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Planning a trip to Savannah with kids? Savannah is one of the best US cities to visit with kids. There are lots of family-friendly restaurants and tons of things to do with kids in Savannah, making it one of the best family trip destinations in the US. Keep reading for some fun things to do in Savannah with kids!
Best time to visit Savannah
Most will tell you that the best time to visit Savannah is March through May or September through November, when the temperatures are mild. We visited in August and were told of the awful heat and humidity. However, it was in the 70s and low 80s and not humid at all during our time here and we used our sweatshirts on more than one occasion because it was that cold! We didn’t even get to use the hotel pool because it was quite chilly. So I say visit when you can, you can’t predict the weather.
Where to stay in Savannah with kids
There are lots of family friendly hotels in Savannah. We stayed at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa and loved this hotel! It’s in a quite area, with a short ferry ride to the main part of the city. Because of my status, we were upgraded to a one bedroom suite with 2 bathrooms, a separate living room and one bedroom. We loved our stay here and would stay again when visiting Savannah with kids.
Their fitness center is really nice as well, one of the best we’ve seen at a hotel actually. Lots of cardio machines, free weights and even 2 Pelotons which I loved since I use mine at home daily!
Things to do in Savannah with kids
Looking for things to do in Savannah with kids? You’re in luck! Savannah is a very family-friendly city with lots of fun things for families.
Walk around River Street
One of the most popular streets in Savannah is River Street. With lots of gift shops, restaurants and candy stores, it’s one of the best things to do in Savannah with kids. We enjoyed walking around and exploring all the different shops.
As homeschoolers, we always like to include an educational component to our travel so we decided to visit the Prohibition Museum while here. Milana enjoyed the exhibits and learned quite a bit about Prohibition and why it happened. There’s also a speakeasy inside if you want a drink, but kids aren’t allowed to sit there.
Another fun thing to do with kids in Savannah is walk around the City Market area. This is a 4 block open air market, with lots of shops and restaurants. Great way to spend a few hours. The Prohibition Museum is located here, so you can plan your day around both.
Visit Tybee Island
20 minutes from the city is Tybee Island, home to lots of family-friendly Georgia beaches. The water here is warm, unlike our ocean back home! Spend the day on the beach, check out the famous Tybee Island lighthouse and grab some seafood at the Tybee Island Crab Shack before heading back to the city. This is a must when visiting Savannah with kids! You’ll get a break from the city and the kids can play in the ocean.
It’s not a visit to Savannah with kids without visiting Forsyth Park! Walk around, check out the fountain then take the kids to the playground.
Savannah Children’s Museum
So I wouldn’t call this a children’s museum, it doesn’t have the exhibits that other children’s museums have and is fully outdoors which makes no sense given how much rain they get and the museum doesn’t open when it rains. It’s more of an outdoor playground and if you are struggling for things to do, I’d visit otherwise skip it. This is also right by the railroad museum, so you can combine it with a train ride if you have a little train lover.
Where to eat in Savannah with kids
If you’re looking for kid-friendly restaurants in Savannah, there is no shortage! Here are some family-friendly restaurants in Savannah.
Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room
If you only eat at one place in Savannah, make it this one! This is one of the best and most popular restaurants in Savannah. They are closed on weekends and open from 11-2 on weekdays, or til they sell out. We arrived at 10:15 and were 13th in line. They begin taking orders at 10:30 and we had our food at 11:20. It’s worth the wait! You can walk around and explore while you wait for your food, they will call you when your food is ready.
We ordered one chicken meal since we were planning to have a big dinner later on. What was supposed to be 4 pieces of chicken and 3 sides turned into 13 pieces of chicken and 10 sides, they definitely include lots of free food here! Don’t over order, especially if it’s just 2-3 of you. The couple next to us ordered 2 meals and had double of what we had, something they couldn’t finish! And don’t forget their amazing banana pudding. Milana, who has been all over the world, said this was the best restaurant she has ever been to.
Fiddler’s Crab House
At some point on your visit to Savannah with kids, you will end up on River Street. Yes, it’s touristy but there’s a good chance you are a tourist so here you are. We weren’t planning to eat at any of these restaurants and none were on my list, but we got hungry and it was already 9 pm so we decided to have dinner at Fiddler’s.
It’s not the best food you’ll have in Savannah, actually quite bland. Milana had the clam chowder and crab cakes. We also ordered buffalo shrimp, blue crab quesadillas and oysters Rockefeller. I wouldn’t go out of your way to eat here, but it was the most packed restaurant on River Street which we figured was a good indication.
Leopold’s Ice Cream
Looking for the best dessert in Savannah? Look no further than Leopold’s! There will be a wait, we waited for 30 minutes at 1pm. The line is big all day long, so just be prepared to wait. It’s so worth the wait! The ice cream is delicious and they even have vegan options if dairy isn’t your thing. If you are flying in or out of the Savannah airport, there’s a location in there that supposedly has no line but we didn’t go to that airport so I don’t know how true that is.
Savannah Seafood Shack
If you like seafood, you have to try this place! We each ordered the low country boil, which includes shrimp, corn, potatoes and sausage. It was yummy and one of the best kid friendly restaurants in Savannah!
Another popular spot in Savannah is Treylor Park. Be prepared to wait, the restaurant isn’t very big. They have a kids menu and some unique options on the adult menu. I had a Caprese sandwich, Dave had the Cobb salad and Milana ordered a tried and true kid menu item after eating seafood for days!
Little Duck Diner
Right by City Market is the Little Duck Diner. It’s a modern take on the diner, with different food options available. Be sure to ask for a tiny rubber duckie for the kids!
Savannah is a great city to visit with kids. Have you visited Savannah with kids? It’s the perfect 2-3 night getaway with your family. Want to save this post for later? Pin one of the images below!