Georgia On My Mind (3 Days)
Sample Trip Itinerary
One of the original 13 colonies, Georgia’s rich history is home to some of our nation’s most important historical moments. Take a trip through major time periods such as Georgia’s inhabitance by Mound Building cultures, the Georgia Gold Rush, Georgia’s theatrical stage of the Civil War, and today’s modern technological boom. Georgia’s history is both rich and diverse.
Below is a sample 3-day trip itinerary that can be fully-customized by our team to make your trip a perfect match for you student group.
Trolley Tour of Historic Savannah
In this 90 minute, guided tour of the city, students will board 35 passenger, open aired trolley cars to learn about the history and culture of historic Savannah. On this fully narrated tour, students will discover multiple points of interests in the history and culture of Savannah. Included in this tour are the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, the Juliette Gordon Low birthplace, Forsyth Park, Ellis Square, among many others.
Lunch and shopping on River Street
Following the morning trolley tour, students will meet for a catered lunch on iconic River Street. Following lunch, students will be given the opportunity to shop along River Street. The hand-laid cobblestones along River Street are from all over the world and students will have an opportunity to see, firsthand, the beautiful architecture and history that River Street holds. While on River Street, students will be able to see numerous monuments paying homage to Savannah history. Among them is the Waving Girl Statue – a monument to Florence Martus who took it upon herself to be Savannah’s unofficial greeter of all ships who entered and left the Port of Savannah between 1887 and 1931
First African Baptist Church
Savannah’s First African Baptist Church has been a place of tremendous leadership and service since its first organization in 1773. During segregation, the Church served as a safe house where white citizens and black citizens could freely meet. During this tour, students will hear a history of the Church’s role throughout the last 225 years.
Old Fort Jackson
Old Fort Jackson, Georgia’s oldest standing brick fort, is a can’t miss National Historic Landmark. Fort Jackson, originally erected when Thomas Jefferson authorized the construction of a national defense system, has served to defend Savannah in both the American Revolution and the Civil War. While at the Fort, students will be engaged in a highly exciting, interactive tour including a live cannon firing!
Dinner and Beach Time
Tybee Island, GA
Following the tour of Old Fort Jackson, students will load the bus and head to Tybee Island where they will enjoy dinner at the beach! Following a catered dinner, students and teachers will have some time for beach activities, group pictures, or to just watch the waves crash in.
Bowling at Strike Zone, Brunswick
To end the first evening, students will have some “spare” time to “strike” up some fun at Strike Zone Bowling, in Brunswick before heading back to the hotel.
Cumberland Island Cruise
St. Mary’s, GA
The morning will start with a highly popular, and extensive, tour to learn the rich history and wildlife of Cumberland Island! Students will cruise by Fernandina’s shrimp boats, historic Old Towne and Ft. Clinch to the wild horses of Cumberland Island. While on tour, historians will share the colorful stories that define the character of this unique part of the world.
Picnic lunch in the waterfront park
Tour Christ Church Episcopal
Saint Simons Island, GA
One of the very oldest churches in Georgia, Christ Church is set in tall, mossy grass under towering oak trees. Students are always fascinated by the church’s beauty and history, and will enjoy looking at the unique architecture and hearing the deep history of the church’s congregation.
Shopping and Dinner in the St. Simons Pier Village District
St. Simons Island, GA
Overlooking the water and Jekyll Island across the way, St. Simons’ Pier Village serves as the downtown social hub and is a popular destination for shopping, dining, and gathering on the pier. Students will have time to shop for memorabilia before heading to Neptune Park for a catered dinner.
St Simons lighthouse Tour
Groups will then walk down to the historic St. Simons lighthouse and will be given the opportunity to explore the historic St. Simons Lighthouse campus - which includes the Lighthouse, the Keeper's Dwelling Museum, the oil house and Victorian Gazebo and the Maritime Museum at the Historic Coast Guard Station - in a unique, entertaining, and interactive setting. During the tour, guides will enlighten students as to the history of the lighthouse and the role these structures have played throughout American history.
Saint Simons Island, GA
The evening will end with a fully-guided journey through the moonlit streets and moss draped passageways of the village, Neptune Park and an ancient burial ground.
Your students will be captivated as they Listen to strange tales of murder, deathly love, tragic endings, legends, lost souls and few who refuse to stay lost!
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Located deep in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, the Okefenokee Swamp Park is a memorable stopping point on your journey. The Okefenokee provides a magnificent show-window for the “Land of the Trembling Earth.” This vast wilderness of islands, lakes, jungles, forest and prairies offer a diverse landscape of species. Students will explore the park through a live wildlife tour, a guided boat tour and a railroad tour that will each, independently, help students to respect and appreciate the countless species that call the Okefenokee home, including alligators, turtles, snakes and birds.
Wild Adventures Theme Park
The STEM theme of day three will continue as students travel to Wild Adventures Theme Park. Whether you desire to learn more about Georgia’s animal kingdom in the Birdhouse Aviary Experience, want to give your students an appreciation for our environment in the recycling tour, or want to incorporate an afternoon of math or physics in the Forces in Motion class, Wild Adventures is a living classroom for all subjects. Of course, it also provides a great place to kick back and enjoy the end of the trip, too!