For those young at heart whose interests includes learning more about Savannah’s rich and varied history, “Kidding Around” is a great way to gain a unique perspective on how it all came about. Learn about the colorful role the city played in establishing our great county. You can visit the Savannah History Museum that chronicles the city’s history from 1733 and the Roundhouse Railroad Museum showcasing the importance of the locomotive in our history. You will learn how Old Fort Jackson was built to sustain the War of 1812 and why Juliette Gordon Lowe’s creation of the Girl Scouts was so important in reinforcing our country’s values. Top it all off by taking the amazing Dolphin Magic Tour Cruise on the Savannah River.
The Birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts and now the Girl Scout national center in Savannah, Georgia has something to offer everyone. Take a guided tour of her family home, the Wayne-Gordon house. The house is a setting for a family story entwined in the history of the Girl Scouts, the city of Savannah and the United States. www.JulietteGordonLowBirthplace.org
The Roundhouse Railroad Museum’s restored massive operating railroad turntable is the hub of this extensive collection of locomotives. This is a must-see for railroad buffs as well as anyone who enjoys learning about innovation and ingenuity. During the summer, plan to visit when the mammoth diesel engine is fired up for a great show! www.chsgeorgia.org
The Savannah History Museum is housed in the Old Central of Georgia Railway passenger shed, adjacent to the Savannah Visitor Center. A National Historic Landmark built in the 1850’s and 1860’s, this museum showcases the city’s fascinating history from its founding in 1733 to today. www.chsgeorgia.org
Old Fort Jackson is one of only eight Second System fortifications (a series of forts built prior to the War of 1812) still standing. It is known for its daily canon firing demonstrations. Take a trip back in time as you explore the old casements and see the muskets and ammunition from the wreck of the Civil War ironclad CSS Georgia. www.chsgeorgia.org
Cruise the Historic Savannah River during a one and a half hour cruise. Relax and enjoy a friendly and knowledgeable narration by the captain and first mate. You’ll see The Waving Girl, Fort Jackson, Fort Pulaski, Tybee Island, Cockspur Island, Lighthouses AND Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. www.Dolphin-Magic.com
Insider Tip: Oatland Island Wildlife Center – Live Animal Encounter
At the Oatland Island Wildlife Center, a wild encounter is at your feet with their collection of birds of prey, bobcats and wolves that are all part of the Georgian landscape. In this 1-hour animal program you will meet our animal ambassadors and learn how the animals survive in the wild, how they came to Oatland Island, and how you can help protect them in the future. Tickets for this program are only $2 beyond the regular admission. http://internet.savannah.chatham.k12.ga.us/schools/oat/default.aspx