My husband had a conference in Savannah and Olivia and I decided to tag along. I had been to Savannah twice before. We were staying at the Westin across the river from Savannah and would have to take the ferry across each day for our adventures but the Westin has an amazing pool and splash pad area for children. They also offered s’mores each night from 7-8pm poolside.
Things to Do With Kids in Savannah
Henny Penny is an adorable bakery and coffee shop with an art studio attached for young children to create artwork while their parents eat and sip on their lattes. It’s located near Forsyth Park and makes for an awesome mid-morning or afternoon treat. It is owned by 2 moms and I wish this concept was adopted by all cities as it’s such a nice idea to allow kids to create in the company of other kids and without a set schedule. We came in and ordered two of their fluffy, fresh vegan doughnuts and Olivia was able to choose from 3 different crafts.
Forsyth Park is amazing. It reminds me of Central Park in New York but on a smaller scale. There are two huge playgrounds for kids located near public restrooms which we enjoyed for at least an hour and for multiple days.
Take the Trolley. While I love walkable cities and could spend days meandering the streets, young children typically don’t want to walk for miles each day. Plus Olivia rode for free. The Trolley is so nice because it brings you close to the Children’s Museum, restaurants and helps you get your bearings about the city. Hopping on and off was easy and fun. You can also hear some cool facts and stories about this historic city.
The Savannah Children’s Museum is located near trolley stop number 1. You can hop off and walk over after you cut through the Railroad Museum. Be sure to check their hours as they are closed on Monday and Tuesdays. This Museum is completely outside and is $8 per person. It was hot the day we came here so we didn’t stay more than one hour.
Shopping on Broughton Street – Olivia and I had some time to kill before our mommy daughter pedicures so we wandered through the fun stores on Broughton. Paris Market has so much fun stuff to look at and she was able to get a macroon. Nourish had fun soaps and gels we could sample and smell.
Get pedicures at Polish Salon. We had a nice technician and it was just us in the shop so she turned on the kids music channel on Pandora for us.
Wander City Market. From Polish Salon we just wandered north until we ran into City Market. We loved Byrd Cookies as their sample bar was perfect for us to try all their cookie flavors before buying a box to bring home to daddy. Try the peach and key lime coolers.
Take a ghost story tour. Olivia loves ghost stories and I was able to find a few ghost tours that accepted 4-year olds. They don’t start until 9pm though and last about an hour. I knew the walking tours would be hard for us so there is a group horse drawn carriage tour that we took and were able to pet the horse and our driver was kind enough to water down some of the more extreme ghost stories for kids. Also Olivia rode for free.
Stop into ShopSCAD – SCAD is the Savannah College of Art and Design and they have made the entire city of Savannah their campus by buying up and renovating some historic buildings and using them for classrooms and more. We were able to take a free interactive tour of the SCAD School and explore the beautiful historic building that they have renovated. The interactive tour was fun for Olivia because it resembles Disney and their light show and exhibit were just amazing.
Getting down to River street can be hard with children as the cobblestone roads can be tricky. There is an elevator located near the Hyatt.
Uber was pretty useful in Savannah and we used it a few times. There are also pedi-cabs that we jumped on a few times as well as our feet quickly got tired.
Where to Stay
We stayed at the Westin on the River but there are many options. Hotel Andaz, The Bohemian, and beautiful rental homes are bountiful here.
Where to Eat
Grey Market was spot on for me. I was able to get Olivia a Happy Meal at the only McDonalds in Savannah located across the street and this appeased her enough for me to enjoy my meal. We both sat at the diner where you can watch your food be prepared.
Gryphon is located across the street from ShopSCAD. Before our interactive tour there, we had salads and some fun non-alcoholic fruity beverages. They have a gorgeous interior and even do high tea here.
The Pirate’s House is a historic site and their children’s menu turns into a pirates hat. We waited to take the quick tour of the spooky restaurant with the actual pirate and Olivia loved it. Their fried shrimp is great.
Savannah is an amazing city with so much history and style. I’m so glad I was able to experience it with Olivia and share these fun memories together.