5 things for kids to do during a quick trip to Savannah

Rich in history and culture, Savannah makes a fantastic place to visit with your family. You'll find plenty of family-friendly activities in this coastal town to keep the kids having fun.

Check out these five Savannah attractions just right for the whole family.

Dolphin Magic Tours. $30 for adults; $15 for ages 3-12; free for ages 2 and under. 312 East River St., Savannah, Ga. 31401. 800-721-1240. www.dolphin-magic.com.

Hop on Savannah's largest dolphin-watching vessel, where you can spend around two hours observing Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and see Savannah landmarks. Your kids should love this animal encounter experience. The route changes depending on dolphin location. Oh, and don't forget to bring your camera.

Star Castle Family Entertainment Center. Prices vary. 550 Mall Blvd., Savannah, Ga. 31406. 912-354-5437. www.starcastle.info.

If you're looking for a one-stop family fun shop while you're in Savannah, Star Castle has you covered. If you like to roller skate, you'll love rolling to your favorite songs on a 10,000-square-foot wood floor. Have a blast running around the city's only Lasertron laser tag arena, with fog-filled mazes illuminated by black lights. Play 55 games at the arcade, but make sure to stick around and have a pizza after all the fun.

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace. $15 for adults; $12 for ages 5 through 18; $10 for Girl Scouts. 10 East Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah, Ga. 31401. 912-233-4501. www.juliettegordonlowbirthplace.org.

No Girl Scout experience is complete without stopping at the birth place of the group's founder, Juliette Gordon Low. Right in the heart of Savannah, the home was the first national historic landmark in the city and offers Girl Scouts of all ages a chance to see important memorabilia and Low's original artwork, and to learn all about the woman who started this important organization.

Savannah Marine Education Center and Aquarium. $6 for ages 13 and up; $3 for ages 3 through 12; $3 for seniors and military; free for ages 2 and under. 30 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, Ga. 31411. 912-598-2496. www.marex.uga.edu.

As part of the University of Georgia, Savannah's Marine Education Center and Aquarium makes a great day trip while you're in town, and offers children a chance to learn all about Georgia's native marine life. While there, you'll explore exhibits, take part in hands-on activities and observe an array of sea creatures at Georgia's first salt water aquarium. Bring along a picnic — you can find tables right outside that overlook the Skidaway River.

The Pirate's House. Meal prices vary. 20 East Broad St., Savannah, Ga. 31401. 912-233-5757. www.thepirateshouse.com.

Little ones feeling hungry? Take them to have dinner at the Pirate's House, one of the most exciting places to eat in Savannah. Founded as an inn for sailors and seafarers in 1753, children will get to see characters dressed up in pirate costumes, hear stories and tales about its legendary location, and enjoy delicious food that's sure to please even the pickiest eater.

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