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Kid-Friendly Piccolo Spoleto 2015 starts this weekend, Charleston S.C.

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Piccolo Spoleto 2015 Charleston Piccolo Spoleto 2015 – which runs from Fri. May 22-Sun. June 7 – is the official outreach festival to Spoleto in nearby Charleston, SC. (about a 90 minute drive from Savannah)

The annual Piccolo Spoleto is a fun, laid-back, kid-friendly time featuring music, dance, parades, story-telling and more.

Your kids will love the Seed and Feed Marching Abominable community band & don’t miss the free outdoor concert at the US Customs House that kicks off the festival this Fri. May 22.  Other kid-friendly festival highlights include:
Charleston Carifest Children’s Carnival, Sat., May 30, 11AM
Sand Sculpting Competition, Sat. May 30, 9AM-1PM Front Beach at Isle of Palms
Family Day @ Marion Square, Sat., May 23, 10:00am-3:00pm

See the entire Piccolo Spoleto schedule here. 

For non-Piccolo Spoleto fun, be sure to check out our list of 12 Things To Do With Kids in Charleston by clicking here.

Piccolo Spoleto 2015, May 22-June 7 2015, Charleston, SC

Summer 2015: New Pooler water park & more water parks near Savannah open in May

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

new Pooler water park 2015 Surf Lagoon The new Pooler water park – Surf Lagoon – opens for the 2015 summer season on Sat. May 23. Surf Lagoon will open in phases. The first phase opening in May includes the first slide tower complex, lazy river, kid’s activity area, and two zero entry beaches. There are no height restrictions on Layback Lagoon, Shorebreak Beach, and Shortboarders. Riders must be taller than 48″ inches to ride all slides.

2015 Summer Season
Daily: May 23-Aug. 5. Open Memorial Day.
Weekends Only: Aug. 8-Sept. 7. Open Labor Day.
For hours, click here. 

Surf Lagoon Water Park
Located near 1-95 and Pooler Parkway
Exit 104 off I-95.
130 Towne Center Dr, Pooler, 31322

Learn more here.


Water Parks Near Savannah

More Water Parks Near Savannah

Splash In The Boro opens for the 2015 summer season this Sat. May 16.
45 miles from Savannah in Statesboro, Ga.
Water Slides – 2 body slides and 1 inner tube slide wind around each other and finish with a plunge into a common wave pool. The park has a double flowrider , a 5-lane mat racer, a spray pad and slides for toddlers, 3 tube slides, a lazy river.

2015 Summer Season
Weekends only: May 16 & 17.
Open daily starting May 23. For hours click here.


Summer Waves opens daily for 2015 summer season this Friday May 15.
75 Miles from Savannah on Jekyll Island.

2015 Summer Season
Weekends only: May 2-10; Aug. 15-Sept. 20
Daily: Fri. May 15-Aug. 12. Open Memorial Day & Labor Day.
For hours, click here.
Summer Waves Water Park located on Jekyll Island with 11 acres of splashing summertime fun for the whole family. Nine exciting attractions including six water slides, wave pool, lazy river, splash zone and kiddie area.


Charleston, SC Water Parks

Splash Zone Waterpark
79 Miles from Savannah in Charleston, SC
2015 Summer Season
•Weekends Only: May 2-24 and August 15 – Labor Day.
•Daily: May 25-August 14. Open Memorial Day.
200-foot tube slide – 200-foot open slide – Caribbean play structure with slides, wheels, and sprays – 500-foot lazy river with an adventure channel featuring sprays and a waterfall – Leisure pool – open seasonally

Whirlin Waters Adventure Waterpark
87 miles from Savannah in North Charleston, SC
2015 Summer Season
•Weekends Only: May 2-24. Open on Memorial Day. Aug. 15-Labor Day
•Daily: May 30-August 14
Fun for all ages, Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark is located within North Charleston Wannamaker County Park and offers seasonal, island-style water play packed into over 15-acres.
Coming Mid-Summer 2015: Rip Tide Run mat racer takes riders on an exciting head-to-head competition over gut wrenching bumps, accelerating riders towards the finish line. (minimum height of 42”)

Splash Island Waterpark
91 miles away in Mount Pleasant, SC
2015 Summer Season
•Weekends Only: May 2-24. Open Memorial Day. August 15 – Labor Day.
•Daily: May 30-August 14
200-foot water slide – 16-foot otter slide – Sprays, geysers, and raindrop waterfalls – The Cyclone, a 10-minute swirling water ride – Recreational pool

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

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.

Summer 2015 Deals: Toucan Tuesdays (2 tickets for price of 1) at Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Toucan Tuesday free ticket Riverbanks Zoo Toucan Tuesdays @ Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens in Columbia, SC

Every Tuesday this Summer: June 9, 2015-August 18, 2015

Enjoy BOGO admission at Riverbanks every Tuesday this summer with a donation of two cans of food to Harvest Hope Food Bank.

In addition to pay-one-price admission, guests who donate on a Toucan Tuesday also will receive hot savings for keeping cool: $2 16oz. ICEE’s, $2 16oz. fountain drinks and a 2-for-$20 special on misting fans sold at various locations throughout the park. Donations bins are located at both the Zoo and Garden entrance. For more information, visit

If you make the trek to Columbia, be sure to check out our list of Things To Do With Kids in Columbia, S.C.

SAVE BIG ON DISNEY – Free Dining Is Here

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Disney summer deals Savannah


The FREE DINING promotion at Walt Disney World is back for select dates this fall and winter. If you’ve been considering a Disney vacation, this promotion is one of the most popular offers!!

For 2015, the available dates are August 28th – October 2nd, October 25th October 31st, November 8th – November 19th, and December 15th – December 21st. Free dining is being offered to guests for their entire length of stay as long as your arrival date is within the promotion dates!!

FREE Dining Plans are available at select Walt Disney World Resorts and require a minimum 3-night stay with 2-day Magic Your Way ticket with Park Hopper upgrade. Guests staying in a Value Resort will receive the Quick-Service Dining Plan and guests in Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villa Resorts receive the Disney Dining Plan. You can even upgrade your dining plan by paying the cost difference between your complimentary plan and the plan you want. This is a very popular time for my clients to try out the Deluxe Dining Plan!!

Availability is extremely limited, and dining reservations are already open for most of these dates, so let’s get your FREE DINING vacation package secured now! Contact Two Sisters Travel now for your no-obligation vacation quote or details. And remember, my travel planning services are 100% FREE!!

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Save up to 30% at Disney this Summer

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Disney Summer Deals 2015This will be the coolest summer ever at Walt Disney World, and for a limited time save up to 30% on your room at select resort hotels.

From “Frozen” Summer Fun LIVE and Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® to new restaurants and shopping at Downtown Disney® and thrills and chills at four theme parks and two water parks, there’s something cool happening all summer long you can get your cool on all summer long during “Coolest Summer Ever” at Walt Disney World Resort.

Save up to 15% off most Value resort Rooms

Save up to 20% off most Moderate resort rooms

Save up to 30% off at most Deluxe & Deluxe Villa Resorts

Package with tickets & dining to make the most of the magic!! But don’t wait availability for this promotion is limited. Get your no-obligation vacation quote now or call 843-284-3241 for more details.

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FROZEN Summer Celebration Returns to Hollywood Studios

Monday, April 13th, 2015

FROZEN Summer Celebration Returns to Hollywood StudioFor anyone that loves the hit movie FROZEN (isn’t that everyone) there’s exciting news coming from Walt Disney World.

From June 17th through September 1st you can join Anna, Elsa, & all of your favorite FROZEN characters as they celebrate a FROZEN Summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Highlights from this must-do event includes:

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration: Relax inside the Premiere Theater, where Anna, Elsa & the royal historians of Arendelle share a heart-warming retelling of their kingdom’s history, while singing along to your favorite Frozen tunes.

Frozen Fireworks Spectacular: Finish the evening with an awe-inspiring fireworks display set to the glorious music of Frozen.

Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome: Watch as Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and a flurry of skaters, skiiers, ice cutters and more make their way down Hollywood Boulevard in a special parade.

Hot Frozen Nights DJ Dance Party: Rock out to a medley of the hottest Frozen hits! Every evening starting at 5:30 PM, a dance party with a DJ and live band breaks out at the Event Stage.

Frozen Merchandise and Food: There will also be special Frozen inspired snacks and beverages! And of course don’t miss the “big summer blowout” with plenty of Frozen merchandise.

Make your plans now to experience the Frozen Celebration this summer and save up to 30% on your Walt Disney World resort stay!

There’s still plenty of availability so get your custom no-obligation vacation quote today.

And remember, Tara’s travel planning services are always 100% FREE!!

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Only 18 Summers, Make This One Count

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Summer 2015 Travel Deals Family Trips Our little ones don’t stay little for long. We only have 18 summers before they become adults. WOW…only 18 chances to make special summer vacation memories.

So, what are your plans for this summer?

If you haven’t quite decided on your vacation plans, it’s definitely not too late. Our friends at Two Sisters Travel tell us that there’s still plenty of availability and tons of great deals at theme parks (Disney & Universal), cruising, even family friendly all-inclusive resorts!

Here are a few of Two Sisters Travel favorite deals for summer vacations:

Walt Disney World Save Up to 30% Off Your Resort Hotel Stay

Royal Caribbean Cruises – Half Off Second Guest + Half Off Deposit

Beaches Resorts – Free Night + Spa/Tour Credit

Hard Rock Resorts – Kids Stay Free + up to $1,800 resort credit

Universal Studios – 3rd Day Free

If you’re not exactly sure where to go or what to do, don’t stress! ? Two Sisters Travel will match the perfect destination to fit your family’s preferences and budget. And they handle all of the vacation details, so you don’t have to! They make planning a vacation easy and stress-free.

Get a vacation quote online now or call the family vacation experts 843-284-3241 to plan the perfect summer vacation! And remember our concierge travel planning services are completely free!!

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Daytrips/Weekend Getaways: Things To Do With Kids on Hilton Head Is.

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

free kids' activities Hilton Head regularly spotlights our favorite nearby daytrip spots to visit with kids outside of Savannah.

One of our favorite family daytrips from Savannah is Hilton Head Is.

Things to do with kids on Hilton Head Is. include:

1. Bicycling on Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island offers over 50 scenic miles of public bicycle pathways and nature trails. The hard-packed beaches are also popular for bicycling at low tide.


2. Free family-friendly outdoor Gregg Russell concerts at Harbour Town, Sea Pines

A classic on Hilton Head Is. for almost four decades, Gregg Russell Concerts under the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town happen regularly during summer (weather permitting) & periodically during spring. Details here. 

During Summer 2015, Gregg Russell will perform his free kid-friendly outdoor concerts:
May 22-24
May 27-29
May 31-August 28 (every night except Saturdays)
September 3-6

This family-oriented singer/storyteller performs sing-a-longs, ballads & silly songs with audience participation. Kids in the audience try to get Gregg to pick them to sing a song to the crowd, often using creative pick-me posters etc. Concerts are free; there’s a $6 gate fee per auto.


3. Free petting farm at Lawton Stables in Sea Pines

The free animal farm includes a deer named Callie, goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits, turtles, cows and rabbits.  Kids can also pet a friendly retired Clydesdale, Harley, at the stables. Pony rides and horseback riding available for a fee. The animal farm is free; there’s a $6 Sea Pines gate fee per auto. More info here. 190 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island, 29928


4. The wildflower garden & hiking trails in the free Sea Pines Forest Preserve

The 605-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve includes easy trails to various points of interest including the 4,000-year-old Indian Shell Ring, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and a wildflower garden that’s amazing when in bloom. The walks range from 25 minutes to one hour. Bicycles are not permitted on the nature trails, so please park your bicycles at the locations provided. Open from sunrise to sunset. The Forest Preserve is free; there’s a $6 Sea Pines gate fee per auto. More info here.


free hilton head kids activities 5. Free Sea Pines Trolley

Take the free Sea Pines Trolley to all your favorite Sea Pines locations during summer months & some holiday periods. This is a great way to entertain kids who are still thrilled by “bus rides etc”. The trolley offers an easy way to get around Sea Pines while giving you a scenic tour of a favorite family vacation resort. Schedule info here. Trolley rides are free; there’s a $6 Sea Pines gate fee per auto. *Perfect rainy day activity

For Summer 2015, the free trolleys will run May 22 – Sept 6.


6. The Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum

18A Pope Ave
(843) 842-7645
Located just off Pope Avenue on the south end of the Island, this interactive museum provides a unique place for educational play between children and their parents, grandparents or caregivers. Little ones from infant to age 8 will be captivated by the fun filled play centers and engaging activities.

Summer 2015 Hours: The Sandbox be open Mon-Sat.: 10-5 June thru August, Sunday: Closed. For hours, click here.

May 2015
05/21/15 | Imagination Hour
05/25/15 | The Sandbox at Lawton Stables
05/28/15 | Imagination Hour
June 2015
06/04/15 | Imagination Hour
06/11/15 | Imagination Hour
06/17/15 | Parents Night Out (W)
06/18/15 | Parents Night Out (Th)
06/18/15 | Imagination Hour
06/24/15 | Parents Night Out (W)
06/25/15 | Parents Night Out (Th)
06/25/15 | Imagination Hour

July 2015
07/01/15 | Parents Night Out (W)
07/02/15 | Parents Night Out (Th)
07/02/15 | Imagination Hour
07/08/15 | Parents Night Out (W)
07/09/15 | Parents Night Out (Th)
07/09/15 | Imagination Hour
07/15/15 | Parents Night Out (W)
07/16/15 | Parents Night Out (Th)
07/16/15 | Imagination Hour
07/22/15 | Parents Night Out (W)
07/23/15 | Parents Night Out (Th)
07/23/15 | Imagination Hour
07/29/15 | Parents Night Out (W)
07/30/15 | Parents Night Out (Th)
07/30/15 | Imagination Hour

August 2015
08/05/15 | Parents Night Out (W)
08/06/15 | Parents Night Out (Th)
08/06/15 | Imagination Hour
08/13/15 | Imagination Hour
08/20/15 | Imagination Hour
08/27/15 | Imagination Hour

Details here. *Perfect rainy day activity


7. Coastal Discovery Museum

70 Honey Horn Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
Educational natural history and animal programs at a venue that includes salt marsh board walks, open fields, gardens, trails and a 1200 square foot butterfly habitat that is home to some 13 species of native butterflies to the Lowcountry. *Perfect rainy day activity.
More info here.


8. Go to the beach at the newly redone Sea Pines Beach Club. 

Convenient access to the Surf Shop, restrooms, shower facilities & Surfside Market featuring to-go sandwiches, salads, snacks &  cold beverages. Details here. 87 North Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928. The beach club is free; there’s a $6 Sea Pines gate fee per auto.


9. Gregg Russell Playground at Harbour Town, Sea Pines

The Gregg Russell Playground at Harbour Town is one of the top playgrounds in our area. Fenced, somewhat shaded playground that includes a treehouse; swings; numerous slides; lots of climbing bars, jungle gym bars, monkey bars. Just outside the fenced-playground is a water fountain; picnic tables; bathrooms; and plenty of spots for lunch, drinks or coffee and of course, the famous Harbour Town lighthouse which is open to climb for a fee plus $6 Sea Pines gate fee per auto.  Harbour Town, Hilton Head, SC 29928


10. FREE historical Stoney-Baynard Ruins, Sea Pines

The ruins of the old Baynard estate, the main house as well as attendant slave quarters, are permanently preserved within six-acre Baynard Ruins Park. The home was raided during the Civil War and Union forces made it their headquarters. Details here. The ruins are free; there’s a $6 Sea Pines gate fee per auto.


For more kid-friendly daytrips/weekend getaways from Savannah, click here. 

Brand New Disney Discount: Save up to 30% this summer

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

30% summer 2015 Disney Discount Two Sisters Travel

This will be the coolest summer ever at Walt Disney World, and for a limited time save up to 30% on your room at select resort hotels.

From “Frozen” Summer Fun LIVE and Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® to new restaurants and shopping at Downtown Disney® and thrills and chills at four theme parks and two water parks, there’s something cool happening all summer long during “Coolest Summer Ever” at Walt Disney World Resort.

Package with tickets & dining to make the most of the magic!! But don’t wait availability for this promotion is limited. Get a no-obligation quote now or call 843-284-3241, and start planning your summer getaway!

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Sandals Resorts Caribbean Night Coming to Savannah, March 19

Monday, March 9th, 2015

 Sandals Resorts Caribbean Night Coming to SavannahNeed an escape to a tropical paradise? Maybe an anniversary getaway??

The gals from Two Sisters Travel will host a FREE Sandals Resorts Caribbean Night event in Savannah on Thursday, March 19th 7pm at Hampton Inn Savannah South (just off I-95, exit 94).

Make it a date night, and join Two Sisters Travel for complimentary beer, wine, & appetizers, while a representative from Sandals Resorts shares tons of Caribbean destination inspiration & info that you won’t find anywhere online. Not to mention exclusive deals just for attending, including up to $1,000 air credits, up to 65% off rooms, & a $250 spa credit offer!!

 Sandals Resorts Caribbean Night Coming to SavannahSandals Resorts are adults-only, luxury all-inclusive resorts and perfect for a romantic getaway without the kiddos. You’ll enjoy exotic rooms with private pools, butler service, and captivating views.

If you’d prefer to take the kids along, Sandals offers Beaches Resorts. These are luxury all-inclusive resorts that were designed with families in mind, featuring large rooms, waterparks, and children’s programming including nanny services. Beaches also is home to your kid’s favorite Sesame Street characters!

The event is always a lot of fun and it’s limited to just 20 couples, so register now or call 843-284-3241. If you’re unable to attend in-person, but still want to take advantage of the deals you register for our virtual event!!

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Daytrips/Weekend Getaways: Things to do in Beaufort, SC with kids

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Hunting Island South Carolina Beaufort regularly spotlights our favorite nearby daytrip spots to visit with kids outside of Savannah.

One of our favorite family daytrips from Savannah is Beaufort, S.C.

Things to do with kids in Beaufort, S.C. include:

Shark Tooth Fairy Shark Tooth Hunts
Go to a shark tooth hunt in Port Royal with Beaufort’s famed Shark Tooth Fairy. Friend him on Facebook here to  stay updated on when the next public beach shark tooth hunt for kids will happen. Details here. 


The Kazoo Factory museum tours
See how kazoos are made at this museum featured on National Public Radio show All Things Considered. Read the story here.  The museum tours show how kazoos are assembled, imprinted, packaged and shipped worldwide. Kids can also make their own kazoos to take home.
Admission fees:
No charge to browse the museum.
Guided tours: $5 per person.
Children 3 and younger are free.
12 John Galt Road
Beaufort, SC 29906
(843) 982-6387


Spanish Moss Trail
Bike this 12-foot wide, 5-mile paved pedestrian trail through neighborhoods, marshes and more. When completed, the trail will be 13.6 miles.
Parking trail head
Depot Road
Beaufort, SC 29902.


Parris Island Marine Graduation
Graduation ceremonies are open to the public and typically held certain Friday mornings throughout the year. For the exact dates of specific graduation ceremonies, click here for the 2015 schedule.
The ceremony begins at 9 AM and typically lasts about an hour.
To enter Parris Island, you’ll need to have a valid driver’s license, proof of auto insurance and valid registration.
283 Blvd De France
Parris Island, SC 29905


Hunting Island State Park and Lighthouse
For an admission of $2, visitors can climb the 167 steps and walk around the observation deck. Children must be 44” tall to climb the lighthouse, which is subject to close for repairs without notice.
2555 Sea Island PKWY
Hunting Island, SC 29920
(843) 838-2011
Admission Fees:
Adults: $5
SC Seniors: $3.25
Children 6-15: $3
Children 5 and younger are free


Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park Playground
Enjoy shaded play areas, restrooms, a grassy area for picnicking. Kids can watch fishermen showing their skills on the dock in front of the playground.
1010 Bay Street
Beaufort, SC 29902

Pigeon Point Park playground
Includes fun playgroup equipment including a merry-go-around; restrooms; picnic tables; water fountains large oak trees that provide shade.
Pigeon Point Road
Beaufort, SC 29902 


Hwy. 21 Drive-In
End the day by taking  the kids to an old-fashioned drive in.
55 Parker Dr.
Beaufort, SC 29906
(843) 846-4500
Call the theater for ticket prices


For more kid-friendly daytrips/weekend getaways from Savannah, click here. 

Daytrip/Weekend Getaways: 5 Must Do’s with Kids in Columbia, SC

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Spring means time for exploring on daytrips or weekend getaways. We’ll start regularly spotlighting our favorite nearby daytrip spots to visit with kids outside of Savannah.

This week’s pick: Columbia, SC because one of our favorite museums – EdVenture – is free for Bank of America cardholders this weekend of March 7 & 8 (and the first full weekend of each month).

Columbia works best as a weekend getaway (meaning an overnight stay) versus a daytrip. While driving back and forth there in one day is doable – it is a lot easier to find an affordable motel and make a weekend of it.

Weekend Getaway to Columbia SCEdVenture Children’s Museum
Home of EDDIE®, the world’s largest child. Also The South’s Largest Children’s Museum
Bank of America “Museums on Us” Weekend
If you are a Bank of America cardholder, enjoy free admission to EdVenture, on the first full weekend of every month!
Saturday, March 7 , 2015 – Sunday, March 8 , 2015

Museum Hours & Admission
Tues.- Sat.: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.
We are closed Easter Sunday
Children and Adults: $11.50
Seniors: (age 62+) $10.50
Military: (with ID) $10.50
Groups: (15+ w/RSVP) $8.50
Members: Free
Children under one: Free
More details here.


Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Home to more than 2,000 animal. For an extra fee, kids can feed the girafees, lorikeets, ride the endangered species carousel, ride the spots & stripes train or conquer a rock wall or the 4-story vertical ropes challenge. There’s also a zip line canopy tour that includes seven zip lines ranging in length from 200 to 1,000 feet.
Adults (13 and up) — $13.95
Children (ages 2–12) — $11.50
Children (younger than 2) — FREE
Military (with military ID) — $12.95
Senior Citizens (ages 62 and up) — $12.95
Unlimited Daily Rides and Attractions Wristband** — $20.00 **Admission, Sky-High Safari and zip line are not included with purchase.*
Details here.


Congaree National Park
No entrance or tour fees
Activities include hiking, primitive camping, bird watching canoeing & kayaking, Ranger guided interpretive walks and canoe tours, nature study, and environmental education programs.
Schedule of park events here. 


Carolina Children’s Garden
a two-acre green oasis and teaching garden located in northeast Columbia on the Clemson University/Sandhill extension campus. The garden has twelve theme gardens where children explore, play, and learn in a natural environment of birds and butterflies along with storybook characters like Winnie the Pooh and Peter Rabbit; The Three Bears Garden, Old McDonald’s Farm, McGregor’s Carrot Patch, and an Alphabet garden displaying plants that start with each letter of the alphabet.
Hours of operation here.


Saluda Shoals Park
A 400-acre riverfront park with educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities. Fishing, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, bird watching, nature hiking and more! Both paved and unpaved paths are available for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Also: geocaching, obstacle courses, bird walks, flower safaris
5605 Bush River Rd., Columbia, SC | 803-731-5208
Details here. 

For more kid-friendly daytrips/weekend getaways from Savannah, click here. 

Time to Plan Fall Disney Vacations, Booking Dining Reservations Now

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Fall 2015 Disney Deals Savannah

Fall is a great time to visit Walt Disney World. Lower crowds, cooler temperatures, and lots of exciting special events! The Epcot Food & Wine Festival is an adult favorite, and children of all ages will love Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. This is hands-down the best time to see Disney villains!

If you’re considering a Disney vacation this fall, now is the time to start planning. Two Sisters Travel is already booking dining reservations for September dates! Secure a package now with a $200 deposit, and you’ll have plenty of time to make payments. Don’t worry… you can still take advantage of any future discounts or deals with Two Sisters Travel promo watch service.

Let’s start your Disney countdown! Get a free no-obligation vacation quote online or call 843-284-3241.

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Daytrip/Weekend Getaways: 6 Must-Do’s on Jekyll Island, Ga

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Jekyll Island Savannah

One of our favorite family daytrips from Savannah or weekend getaway spots is Jekyll Island, Ga. 

Rent bikes and pedal the more than 20 miles of flat trails on Jekyll & stop at some of these 6 must-visit spots: (Bike rentals next to the miniature-golf course).

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Meet Sea Turtle Patients Jekyll Island Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Visit the state’s only rescue & rehabilitation facility to learn about the endangered sea turtles that visit our coast. Meet some of the turtle patients in the center’s hospital & learn their stories that brought them there.
During the nesting months of summer (June and July), the center leads nightly turtle walks.  After the turtles hatch in August, the center offers hatchling walks at dawn. or (912) 635-4444

Driftwood beach Jekyll Island Driftwood Beach
A beach teeming with sea-washed trees on the northeast tip of Jekyll that are not only majestic but also fun to climb on. Accessible from the bike paths. FREE.*

4-H Tidelands Nature Center
Guided kayak tours, nature walks, hands-on marine science adventures, and live coastal animal exhibits. The center’s reasonably priced family programs include seining—a naturalist casts a net in the water & talks about all the sea creatures uncovered ($5 per person, free for kids 3 and younger). or (912) 635-5032.

Jekyll Island Club Daytrips from Savannah Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Founded in 1887 by the Rockefellers, Pulitzers & Astors, this Landmark Historic District still boasts an elegant spirit as when Victorian-era millionaires once wintered here. In addition to the hotel and hotel bar/restaurant, there’s bookstore, croquet on the hotel lawn & an ice cream shop. or (912) 635-2600

Summer Waves Water Park
Waterslides, wave pool and floating the lazy river. There’s a special pool for toddlers.
Opens for the Summer 2015 season on May 2 2015.

Horton Pond Jekyll Island Horton Pond
Check out the new observation deck @ Jekyll Island’s Horton Pond Conservation Project – located on the northern end of Jekyll Island across from Villas by the Sea. When the weather warms up, visitors can enjoy seeing alligators & turtles basking on the new reptile basking platform in the center of the pond. A small island provides a habitat for nesting wading birds. The .7-mile Tupelo nature trail loop will soon be complemented with plant-identification plaques. Passing near freshwater wetlands, the path leads to the only stand of black tupelo trees on Jekyll, as well as water oak, pond pine & wild blueberries. FREE.*


*Jekyll Island Access (Fee):
Vehicle entry to Jekyll Island requires a valid parking pass which must be purchased at the Pay-In-The-Lane System or the Guest Information Center upon arrival on the island.  This pass allows you access to many of the island’s public outdoor areas, including picnic areas, beach parking and access points, playgrounds, soccer complex, National Historic Landmark District, fishing piers and marinas, bicycle and nature trails, and more. Multi-day passes and an annual park decal are also available for your convenience.  Bicycles and pedestrians can enter at NO
Information is subject to change without notice.
One Day Parking Pass: $6* (tax included). Valid for 24 hours (*Parking ticket has barcode that can be scanned at pay-in-the-lane system for re-entry)
Weekly Parking Pass: $28 (Valid for seven-days)
Oversized Vehicles (over 8 feet tall): $10* (daily rate)
*Oversized vehicles are only eligible for daily or annual decals.

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