Savannah with a Baby or Toddler 


Savannah is a magical place to visit with your baby or toddler.  With streets lined with large live oak trees covered in pretty Spanish moss as well as historic antebellum homes, Savannah, Georgia’s picturesque charm is in no short supply.  To make the most of our time in this delightful Southern city with our baby (4 months old) and toddler (2 years old), we sought insight about visiting with little kids from as many local parents and fellow parent travelers as possible.  We loved exploring Savannah with our kids and know our ‘Savannah with a Baby or Toddler’ guide below will help you enjoy your time here with your baby and/or toddler too.    

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FYI This post is written based on a trip taken in early December when the temperature was between 55-75 degrees fahrenheit. We took this trip when our daughter was 2 years old and our son was 4 months old.  For more information on exploring with a baby, please see our Top 10 Baby Travel Tips, How to Hike with a Baby, 5 Top Baby & Toddler Flying Tips and Flying with a Baby posts. 


Wormsloe State Historic Site

Our first ‘Savannah with a baby or toddler’ recommendation is to visit the Wormsloe State Historic Site.  This is a really beautiful place for the whole family to visit!  The stunning entrance lined with over 400 live oak trees covered with Spanish moss makes for a magical drive into this old plantation site. After driving down live oak avenue, be sure to stop in the visitors center and go to the museum to see a video that outlines the history of Wormsloe. 

Once on the grounds, explore the old house ruins, gravesite, docks (be sure to listen for the pistol shrimp here) and living history camps.  During our visit, the living history camp area was holding a Christmas special where a reenactment of a Christmas celebration typical of the colonial time was being held.  Our toddler really enjoyed this (the Christmas caroling in particular) and was even able to write a letter to Santa here.   

Savannah with a Baby or Toddler

Note, if not baby wearing (easiest option), a jogging stroller is preferred here.  We were able to navigate the trails with our non-jogging stroller (aka our airport stroller) but a jogging stroller would be greatly preferred with the many roots on the paths (especially if you decide to hike the extended 2.5 mile wooded path).  We recommend this structured backpack carrier for your toddler and Ergobaby carrier for your baby if wearing your kids.  For more detailed review on these, see our How to Hike with a Baby post. 

Cost: Adults $11.25, Seniors $8.50, Children ages 6-17 $5.00, Children under 6 $2.50.  This historic site is about 15 minutes outside of downtown but definitely worth the drive.


Forsyth Park & Brunch at Collins Quarters

Savannah with a Baby or Toddler

Our next ‘Savannah with a baby or toddler’ recommendation is to visit Forsyth park.  This is a pretty large green space best known for its large fountain and sidewalks lined with beautiful live oak trees dripping in Spanish moss.  The homes around the park are stunning (and large!) as well.  We loved strolling through the park here to see the trees and then around the perimeter to see the adjacent mansion homes.  Our toddler’s favorite spot unsurprisingly was the extensive playground in the park. 

To make the most of your visit to Forsyth park, visit on a Saturday morning to enjoy the farmer’s market and then get brunch at Collins Quarter right off the main square in the park.  We loved being able to dine right in the park and the food here was really delicious too.  Collins Quarter tends to have a wait (a sign of tasty food) but you can walk around the park or have your kids play at the playground (directly next to the restaurant) as you wait.  We saw many babies and toddlers eating Brunch here on a Saturday so you will likely be in good company with your baby and toddler. 


Savannah with a Baby or Toddler: Visit Tybee Island

Our next, and one of our favorite, ‘Savannah with a baby or toddler’ recommendations is to visit Tybee Island.  We loved our visit here!  Even though we were visiting in winter and it was far too chilly to swim, our toddler loved searching for shells, watching the waves crash on the shore and playing in the sand. If you plan to walk along the beach here, either plan to let your toddler run or baby wear.  There are plenty of playgrounds throughout the island as well.  

Savannah with a Baby or Toddler

We liked that Tybee Island felt more laid back and was much less crowded than downtown Savannah.  Tybee Island is about 20 minutes outside of Savannah and is connected to the mainland by a bridge.  Stop in at the visitors center on your way onto the Island to pick up a map and get insight on any special happenings that day. 


Savannah with a Baby or Toddler: Visit the Squares

Another favorite ‘Savannah with a baby or toddler’ recommendation is to visit all or some of the 22 squares located in the heart of the city.  These squares are essentially small parks with paths surrounded by stunning live oak trees and different monuments.  Each is slightly different yet all are very picturesque.  They were originally developed to act as a public space for people to gather and build community in the different neighborhoods of Savannah.  

Our favorite square was Chippewa Square.  This square was made famous in the Forrest Gump movie for the ‘life is like a box of chocolates’ scene.  The paths at these squares are wide leaving plenty of room for a stroller or toddler to run.  Again, a jogging stroller would be preferred to explore the streets of Savannah as the sidewalks are a bit rough but we were able to navigate them with our non-jogging stroller carefully. 

Tip: To explore these squares, park near Independent Presbyterian Church (207 Bull St Savannah Georgia 31401). Per our local Airbnb host (and we concur), this is one of the best and easiest spots to find parking.  


Savannah with a Baby or Toddler: Dine at a Causal Local Restaurant 

Savannah with a Baby or Toddler

The food scene is huge in Savannah and there are so many scrumptious restaurants here.   We tried a new place each day and were not disappointed with any of the places we ate.  Some of our favorite places to eat in Savannah with a baby or toddler included Collins Quarter (discussed with Forsyth park recommendation), Starland Yard (casual, different food trucks and yard games, pictured here) and Foxy Loxy (casual tacos/cafe with bookstore).  Each of these places had a casual atmosphere and room either at the restaurant or nearby for our toddler to play/run. They were also all budget friendly.  


Savannah with a Baby or Toddler: Get Coffee/Tea at a Local Shop

Beyond a hopping food scene in Savannah, the coffee shop scene is also grand.  We loved checking out different coffee shops.  There seems to be a cute coffee shop on almost every corner of this city!  One of our favorites included Bitty & Beau’s Coffee (employees with special needs). The staff was so kind here to our toddler and baby! 


Savannah with a Baby or Toddler: Visit Bonaventure Cemetery

Another one of our ‘Savannah with a baby or toddler’ recommendations is to visit Bonaventure Cemetery.  This is an interesting cemetery to walk or drive around because of the VERY large and elaborate gravestones here. This cemetery was made famous in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.  We drove around here while our baby and toddler napped in the car. However, you could easily push a stroller or baby wear around the grounds. You can spend as little or as much time as you want here.  If driving, 30 minutes is more than enough time here.  


Savannah with a Baby or Toddler: Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Our next ‘Savannah with a baby or toddler’ recommendation is to visit the Oatland Island Wildlife Center. This is such a fun Savannah activity, especially if you have kids!  Here you walk on an about 2 mile wooded path, stopping at different native animal exhibits along the way.  This was a fun way to get outside, get some movement and see a lot of different animals. 
Our toddler loved seeing the armadillo and cougar here particularly.  We were easily able to navigate the paths here with our non-jogging stroller yet a jogging stroller would be prepared to go over some roots on the trails.  

Cost: $5 adults, $3 kids 4+ years, Free less than 4 years

A hiking (and cost) free alternative to the Oatland Island Wildlife Center is visiting the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge located northwest of downtown Savannah.  This 3 mile drive allows you to experience some wildlife of Savannah from the comfort and safety of your car.  This is a great alternative for anyone not up for walking at the Oatland Island Wildlife Center.  


Savannah with a Baby or Toddler: Eat/Shop at City Market

Savannah with a Baby or Toddler

This pedestrian shopping street is a fun place to get something to eat and do some shopping in Savannah with your baby and/or toddler. This is an especially great activity with a toddler because you do not have to worry about cars.  As far a food, be sure to get a $4 giant slice of pizza to-go from Vinnie Van Go-Go’s.  In the words of our toddler, ‘it’s a BIG piece of pizza.’  During our visit, the City Market was decorated for Christmas with holiday special events going on that our toddler loved. 


Walk River Street and/or Boughton Street

If you are interested in shopping in Savannah, these streets have you covered with many unique local shops and boutiques.  The river walk also has some street performers in addition to shops.  We honestly found the hoopla to be a bit much down here but our toddler loved it. If you are already downtown, these streets are worth a visit. Important note–we found many of the shops and intermittent cobblestones on these streets hard to navigate with a non-jogging double stroller but baby wearing it would be no problem.  


Savannah with a Baby or Toddler: Savannah Children’s Museum

Savannah Children’s Museum is an awesome museum for littles.  It is entirely outdoors and has over a dozen exhibits that your little will love.  There is not much for a baby here but your toddler will be in heaven and we loved that it was outside. It is important to note that the Savannah Children’s Museum is only open Wednesday-Sunday. 


What to do Savannah  with a baby or toddler FAQs


Where to Stay Near Savannah? 

We found this Charming Savannah Airbnb to be the perfect place to stay as a family of four.  The location, spacious layout, modern updates and charming touches make this home the perfect Southern escape for anyone visiting Savannah, especially with a baby or toddler.  Read our Where to Stay Near Savannah, Georgia guide for more information on why we loved this place. 

Is Savannah stroller friendly?  

It completely depends on where you are and what you are doing.  That being said, we brought our stroller pretty much everywhere we visited in Savannah and were able to manage using it everywhere we went.  Some places it was easier for us than others.  See our guide above for specific recommendations at each place.  Leave us a comment or send us a DM if you have a specific question about using a non-jogging stroller versus jogging stroller versus baby wearing at any place mentioned here.  


We hope this guide helps you plan your trip to Savannah with a baby or toddler.  Anything you’d add to our guide? We’d love to hear your feedback and questions.  Please leave us a comment!

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Where to Stay Near Savannah, Georgia 


Where to Stay Near Savannah, Georgia 

When recently planning a trip to Savannah, Georgia, we were looking for the perfect place to stay as a family of four.  We were delighted once we found this Charming Savannah Airbnb.  The location, spacious layout, modern updates and charming touches make this home the perfect Southern escape for anyone visiting Savannah. Read on for a breakdown of why we found this Airbnb the best place to stay near Savannah, Georgia. 

Fantastic Central Location

The biggest reason we recommend this Airbnb as the place to stay near Savannah, Georgia is the location.  The location of this Airbnb makes it so easy and convenient to visit all the top spots in the Savannah area. Driving, you are about 15 minutes from downtown, 10 minutes from the Wormsloe Historic Site, 15 minutes from Tybee Island, 10 minutes from Oatland Island Wildlife Center and 5 minutes from Bonaventure Cemetery.   Further, the quiet neighborhood this Airbnb is located in is a relaxing contrast to the hubbub of downtown Savannah. The location of this Airbnb really could not be any better!   

Spacious and Family Friendly 

Where to Stay Near Savannah, Georgia 

This Airbnb is so spacious. With three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large open concept living room/kitchen area, you will not feel cramped at all.  As a family of four, we had plenty of space to spread out and make ourselves at home.  Further, this Airbnb is very family friendly.  There is a pack n play available to use and the large living area was a great place for our toddler to play.  The washer/dryer here also comes in clutch when traveling with two littles. 

Modern updates and charming touches

Where to Stay Near Savannah, Georgia 

This home was originally built in 1901 yet is nearly completely updated on the inside.  These modern updates make the home so functional.  Nonetheless, this home still has its original hardwood floors (how cool!) and other charming touches including the front porch, record player and retro blue fridge that make the Airbnb feel steeped in history.  The charm yet function of this home makes it so comfortable and welcoming. 

Helpful Host

Kendall is a fantastic host.  He was so great at communicating as well as answering any and all questions we had before and during our stay. He really helped us make the most of our time in Savannah through giving us local tips/insight (some that you will find in our What to do Savannah, Georgia guide).  Kendall is available for any questions yet allows you your space. 

Southern Hospitality 

Beyond being helpful, another example of the hospitality of your host is that there is a basket with new complementary toiletries for you to take/use in case you forgot something.  This was perfect and so helpful when we realized we forgot to pack toothpaste late at night.  Further, Kendall was able to accommodate us with an early check in and late check out that gave us more time to explore the area.  He even let us know when the Airbnb was ready sooner than expected so we were able to head to the Airbnb directly from the airport.  He really went above and beyond! 

Near Wilmington River

This Airbnb is less than a half a mile from the Wilmington River.  The riverfront here is a really peaceful and scenic spot to go for a morning run/walk.  To get to the riverfront (where there is a sidewalk to run/walk on) from the Airbnb, head southeast from the property by first turning right then taking the first left and then keeping straight until you hit River Drive/ the riverfront. 

Other Properties Near by/ On-site

Where to Stay Near Savannah, Georgia 

Further, if this Charming Savannah Airbnb is booked or a bit bigger than what you need, check one of the other listings right on site/next door. There is a studio cottage, Enchanting Cottage Airbnb, directly behind this home as well as a suite on the upper level of the house, Farmchic Suite Airbnb, on the southwest side of this property.  We had the opportunity to tour each of the other Airbnbs.  Both are of the same high quality as the one we stayed in.  They have modern updates yet are charming, comfortable and well equipped with everything you need. 

The studio would be perfect if it was just the two of us visiting.  The upper suite could have been a nice alternative to staying in the home for our family. Another great idea for optimizing these spaces, if traveling with a group, is for different parties of the group to stay in each one of the Airbnbs. This way each party has their own space yet are all right next door/on the same property as each other.

We hope this guide helps you plan where to stay near Savannah, Georgia.  We can’t wait to visit again.  Visit Kendall’s Airbnb listings to check availability and book your stay.  Let us know if you have any questions! 


Planning a trip to Savannah? See our What to do Savannah, Georgia and Savannah with a Baby or Toddler posts for more tips on visiting Savannah, Georgia.


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What to do in Savannah, Georgia Guide


What to do in Savannah Guide

With large live oak trees covered in elegant Spanish moss and historic antebellum homes lining the streets, Savannah, Georgia’s picturesque charm is in no short supply.  To make the most of our time in this delightful Southern city, we sought insight from as many locals and fellow travelers as possible on the best things to do here.  We loved exploring Savannah and know our ‘What to do Savannah’ guide below will help you enjoy your time there as well.  

Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links. That means that, at no cost to you, we may get a small commission if you purchase through these links. This helps us keep providing travel resources for you!


FYI This post is written based on a trip taken in early December when the temperature was between 55-75 degrees fahrenheit. We took this trip when our daughter was 2 years old and our son was 4 months old.  For more information on exploring with a baby, please see our Savannah with a Baby or Toddler, Top 10 Baby Travel Tips, How to Hike with a Baby, 5 Top Baby & Toddler Flying Tips and Flying with a Baby posts. 


What to do Savannah: Walking/Biking Tour

Our top ‘What to do Savannah’ recommendation is to take one of these walking or biking tours.  Ideally take one of these the first day you arrive in Savannah so you can get a lay of the land.  Taking a small group tour with a knowledgeable guide will help you learn so much about the city and what you want to do in Savannah the rest of your trip.  A guided tour is one of our favorite ways to start to explore a new city!  If you are unable to commit to a specific time for a tour, consider one of these self-guided tours you can purchase and take whenever works for you. 


What to do Savannah: Wormsloe State Historic Site

Our next ‘what to do Savannah’ recommendation is to visit the Wormsloe State Historic Site.  This is a really beautiful place!  The stunning entrance lined with over 400 live oak trees (yes, live oak is a type of tree, but they are also living) covered with Spanish moss makes for a magical drive into this old plantation site.  After driving down live oak avenue, be sure to stop in the visitors center and go to the museum to see a video that outlines the history of Wormsloe. 

What to do in Savannah

Once on the grounds, explore the old house ruins, gravesite, docks (be sure to listen for the pistol shrimp here) and living history camps.  During our visit, the living history camp area was holding a Christmas special where a reenactment of a Christmas celebration typical of the time was being performed.  There is also an extended 2.5 mile nature trail here you can walk on and we saw quite a few locals walking their dogs on this trail in the morning.  This historic site is about 15 minutes outside of downtown. 

Cost: Adults $11.25, Seniors $8.50, Children ages 6-17 $5.00, Children under 6 $2.50


What to do Savannah: Forsyth Park and Brunch at Collins Quarters

What to do in Savannah

Forsyth park is a large green space located on your way into downtown.  It’s best known for its large fountain and sidewalks lined with beautiful live oak trees dripping in Spanish moss.  The homes around the park are really stunning (and large!) as well, exemplifying Southern architecture.  We loved strolling through the park here to see the trees and around the perimeter to see the adjacent mansion homes.  Our daughter’s favorite spot was (of course) the extensive playground located here. 

To make the most of your visit to Forsyth park, visit on a Saturday morning to enjoy the farmer’s market and then get brunch at Collins Quarter right off the main square in the park.  We loved being able to dine right in the park and the food here was quite delicious too.  Collins Quarter tends to have a long wait (a sign of tasty food) but you can walk around the park or have your kids play at the playground (directly next to the restaurant) as you wait. 


What to do Savannah: Visit Tybee Island

Our next, and one of our favorite, ‘what to do Savannah’ recommendations is to visit Tybee Island. We loved our visit here!  Even though we were visiting in winter and it was far too cold to swim, our daughter loved searching for shells, watching the waves crash on the shore and playing in the sand.  There is also a lighthouse (with associated museum) you can pay to explore — the grounds date back to the early 1700s. 

Tybee Island

The downtown area of Tybee Island is very cute with many local shops and restaurants.   We liked that Tybee Island felt more laid back and was much less crowded than downtown Savannah (note we were visiting in off-season).  Tybee Island is about 20 minutes outside of Savannah and is connected to the mainland by a bridge.  Stop in at the visitors center on your way onto the island to pick up a map and get insight into any special happenings that day. 


What to do Savannah: Visit the Squares

What to do in Savannah

Savannah is well known for the 22 squares located in the heart of the city.  These squares are essentially small parks with paths containing different monuments and surrounded by stunning live oak trees.  Each is slightly different yet all are very picturesque.  They were originally developed to act as a public space for people to gather and build community in the different neighborhoods of Savannah.  Our favorite square was Chippewa Square.  This square was made famous in the Forrest Gump movie for the ‘life is like a box of chocolates’ scene.

Tip: To explore these squares, park near Independent Presbyterian Church (207 Bull St Savannah Georgia 31401). Per our local Airbnb host (and we concur), this is one of the best and easiest spots to find parking.  


What to do Savannah: Dine at a Local Restaurant 

The food scene is huge in Savannah and there are so many scrumptious restaurants to try.  We tried a new place each day and were not disappointed with any of the places we ate at while visiting Savannah.  Some of our favorites included Collins Quarter (discussed with Forsyth park recommendation), Starland Yard (different food trucks and yard games, pictured here) and Foxy Loxy (casual tacos/cafe with bookstore). 


What to do Savannah: Get Coffee/Tea at a Local Coffee Shop

Beyond a hopping food scene in Savannah, the coffee shop scene is also grand.  We loved checking out different coffee shops.  There seems to be a cute coffee shop on almost every corner of this city! Some of our favorites included Bitty & Beau’s Coffee (employs persons with special needs) and Foxy Loxy (cafe that also serves tacos and partners with a book store next door). 


What to do Savannah:  Visit Bonaventure Cemetery

What to do in Savannah

Another one of our ‘what to do Savannah’ recommendations is to visit Bonaventure Cemetery.  This is an interesting cemetery to walk or drive around because of the VERY large and elaborate gravestones here. This cemetery was made famous in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.  We drove around here while our baby and toddler napped in the car. You can spend as little or as much time as you want here.  If driving, 30 minutes is more than enough time here.  


What to do Savannah:  Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Visiting the Oatland Island Wildlife Center is such a fun Savannah activity, especially if you have kids.  Here, you walk on an about 2 mile wooded path, stopping at different native animal exhibits along the way.  This was a fun way to get outside, get some movement and see a lot of different animals.  Our daughter particularly loved seeing the armadillo and cougar here.  

Cost: $5 adults, $3 kids 4+ years, Free less than 4 years

A hiking (and cost) free alternative to the Oatland Island Wildlife Center is visiting the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge located northwest of downtown Savannah.  This 3 mile drive allows you to experience some wildlife of Savannah from the comfort and safety of your car.  This is a great alternative for anyone not up for walking at the Oatland Island Wildlife Center.  


What to do Savannah: Eat/Shop at City Market

This pedestrian shopping street is a fun place to get something to eat and do some shopping. Be sure to get a $4 giant (and we mean GIANT) slice of pizza to go from Vinnie Van Go-Go’s.  The Georgia Tasting Room is another popular spot in the city market where you can get a drink to go.  During our visit, the City Market was decorated for Christmas with weekend special holiday events going on. 


What to do Savannah:  Walk River Street and/or Boughton Street

If you are interested in shopping in Savannah, these streets have you covered with many unique local shops and boutiques.  The river walk also has some street performers to entertain you during your walk.  We honestly found the hoopla to be a bit much down here but if you are already downtown, these streets are worth a visit. 

Note: We found many of the shops and cobblestones hard to navigate with a double stroller but baby wearing it would be no problem.  


Savannah FAQs

Where to Stay Near Savannah? 

This Charming Savannah Airbnb was the perfect place to stay as a family of four.  The location, spacious layout, modern updates and charming touches make this home the perfect Southern escape for anyone visiting Savannah. Read our Where to Stay Near Savannah, Georgia guide for more information on why we loved this place. 

What is the best time of year to visit Savannah?  

Anytime of year really is a good time to visit Savannah!  Spring and fall you will typically get the best weather. The summer will be quite warm and winter a bit cold.  However, we visited in early December and loved it. Coming from the Midwest, the high 50s to low 70s weather we had was fantastic.  Also, with it being off season, we had many popular attractions in Savannah nearly to ourselves.  Further, nearly everywhere was decorated for Christmas (with many special holiday programs going on), making the city extra magical.   


We hope this guide helps you plan your trip to Savannah.  Anything you’d add to our guide? We’d love to hear your feedback and questions.  Please leave us a comment!

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