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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Reserve is a large island between Savannah and the island of Hilton Head. Originally owned by a Native American trader, the land was sold to Charles Pinckney who kept the land in the family through its multiple uses as a game preserve, farmland and plantation. The island was occupied by Union troops in the midst of the Civil War, with a few small-scale skirmishes breaking out on the grounds. After a few changes of ownership and some animal reintroduction, the island was handed over to the Fish and Wildlife Service who designated it a National Wildlife Refuge. The site is also noteworthy for containing around 115 archaeological artifacts ranging from the Archaic era to the Mississippi era.
This is your opportunity to paddle your kayak through the May River, explore its tributaries, estuaries and salt water marshes as you explore where salt and fresh water meet. These rivers and marshes make up a delicate ecosystem near the coast and are breeding grounds for most of the seafood we eat. The natural beauty is awe-inspiring, filled with all forms of wildlife. You may see dolphins, any number of fish and many exotic birds. Private tours are also available from native guides.
A walking tour of the flowers, plants and trees of historic Savannah; enjoy folklore stories and fun facts as told by licensed tour guide Roy Heizer. Roy is a Georgia, North Carolina & South Carolina certified plant professional. Come enjoy and explore the plant life of Savannah. Experience a perfect blend of science, storytelling and the natural beauty of coastal Georgia. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 12 or younger.
This National Historic Landmark site is home to the only preserved railroad shops complex and roundhouse of its size. The brick industrial buildings, constructed in the mid 1800s, are a testament to the importance of the railroad to Savannah and the U.S. The 125-foot tall smokestack that still stands is very impressive. The giant turntable still works, and the collection of locomotives and railroad cars, many of which have been fully restored and are operational, are often rolled out and moved.
Originally an earthen fort established during the Revolutionary War, Old Fort Jackson's brick structure was built in 1808, and was further developed between 1845 and 1860. The fort sits on the bank of the Savannah River and is surrounded by a moat. Visitors may explore the tunnel-like passageways that used to house soldiers and store ammunition and supplies. Inside, watch a video presentation on the history of the fort. Cannons and other weapons are on display throughout. Daily cannon firings are offered during the summer months.
This vibrant museum and learning center in the heart of the Historic District is a great resource for introducing kids to the wonders of history. Interactive exhibits include presentations on Savannah's history, architecture, industry and development. A schoolroom lets little guests imagine themselves in the roles of their hard-studying forebears, and even presents a comprehensive study of the evolution of education from ancient times to modern days.
Oatland Island Wildlife Center of Savannah is a recreational and educational facility functioning for over four decades. Sprawling over 175 acres (70 hectares), it is replete with lush landscapes, freshwater wetlands and marshy habitats of endangered species. Explore the local flora and fauna with a nature trail and get acquainted with the Gray Wolf, Red Fox, Cougar, Carolina Anole, Mediterranean Gecko and the likes. This family-friendly center also organizes several programs, guided walks and field trips for visitors.
The Roebling Road Raceway, previously known as the Savannah International Raceway is a road racetrack built in 1959. What is unique about this asphalt race course is that it features no viewing facilities for spectators. The track hosts various events for most part of the year. Drivers can either rent cars and automobiles, or get their own.
Owned and operated by the Savannah State University, the stadium has been named after Theodore Wright, the football coach of the Tiger's Football Team. Since 1967, the stadium has been venue for the University's football as well as track and field events. It is also home to the Savannah State Tigers football team. At times thou, the ground plays host to sporting events of schools in the neighborhood as well.
The Tiger Arena at the Savannah State University is a massive 6000 seater arena which hosts some of the best basketball and volleyball matches. Quite a few other interesting and fun events are also organized. Check university website for further details.
The region's waterways are a marvel to behold. Whether your interest in them lies in boating, fishing, wildlife, conservation or recreation, Live Oac (pronounced "oak") will put all its resources at your disposal. That means you can tour the area on a top-of-the-line watercraft, all while wallowing in the wisdom of Live Oac's seemingly all-knowing local guides. Note that it is an owner-operated company. See website for complete list of adventure options.
A trip to Hilton Head simply would not be complete without hitting the beach, and a trip to the beach simply would not be complete without engaging in a bit of extreme watersports. Whether you crave the wind-in-your-hair speed of jet skiing and wave running, or the wind-beneath-your-wings thrills of parasailing, H20 Sports can set you up with top-notch gear and first-rate coaching. For those less inclined toward extremeness, they even offer environmentalism-themed boat tours. See website for complete tour details, rates and more.