Note: For the sake of simplicity — and because, hello, you’ve got kids in the car! — Mamamelia.com will count anything outside of Camden and Nassau counties as a day trip.
What: Includes a Wild Animal Park featuring 212 animals in the setting of boardwalks and a cypress swamp. Also camping, BMX racing track and Frisbee/Disc Golf Course.
Where: 105 Chehaw Park Road, Albany
Website: www.parksatchehaw.org and www.chehaw.org
Folkston Train Funnel
What: Viewing platform where visitors can see the double track that serves as the main artery for trains passing between Florida and Georgia. Picnic tables, a frill and restrooms nearby.
Where: 3795 Main Street, Folkston
Folkston Train Museum
What: Restored train depot featuring old train memorabilia. Across the tracks from the Folkston Train Funnel (see above).
Where: 202 West Main Street, Folkston
Fort Pulaski National Monument
What: Civil War fort has drawbridges, dikes and ditches outside and cannons and tunnels inside.
Where: US 80 East, 15 miles east of Savannah
Jesup Drive-In Theatre
What: A genuine, 1950’s-style drive-in theatre that’s very family-friendly.
Where: 3686 Savannah Hwy., Jesup, GA
Call: Office 912-559-2183 or 912-427-7254 movieline
Georgia Sea Turtle Center
What: Exhibits on sea turtle conservation, rehabilitation and their journey from egg to adulthood.
Where: 214 Stable Road, Jekyll Island
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
What: Historical 1821 home where the founder of Girl Scouts was born.
Where: 10 E. Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah
Marine Education Center and Aquarium (MECA)
What: Aquarium featuring 14 exhibit tanks with 200 live animals including fish, turtles and invertebrates.
Where: 30 Ocean Science Circle, Skidaway Island (near Savannah)
Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum
What: Museum featuring original combat aircraft, flight simulators, POW exhibit, memorial gardens and more.
Where: 175 Bourne Ave., Pooler (Close to Savannah International Airport)
Oatland Island Wildlife Center
What: A wildlife center that has walking trails and boardwalks snaking through marshes and forests. Among the animals are alligators, bobcats, foxes and a farm. Call ahead to register for weekly toddler program.
Where: 711 Sandtown Road, Savannah
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
What: Cyprus forest, marsh, lakes and islands make up this 402,000 acre refuge. See over 400 species, including alligators, Sandhill cranes and red-cockaded woodpeckers. Guided boat tours, boardwalks, trails and driving and biking areas available.
Where: 2700 Suwanee Canal Road, Folkston, GA
What: Guided kayak and canoe tours and rentals in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Choose anything from a quick tour to a several day excursion. Bike rentals, picnics and fishing also available.
Where: 4159 Suwannee Canal Road, Folkston, GA
Old Fort Jackson
What: The oldest standing brick fortification in Georgia, this 200-year-old fort was used to protect Savannah in the War of 1812. Features daily cannon firings.
Where: 1 Fort Jackson Road, Savannah
Pirates House Restaurant
What: A 1753 building that began as an inn frequented by pirates and sailors. Now pirate impersonators keep the place lively. Be sure to take a look at the entrance to their legendary tunnel rumored to lead to underground to the Savannah River.
Where: 20 East Broad St., Savannah
Roundhouse Railroad Museum
What: The oldest and largest existing 19th-century railroad operations complex; museum has steam and diesel locomotives and one of the country’s only operating turntables.
Where: 601 W Harris Street, Savannah
Summer Waves Water Park
What: Water park with open and closed water slides, wave pool, lazy river, kiddie pool and other features. Seasonal hours, so check before going.
Where: 210 South Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island
Telfair Art Museum’s ArtZeum
What: A 3500 square-foot interactive art gallery for children and their families. Features 22 activities to help children understand art, including a “make your own metal sculpture” magnet wall, dress up activities and a glass house.
Where: 207 W York St., Savannah
Tybee Island Marine Science Center
What: Offers guided educational tours on the beach and in the marshlands as well as talks about the ocean, marine life, shells and more.
Where: 1510 Strand Ave., Tybee Island (east of Savannah)
Wild Adventures Theme Park
What: A theme park, water park and animal park in one place. The 200-acre park is known for its wooden roller coaster, The Cheetah.
Where: 3766 Old Clyattville Road, Valdosta