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Must Do Activities for Kids - Young and Old!

10 May 2018
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“There are not seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.”   Walt Streightiff-

When traveling it can be tricky at times to find fun and educational kid-friendly activities but we here at TVR are here to make that search much easier for you. We have put together a list of fun kid-friendly activities that can be found in both Savannah and on Tybee Island that range from bike riding to learning about Georgia's unique wildlife to even watch the local bottlenose dolphins swim and play. All of these activities are sure to please the young - and the young at heart!

Tybee Island:

  • Go on a Beach Ecology Trip- Trips are offered year-round by marine biologist Dr. Joe Richardson. Trips are scheduled and arranged for any size group, ranging from families, schools to adult tour groups that want to have fun, see and learn about the variety of marine life along the Georgia coast.

  • Play at Memorial Park- Located off Butler Ave. between the library at 405 Butler Ave. and the gym at 202 Fifth St. It features 2 lighted outdoor tennis courts, 2 lighted outdoor beach volleyball courts,a  lighted basketball court, playground equipment, restroom facilities, and a great picnic facility with grilling areas.

  • Climb and play at Jaycee Park- Located at the intersection of Campbell Rd. on Van Horne, within walking distance of the beach Featuring: lighted soccer field -lighted softball field, a concession stand, bathroom facility, a scenic meandering waterway, a ½ mile jogging track, brand new children’s play equipment, an outdoor basketball court and a great picnic facility with grilling areas.

  • Discover the history at Ft., Pulaski- Fort Pulaski is a place the entire family can explore, learn, and have fun. A trip to the fort, however, is not a trip strictly for adults. Children of all ages can interact with the park with a hand on approach. They can explore the ramparts, the dark casemates, discover miles of nature trails or watch a cannon-firing and musket demonstration. There is much to see in and around the fort and history to experience that it is a place that you want to put on your schedule to visit. It is open 7 days a week.

  • Take a trip to the Oatland Island Wildlife Center-Visit the Oatland Island Wildlife Center and walk through 160 acres of pristine maritime forest & encounter some 100 animals from 40+ species. Both parents and children alike will enjoy the walks and animal encounters. Make sure to bring your camera with you on your walk.

  • Visit Tybee Island Marine Science Center- The science center offers a unique outdoor learning experience for students of all ages!  You can choose to learn in the Classroom, Field, and Coastal Gallery modules to "build-a-program" to fill a two-hour time slot. A popular combination is the Coastal Gallery Tour, Beach Ecology Walk, and either Sand Sifting or Seining. It is a great hands-on learning experience.

  • Rent a bike from Tim’s Bike and Beach Gear or Fat Tire Bikes and enjoy the whole Island. You can ride anywhere and go anywhere on the island by bike since Tybee is a bike-friendly community.

  • Visit the Tybee Island Lighthouse and Museum- This is a must-see for anyone of any age visiting Tybee. You can climb all the way to the interior spiral staircase of 178 steps to the top and look at the amazing panoramic views of Tybee and the Atlantic Ocean. The lighthouse is 154' tall and has all of its original outbuildings. Make sure to bring your camera.

  • Dolphins and more Dolphins. Hop on one of Capt Mikes Dolphin Tours to have the chance to ride the water around Tybee Island and to see the local bottle-nosed dolphins playing, You will also be able to see the marshes and waterways around Tybee and possibly wildlife from sea turtles to native birds. This is a great experience for children of all ages and parents will love it as well. The tours last between and 1 hr and 1 1/2 hrs.

  • Craving something sweet and want to get something for the kids too? Then check out Seaside Sweets. They have a wide variety of Gelato flavors, coffees, smoothies, shakes, old-fashioned candy and chocolates.

Savannah:

  • Play and learn at the Savannahs Children’s Museum- Savannah Children's Museum is a great outdoor venue. There are numerous fun as well as educational hands-on areas. There is even a fun maze that both parents and children will love.

  • Discover the Georgia State Rail Road Museum- The Georgia State Railroad Museum is believed to be the largest and most complete antebellum railroad repair facility still in existence, in the world! The Museum offers an array of daily programming. From guided tours of the Museum's office cars and rolling stock to nostalgic train rides, and occasional turntable and blacksmithing demonstrations, there is always something exciting to do and see! Download the Train Ride Schedule for more information about dates and times.

  • Visit the Juliette Gordon Lowe Birthplace-  Dreams really do come true at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace! Visit this architectural and cultural treasure to learn more about the remarkable life and enduring legacy of Girl Scouts' founder, Juliette Gordon Low, better known as "Daisy". Fascinating tours and fun programs will bring history to life. This is a must-see for any girl scout and also a great historical location for all to see. 

  • Enjoy Forsyth Park- Forsyth Park is the largest park in the historic district of Savannah Georgia. The Park covers 30 acres of land just south of Gaston Street and north of Park Avenue. The east border of Forsyth Park is Drayton Street and on the west is Whitaker. For locals and tourists, Forsyth Park is a hub of social interaction. Concerts, recreation sports, people watching, sunbathing, reading, relaxing…can all be seen going on in Forsyth Park depending on when you are there. On Saturdays, there is a great Farmer's Market that takes place in Forsyth Park. The farmer's markets have a wide array of local foods including vegetables, fruits, honey, coffee and many more items. If you are going to be visiting the historic district of Savannah make sure to plan to head over to Forsyth Park. 

  • Take a tour with Old Savannah Tours- Children will love to take the trolley around Savannah and will adore the historical re-enactors that you will meet during your trip. They will learn about Savannah and enjoy the interactive experience. There are a number of tours so you can pick the one that will work best for your child's age and interests. There is even a tour that features the Girl Scouts history.

  • Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum- The Mighty Eighth Museum is known as "One of the world's most powerful museum experiences," the Mighty Eighth will take you through the story of American air power from WWII to today. Visitors of all ages can view actual aircraft, engines, and scale models as well as a multitude of exhibits. The museum is just located just outside of Savannah in Pooler GA.

  • Savannah Classic Car MuseumSavannah's only classic car dealer and museum. Located near downtown Savannah. Less than 1-mile drive from the Savannah Visitors Center. Bring the family to cruise down memory lane! Stroll through our museum showroom and enjoy our classic cars and trucks. Browse our classic car-themed gift shop and check out our restoration shop, where old cars become new again. Parking and group tours are available. The Classic Car Museum is open Monday through Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM (Closed Sundays and major holidays)