It should come as no surprise that Savannah serves as one of the more popular destinations in the Southeast for family reunions. Savannah, established in 1733, is the oldest city in the state of Georgia, which means there is a rich, detailed history to discover. Add the city’s charming setting, classic Southern hospitality, and its numerous options for family-friendly outings – including museums and restaurants – and you’ve got the perfect backdrop to host a family reunion.
What makes Savannah such a uniquely good place is the sheer volume of activities made available for the entire family. There’s the opportunity to learn about the city’s past through its many historical sites and museums, such as Fort Pulaski, the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, and the Savannah History Museum. Another way to soak in Savannah’s culture is through one of the many well-informed tour guides. Hop aboard the city’s only locally owned and operated tour company in Old Savannah Tours, opt for a classic tour on foot with Savannah Dan, or take a ride on the Savannah River with live entertainment and dinner courtesy of Savannah Riverboat Cruises.
Experiencing Savannah’s food offerings is just as important – and just as satisfying – as learning about its history and culture. Restaurants that are tailored to take on reunion groups abound in the Hostess City, such as The Pirates’ House, a Savannah staple that serves up Southern eats in a pirate-themed inn that is considered to be the oldest house in Georgia. There’s also The Lady & Sons, Paula Deen’s famous restaurant that offers a Southern buffet. Another option is The Crab Shack on Tybee Island, which dishes out some of the best seafood that the area has to offer. The restaurant is outdoor and overlooks a creek and also has a distinct feature: a gator lagoon that allows for visitors to feed alligators, which is sure to intrigue at least a few members of the family reunion group.
Savannah boasts an ever-growing art scene for the family reunion that wants to go that route. The Jepson Center for the Arts is part of the Telfair Museums’ three buildings and features modern paintings and exhibits, along with an interactive gallery for children. There’s also the chance to enjoy musicals and a variety of shows that include comedians, dancers, live bands, and singers at the Savannah Theatre and the Lucas Theatre for the Arts.
One of our preferred hotels, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Savannah Midtown, has proven to be a well-liked lodging spot for family reunions. The Fairfield Inn & Suites Savannah Midtown, which is conveniently located just four miles from Savannah’s famed Historic District, was built in 2016 and features modern amenities and perks such as complimentary hot breakfast and Wi-Fi. The hotel’s location is also favorable to two of Savannah’s major parks: Lake Mayer Community Park and Daffin Park, both which feature plenty of outdoor space for family reunions.
The Fairfield Inn & Suites Savannah Midtown also has its own area that can be rented out – a perfect option for getting the family reunion together in one space to meet and greet.
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