Traveling with kids can be difficult on its own, let alone finding kid-friendly activities that they'll enjoy as much as you do while on vacation. Savannah has a wide array of free things to do for kids, from taking advantage of our moderate weather to entire museums dedicated to children education. Take a look at the below 10 free things to do when traveling with kids to Savannah after you book your stay with us!
1. Play in the Splash Pad at Ellis Square
Ellis Square is in the heart of the Downtown Historic District, surrounded by hotels, shops and restaurants (most notably: Savannah's City Market). Not only is this one of the busiest squares in Savannah, but it doubles as your kiddo's perfect place to cool down on these humid Savannah days. Bonus for parents: Wet Willies is a short walk away and is sure to keep mom and dad cool without getting wet.
2. Blow off some steam at the playground in Forsyth Park
Traveling with kids can be hard (we get it!) That's why we added the playground at Forsyth Park to our list. Not only can you snap a pic in front of the infamous Savannah Fountain, but this scenic park is filled with shady spots to run and play, and a newly-built playground to wear your little one out. Get the best of both worlds and schedule this day time activity for a Saturday or Sunday morning and you will most likely stumble upon the Local Savannah Farmer's Market! Now that's what I can a win win.
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3. Have a Beach Day at Tybee Island
One of the best things about Savannah is that when you've gotten your fair share of Southern hospitality you can slow it down, kick back, and catch some rays at our local beach: Tybee Island. Only a 15-20 minute drive from the Downtown area, it is the perfect place to get out some energy and have an fun beach day with the family.
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4. Take a quick Ferry Ride to Hutchinson Island
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Although this 15-minute ferry ride is only from one side of the Savannah River over to the Westin at Hutchinson Island, it is sure to give you the best view of the historic riverfront that visitors often miss. Hitch a ride from Savannah's River Street every 15 minutes, and feel free to ride it a few times — it's free to the public!
5. Walk amongst the dead at Bonaventure Cemetery
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The Bonaventure Cemetery has been voted one of the "Top 10 Most Beautiful Cemeteries" in the world! Dripping in spanish moss, live oaks, and history, this is a fun, free, and hauntingly beautiful space. This cemetery got its fame when featured in the well-known book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. Take a visit on your own, or book a fun Bonaventure Cemetery Segway Tour and have a guide take you through the most interesting plots!
6. Explore Historic Fort Pulaski National Monument
Families can easily spend hours exploring the grounds at Fort Pulaski. Antique drawbridges and canons, nature trails to private beaches, and breathtaking views of Savannah's marshy lands are among some of the few historic gems found through this National Historic Landmark. Take your family back to the Civil War Era with this fun, family-friendly spot!
7. Get your craft (and coffee!) on at Henny Penny Cafe
Photo courtesy of Henny Penny Cafe.
What happens when Savannah's most popular coffee shop and a children's art studio combine? You create every parent's dream: a family-friendly arts and crafts space with coffee and baked goods. Sit down with your littles for an hour or so and choose from one of their ready-made project kits that make creativity fun and manageable! Although a visit to Henny Penny Cafe is not technically "free" it just wouldn't feel right to not include it on our list!
8. Take a hike on Skidaway Island State Park
The Skidaway Island State Park borders the Skidaway narrows, a part of Georgia's Intracoastal waterway system. This scenic campsite is covered in nature trails, spanish moss, and live oak trees so expect to see a plethora of Savannah wildlife. This is the perfect destination for you and your little scouts. And, it's pet friendly!
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9. Stop and smell the roses in the Savannah Botanical Gardens
Stroll through Savannah's botanical garden and don't forget to stop and smell the roses! This is a fun activity for your little gardener or nature lover. With over 10 acres of magnificent rose gardens, vegetable gardens, nature trails that run around a lovely pond, this is a beautiful (and free!) way to spend a gorgeous afternoon outside. If you have time to spare, be sure to tour the adjacent 19th century farmhouse (built from Georgia Heart of Pine and Gingerbread-style architectural details).
10. Stroll through the immense Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Photo courtesy of Sidney Yost.
We saved the best for last: the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. A Savannah staple, this architectural masterpiece makes all of the must-see lists. When not closed for service, doors are left open to invite the public in to experience the inside of arguable Savannah's most beautiful church. Named as one of the "Top 10 Historic Sites of the United States," young or old will enjoy this Savannah must-see.