10 Things To Do in Savannah, GA with Kids
Founded in 1733, there’s plenty of history to keep you busy in Savannah, but there’s also plenty of culture and fun to be had! This coastal city has the distinction of being the United States’ oldest planned city and was designed and built by James Oglethorpe, the founder of the Georgia Colony. Savannah is a great walking town and there’s lots of inexpensive or free street parking and public lots parking throughout the downtown area.
The Visitor’s Center downtown is a great place to start, particularly if you want to take a trolley tour; we also discovered very inexpensive overnight RV parking available here right in the Visitor Center parking lot. In the historic district of Savannah, we’ve found two favorite areas to explore with kids: the cobblestoned riverfront area along River Street and the Broughton Street shopping corridor. Let’s start on Broughton, down near SCAD, the Savannah College of Art and Design.
1. Walk the Streets and Through the Squares
You really will miss the beauty and charm of Savannah if you don’t get out and walk. The squares are garden oases in the middle of the city and in the heat of summer, the dense shade and cool can be a welcome surprise. Down along the riverfront, you’ll find cobblestone streets made of the original ballast from the ships coming in to port at Savannah and often shells protruding from the cement holding together retaining walls and steps. Enjoy the walk!
2. Check Out the Vintage Toys at Planet Fun!
This vintage and gently recycled toy store is a local gem in the heart of downtown. We’ve made this place a stop every time we’ve been in Savannah and the kids have been in heaven. Comic books, video games, DVDs – they have a HUGE inventory and are bringing in new stuff all the time. We’ve had to make a return on a defective NES cartridge and it was painless and well, fun even. Don’t miss Planet Fun if you make it to downtown Savannah.
3. Have Ice Cream at Leopold’s
Leopold’s Ice Cream on Broughton is the successor to the original location for this family-run ice cream shop and judging by the lines on a chilly December day, it’s still as popular as ever. We enjoyed creamy, rich fresh-made ice cream scooped up and served by fantastic staff who were patient yet quick with kids of all ages. There’s some interesting movie history on the walls as well as a vintage jukebox. We picked up a squished penny for our collection.
4. Get Your Noodle On at Flying Monk Noodle Bar
Lunch from the Flying Monk Noodle Bar in Savannah on Broughton was a real treat – we chose from all manner of noodle and rice dishes: noodle soups, cold noodle salads, fried rice plus a range of appetizers. We found something to please everyone and the open kitchen was fascinating to watch. We ordered noodles and rice for take-out and waited near the kitchen listening to the sizzle and pop of the stove and watching the house-made broth get strained. The noodles were piled high and ingredients chopped to perfection and the scents nearly drove us to distraction. Highly recommended!
5. Eat Al Fresco – On The Square
One of the most beautiful, people-friendly aspect to Savannah are the many squares and the respite they offer, not to mention the beauty and spots to sit. Squares are full of individual history with each representing the center of a city “ward” and serving as the public square in which all sorts of activities took place: trade, celebrations, baking of bread. People watching can be fascinating and there’s no better place to spot interesting humans than out in the park in the middle of the day. Many squares offer shady trees, fountains and monuments or statuary and Savannah’s locals take advantage of the outdoor spaces. So should you!
6. Visit The Savannah Bee Company
Savannah Bee Company was a great find, especially since Alex loves bees. Check out their extensive inventory of pure honey as well as products such as hand soaps, lotions, and other beauty products. Samples are everywhere! There’s a Kids Only loft with books and toys, and an Adults Only mead sampling station in the back! We must have spent an hour wandering around the shop, chatting with staff and customers alike and sampling mead and honey.
7. Treat Yourself to Chocolat by Adam Turoni
Having tasted a piece of local chocolatier Adam Turoni’s dark chocolate while sipping mead, we HAD to make a stop after lunch to sample the wares. Beautifully turned out truffles and bon bons filled the cases and overflowed the tables. We were delighted to be able to watch the chocolate making from behind glass and were invited to ask questions and smell the chocolates. What could be better? Adam Turoni’s chocolates were simply divine.
8. Take a Haunted Trolley Tour
No, it doesn’t have to be Halloween to take a Haunted Trolley Tour in Savannah. You can pick up tickets in several locations, including along the waterfront, which is where we bought ours and stepped aboard the trolley for a less than two hour tour. The trolley tourmaster gave an entertaining but rehearsed tour of the haunted spots of Savannah which included a house tour and a performance piece in a River Street location. While it was perfectly mild for our two tweens, we’d recommend keeping the littles home for this one, or taking a non-haunted trolley tour – I hear they’re just as good!
9. Stop into a Candy Kitchen for Samples
River Street Sweets and Savannah Candy Kitchen are both along the riverfront on River Street with only a few blocks separating them. You can get free samples of pralines or other sweets as they’re being made by the staff who can be entertaining and informative as they do their jobs. Keep an eye on the littles in both stores as they have open bins of candies for bulk purchases!
10. Take a House Tour
Again, perhaps a better tour with older kids, but we’ve found that historical and architectural tours of houses have really expanded our kids’ appreciation of the lives of others from other times and places. You can buy tickets for house tours at the Visitor’s Center or you can enter some private homes directly. Strollers and/or large bags may not be permitted inside homes, so check ahead on the restrictions.
Those are our top 10 things to do with children while visiting downtown, historic Savannah. Do you have any other fun places to visit? If you’re into camping near Savannah or just would like a gorgeous outdoor retreat for a day, check out nearby Skidaway Island State Park, our favorite Georgia State Park.