In January, the kids and I set off for Georgia for a road trip around the state. Our first stop was Atlanta, where one very brave Grandma joined us before we headed to Savannah. We were there for less than 48 hours, but I'm in love. Savannah is definitely on my list of places to return to when we can. Such a gorgeous tree lined, park filled, walkable city.
We stayed at the B Historic Savannah. I truly cannot say enough nice things. The rooms were spacious (a bonus for anyone carting two pack and plays) and we able to get an ajoining room with grandma. Breakfast was included and there was a small pool. The staff was truly delightful - they even kindly assisted me when I locked myself and the kids out of our hotel room. (oops) The hotel was also walking distance to the train museum/children's museum.
Soho Cafe South. This was a wonderful example of what happens when you take a chance. We were playing at the Children's Museum and there was another mom with her little girl. We were about to head out and my general plan was to use my iphone to search for a place to eat, but instead I asked the mom if she had any recommendations. She gave me directions to the Soho Cafe. Amazing! I loved just about everything about Savannah, but this was a real highlight. It's silly sometimes the things that stick with you. The food was delicious (I had the potpie), the space was delightful, and the staff was wonderful. My son has a bad food allergy that makes restaurant dining a little tricky. The staff here was very helpful and the kids menu was amazing. I love when restaurants serve kids real food.
1. Georgia State Railroad Museum
My kids love trains, so the railroad museum was a given for our itinerary. We headed over early in the morning. If your child likes trains, they will be fascinated. It reminded me of this post from our friend Louise in England because the immense size of these machines is astonishing. The museum includes various railroad equipment including one of the oldest southern-made stationary steam engines.
*The railroad museum is a restored repair facility - my kids kept calling it the steamworks.
*Things to do: Included in entrance fee you can self-guide yourself through several freight cars and a caboose and visit the model train display. There are executive car tours and a steam power demo. You can look at several locomotives, help operate a hand car, and take a brief tour by train of the facility.
*Tip: the museum is almost entirely outdoors. Dress for the weather.
*Tip: Call or check the website for times before arriving to make sure you can do the parts you want to do when you visit.
The railroad museum is right next door to the Children's Museum so it was a natural leap to head over.
2. Savannah Children's Museum
This museum is an open air playspace. If you head here expecting your typical children's museum you will likely be either disappointed or surprised. It is not your typical children's museum. It is however an inventive playspace built into the abandoned walls of an old train building.
*Things to do: climb, build, dress up, go through a maze, and more.
*Tips: dress for the weather. this is entirely open air. / come ready to play.
After our amazing lunch at the Soho South Cafe, we headed down to the river front.
We didn't have a lot of time left, but we enjoyed a short walk along the river. The boats were definitely a highlight. Generally it was a delightful way to expel some energy before we attempted naps in the car.
Have you been to Savannah? We have a few things on our list of places to go when we return - anything you think we should add?
*Head out to Tybee Island
*Take a Savannah Tour by trolley
*Walk around the city more and enjoy some of the parks.
Back at Home:
The railroad museum was a big hit. If you've been following along with us for a while, you know that we are huge train fans.
*Some things you'll find on our shelves during a train project.
*Books about trains that we adore.
*And so many, many more train play ideas.
We also loved the boats, were a topic again later in our trip.
*Learn about sinking in floating with activities like this and this.
*Set up a little world sensory play.
*Read some books. This one and this one are ones we loved.
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