Savannah Children’s Museum is located in an 1800’s train station that allows children’s imaginations to soar. And fly they will as they explore over a dozen exhibits including a sensory garden, a maze, an incredible reading nook, and more. The museum is a must see for families visiting Savannah.
Planning A Visit to Historic Savannah Children’s Museum
When I was a kid I wanted to time travel and go back in time. I also wanted to have a secret hideout. What kid doesn’t want those things, right? This past summer the family and I made a stop in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, on our way to Disney Hilton Head Resort. There my kids got to live out my childhood fantasy as we visited the historic Savannah Children’s Museum.
Traveling Mom Tip: If you’re ever visiting Hilton Head, Savannah is a short 30 mile drive and the breathtaking city is so worth the visit.
Something for the Kids In Savannah
Savannah is known for tree lined streets, elegant Southern homes, beautiful squares, and world class restaurants. We did find all of those things on our visit, but we also found a bit of hidden magic just for kids at the Savannah Children’s Museum.
The Savannah Children’s Museum wins hands down for the coolest location of any museum we have visited and we visit a museum on almost every trip. The museum is located in the shell of what was once the Carpentry Shop for the Central of Georgia Railroad. Built in the 1800’s, its red brick walls ooze history and character. It’s important to note for your visit, that it’s only the shell of the walls that remain. The museum is mostly outdoors, so check the weather for rain and in the summer come early and bring your sunscreen.
A Hands On Learning Adventure
Along with a cool location, the Savannah Children’s Museum is filled with different exhibits for young children to explore, get hands on, and learn. My daughter loved the water works exhibit that demonstrated the way water flows and can cause erosion. It also gives the kids a chance to simply play in the water and sand, get their hands wet, and be a kid.
The Savannah Children’s Museum also features a sensory garden with lots of beautiful plants. Kids can learn about nature up close. The lush greenery with the red brick is a beautiful contrast.
Best Reading Nook Ever
The old train terminal is enough to spark any young imagination. To keep the imaginations chugging along, there is the most amazing reading nook. The underneath of the arches of the bricks form the perfect space for kids to curl up and get lost in a book. Cushions, well stocked bookshelves, and the magical-hideout-feel make the reading nook one of the most popular places at the museum.
The museum features over a dozen exhibits for children to get hands on and learn, from puzzle stations to an exploration maze to play hide and seek in.
Other Savannah Tips
The Savannah Children’s Museum also has a playground and an old train car turned into a playhouse. The museum is small. It only takes a few hours to do it all but it’s such a unique wonderful place with the historical setting and fun activities that I definitely recommend it. It’s an ideal place to give the kids a break from the more grown up history museums and tours.
It can also be combined with the Georgia State Railroad Museum which is on the same property and has some vintage trains that are sure to get any Thomas or train lover “chuffed.” It is across the street from the Tricentennial Park where you will find the Savannah History Museum, the Coastal Heritage Museum and more. All of these places including the Savannah Children’s Museum are stops on Old Town Trolley, a fun, convenient, and kid friendly way to see the city. Parking is very limited in Savannah so the trolley saved us from scouting for a space.
Argh! It’s Time To Eat
One stop on the Trolley I highly recommend is The Pirates’ House for lunch or dinner. It is the oldest structure in Savannah, build in 1753. Formerly a pirate hangout, it has been converted to a kid friendly restaurant that also maintains its history. The restaurant offers tours, pirate classes for the kids, and delicious food from a Southern lunch buffet to seafood to steak to twists on Southern classics. Order the pecan crusted chicken!
Savannah may be known for its historic homes and squares but a hidden gem for family travelers is the Savannah Children’s Museum. Its unique location and exhibits provide an unforgettable adventure where children can read, play, learn, and just maybe do a little time travel. In their imaginations, of course.