10 Reasons to Bring Your Student Group to Savannah
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TOUR THE TOWN
Get to know Savannah by experiencing a city tour either by foot on a guided walking tour or on board a trolley. City tours will help your students get better acquainted with Savannah’s history. Be sure to stop at the Massie Heritage Center, which has educational programs for all different grades that give you a glimpse of children’s lives in the early nineteenth century.
Savannah has several favorite restaurants that offer boxed lunches for your students to enjoy in one of 22 beautiful squares.
Take a walk on Broughton Street for free honey samples from the Savannah Bee Company and locally made spice blends from the Salt Table. For your sweet tooth, be sure to get some samples of the famous pecan pralines at Savannah’s Candy Kitchen or River Street Sweets. And don’t forget to a scoop of some of Leopold’s famous ice cream, proudly made in Savannah from original recipes since 1919!
A MIGHTY INTERESTING MUSEUM
Located just miles from downtown Savannah where the Eighth Air Force was formed in 1942, the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force tells the compelling story of ordinary people whose lives were transformed by extraordinary commitment and sacrifice. Thousands of artifacts include a restored B-17 Flying Fortress, photographs and oral histories donated by veterans and their families.
Discover why Savannah continues to be called “America’s Most Haunted City”! There are numerous spooky options to choose from, including walking tours in the Historic District, and ghostly trolley tours that will provide a spirited evening event for your troop.
TALES OF THE RAILS
Step back more than 200 years at the Georgia Railroad Museum to discover Savannah’s essential role in the Industrial Revolution. Enjoy live demonstrations at the Blacksmith’s Quarters to see what workers would have designed in the early 1800s.
OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM HISTORIC HOMES
Savannah’s story is shared in the many museum homes and cultural centers throughout the area. Visit the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, and the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters Museum, generally considered to be the finest example of Regency architecture in America and featuring one of the few remaining urban slave quarters in the country.
At the American Prohibition Museum, take a journey through the institution and repeal of the 18th Amendment, complete with over 200 original artifacts. Your students will be immersed in the history as they take photos with Al Capone, dance the Charleston (a favorite of the flappers) and feel the weight of a Tommy gun.
ARRR YOU HUNGRY?
Since 1753, The Pirates’ House and its characters have been welcoming students with a bounty of delicious food, drink and rousing good times. You may even see the ghost of a seafarer: Robert Louis Stevenson’s iconic novel “Treasure Island” mentions this establishment when it was a tavern and pirate hangout.
SEE A SHOWSTOPPER
The Savannah Theatre’s entertainment extravaganza brings you fantastic, two-hour, Broadway-style productions. Dating back to 1818, the theater provides an exciting way to spend an evening that’s fun for all ages.
WALKING WITH WILDLIFE
Located just east of Savannah on a marsh island, The Oatland Island Wildlife Center features a two-mile Native Animal Nature Trail that winds through maritime forest, salt marsh and freshwater wetlands. More than 40 programs are available to students and troops to study endangered species and organism classification.
Your students will love The Crab Shack at Chimney Creek, a signature restaurant boasting a live alligator exhibit and exotic bird sanctuary.
Tybee Beach Ecology Trips are offered year-round by marine biologist Dr. Joe Richardson. Your students will embrace learning about the variety of marine life along the Georgia coast with a hands-on experience unlike any other. After your walk, hop aboard this tour and watch dolphins at play and egrets catching fish right alongside your boat.
DELIGHT IN THE LIGHT
Climb to the top of Georgia’s tallest and oldest lighthouse. The Tybee Island Light Station is one of America’s most intact, with all of its historic support remaining.