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What to do in Savannah, Georgia

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Family-friendly spots in a stunning Southern city

Few cities in the United States are as majestic as Savannah, Georgia. In this Southern city, Spanish moss sways from the trees. Lush, immaculately landscaped public squares can be found nestled among landmarks and gorgeous historic homes. Huge container ships glide along, a moving backdrop for the quaint shops and restaurants of renowned River Street.

Savannah at night

The city shares many characteristics of a fairytale setting, but beauty isn't all Savannah has to offer. A rich history and reputation for hospitality have made Savannah an ideal destination for family vacations. Here are a few of the top attractions you and your family can enjoy in this gorgeous city.

River Street

Located next to the Savannah River, this cobblestone street is packed with shops, restaurants and street performers. While strolling this strip, your family can purchase souvenirs, visit candy stores, eat a fabulous Southern meal and watch the passing of container ships and tugboats.

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace

If you have a daughter you want to entertain and inspire while on vacation, this attraction is a must-see. While touring the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, you'll learn about the remarkable life and legacy of the woman who founded the Girl Scouts.

Riverboat cruise

Riverboat cruise

After you've finished feasting and shopping on River Street, hop on a riverboat cruise. Not only does this harbor tour offer a unique view of the city, you'll also learn fun and interesting facts about the Savannah River. If you're looking for more than a tour, purchase tickets for the dinner entertainment cruise, brunch cruise or murder mystery cruise.
Savannah tour

Tours

If a boat tour isn't for your family, check out the city on a trolley, carriage or bus. In Savannah, you can even travel by hearse! Whatever topic interests your family most – architecture, history, ghosts and so on – there's bound to be a tour devoted to it. While on your tour, don't be surprised if you spot several other tour groups traveling throughout the city as well.
Tybee Island

Tybee Island

Travel 20 minutes outside of Savannah's historic district and your family can enjoy a day at the beach. In addition to a breathtaking view of the ocean, Tybee Island features a lighthouse and the Tybee Museum. Additional activities your family can enjoy include dolphin tours, fishing and parasailing.

The Pirate's House

Your family will have a blast following in the footsteps of pirates and sailors while dining at this historic hot spot. The Pirate's House has been a part of Savannah's history since 1753. According to the restaurant's website, "The Pirate's House first opened as an inn for seafarers and fast became a rendezvous for bloodthirsty pirates and sailors from the Seven Seas." Today, the Pirate's House serves an outstanding Southern buffet that's every bit as memorable as the building's history and charm.

Museums

Tours aren't the only way to learn about Savannah. This iconic city is home to several museums that specialize in a variety of topics. Artistic, creative families should stop by the SCAD Museum of Art, which features a permanent collection of paintings, photography, textile art and more.

The Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum features ship models, antiques and paintings, as well as one of Savannah's largest gardens. The museum's collection is showcased inside the historic Scarbrough House, which was built in 1819.

These are just a few of the many things to do in Savannah, Georgia, a city that's renowned for its beauty, charm and hospitality. The key to a fabulous family vacation in this Southern city is to make the most of your time there. Take in the sights, enjoy the food and appreciate the history of this iconic city.

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