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From Civil War landmarks to world class examples of antebellum architecture, Savannah offers a well-rounded educational experience for kids, teens and lifelong learners of every age. Here's how to have a trip that'll fire up your brain cells … and your imagination.
Cover New Ground
Orient your group to Savannah on 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 is an extremely walkable city, with 22 park-like squares arranged in a grid pattern. Groups are able to split up and explore the city individually for a great free time activity!
Make a Lunch Stop
Savannah has several favorite restaurants that offer boxed lunches for your students to enjoy in one of 22 beautiful squares.
Explore a Historic Home
Savannah’s past is told through the many house museums and cultural centers that populate the area. Visit the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, or the Owens-Thomas House, generally considered to be the finest example of Regency architecture in America, which also features one of the few intact slave quarters in the U.S.
Shop for Local Flavor
Enjoy the many shops and boutiques on River Street or in City Market. Take a walk on Broughton Street for free honey samples from the Savannah Bee Company and local spices from the Salt Table. For your sweet tooth be sure to get some samples of the famous pecan pralines at the Savannah Candy Kitchen or River Street Sweets.
Dine and Discover at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force
Just off of I-95, your group can visit one of the most exciting museums in the southeast. With vintage aircraft, artifacts, photographs, a thrilling “Mission Experience” and personal stories—this museum has it all. If you have a group of 25 or more, dinner reservations can be made at the onsite museum restaurant.
Join Old Fort Jackson’s Student Militia Civil War Training
Find out what it was like to be an American soldier in the early years of the United States. A drill sergeant will teach your students the basic maneuvers of the School of the Soldier, including marching and saluting. The training is completed with the students witnessing an exciting cannon firing demonstration.
Enjoy a Group Lunch and Tour at the Georgia State Railroad Museum
Step back more than 200 years to discover Savannah’s essential role in the American Revolution and the Industrial revolution. While eating a catered lunch inside the Blacksmith’s Shop, watch a live demonstration to see what workers would have designed in the early 1800s.
Taste Pirate Fare
Since 1753, The Pirate’s House and its characters has been welcoming visitors to Savannah with a bounty of delicious food and drink and rousing good times.
Sing Along at the Savannah Theatre
This downtown entertainment extrava- ganza brings you fantastic, two-hour, Broadway-style productions. Dating back to 1818, the theater is an exciting way to spend an evening with a show that’s fun for all ages. Group rates are available for your students.
Learn About the Environment at Oatland Island Education Center
Located just east of Savannah on a marsh island, the center features a two-mile “Native Animal Nature Trail” that winds through maritime forest, salt marsh and fresh- water wetlands. More than 40 programs are available to students to study endangered species and organism classification.
Climb up the Tybee Island Lighthouse
Head to the top of Georgia’s tallest lighthouse. The Tybee Island Light Station is one of America’s most intact, with all of its historic support remaining.
Eat at The Crab Shack
The students will love this signature restaurant that boasts a live alligator exhibit and exotic bird sanctuary. Students can share large seafood platters or order plenty of other options that aren’t seafood focused.
Take a Dolphin Tour
Hop on board this tour and watch dolphins at play and egrets catching fish right alongside your boat.
Experience a Walking Beach Ecology Tour
Tybee Beach Ecology Trips are offered year-round and can be for any size group that wishes to learn about the variety of marine life along the Georgia coast.
Join the Southern Food Frenzy
Head back to Savannah and enjoy your final night indulging in an authentic Southern meal at one of Savannah’s top-rated group dining options.
Wrap Up the Night with a Ghost Tour
Discover why Savannah has repeatedly been named “America’s Most Haunted City!” This makes a great evening event for your students and will be entertaining, fun and informative, no matter the age.