Hello! Has everyone recovered from the eclipse excitement? I have to say that the boys were really pumped about going to school and getting those special glasses to see this amazing event. Yet, the cloud coverage rolled in about an hour before and the rain quickly followed. So we didn’t get to see much, but their school had them watch it on the live feed. Ha! Gotta love technology!
Anyway, over the weekend we did something that we have wanted to do since we moved to Savannah. We took a trolley tour!! Whenever we go downtown with the kids they always see the orange trolleys and ask if we can go on. So they were so excited when I told them that Saturday was the day!
In an effort to beat the heat we made sure we were at location numero uno early and ready for that 9 am trolley! It proved to be a great seating choice as well, as we definitely beat the crowds. Our trolley tour guide was so great, born and raised in Savannah, and her love and enthusiasm about her home town really showed through. Not to mention she was very witty and threw in some pop culture references for the kids along the way!
Savannah is deeply rooted in American history, and it was amazing to hear just how much every building and square played a role in history. Truly one of the most remarkable things for me to learn was just how much SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design, helps to preserve Savannah’s architectural history by transforming structures into many different components for the college. As we would pass by buildings we would find out that they were now classrooms, and dorms, and libraries. I was thinking “how cool would it be to go to college here”. You know…..if I wanted to go to college all over again.
One of the best parts about the trolley tour is, that there are 15 stops along the way and you are more than welcome to go on and off at any of them. And then another trolley will pass by every 15 minutes for you to hop back on and continue your tour. We stayed on for a bit until the stop for the American Prohibition Museum. I have heard that this is a fun and interactive museum, even for kids. And that proved to be very true! Although, you know how it is when you go to a museum with kids…..they think it is a race to the finish. So Chris and I are planning a trip back, just the two of us so we can look around and hey maybe even pop into the speakeasy to try one of their signature 1920’s cocktails!
Okay but maybe the best part about this stop was that the museum was right next door to Byrd’s famous cookies!!! Where you can go in a sample all the cookies. The kids were not shy in this department. But we all settled on a couple boxes of the chocolate chip cookies. They are SO good! If you are not in the Savannah area, look them up online and order yourself a few bags. You can thank me later.
After we were all in a cookie coma, we hopped back on the trolley to finish the tour. It was starting to get hot, so the kids were happy to be sitting down and catching the cool breeze as we drove around. I’ve said it before and I will probably say it 100 more times. Savannah is just the most charming city. This tour made me fall in love with it even more, and helped to add about 50 restaurants that I want to try.
I would definitely say that if you are planning a trip to Savannah, block out some time in the morning and get on the trolley! It is just such a fun experience and you learn so much about this gem of a city. Now I have my sights set on the Ghosts and Gravestones Night Tour!!!
A special thank you to the Old Town Trolley for sponsoring this post and amazing experience!