12 Dec 2021
The start of a new year brings thoughts immediately to … spring break! That’s right. Warm weather, sunshine, and beach days are just around the corner. Book a vacation in a carefully chosen vacation rental that is perfect for your family. Enjoy privacy, freedom to come and go as you please, and plenty of amenities for your family’s comfort.
Start your day at the Savannah Children’s Museum in Tricentennial Park, the perfect place for families to explore and play. The museum is currently entirely outdoors and located in the old Central of Georgia Railway Carpentry Shop lower level and upper courtyard. Featuring over a dozen exhibits, the museum is designed to expand the imaginations of children with an exploration maze, a reading nook, and a sensory garden. Hours are 9:30 to 2:30 on Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $8 per person (aged 18 months and older).
While at Tricentennial Park, visit the Georgia State Railroad Museum, located at the old Central of Georgia Railway Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities. Children have the chance to explore historic railcars, experience a fully operational handcar, and go on guided tours. Check the Train Ride Schedule for a tour on an historic steam or diesel locomotive. The museum is open 9-4 Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $11 per adult and $7 per child (ages 2-12).
Another of Coastal Heritage Society’s sites is Old Fort Jackson, a 207-year-old landmark and Georgia's oldest standing brick fort. The site offers interactive programs about a soldier’s life, with drills and a cannon demonstration. Old Fort Jackson is open from 9-4 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $9 per adult, $5 per child (age 2 to 12). If you visit several of the Coastal Heritage Society’s museums, ask about a Discount Combination Ticket. If your kid loves historic forts, add Fort Pulaski to your sightseeing itinerary. Located 15 miles east of Savannah, this National Monument dates to the early 1800s and served as a strategic site during the Civil War. Admission is $10. Note: Entrance fees are credit/debit only.
If your kids love to explore life under the sea, visit the University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island, about 20 minutes from downtown Savannah. Home to Georgia’s first saltwater aquarium, it features 16 exhibit tanks that showcase a variety of Georgia’s marine life. A public touch tank allows visitors to get up close and personal with some of Georgia’s marine invertebrates such as whelks and crabs. Open from 9-3 Monday through Friday and 10-5 on Saturdays. Closed Sundays, holidays, and most Saturdays before a holiday. Admission is $5 for ages 3-12; $7 for 13-54 and $5 for seniors, military, and college students with ID. Children 2 and under are free.
A wonderful Savannah tradition to enjoy is to introduce your kids to Leopold’s Ice Cream, which has served generations for more than 100 years. The old-school parlor has makes award-winning, super-premium ice cream, and treats. Visit the soda fountain to enjoy the best banana split in town, and old-fashioned ice cream soda or a scoop (or two) of butter pecan, pistachio, tutti frutti, or other favorite flavors.
Last, but certainly not least, drive over to Tybee Island for a day at the beach. Savannah’s beach offers three miles of beautiful stretches of sand for building sandcastles, sunbathing, and splashing in the surf.
As you can see, Savannah makes a superb spring break stay.