City Guide: Historic Savannah with the Family

First of all, I’m obsessed with old cities. It’s been a few weeks (months?) since we’ve been back from Historic Savannah but It took me awhile to get these photos out of my phone.

I’ve always wanted to visit Historic Savannah but never got around to it. Savannah is Georgia’s oldest city, surrounded by historic homes and beautiful town squares. The architecture and the feel of Savannah is breathtaking for an architectural fan like I am.

My parents live just a couple of hours away from Savannah. We woke up that day and decided Hey, LET’S GO VISIT SAVANNAH, consequently these are my favorite types of trips.

If like myself, you are a fan of old buildings and history, Historic Savannah is definitely your place. Combine that with all the delicious restaurants they have and I could easily live there all of my life ūüôā

savannah-historic-riverfrontWe arrived at about lunchtime, so obviously we were searching around for a restaurant to stuff our faces, not going to lie. There are lots of restaurants to choose from in Savannah.

A good idea would be to have a restaurant in mind before going (this was a spur of the moment decision)

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We walked a couple of blocks down the River, saw some really interesting shops & buildings.

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We ultimately decided to take a Brunch River Cruise instead. It was about an hour and half long and had a traditional southern food buffet spread. It was a very hot day in Savannah and being inside an air conditioned ship while we ate and saw the town was a great option.

We took the Savannah Riverboat Cruise for a very relaxing brunch. The food was good, but not fantastic. Food was served as soon as we began the tour. We passed by a lot of shipping ports, an old fort and we got to see some dolphins as well.

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You can forgo the brunch if you’d like and stay in the upper deck which has snacks and drinks for purchase. I’d also like to highlight how nice¬†it was hearing the captain narrating the tour, he was very knowledgeable and passionate about what he was talking about. It’s a perfect tour for families and friends.

After we got off our cruise, we took a short drive to Tybee Island (it’s 30 minute drive) which gave Nico a chance to take a little nap. Unfortunately, took zero photos, don’t ask me why.¬†The drive there was¬†very beautiful and peaceful

When we returned we stopped at a guest relations office where they have booklets of all of the different things you can do in the city. I asked about anything that’s kid-friendly.

The guide said there was the Tricentennial Park which houses 3 different museums:

Savannah Children’s Museum¬†
Georgia State Railroad Museum
Savannah History Museum

Come to find out the Children’s Museum is closed on Sundays in the summer. We were pretty bummed.¬†The museum features over a dozen outdoor exhibits designed to expand the imaginations of children including an exploration maze, a reading nook and a sensory garden. Sounds like a neat place.

Check out their website to plan your visit & for hours of operations.

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photo credit: Savannah Children’s Museum

savannah railroad museumWe explored the railroad museum since my toddler loves trains. There are lots of railroad cars, some are being restored and some you can tour the inside but they are done exclusively with guides at specific times. (We missed those)railroad-museum museum-railroad

There is an alternate indoor museum to take kids to at the Jepson Center called the ArtZeum;¬†it’s an interactive children‚Äôs museum space, and museum admission is free for children 12 and under!¬†hence we’ll certainly be back next time around.

We took a stroll through the town by car since it was still very hot. We saw so many stunning historic homes, churches and town squares.

Historic Savannah has so many towns squares, 22 to be exact. There are two places in particular that come to mind because they have splash pads for the kiddos.

Forsyth Park which is huge! has a walking trail, fountains, and sports fields.¬†Forsyth park’s splash pad closes promptly at 6pm (we found that out the hard way with a very annoyed toddler)forsyth-fountain-savannah

On the other hand, Ellis Square has a splash pad that is open till around 8pm. We ended up there. Ellis Square is surrounded by restaurants & shops. Definitely a great place to wind down after a busy day.

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After the splash pad, we took a ride over to a Cuban restaurant (I know, we’re in Savannah and we’re eating Cuban). We’ve already had southern food and I was craving some Cuban. Don’t judge! We found this great restaurant called Rancho Alegre. I’m a big fan of their steaks and chimichurri sauce, so get that.

We discovered a lot of the city on our trip. We managed to use our time wisely and visited some fun & interesting places. Savannah is an enchanting city and next time we’ll definitely go with more time and plan ahead.

Have you ever been to Historic Savannah? What is your favorite place to eat there? Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you so much for reading and happy & safe travels!

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3 thoughts on “City Guide: Historic Savannah with the Family”

  1. I love old cities! We live close to a city that used to have a huge shipping port on the Mississippi. I really enjoy driving along the river in the fall and checking out all those beautiful houses. Savannah looks wonderful. We’ll have to plan a vacation. Thanks for sharing!

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