10 Things to do Around Savannah with Kids

Last updated: 7-20-19 @ 7:24 p.m.

Savannah is a beautiful city with centuries of history that can be explored simply by walking down any street in the downtown area. Finding things to do with children however, can seem like a daunting task. For my children, the last thing they want to do is “explore history”. Forts, museums, walking trails, etc. will surely be greeted with a sigh of disappointment.

Most children want to use their senses, creativity, and imagination while out on the town. Places that offer activities which invite children to touch, move, change, feel, etc. is what this list is all about.

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1Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Photo from Facebook.com/OatlandIsland

Oatland Island Wildlife Center is a fun (and educational, shhhh!) hands-on facility featuring birds of prey, predators of Georgia, farm animals, and everything in between!

Using a conservation-minded approach, OIWC’s knowledgeable and dedicated staff provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal to wolves, tortoise, snakes, cougars, owls, bald eagles, and even the famous southern flying squirrel.

With dozens of knowledge based activities every month, there’s plenty of opportunties to load up the car and visit Oatland Island Wildlife Center.

Admission Rates
Adult 18+($5.00)
Child 4-17($3.00)
Child 3 and under (FREE)
Seniors (65+)($3.00)
Military ($3.00)
Students ($3.00)

More Information
http://internet.savannah.chatham.k12.ga.us/schools/oat/plan/default.aspx
711 Sandtown Rd, Savannah, GA 31410
(912) 395-1212

2Savannah Children’s Museum

photo from: chsgeorgia.org

Taking a place on every list of this nature, is the Savannah Children’s Museum – and for good reason.

SCM made its debut in 2012 taking space in the old Central of Georgia Railway Carpentry Shop located in downtown Savannah. This is an outdoor museum featuring over a dozen activities including an exploration maze, sensory garden, and a reading nook.

The Savannah Children’s Museum is a member of the Coastal Heritage Society which offers family and combo ticket plans including Savannah History Museum, Georgia State Railroad Museum, Old Fort Jackson, and the Pinpoint Heritage Museum.

Admission Rates
18 months and up ($8.00)

More Information
http://www.chsgeorgia.org/SCM
655 Louisville Rd, Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 651-6823 ext. 203

3Tybee Island Marine Science Center

Photo from Facebook.com/TybeeMarineScience

The Tybee Island Marine Science Center hosts kid-friendly programs and activities year-round perfect for island residents, visitors, school groups, and scout troops.

The 750 square foot walking indoor gallery is features a wide variety of baby alligators, snakes, turtles, crabs, and fish – all native to coastal Georgia.

Admission Rates
$5 per person; kids four and under are free.

More information
https://www.tybeemarinescience.org/
1509 Strand Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328
(912) 786-5917

4Escape Tybee

Photo From Facebook.com/EscapeTybee

Since we’re already in Tybee, we may as well talk about the biggest challenge on the Island, Escape Tybee. Don’t let the exterior fool you, it may not be a multi-million dollar museum – but it’s JUST as fun (if not more).

With 2 differently themed rooms to choose from, whether you want to find pirate treasure or disarm the Tybee bomb, there’s something for everyone. No hints in the comments – you need to figure it out on your own! Can you solve the puzzles in time?

Admission Rates
$25 per person (including sales tax/fees).
7 and under (FREE)
Use code WHOLEROOM (cost $150) if you have 6 or more people or if you want a private room.

More Information
https://escapetybee.com/
9311, 106 S Campbell Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328
(912) 289-7725

5ArtZeum at The Jepson Center

Photo from telfair.org

ArtZeum is an interactive art-focused children’s museum located inside of the Jepson Center at Telfair Museums. It’s designed specifically for kids, but teens and adults alike still have a blast.

Become a part of the art, enjoy the glass wall, and engage in over a dozen other hands-on activities, there’s truly something for everyone.

Ticket prices include admission to the Jepson Center, Telfair Academy, and the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters.

Admission Rates
Adult ($20.00)
Senior 65+ ($18.00)
Active Military with military ID ($18.00)
Student ages 13–25 with student ID ($15.00)
Child Ages 6–12 ($5.00)
Child (Ages 5 & under): FREE*
*Does not apply to groups. Up to 4 free children per paying adult.

More Information
https://www.telfair.org/visit/jepson-center/
207 W York St, Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 790-8800

6Old Fort Jackson

Photo from chsgeorgia.org/OFJ

To date, Old Fort Jackson is the only fort holding a place on this list. Although I personally LOVE forts of any kind, the reality is, children usually find them boring (gasp!). The Coastal Heritage Society took this personally, designing Old Fort Jackson with all ages in mind.

Tons of activities, programs, and…wait for it… daily cannon firings that will excite even their youngest visitors. It’s so much fun, kids forget they’re learning!

Old Fort Jackson is a member of the Coastal Heritage Society which offers family and combo ticket plans including Savannah History Museum, Georgia State Railroad Museum, Savannah Children’s Museum, and the Pinpoint Heritage Museum.

Admission Rates
Adult ($9.00)
Children 2 – 12 ($5.00)
2 and under (FREE)

More Information
http://www.chsgeorgia.org/OFJ
1 Fort Jackson Rd, Savannah, GA 31404
(912) 232-3945

7University of Georgia Aquarium

Photo from: gacoast.uga.edu

Located on the beautiful Skidaway Island, The UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium is home to Georgia’s very first saltwater aquarium featuring 16 exhibit tanks that display a variety of local marine life.

With plenty to do, touch, and see – this is a great place to spend a few hours, especially when the weather isn’t favorable for an outdoor activity.

Admission Rates
Ages 13-54 ($6.00)
Ages 3-12 ($4.00)
Ages 1-2 (FREE)
Seniors 55 and older ($4.00)
Military and students w/ I.D. ($4.00)

More information
https://gacoast.uga.edu/uga-aquarium/visit-us/
30 Ocean Science Cir, Savannah, GA 31411
(912) 598-2496

8Georgia State Railroad Museum

Photo from chsgeorgia.org/GSRM

Although a museum, this is one kids will LOVE. Why? It has TRAINS. Kids are taught to love trains at an early age with Thomas the Train, Dinosaur Train, and many other songs and shows dedicated to locomotives.

GSRM features a fully operational turntable, historic rail cars that kids can climb on and explore, and they even offer guided tours for even the most curious of children.

The Georgia State Railroad Museum is a member of the Coastal Heritage Society which offers family and combo ticket plans including Savannah History Museum, Savannah Children’s Museum, Old Fort Jackson, and the Pinpoint Heritage Museum.

Admission Rates
Adult ($7.70)
Child 2 – 12 ($4.90)
2 and under (FREE)

More information
chsgeorgia.org/GSRM
655 Louisville Rd., Savannah, GA 31401
912-651-6823

9Premier Bowl & Bistro

Photo from poolerbowl.com

What kid doesn’t like bowling? Pooler Bowl however, isn’t your ordinary bowling alley. This super casual and comfortable venue features the highest quality lanes coupled with an arcade featuring Jurassic Park, Mario Kart, Walking Dead, Skee Ball, and much more.

With bumpers, comfortable couches in each lane, and a full bistro on-site, Premier Bowl & Bistro will create memories for a lifetime.

Pricing available on website.

More information:
https://poolerbowl.com/
4 Towne Center Court Pooler, GA 31322 US
912-348-2739

10Jumping Jacks Family Fun Center

If I had to write a list of things children loved, I would pretty much be describing what Jumping Jacks had to offer. Snacks, prizes, arcade games, laser tag, bumper cars, mini bowling, inflatables, and more. Did I get close?

Whether a birthday party or just a day out on the town, Jumping Jacks is a nice break from the hustle and bustle of downtown Savannah.

Prices vary, contact for more detailed information.

More Information
https://www.jumpingjacksga.com/
5918 Ogeechee Rd, Savannah, GA 31419
912-920-2474

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