hour Marsh Trek, normally $10, will be available for $5 per person. Marsh Treks are offered daily at 4PM.

Participants can sign-up in person at the center or online at The program is appropriate for all ages.

“We are excited to be working with Visit Tybee on this promotion and encouraging visitors to see more than just Tybee’s beach,” said Maria Procopio, executive director for the science center. She continued, “experiencing the marsh with a marine science educator explaining the sights, sounds, and smells is an amazing way to connect with nature whether you’re a resident or a visitor.”

The view on either side of the causeway (Highway 80) onto Tybee Island is flanked by the marsh, and the Marsh Trek provides an opportunity for hands-on exploration of this unique eco-system.

Tybee Island Marine Science Center
1509 Strand Ave. (Located off the 14th St parking lot, near the pier)
Tybee Is. GA 31328
Open Daily 10AM-5PM


Other Tybee Island Marine Science Center programs

Cost: All Walks, Talks, & Treks are $10 per person (except for the Marsh Treks which are half off. See above), $8 for science center members. Children ages 4 & younger are FREE! Program duration: 60 minutes.

Sift ‘n’ Seine at 1PM

On the sift ‘n’ seine program, you’ll discover the marine life of the intertidal zone by pulling a 10 foot seine net through waist-deep water. Commonly caught organisms include pompanos, sea jellies, and crabs. After seining, you’ll explore the marine life of the sandy bottom by sifting various organisms from the wet sand on the beach. This program is recommended for participants ages 9 and older.

South Beach Walk at 2PM

South beach walks depart from the science center where you’ll join one of the marine science center’s knowledgeable marine science educators on a guided walk of Tybee’s south beach. Learn about the dynamics of Georgia’s barrier islands, the importance of the intertidal zone, the forces behind the waves, Tybee’s unique tidal surge, and the role that sand dunes perform in keeping Tybee protected.

Turtle Talk at 3PM

During the Turtle Talk, you’ll learn about anatomy and natural adaptations of sea turtles, discuss Tybee’s Sea Turtle Project conservation efforts, and get to meet the resident loggerhead sea turtle, Matthew. Based on program content, Turtle Talks are recommended for kids ages six and older.

Marsh Trek at 4PM (Marsh Treks are discounted from Sept. 1-Dec. 31. See above.)

On a marsh trek, you’ll enjoy a hands-on exploration of Georgia’s salt marsh, searching the mud for fiddler crabs, snails, and more. Learn about adaptations necessary for survival in this environment, how the marsh functions as a nursery for many organisms, a filter for pollutants, and as an abundant food source. Please wear closed-toed, closed-heel shoes, such as rain boots or old tennis shoes (no flip flops or Crocs) and expect to get muddy. Marsh Treks meet off-site from the science center, on the north end of the island at Spanish Hammock. Directions are provided with paid program confirmation.

Register online for any of the above walks at

The Tybee Island Marine Science Center is a advertiser

Melanoma, Take a Hike! @ Skidaway Is. State Park, Savannah

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Melanoma Take a Hike Savannah Dermatologists

In honor May being Melanoma Awareness month, Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology in Savannah will lead a skin cancer awareness excursion – “Melanoma, Take a Hike!” – on Sun. May 21 2017 at 3PM at Skidaway Island State Park.

Dr. Howington and her staff will lead a three-mile hike along the park’s scenic trails, sharing facts and prevention techniques for melanoma and taking questions. Water, sunscreen and some light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, click here.

Proceeds benefit the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute.


Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology.

Low Country Dermatology, 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406, Low Country Dermatology is a advertiser 

Savannah Mother’s Day Activities: Gift-making @ UGA Marine Education Center, Skidway Is.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

mother's Day events Savannah Skidaway Island Mother’s Day Gift-making: The art of Gyotaku @ UGA Marine Education Center And Aquarium on Skidaway Is., Savannah
Sat. May 13 @ 11AM-Noon
Discover Gyotaku, the Japanese art of fish printing. Learn about what makes a fish a fish, then try your hand at Gyotaku. Paper for Gyotaku prints will be provided, but if you would like to print on fabric please bring your own article of clothing, tote bag or cloth object to print on.
Children 5 & older, must be accompanied by an adult.
Learn more here.

To register call or email Kayla Clark, (912) 598-3345 or


More May 2017 kid-friendly events @ UGA Marine Education Center & Aquarium, Skidaway Is., Savannah

Maritime Forest Night Hike
May 24 2017 @ 8:30-9:30PM
Cost: $10
Explore the maritime forest at night at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium. Staff will lead participants down the nature trails while listening for owls, insects, and other night noises. Participants may even spot deer or bats during the hike. This program is open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration and payment due Friday, May 19, 2017
To register call or email Kayla Clark, (912) 598-3345 or

New outdoor gym @ Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Skidaway Island State Park Savannah outdoor gym

Skidaway Is. State Park in Savannah now has an outdoor gym – for all – complete with elliptical, rowing machine & weight lifting equipment.

The new innovative outdoor gym & the six miles of trails make this Georgia state park the ideal spot to workout this fall.

Park Hours: 7AM–10PM


Skidaway Is. State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy, Savannah, GA 31411, 912-598-2300,



Pokémon Go! Hikes @ Wormsloe State Historic Site, Savannah

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Wormsloe Pokemon Go Hikes Savannah Pokémon Go! Hikes are coming to Wormsloe Historic Site, Savannah in Savannah.

Starting Aug. 20 2016, Wormsloe State Historic Site will hold their first Pokémon Go! Hike.

At 2PM and 5PM, come out and ask for the Pokemon Safari tour.

Wormsloe is home to a large variety of Pokémon and with four gyms and nine Pokéstops. It’s the perfect place for a night adventure. They will also be holding a gym competition after the hike with badges up for grabs.

These Pokémon Go! Hikes will continue to be held twice a month @ Wormsloe at the following dates & times:

Pokémon Go! Hike
Sat. Aug 20, 2016 2 PM & 5 PM
Sat. Aug 27, 2016 2 PM & 5 PM
Sat. Sep 10, 2016 2 PM & 5 PM
Sat. Sep 24, 2016 2 PM & 5 PM
Sat. Oct 15, 2016 2 PM & 5 PM
Sat. Oct 29, 2016 2 PM & 65PM

Cost: $4.50-$10. Call 912-353-3023.

Pokemon Go discount

During the month of August, receive 10% off of retail in the Wormsloe gift shop by showing staff there a picture of a Pokemon you caught at Wormsloe (Offer not valid for books or snacks)


More events @ Wormsloe

Tools and Skills that Built a Colony
Sat. Sept. 3-Mon. Sep 5, 2016 10AM-4PM
Craft demonstrations from the 18th century include woodworking, blacksmithing, cooking, colonial games and more.

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

Wormsloe Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Rd Savannah, 31406,  

Getaways: Ode to the Len Foote Hike Inn

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Len Foote Hike Inn Georgia Len Foote Hike Inn

Looking for a late summer or fall getaway? Check out the Len Foote Hike Inn in North Georgia where the hike is the only way Inn.  We did. Read about our mountain adventure to the eco-lodge here. 

As one poster about this sustainably-designed Georgia State Park inn reads: “If you enjoy wilderness but prefer a soft bed, hot showers and great food instead of camping, the Hike Inn is for you.”

The mission of the Len Foote Hike Inn – named after a Georgia conservationist: to make experiencing nature easy and help protect it through education and recreation.

To get to the Hike Inn, you do an easy-to-moderate five-mile hike from the top of North Georgia’s Amicalola Falls through the Chattahoochee National Forest to the backcountry Inn.

Len Foote Hike Inn You spend the night in a rustic, TV-less bunkroom in the secluded Inn after a solar-heated shower (shampoo, soap, towels provided) and family-style, home-cooked dinner. After watching the sunrise (they beat a drum at dawn if the sunrise conditions are worth waking up to see), you have a huge breakfast, spend time exploring the lodge grounds and hike out the same trail when you leave.

Or, for those who want a longer stay and more hiking, Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the AT, is a 4.4-mile hike (8.8 miles round trip) from the Hike Inn. Most guests who hike to Springer Mountain spend two nights at the Hike Inn, allowing a full day for the hike.

The 20-bunkroom Hike Inn welcomes families. A family of three can stay in the same room if the child is 12 years of age or younger. The Inn has mats, so the child can sleep on the floor. For a family of four, two rooms are necessary. They have discounted rates for children 12 years of age or younger. Games and age-appropriate books are available for children.

Len Foote Inn is on Facebook at and on Twitter at @HikeInn