Savannah is the grand old dame of the South. Founded in 1733, the city has a colorful history. Its early residents included settlers from Europe, slaves, sailors, merchants, and pirates.
Savannah's historic district is filled with elegant homes. Among these lovely mansions you'll find the home of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts. The home has been converted into a museum and is a popular destination for Girl Scout troops across the United States. Families enjoy touring the elegant home as well.
Another highlight of the historic city is Old Fort Jackson, which was built in 1808 and helped protect the coast from British warships during the War of 1812. Visitors can tour the fort and, on certain days, watch battle reenactments and blacksmithing demonstrations. A popular stop is the fort's "privy" (bathroom) -- its flushing action was provided by the currents of the Savannah River.
You can also tour Savannah by horse-drawn carriage. Guides will treat you to some background details about the city's notorious characters and occurrences. If your kids enjoy their history with a slightly spooky twist, they'll like the tours of the supposedly haunted areas of Savannah.
Address: Savannah's Historic District at Bull St. and E. Bay Ln., Savannah, GA
Telephone: 912/644-6401 or 877/SAVANNAH
To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:
- Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
- Savannah City Guide: Find out where to stay, what to do, and where to eat when you visit Savannah.
- Georgia State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in Georgia, as well as other recreational activities.
- Scenic Drives: For those who think that getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Laura Sutherland is a widely acknowledged authority on family travel and has published several books on the topic, including Best Family Ski Vacations In North America and Tropical Family Vacations.