5 ideas for day trips near Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Looking for something to do over the weekend? Here are five day trip ideas within a few hours drive of Savannah.

1. The Camellia Garden at the Coastal Discovery Museum in Hilton Head

If you want to find something beautiful to enjoy for the day, look no further than the Coastal Discovery Museum’s Camellia Garden. This garden on Hilton Head Island has over 130 different exotic and historical camellia plants.

The camellias each have labels with descriptions so you can learn more about them as you walk through the garden. Because they start blooming in November and continue to do so all winter long, this is the perfect time to go garden viewing.

Admission is free and more information can be found on the American Camellia Society website here.

2. Visit the Earth Day Nature Trail in Braunschweig

Want to explore the natural world? Visiting the Earth Day Nature Trail might be just what you want. Located at the headquarters of the Coastal Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resources in Brunswick, this trail offers visitors a chance to see the beauty and wonder of coastal Georgia.

A great choice for those with older children, this trail is designed with a learning experience in mind. After downloading the course brochure from the website, you can prepare for an educational trip alone or with your family.

Entry to the trail is free and wheelchair accessible. You can find more information by following the link here.

3. Go see the Beaufort Lighthouse

If you don’t suffer from vertigo, this one is for you.

Located in Hunting Island State Park, it is the only publicly accessible lighthouse in South Carolina. After touring the rest of the park, you can head to the historic lighthouse to climb the 167 steps to the top. Once there, you can take a look at the barrier island that surrounds you.

Admission to the park is $8 per adult and $4 for children ages 6-15. Admission to the lighthouse must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance and costs $2 per person. Visitors can book 30-minute time slots for up to six people.

For more information, you can check the Hunting Island State Park website here.

4. Take a tree spirit tour on Saint-Simons Island

Have you ever looked at the trunk of an old oak tree on Saint-Simon Island and thought you saw a face carved into its wood? According to the Golden Isles website, there is a legend that these faces are those of sailors who died at sea on boats made by the trees of the island.

Inspired by this legend, artist Keith Jennings carved faces of his own design into the oak trees of St. Simons. Although some of them are on private property, there is a map available of those in public areas that you can view.

The map and more information about tree spirits can be found on the Golden Isles website here.

5. Check out the Richland Rum Distillery Tour in Braunschweig

Are you an adult who is not interested in the idea of ​​staying outside in mid-December? Are you over 21? Here’s an option you might not have thought of: a tour of the distillery.

Brunswick-based Richland Rum Distillery offers a behind-the-scenes look at what they say is America’s finest rum. Guests will not only be able to see the process and machinery of the distillery, but those of legal drinking age will also have the opportunity to participate in a guided tasting of the rum made at the distillery.

Tickets start at $45 per person and tours run Monday through Saturday, with options starting at noon. You can find more information on the Richland Rum Distillery website here.

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