Orient Yourself to the City
The Savannah Visitor Information Center, the Savannah History Center and the Massie Heritage Center give an overview of the surrounding area—from the pre-colonial Native American culture to the Civil War to Savannah's contemporary role in pop culture (did you know the movie Forrest Gump was partially filmed here—and that you can see the bench from the opening shot in the movie at the museum?).
Hop on a Tour
Take a trolley (board at the Savannah Visitor Information Center) around town and note any historic sites you might want to visit during your stay. The hop-on, hop-off ticket allows you to get off at a point of interest, then grab the trolley later.
Explore the City by Sea
The Savannah Riverboat's narrated Educational Cruise brings history to life aboard a triple-decker riverboat decorated in the style of the early 20th century. Or take a Bull River Cruise, an eco-tourism provider that explores the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, the barrier islands, and the tidal creeks.
Browse the Museum
The Telfair Academy and the adjacent Jepson Center for the Arts are family-friendly, with the Jepson Center offering its ArtZeum, a gallery of interactive exhibits for kids. Then head to the Ships of the Sea Museum for a bit of Savannah's nautical history.