Savannah, Georgia is known for its Southern charm and hospitality! One of the country’s most desirable places to live, the Savannah area is full of historical homes, tree-lined streetscapes and rolling hills. This city is famous for its festivals, culture, sporting events, The Savannah College of Art and Design, and its small town feel. With a mix of restaurants, along with coffee shops and eclectic boutiques, there’s something for everyone.
Even though there’s plenty to do in Historic Savannah, sometimes a change of scenery is nice, too. Here are some of our favorite day trips, all within a few hours (or less!) drive of Savannah:
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge | 10 minutes away
With over 30,000 acres of woodland, freshwater marshes and creek and river deltas, the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is an area of incredible biodiversity. Take an adventure up and down the waterways in your own canoe, or cycle or drive on the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive.
Skidaway Island | 25 minutes away
Home to Skidaway Island State Park, Skidaway Island is a great “natural escape” day trip. Its location on salt flats and marshlands that are slightly inland makes it unique. Teeming with wildlife, from deer and waterfowl to crabs, the state park is an oasis for animals. You can observe them from the various raised trails and platforms built throughout the area.
Tybee Island | 30 minutes away
Popular Tybee Island is just a half-hour from Savannah! This southern beach town features long stretches of sand, plus dolphin tours, sea kayaking, and the Tybee Lighthouse & Museum with sweeping views of the island and surrounding area. Tybee is a great place to let the kids get their energy out on the sand!
Hilton Head Island, SC | 45 minutes away
Hilton Head Island, just north of Savannah, is an excellent southern road trip! This charming town, complete with multiple beaches, is an excellent alternative to Tybee Island. Hilton Head is also known for its shopping, making it a popular family day trip destination for multiple interests. While there, be sure to visit picturesque Harbour Town with its famed lighthouse.
Beaufort, SC | 1 hour away
Beautiful Beaufort is characterized by preserved antebellum architecture, gorgeous parks, and a downtown that inspires. You may enjoy biking along the Spanish Moss Trail, strolling through The Point, or soaking in the views at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. Also recommended: paying a visit to the Gullah Geechee Visitor Center, which explores the unique Gullah Geechee people.
Charleston, SC | 2 hours away
While Charleston is one of the longer day trips on this list, it’s also one of the most popular! While a day trip to Charleston isn’t long enough to visit its beaches or outlying areas, you can easily hit up sites like Rainbow Row, Waterfront Park, the Battery, and City Market in a single day.
Augusta, GA | 2.5 hours away
Although best known as the home of The Masters golf tournament, Augusta has a walkable historic downtown with popular restaurants, shopping, and more. The Riverwalk area features a children’s playground, gardens, and the Jessye Norman Amphitheater. Other sites to visit: the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area, the Augusta Museum of History, and the Morris Museum of Art.
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