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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.



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Hit the Beach

Before you spread out your towels, spend a few hours at Oatland Island Wildlife Center, an environmental education center and refuge. Wander the two-mile trail past bison, Florida panthers, wolves, alligators and bears. Or, if your group prefers the life aquatic, check out the Tybee Island Marine Science Center, which features native coastal animals inside. If you have time, sign up for a beach walk and learn about the local wildlife.

Go on a Ghost Tour

For some hair-raising history, bring your group on one of these after-hour tours. Stop by one of the Visitor Information Centers to determine which one is best for your group.

Visit Fort Jackson

Student friendly programming, including cannon firings at 11a.m. and 2 p.m., Fort Jackson provides plenty of things to do.



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Lunch at The Pirates' House

Enjoy the buffet in one of this restaurant's 15 dining rooms as you take in the atmosphere—the Pirates' House opened in the mid-eighteenth century and soon turned into the meeting spot for sailors and swashbucklers.

Dinner in City Market

This historic trading spot now has dozens of stores and restaurants where you can refuel, recharge—and find plenty of souvenirs to bring back home. Dining options in City Market range from the grab-and-go to the upscale, so wander around and see what suits your fancy.

Have a Picnic in the Square

Grab sandwiches at local favorite bakery Goose Feathers and pick a spot in one of the 22 beautiful park-like squares around the Historic District.