Savannah Educational Tours
The city of Savannah, Georgia brings together art, period architecture, trendy boutiques and ghost stories into a charming Southern escape. Savannah is a place where time seems to stand still, sunlight dapples the cobblestone streets through veils of Spanish moss, cuisine comes straight from the coast, and the only proper way to eat your food is to savor it.
Part of what makes Savannah such an enchanting city is the well-preserved architecture, the cobblestone streets and the foliage that thrives in the subtropical climate. We think the best way to appreciate this atmosphere is by taking a guided walking tour or a trolley tour. If your students are a little more daring, they’ll also enjoy taking an evening ghost tour – after all, Savannah is America’s Most Haunted City! Another great way to appreciate the city is on a Savannah Riverboat Cruise. Board the regal Georgia Queen or the Savannah River Queen for a tour of the riverfront.
Students visiting Savannah have the opportunity to explore the city’s many educational offerings, which include museums, historic sites, and interactive exhibits. One of Savannah’s top educational attractions is the Savannah History Museum, which showcases the city’s history during the pre-colonial period, the American Revolution, and the Civil War. At the Massie Heritage Center, students can see what a day in the life of a student would have looked like in 1856. The Massie Heritage Center building once served as Savannah’s first public school, and now features exhibits centered around the topic of education and includes exhibitions such as Enslavement to Emancipation:the Struggle for Education, and The Heritage Classroom. Another must-visit attraction in Savannah is the Telfair Museums, which consist of three separate museums: The Telfair Academy (American and European art from the 18th and 19th centuries), the Jepson Center (contemporary art), and the Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters (a historic house museum).
If you hope to spend the majority of your trip to Savannah soaking up the sun or admiring nature, there’s no shortage of outdoor attractions. Make sure to stop at Forsyth Park, often recognized by the large, picturesque fountain at the north end of the park. Students interested in ecology and the environment will benefit from a visit to the Oatland Island Wildlife Center. With a focus on educating visitors about the natural habitats of Georgia’s coastal regions, the center gives students a chance to see native wildlife, including alligators, birds of prey, and snakes, and to learn about the importance of conservation and environmental stewardship. Finally, make a stop at Wormsloe State Historic Site to see an avenue lined with stunning live oak trees draped in Spanish moss and take the perfect group picture to commemorate your trip!
A thirty-minute drive from downtown Savannah lies Tybee Island. Between the five beaches on this small barrier island, visitors will find a location suited to whatever shore activity they have in mind, from lounging in the sun to fishing to bird watching. Start with a scenic view of the coast from Tybee Island Light Station, Georgia’s oldest lighthouse. Student groups will love the chance to take a guided beach ecology tour with marine biologist, Dr. Joe Richardson, who has over 30 years of experience in teaching about the animals and ecology of coastal Georgia. The Tybee Island Marine Science Center is a great place to go for a closer look at the marine species that make their home on the island.
Andrew Low House Museum
“Located on beautiful Lafayette Square, just across the square from The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, the Andrew Low House Museum is a nationally known 1840s historic home open to the public.
The house is carefully restored and showcases an essential collection of furniture, paintings, glass, and other decorative arts. A historic garden and courtyard for relaxing are also part of the site’s+ unique charm.
Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, was Low’s daughter-in-law and lived in the home for a significant period until her death. The country’s first Girl Scout Headquarters was the home’s original carriage house.”