Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA

Visit Tybee Island for beach fun, good food, and the famous lighthouse.  Choose from a variety of tours ranging from historic to watching dolphins play in their natural habitat.  Take a ride on the riverboat or enjoy the dinner cruise.  Walk the cobbled streets of River Street on the riverfront for fabulous shopping and dining.  Visit Bonaventure Cemetery where the hanging moss on the trees lends a hauntingly beautiful aura to this ancient site used in the infamous book, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil".  Visit famous Old Fort Jackson and various museums commemorating the significant roll the city of Savannah played in American history.

Georgia State Railroad Museum
Visit this National Historic Landmark for a close-up view of the railway system from its inception.  Learn about the historic rail cars and rolling stock on display and experience operating a hand car.  From the No. 30 steam locomotive built in 1913 to the No. 119 diesel locomotive of 1947, you won't want to miss a moment of excitement when transported back to the early 1900's under the watchful eye of these magnificent railway giants.  Train rides into Savannah are available on certain days aboard either train.  With occasional Blacksmith and turntable demonstrations, there is always something exciting to do and see! 

Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum
One of the world's most powerful museums!  View awesome exhibits, interactive displays, historical artifacts, and a magnificent collection of aviation art.  See a visually realistic mission experience, visit a world-renowned research center, and beautiful memorial gardens.  Visit the Combat Gallery to view the restoration, in progress, of the World War II B-17 Flying Fortress, "City of Savannah".

Pin Point Heritage Museum
"Just a pinpoint on the map" some may say, but Pin Point, Ga is a real place, depicting the life of real people.  Come hear the real life stories of first-generation Freedmen who migrated to this area after the Civil War.  What will you find at the Pin Point Heritage Museum?  Certainly not georgous tourist sites, but rather the stories of humble new beginnings in a small area where freed African slaves called "home", practiced their Gullah-Geechee customs, ...and survived after the Civil War. This museum is housed in the oyster and crab picking factory, "of the day", which was the livelyhood of the people in the area.  Hear their stories of how they came to be there and the lives they led.  This humbling experience will touch the heart and bring tears to the eye.  

Savannah History Museum
Located inside the old Central of Georgia Railway passenger shed in Savannah, this National Historic Landmark is home to more than 10,000 artifacts showcasing the city's fascinating history. View Forest Gump's bench, one of Johnny Mercer's Oscar Awards, and a carriage owned by the family of Girl Scouts founder, Juliette Gordon Lowe. From the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm, enjoy this wonderful collection of weapons, uniforms, and other military artifacts.  Examine vintage engines, passenger cars, coal cars, and cabooses.  Your tour also includes Battlefield Park which commemorates the spot where roughly 800 soldiers died in one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolution.

Ships of The Sea Maritime Museum
Explore exhibits of ship models, view magnificent paintings, and maritime antiques, mainly from the great era of Atlantic trade between America and England during the 18th and 19th centuries.  The collection of ships includes the "City of Savannah", a passenger and freight ship powered partly by sail and partly by steam.  She provided transportation between Savannah, New York, and Boston in the 1800's.  "The Anne" sailed to America in 1732 bringing the first colonists to the new colony of Georgia.  "The Steamship Savannah" became one of the most important vessels in maritime history as she was the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean.  "The Wanderer" was a notorious ship that secretly brought African slaves to America, and "The Titanic", the most famous, which sank two hours after hitting an iceberg on her maiden voyage to New York in 1912.  

Telfair Museums
Two historic mansions of great elegance and beauty and one contemporary museum of art make up the "Telfair Museums" named after Edward Telfair, the governor of Georgia in the early 1800's. Telfair Academy was built in the neoclassical Regency style for the son of Edward Telfair. The Owens-Thomas House was built in the English Regency style of elegance and granduer of the early 1800's.  Both have a long history and offer a unique view of the important people who lived there.  The Owens-Thomas House boasts of the original carriage house on the property that also housed the slave quarters which is the most intact of its kind left in the South. The Jepson Center for the Arts is a contemporary arts museum hosting major traveling art exhibitions as well as a wonderful collection of permanent art to the present.







 

Bonaventure Cemetery
Visit the renowned cemetery made famous due to its historical value and the book, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil". Abundant moss hanging from ancient trees lend a hauntingly beautiful atmosphere.  Once a prominent working plantation in 1771, Bonaventure, which means "good fortune" in French, was the site for the hospital, landing spot, and camping place for the French and Haitian troops during the Siege of Savannah.  Upon defeat of the French and its allies in 1779, they departed; probably leaving behind unidentified troops buried there.  The property was purchased and became Evergreen, a public cemetery, outside of the original family plot site. The City of Savannah purchased the cemetery in 1907 and restored it to its rightful name, "Bonaventure" Cemetery. 

Dolphin Tours
Voted the best adventure tour for many years, climb aboard Captain Mike's Dolphin Tour to watch the bottle-nosed dolphin playing in their natural habitat.  The most intelligent creatures next to man, dolphins are fun loving and unusually friendly as they will come up to the boat frequently. Your tour takes you out toward the Atlantic Ocean as you pass shrimp boats and the Cockspur lighthouse built in 1856.  Enjoy a view of historic Fort Pulaski before approaching the North Beach of Tybee for a scenic view of Tybee Lighthouse.  From sea turtles, a variety of birds, and the ever-friendly dolphin, to the hammocks swaying in the breeze on the beaches, all will enjoy this fun and exciting adventure on the water.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center
From marsh ecology boat programs and star labs to guided tours, there is an exciting program designed to meet student needs and interests.  There are more than forty innovative, hands-on opportunities available, all written to satisfy current Georgia Performance Standards.  Programs are age/grade specific and often feature live animal presentations and guided walks.

Old Fort Jackson
This must-see National Historic Landmark is a beautifully preserved fort along the Savannah River.  Enjoy cannon-firing demonstrations and daily interactive programs. Old Fort Jackson was built  in 1808 to protect Savannah from a naval attack, as ordered by President Thomas Jefferson.  Named for James Jackson, the fort is the oldest standing fort in Georgia.  Old Fort Jackson defended the city throughout the Civil War and was surrendered to General Sherman upon defeat after he completed his March to the Sea.  Students will enjoy the hands-one programs offered, designed to be educational and fun.

Savannah Bee Company® on Wilmington Island
Bzzzz.  Visit the Bee Garden to experience the life of bees.  Under protection of bee keeper apparell, mingle with the bees, touch the honey comb, and learn fascinating and educational information.  Enjoy a one hour tour, engaging with the bees or just watching them in the Observation Hive behind glass.  Watch and learn as the Queen Bee sets about her daily task. Possibly witness the birth of baby bees.  Hear of the history of bees, learn how honey is made, and enjoy a taste of its sweetness.  This fantastic and fun outing is great for all ages!

Star Castle Family Entertainment Center
Enjoy an evening of family fun with your choice of laser tag, a state-of-the-art video arcade and redemption games, a giant skating rink, OR perhaps "do it all"!  This all-inclusive evening will bring out the kid in everyone!  Enjoy unlimited pizza and soft drinks.  Star Castle is your one stop destination for good, clean, family fun and perfect for large group outings.

Tybee Island Marine Science Center
The  exciting world of Science lives right here on Tybee Island!  Explore the marsh, take Beach Ecology Walks, visit the fascinating Coastal Gallery, and play in the sand...all in the name of Science. Educational programs are available for all types of groups.  Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts can work toward earning a badge, and school students can have loads of fun while learning about the habitat of the Georgia Coast in this unique indoor/outdoor setting.

Tybee Island Light Station
For over 270 years, the Tybee Island Light Station has been guiding Mariners safely into the Savannah River.  This famous lighthouse is one of America's most intact and has 178 stairs.

Wormsloe Historical Plantation
Visit the tabby ruins of Wormsloe, the oldest standing structure in Savannah, owned by Noble Jones who arrived with James Oglethorpe and the first settlers from England in 1733.  From a humble carpenter to great appointments such as physician for the colony, constable, Indian agent, Royal Councilor and surveyor, and commander of a company of marines charged with the defending of the Georgia cost from the Spanish, Noble Jones was granted the parcel of land to become known as "Wormsloe".   Interact with costumed interpreters and view a museum with artifacts unearthed at Wormsloe.  Enjoy a short film about the site and the founding of Georgia, walk the nature trail, the Colonial Life Area, and visit the gift shop.  

Savannah Riverboat Cruises
Enjoy a narrated sightseeing harbour tour aboard the 600 passenger Savannah River Queen or the Georgia Queen.  Both are triple decked riverboats outfitted in an early 1900's decor.  Educational tours can be coupled with a scrumptous lunch or dinner.  All educational tours meet the Georgia Core Curriculum Guidelines for Georgia and the city of Savannah history.  Savannah Riverboat Cruises offers dinner cruises to Old Fort Jackson for a civil war experience, moonlight cruises, gospel cruises, and murder mystery adventures.

Lady & Sons (Paula Deen's original restaurant)

The Pirate's House

The Shell House Restaurant

Spanky's 

Savannah Riverboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise

Savannah Community Dinner Theater