Family Vacations to Savannah

Last updated 25th July 2022

Why Go?

Visiting Savannah is like a stroll back in time, where petticoats hustled across cobblestone streets and people picnicked in the city squares while sipping sweet tea and nibbling on buttered biscuits. It’s a city made for walking, exploring and savoring each step of the way. From the delicately preserved historic homes that would make Scarlett swoon to the proud oaks in the town squares that shaded Forrest Gump as he sat and talked and talked…and talked. Here you can visit Revolutionary and Civil War landmarks, pop in and out of impeccably restored homes and dine on a Southern feast you will not soon forget. And once you have savored the art museums, spas, as well as local shops and markets, you can even soak up some rays on the sandy beach of nearby Tybee Island.

Where to Go

Savannah is known for its charming array of charming bed and breakfasts, but unfortunately it is often not the best choice for families, especially those with young children, as many have age requirements for their guests. However, there are a few nice bed and breakfast options that do welcome families with open arms. Try the Presidents’ Quarters Inn and the Amethyst Garden Inn for your best bet. Both are perfect for not only the charm of a B&B experience, but also the room for bustling families.

Another historic option is the River Street Inn, located in Savannah’s Landmark Historic River Street District, which offers local charm along with a stunning riverfront view. This 200 year old converted cotton warehouse will give your family historic ambiance with all the modern amenities a savvy traveller expects.

Beautiful Forsyth Park with its towering oak-lined promenades and its iconic fountain are a draw for families all year-round. That’s why you may enjoy a stay at the luxurious Mansion on Forsyth Park, which is not only conveniently across the park, but offers a pool for the kids.

What to Do

Savannah has been named the “Most Mannerly” city, so for first-time visitors, it’s best to politely introduce yourself.

The best way to do that is to take one of the many tours through town, which will acquaint you with all there is to see and do in Savannah. And they have tours for everything – historic homes, architecture, movie, food and even for ghosts. (Savannah has been named one of the most haunted cities in the United States, you know.) There are 22 squares to explore and nearly every one is dedicated to a historical figure or event, so get out your reading glasses. Or you can opt for a good old-fashioned carriage ride if you prefer a more leisurely pace to trolley tours.

Speaking of leisurely, a tour down the Savannah River on a riverboat cruise may be just the ticket. Afterwards you can pop in and out of the shops and restaurants in the historic River Street District. Travelling with a girl scout? Don’t miss the chance to tour the historic birthplace of the founder of Girl Scouts of the USA Juliette Gordon Low.

You better pack your appetite in Savannah because there are some amazing culinary adventures nearly at every turn. You simply must try some fried chicken at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. Each morning on West Jones Street, a line gathers outside the door of this famed restaurant just for a chance to sit at one of the family-style tables for ten already set with a heaping of delicious Southern staples, such as fried chicken, sweet potato soufflé, black-eye-peas, okra, corn muffins and biscuits. It’s amazing how quickly strangers become friends when good food is being passed around. Kids may fidget in line, but believe us, it’s worth it. If your kids aren’t patient enough, then they will have a swashbuckling good time at the famous Pirate’s House Restaurant on Broad Street. Built in 1753, this treasured building offers guests a bounty of history and food to satisfy your littlest pirate. And with 15 distinct dining rooms with their own unique character, it ensures you won’t have to wait too long for a table.

Getting Around

Savannah is made for the leisurely stroll, so walking around town, at least for a while, is the best way to explore its mansions, Victorian architecture and country squares. A car will be definitely helpful, as some key destinations are too far to walk, especially if you have plans to visit nearby Tybee Island or all of Savannah’s 22 country squares. Another option is a narrated trolley tour around Savannah, which allows you to hop on and off at key tourist sites throughout the day. Taxies and buses are also available.