Built in 1847, Fort Pulaski was considered a state-of-the-art defense system, though it fell to the Union troops during the Civil War. The fort has been well preserved, and visitors may roam through its protective brick walls. A video presentation exhibit offers historical visuals while park rangers share details on the history of the monument and its importance. The monument consists of 5,623 acres (2275.54 hectares) including nature trails, picnic areas and spectacular views of the salt marshes.
In conjunction with the 1500-seat Savannah Community Theatre, this children's theatrical venue not only “inspires, educates and entertains”, but also encourages children to participate in plays and musicals, or join field trips. Productions have included Seussical, Snow White, Pirates of Penzance, Shakespeare in the Park and Babes in Toyland. Classes are also available to ages 4 and up such as Boot Camp for Singers, Creative Adventures and Creative Dramatics. “Camp On with the Show” is a summer program that culminates in a full scale musical production of a classic children's story. Price of show tickets and children's programs vary.
This aquarium serves as a resource for educators, students and the public on coastal Georgia marine ecosystems. Featuring exhibits on tidal creek, salt marsh, ocean environments and 14 tanks containing native species, the center is the only saltwater aquarium open to the public in Georgia. Kids can climb aboard a model shrimp boat that is part of an exhibit on the shrimp industry. Take a hike on two trails through forest and along the marsh.
Forsyth Park is located in the historic district of Savannah. It boasts gorgeous walking paths, a children’s play area, a popular cafe, a Fragrant Garden for the visually impaired, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer and frisbee areas, and more. There is also a gorgeous fountain at the north end of the park that was added in 1858 and brings to mind the fountains in the Place de la Concorde in Paris. The fountain is turned green every St. Patrick’s Day due to the city’s deep Irish heritage.
Six miles southeast of Savannah is the 500-acre (202 hectare) Skidaway Island State Park, a barrier island and a perfect day-trip for the Savannah visitor wanting to get to know the natural ecology of coastal Georgia. Facilities at the park include a museum, picnic shelters, a playground and observation towers. Tent, trailer and RV sites are available for overnight camping. Two nature trails provide visitors a chance to view the spectacular environment and watch for wildlife, especially shore birds. There is a nominal charge per vehicle daily for parking.
Originally an earthen fort established during the Revolutionary War, Old Fort Jackson's brick structure was built in 1808, and was further developed between 1845 and 1860. The fort sits on the bank of the Savannah River and is surrounded by a moat. Visitors may explore the tunnel-like passageways that used to house soldiers and store ammunition and supplies. The moated forts overhead and interior cannons are the structure's prime attractions. The cannons are fired during the summer months when the site gets its maximum turnout of spectators.
A collection of model ships and maritime paintings fills this museum dedicated to the sea. Even the building has a nautical history. The William Scarborough House was built in 1819 for the president of the Savannah Steamship Company, who was responsible for building the SS Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. A model of the Savannah is on display, as is one of a sinking Titanic and many more ships. Be sure to stroll through the beautiful garden that spans 2 acres (0.81 hectares) in area.
Featuring the best works of Ray Ellis, The Ray Ellis Gallery is a representation of the originality of. art. Depicting life at its various forms, nature, daily activities to his own biographical work, the paintings and books give a reflection of the everyday life. Stop by the gallery and experience his artwork in his books and paintings. You can get mementos like Ray Ellis Brushes or some floral note cards. If you want to gift someone a gift certificate would be perfect. Visit the gallery and experience the perfections and imperfections of life in a new color.
The Isaiah Davenport House is an excellent home from the 1800's that is rescued and restored in a great way. The remarkable thing about this spot is that the owner left a detailed list of furnishing, fabrics and other period pieces. The guide here makes sure to share some old pictures and artifacts to pass around. The decorative features on the ceilings and walls are amazing and most of them are original pieces that have been restored. Touring this home, you get a true sense of what it was like to live in Savannah in the early 1800's.
Situated in a renovated building that was once home to the City Hotel, Moon River Brewing Company is a restaurant, bar and Savannah's only microbrewery. A varied menu includes quite a few vegetarian options. Imaginative appetizers such as Oysters with Pecan Pesto and Ginger Cured Salmon with Wasabi are worth a try. Fried sweet potato chips are a house specialty. And of course, your server will insist you try one of Moon River's micro-brewed beers with your meal.
Want to see Savannah from a different view? Take a cruise on the Savannah River Queen, a replica 19th century stern-wheel riverboat. Daily one-hour sightseeing cruises are offered from River Street. Lunch, Sunday brunch, and dinner cruises are offered nightly. Some evening cruises have special themes, such as the gospel cruise that features live music, or the murder mystery cruise. The boat is also available for group events. No reservations are needed for the sightseeing cruise.
As you explore the Historic District, you will come across this gem of a museum. Founded as the Earle W. Newton Center for British American Studies in 2002, the SCAD Museum of Art is not only a resource for the students of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) but also for anyone interested in contemporary art. This teaching museum has a fascinating permanent collection. These are the 19th and 20th-century Photography Collections, Earle W. Newton Collection of British, American Art and SCAD Costume Collection and Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art. The last one is among the biggest African American art collection in the nation. There are over 4500 artistic displays which includes artists like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol and Willem de Kooning. Housed in a beautiful 19th-century building, this museum will enthrall you with its architecture and assemblage.