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Free Things to do with Kids in Savannah

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By AAA Travel Editor Sherry Mims
December 27, 2018
From waterfront activities to landmarks steeped in history, you can count on having free things to do in Savannah that not only add fun but also conserve cash for other pursuits. Consider children’s ages and interests to design the perfect family-friendly adventure.
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Bonaventure Cemetery

Savannah, Georgia
(912) 651-6843
Take artsy teenagers to this historic cemetery by the Wilmington River for the ambience. With live oaks, magnolias and azaleas interspersed between rows of intricately carved marble, the eye-catching, 100-acre site is photogenic (and purportedly haunted). It is also the final resting place of songwriter and Capitol Records founder Johnny Mercer.
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Forsyth Park

Savannah, Georgia
(912) 525-1633
Enjoy a well-known Savannah historic district park that is full of Southern charm. It features impressive decorative elements like the fountain—dyed green during St. Patrick’s Day—and a playground and splash pad that is perfect for little ones. Older kids, however, might want to play ball on the fields and courts on the south side of the 30-acre park.
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Fort Pulaski National Monument, Georgia
(912) 786-8182
Granted, this site is only free for children ages 0-15, but the visit is worth your time (and affordable for adults). Featuring cannon demonstrations, tours and nature trails, there are things to do within and outside the historic walls. Kids can sign up to be a Junior Ranger or Junior Civil War Historian to deepen their knowledge of the landmark, which is located between the city of Savannah and Tybee Island.
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Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Hardeeville, South Carolina
(843) 784-2468
Numerous animals call this place home. For an overview, start at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, where you can watch an introductory video and explore exhibits. Then prepare for some wildlife sightings along the 4-mile Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive. Other highlights include ranger programs and a geocache trail.
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Tybee Island, Georgia
(912) 786-5444
Nearby Savannah beaches—fun for all ages—are only a short drive away. South Beach, where you’ll find the Tybee Pier and Pavilion, is a family-friendly choice just off U.S. 80. Another popular one—complete with a scenic lighthouse—is North Beach. Other quieter sites with fewer facilities and no lifeguards, such as Tybee Back River Beach, may be better suited for older children who can swim well.