Recently I was lucky enough to head to the charming city of Savannah, Georgia, a destination that has been on our bucket list for a long time. It's no secret that Savannah is known as a great tourist destination. However, you might be surprised to find just how much it has to offer multi-generational groups.
5 Stops in Savannah the Whole Group Will Love
Arrive in Savannah
We flew into Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport (SAV), which might be one of the most adorable airports I’ve been to, where we picked up our Alamo rental car to begin our vacation. Having a car allows us to have the freedom to explore multiple areas of the town, which we love.
Activities to do in Savannah for Families
In Savannah, there are a multitude of activities that are fun for everyone. From historic sites and parks to shopping and dining, Savannah is an amazing destination. If you’re headed to Savannah with a group, I recommend appointing a group leader to keep things organized.
This southern city has a number of family-friendly restaurants with plenty of seating to accommodate large parties. Two restaurants we recommend include: Huey’s on the River offering delicious Southern cuisine including fried green tomatoes and catfish and The Public Kitchen & Bar that serves a variety of foods that will please any palate. Our group couldn’t get enough of their hummus duo, a great shareable appetizer, with a balsamic and onion hummus that was delicious. Bonus: Both of these restaurants offer reservations via the waitlist feature offered on Yelp.
When dining with a large party, research and plan before you go out. This will prevent you from unwanted long restaurant wait times. It will also help your trip move more seamlessly because you won’t be held up trying to decide where to eat.
1. Take a Stroll in Forsyth Park
One activity our entire group agreed on was visiting Forsyth Park. Forsyth Park is the largest of Savannah's many green spaces and offers a great place for families to enjoy, free of charge. Located in the center of the southern part of the Historic District, it is easy to access by vehicle and offers ample parking at no cost. Groups will love the range of activities within Forsyth Park.
Young children will enjoy the park’s playground with slides and swings perfect for burning off energy before a meal, while adults will enjoy spending time checking out the historic monuments and sculptures peppered throughout the park. One of the most popular sights is the picturesque fountain that marks the center of the park; it's the perfect backdrop for a family photo. Be sure to check out the many cafes and restaurants that line the eastern and southern perimeter for some refreshments during your visit. Local 11 Ten is a restaurant with a great rooftop bar known as The Perch, which offers excellent views and comfy seating. If you’re looking for something quick, Brighter Day Natural Market is a great place for a grab-and-go smoothie or sandwich.
2. Shop and Dine on Broughton Street
My favorite activity was visiting Broughton Street! This fun street located in downtown Savannah is one of those streets where there is something for everyone. When it comes to shopping, there is a great collection of local artisan shops with unique offerings to enjoy. We found the most adorable French coffee shop called Paris Market which served homemade macarons and had charming interior decor.
You can find a variety of dining options near Broughton Street (including a venue completely devoted to biscuits). Our group divided and conquered when it came to food, with half the party enjoying southern BBQ at the Savannah Taphouse and others, including myself, finding a delicious vegan eatery called Kayak Kafé. We often split up on activities that appeal to different people in the group and then meet up to share our experiences later.
3. Enjoy Rainbow Road & the Olde Pink House
I love visiting the quirky side of towns and Rainbow Road is definitely one of them. Look out the window and notice the colorful shutters on the buildings, which give the street its name. Afterward, head across the street to the Olde Pink House to enjoy a delicious Southern meal. Order the fried oysters, fried green tomatoes and pecan-crusted chicken breast, you will not be disappointed. This location is right down the road from Broughton Street, so it is a quick stop if you are in the area.
4. Take a Walk Down Historic River Street
River Street is Savannah's most iconic tourist destination. Located on the southern bank of the Savannah River in the Historic District, it offers a unique blend of historic and modern charm. The street is made from cobblestones once used as ballast by the city's original sailing ships.
River Street has many souvenir shops, restaurants and cafes, but kids will likely prefer the candy shop located in its center (the kids can watch the candy being made) and the horse drawn carriage rides. The parks lining the banks of the river offer the ideal location to view the giant commercial ships that come to call on the port of Savannah, many often dwarfing the buildings of the city in size. Artists and singers ply the length of the street, happy to sing a song or craft a palm frond rose for families walking by.
TIP: River Street requires a lot of walking, so it’s important to take mobility needs into account by planning frequent breaks and checking a map to chart your route.
After you visit River Street, head over to the nearby Davenport House, a historic American Federal-style home built in 1820 which offers an interesting look back on what life in Savannah looked like during that time period.
5. Tour the Savannah River
There are two great ways to explore the Savannah River, the lifeblood of the city.
- Savannah Riverboat offers family-friendly sightseeing tours on weekends. The tour is on the Georgia Queen, a paddle boat steamer replica, which leaves from the heart of the Historic District and travels down the eastern length of the river. This river cruise provides great views of the skyline and perfect photo opportunities (be sure to snap pictures in front of Fort Jackson). Discounts are available for children under 12, and free admission for children 4 and under.
- For a shorter trip on the river, Chatham Area Transit operates the Savannah Belle's Ferry, which crosses the river from City Hall and the Savannah Marriott to the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort. The ride is about 10 minutes long and free; find the schedule online here. This is a great option if you have younger kids.
Savannah has no shortage of great things to do for adults and children alike. We hope that you'll be able to take advantage of some of these great activities during your visit to The Hostess City.
Alamo COVID-19 FAQS
Is Alamo open during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?
Yes. Alamo is an essential services provider that remains open to meet critical transportation and personal mobility needs.
How do I rent a vehicle from Alamo during the COVID-19 outbreak?
To streamline your rental experience further and enable you to safely practice social distancing when picking up your rental vehicle:
- You can skip the counter (for select locations) in advance after activating Online Check-In. Then, you can go straight to your car without visiting the counter or kiosk.
- Another option is Alamo’s Self-Service Kiosk at select locations. All you need to check in is your driver’s license and credit card. When you’re finished, just show your rental agreement and driver’s license at the exit booth before you hit the road.
What steps are being taken to clean the rental cars?
Clean vehicles have always been important to us, but at this moment in time, we know vehicle cleanliness is even more critical. Each rental vehicle is thoroughly cleaned between every rental and backed with the Complete Clean Pledge. This includes washing, vacuuming, general wipe down, and sanitizing with a disinfectant that meets leading heath authority requirements, with particular attention to more than 20-plus high-touch points including:
- Key / key fob
- Steering wheel
- Steering column
- Seat belts
- Center console
- Door interiors
- Door pockets
- Interior door handles
- Exterior door handles
- Seat pockets / seat surfaces
- Areas between seats & consoles
- Areas between seats & doorjambs
- Cupholders / compartments
- Instrument panel
- Accessory panel / touchscreen
- Rearview mirror / side mirrors
- Visors / visor mirrors
- Dashboard / vents
- Gear stick / gear shift
- Trunk release
- Among other high-touch areas
As part of the Complete Clean Pledge, we've also extended our already rigorous cleaning protocols to our shuttles and rental locations.