Top 10 Savannah Places For Kids

roundhouse-museumHere are’s picks for Savannah’s top 10 child-friendly sights/children’s activities. Hours and admission costs are subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm. For your convenience, this list “10 Things To Do in Savannah With Kids” will be posted on SouthernMamas main page, in the column to your left under Pages.

The Roundhouse Railroad Museum
Explore historic railroad structures and see locomotives and rolling stock. Interpretive displays include a large model train layout of Savannah as well as exhibits explaining steam engines and belt-driven machinery. See a massive operating turntable in action. A monthly story and craft time is held in the Kidz Zone in the museum’s baggage car. Occasional train rides are also available.
• 601 W. Harris St., Savannah
• Call for admission prices.
• Open daily 9 AM-5 PM.
• 912.651.6823

Oatland Island Wildlife Center
Follow a nature trail through Lowcountry forest and marsh to see eastern timber wolves, alligators, birds of prey, bison, endangered panthers and more of Georgia’s local animals and plants in their own habitats. Activities include Toddler Tuesday 10:30-11:15 every Tuesday featuring stories, games, songs, crafts and animal visitors.
• 711 Sandtown Road, Savannah
• $5 adults; $3 4-17 year olds, seniors and active military; free 3 and younger
• Open daily 10 AM-4 PM. Guests can remain on grounds until 5 PM.
• 912.395.1212

ArtZeum at Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center for the Arts
Visit the two-level, hands-on gallery that encourages children to explore art using works from the Telfair collection, Savannah architecture building blocks, interactive media experiences, a magnetic sculpture wall and more. On the first Saturday of each month, enjoy free admission, kids’ studio art workshops and family-friendly activities. Each month, Toddler Third Thursdays allows tots to explore exhibitions and complete an art project relating to the tour.
• 207 W. York St. Savannah
• $15 adults; $14 seniors, military; $5 students: free for children 5 and younger.
• Closed Tuesdays; Open 10 AM-5 PM Mon., Wed-Sat.; 10 AM-8 PM Thursdays; noon-5 PM Sundays.
• 912.790.8800

The University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium (MECA)
See the saltwater aquarium’s 14 exhibit tanks representing 50 species of Coastal Georgia fish, turtles and invertebrates; dioramas, and interactive exhibits including a touch tank and wheelchair-accessible nature trail and boardwalk.
• 30 Ocean Science Circle, Skidaway Island
• $4 ages 13-adult; $2 seniors, military and children 3-12; free for children 3 and younger.
• 9 AM-4 PM weekdays; 10 AM-5 PM Saturdays
• 912.598.FISH

Fort Pulaski National Monument
See the Civil War-era fort that once guarded Savannah. Features include trails, demilune, drawbridges, ditches, and dikes. Guided tours, musket and soldier demonstrations, cannon-firing demonstrations. Encampments of troops, special programs and demonstrations are held on various holiday weekends.
• U.S. 80 East (toward Tybee Island), 15 miles east of Savannah
• $3 ages 16 and older; free for ages 15 and younger.
• 0pen daily 9 AM-5:30 PM
• 912.786.5787

Old Fort Jackson
Explore one of only eight second system fortifications (a series of forts built prior to the War of 1812) still standing in the United States. Features include cannon firing demonstrations as well as cannon salutes to passing military vessels.
• 1 Fort Jackson Road, 3 miles east of downtown Savannah.
• Call for admission prices.
• Open daily 9 AM-5 PM
• 912.232.3945

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
Experience “Girl Scout Mecca.” Even kids not in the Girl Scouts enjoy this 1821 historical home because the guides are pros at entertaining children. The founder of the Girl Scouts spent her childhood in the home, which is now a National Historic Landmark. A gift shop offers Girl Scout memorabilia.
• 10 E. Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah
• $8 for adults; $7 for students; free for children younger than 5.
• Call for hours.
• 912.233.4501

The Pirates’ House Restaurant
Dine with pirates in this landmark eatery that opened in 1753 as an inn for seafarers. Legend has it that Captain Flint from the Robert Louis Stevenson classic “Treasure Island” died in an upstairs room with first mate, Billy Bones, at his side. See a tunnel that’s rumored to extend from underneath the restaurant to the Savannah River where drunk seamen were shanghaied. Characters in pirate costume mill about during meal times.
• 20 East Broad St., Savannah
• Call for hours.
• 912.233.5757

Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum
Experience what it was like to fly a B-17 bomber aboard the museum’s interactive flight simulator. Hear the sounds of the engines and the spinning of the propellers as computer monitors reflect cockpit windows and flight controls. Other exhibits include a B-17 bomber that’s undergoing complete restoration and is on display in the Combat gallery.
• 175 Bourne Ave., Pooler
• Open daily 9 AM-5 PM
• 912.748.8888

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