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Family-Friendly Savannah

Savannah does have its share of kid-appropriate activities.

Juliette Gordon Low's Birthplace is the original home of the founder of the Girl Scouts, and girls of scouting age flock here annually, especially during the summer. The house is full of period furnishings and memorabilia from the early days of the Girl Scouts. On the second floor is Juliette's childhood room with vintage toys and dolls and two dollhouses, one a Georgia Plains-style farmhouse.

City Market is always popular with younger children. Even if your child doesn't want to do a horse-drawn carriage tour, it's always fun to pet the horses and take pictures with them. A short stroll farther lands you at the Ellis Square fountain, and kids love to run through the jets of water when the weather is warm.

Another popular spot for kids is Savannah's Tricentennial Museums, which include the Savannah Children's Museum, Georgia State Railroad Museum, and Savannah History Museum, all within walking distance of one another. Entertaining and educational activities include story-time sessions, the backyard science program, rides on a historic steam engine, and programs about archaeology,

Forsyth Park is a great place to wear out kids with a lot of energy. There are wide-open fields, perfect for Frisbee or a game of catch, and a lovely playground. Next to the playground, housed in a former fort, is a café that sells coffee, snacks, and lunch.

The Jepson Center for the Arts is a terrific venue for children and can instill the appreciation of art. Its ArtZeum is an interactive, two-story space especially designed to entertain and educate.

Belles Ferry, the free water taxi that goes back and forth to the Westin, can also be a kid-pleasing opportunity to ride across the river. The trip offers great views of the old buildings lining the riverfront.

East of the Historic District is Oatland Island, a wildlife preserve that is popular with kids. Along walking trails that run through the forest and marsh are fenced habitats for wolves, bobcats, bison, and numerous birds.

With long stretches of beach, quirky shops, and casual restaurants, Tybee Island is another popular destination for families.

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