Are you looking for a way to spend quality time with your kids? Do you want to avoid a vacation where your kids spend the entire time on their phones and social media? I can easily plan a personalized family vacation your kids will love! Imagine making memories with your kids, as you explore Savannah, Georgia. There are so many family-friendly things to do in Savannah. Your kids may not want to do everything on the list of the best things to do in Savannah that I will be sharing with you today. However, with so many options, your kids will agree quite a few of them should be on your personalized itinerary. And you get to make so many memories together during this time away from home.
Check out my Savannah travel guide to learn more about vacationing in this wonderful city!
Forsyth Park is a beautiful park in the heart of Savannah. There are thirty acres of space filled with trees, flowers, and a gorgeous fountain. I have found the best time to visit this park is in the early morning hours. There aren’t as many people. It’s quiet. And I can easily drink my cup of coffee while soaking in the silence.
Now, of course, my kids are all grown up. So, they are usually walking in silence next to me drinking their own coffee. Or latte. Or whatever concoction they have recently discovered.
Depending on the age of your kids, you may experience the same thing. Or you may find that your younger kids are more than ready to run off some energy. Thankfully, this is the perfect place to let that happen!
There is a farmer’s market here on Saturdays. And open-air concerts are held in Forsyth Park throughout the year. We can always check the schedule of planned events when I am personalizing your itinerary if you are interested in attending one.
The Old Savannah Trolley is a hop on hop off trolley that takes you to the most popular sights in the city. This is an excellent option if you want to find where everything is located. Or if you want to see many attractions in a short amount of time.
A few of the places you will see at the fifteen different stops include the Sorrel Weed House, Juliette Gordon Low Home, Pirates House, and the Mansion of Forsyth Park. You will also see many of the squares in the city.
The City Market is a wonderful open-air market in Savannah. Shopping here is one of the best things to do in Savannah. The four blocks of the market are full of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. You will even find a bar or two where you can grab a wine slushie or a beer to go.
This cathedral was originally constructed back in 1876. However, a massive fire destroyed that building in 1898. It only took two years to completely rebuild the cathedral and it has been carefully preserved ever since.
This is one of the top historic sites to visit in Savannah and the United States. I recommend taking a self-guided tour. This will allow you to fully admire the stained glass, as well as the towering spires.
River Street is a beautiful cobblestone street that follows the waterfront. The warehouses on this street have been transformed into different shops and restaurants. The riverwalk is considered one of the most beautiful destinations in Savannah.
I highly recommend going into the candy stores. These candy shops are known for their chocolate pralines. Don’t worry, they sell all types of candy. So, be careful if you let your kids go in there with you. It might add new meaning to kids in a candy shop!
If you are looking to see this area from a different perspective, take a dinner cruise on the river. Dinner cruises, or sunset cruises, on the Georgia Queen are an excellent way to see the scenery and have a little downtime.
Savannah is one of the historic cities that is full of ghosts. And you may feel their presence the most at Bonaventure Cemetery. There are more than one hundred acres to explore. So, you will be there for a while.
They do offer tours one Sunday a month. We can try to arrange one, depending on your family vacation schedule.
If you don’t want to take the time to go all the way to Bonaventure Cemetery, check out Colonial Park Cemetery. It is within walking distance of many of the squares in Savannah. This cemetery opened in 1750. Many of the people who died during the yellow-fever epidemic are buried here.
There are many other haunted attractions in Savannah that you can check out during your visit!
Does your family love history? What about cannons? Well, you can experience both when you choose to visit Old Fort Jackson in Savannah. This fort was constructed back in 1808 and additions were made in 1812.
The fort has been carefully preserved, so it looks practically the same as it did back then. I recommend taking a self-guided tour to learn about the history of this fort. Just make sure you stay long enough to hear a cannon or two going off.
If you have a Girl Scout in your family, you will want to take a tour of the Juliette Gordon Low Home. This museum is located in the house where Juliette was born. She also started the Girl Scouts from this house.
You can take a guided tour of this house. However, it is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance. So, let me know if you are interested in visiting and I will arrange for the tickets as I am planning your itinerary.
There are ghost tours in Savannah during the day and at night. So, you can choose the one that will fit your family’s needs the most. I can help you find a ghost tour and make all the arrangements for you. This will ensure you don’t miss out on this best thing to do in Savannah during your family vacation.
Want to really incorporate ghosts into your Savannah family vacation? Check out these historic inns in Savannah!
Have you ever read “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” by John Berendt? If you have, you already know some of the history of the Mercer-Williams House in Savannah.
If you haven’t, this mansion was originally home to Johnny Mercer. Then Jim Williams purchased it. Williams was the only person in the state to be tried four times for the same murder, which occurred in this house.
You can take a tour of the inside of this house. However, you will not be allowed access to the area where the alleged murder took place.
Everyone needs to make sure they grab an ice cream cone from Leopold’s when they are visiting Savannah! This ice cream shop opened in 1919. The lines have been down the street ever since.
This is one of those places you should arrive at early in the morning. They normally open around eleven in the morning and the line starts to form a half hour before that.
While I normally don’t approve of only ice cream for lunch, I have been known to make an exception when in Savannah. Trust me when I say the kids will be happy and will eat every bite!
If you don’t have time for a ghost tour, let me recommend dining at the Olde Pink House Restaurant. This beautiful house has been transformed into a restaurant that has ghostly encounters.
This restaurant serves authentic Southern cuisine. So, your taste buds will be dancing from the very first bite. Just don’t be surprised if you feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. It’s probably just a ghost or two trying to steal a bite of your yummy food!
When you are at the City Market, or down on River Street, you must stop at Byrd’s Cookies. This bakery opened in 1924. Their cookies are the absolute best!
They have a large variety of flavors. Each cookie is the size of a quarter. You can sample almost every single flavor before making your purchase. Although, be warned that if you sample them all, you will go home with a bag of each. Or two bags of each, depending on the size of your family.
Are you always looking for new-to-you vinyl? You may be able to find exactly what you’ve been searching for at Graveface Records and Curiosities. Inside, there are crates of records for you to peruse.
If you are lucky, you may catch a show during your visit. You can always check the schedule before heading over.
Tybee Island is a gorgeous destination that is approximately twenty minutes from downtown Savannah. Spending time at this beach is one of the best things to do in Savannah.
In between time in the sand and the water, you can browse the nearby shops and grab a bite to eat.
These are some of the best things to do in Savannah during a family vacation. I can easily find others for your family, once I know what you are all interested in. Then I can personalize your family vacation itinerary, so you are only doing what you all want to while making those memories that matter.
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