Wanderlust Wednesday | Easy Family Trips from Jacksonville | Savannah, Ga | Traveling Family Portrait Photographer | Jacksonville Family Photographer
"Not all who wander are lost."
We've all seen that quote. We've all scrolled past gorgeous beaches, mountain hikes, clear blue waters and international travel photos and thought to ourselves, "I want to go there."
I don't know about you but travel is in my blood. If I could travel enough to make this a weekly post I would. No doubt. 100%.
And yes, my dream would be when my girls are older to travel more and photograph everything. Be a travel photographer. Combine my two loves. Granted, most of the time when I try to capture the world around me at some amazing location, I end up looking at my image and thinking, "You know, if I had a family standing right there this would be amazing."
Earlier this month, we took a mini vacay to Savannah, Ga. An easy drive from Jacksonville, this is pretty much a perfect place to getaway, but not too far. For me, the tree lined streets, beautiful historic buildings are a draw, but what about my girls? They have yet to look at an old house and say, "wow, that's gorgeous." (more often they say, "Mom, why do you like old things?")
When we decided on this location, I did my homework. I know my kids. I know what they like. And since we only had one afternoon and one full day there where we needed to entertain them, I didn't have to plan too much. So, here are the three places we went. Why my girls loved it, and a few more ideas in case your stay is just a little longer.
1. Savannah Children's Museum
Ok, so since I love old buildings, and my girls love children's museums (somehow they have been to quite a few in their short little lives. BTW,Orlando is their favorite) this place was a win-win.
Located inside an old train yard, the whole thing is outside right now. (BUT they have plans for what looks AH-MAZE-ING for an indoor space in the future). Slides, blocks of all shapes and sizes, a garden, a maze, my girls enjoyed it. Luckily, we went her when it first opened so it wasn't too hot yet and we had some shade to sit in while the girls ran and played. A perfect morning outing for kids of all ages.
2. Georgia State Railroad Museum
Website: Georgia State Railroad Museum
RIGHT next door to the Children's Museum (and actually you have to walk right past the trainhouse to get to the Children's Museum) in the same awesome historic structure is the Railroad Museum. Now, most boys I know about age 3 LOVE Trains. If that's your kid, then yes, this is awesome. My girls actually liked it too. Tour an old fancy rail car, see lots of old engines, there is an air-conditioned play space with toy railroad sets, and of course a ride on an old Steam engine. Complete with riding the turn table, which is somehow the best part. It's neat to watch them load her, here her whistle and even though the tour isn't long and has lots of facts and info for adults, its a train ride. So, my girls were still happy they went. (and yes, I do make my girls stand in random pockets of light if it makes a pretty photo)
**NOTE: We got a deal for three museums. I didn't get photos of the History Museum (which is all air conditioned if you visit during the summer) and there is a hands on-dress up area for little ones, which my girls would have liked a few years ago. But at 7 and 9. They were all about the Scavenger hunt. So adults got to learn more about Civil War times, history of Savannah and such, and the girls found all the items to earn a cheap toy, that they were happy about. So, well played History Museum peeps.
3. Fort Pulaski
Website: Fort Pulaski National Monument
This one is mainly for any kids who love exploring tunnels, old buildings, seeing cannons AND if you're like my kid (must get every Junior Ranger badge). Doing a Scavenger hunt for a badge. Fort Pulaski is an old Fort. Plain and simple. The tunnels are cool, large jail area to explore, lots of History, but really for the kids. Head to the gift shop and ask the Ranger for the Packet for their age. (NOTE: If your kid is age 9 and up, there's a question about the location of the TWO Pecan trees. Well, one got taken out in Hurrican Matthew. So there's only one. Don't spend more time searching for the tree like we did, lol) Then they tour the fort, answer the questions and get a lovely plastic badge after saying a pledge. Reward for learning history. Score!
And since this is my blog and I got up early one morning to capture sunrise in Savannah, here are a few images. Just of Savannah, mainly the Riverfront area as that's where our Hotel was.
Not perfect images, but I did enjoy doing this and may make it a habit everywhere we travel. That sunrise light in a city is BEAUTIFUL!