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Enjoy swamp parks, nature trails, bamboo garden, marine sanctuary, nature preserve wetlands centers, national wildlife refuges, walking - driving tours and more. They are great for family and group activities.
Nature Preserve Wetlands Centers & National Wildlife Refuges
Alligator at Tybee Island GABanks Lake National Wildlife Refuge - Enjoy sports fishing for largemouth bass, wildlife, boating, observation and nature photography. Free admission and parking. Located in Folkston, GA

Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge - Half of the island is designated as a national wilderness area, with trails, beaches, birding and fishing. Free to the public.

Cay Creek Wetland Interpretive Center - Take the boardwalk and see marsh wetlands, native plants and wildlife. Free admission. In Midway, Georgia

Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge is 2,824 acres of saltwater, marshes and woods. It offers habitats attracting many species of birds. Over 15 miles of paved roads and trails offer visitor access. Located in Townsend, GA 31331
Little Tybee Island - Just south of Tybee is Little Tybee Island, a wilderness island of marches, forests, and pristine uninhabited beaches. Enjoy beachcombing, fishing, picnicking, bird watching, nature hiking, kayaking, camping. No pets allowed. Open 7 days a week. Some areas are posted off limits. Admission is free.

Wild Horses and Historic Ruines at Cumberland Island GAOssabaw Island - Accessible only by boat, this is Georgia's third-largest barrier island. Offers hiking, guided campling trips, scheduled group hunts and public beaches. Ossabaw Island on the Georgia coast…26,000 acres of maritime forest, tidal wetlands, wide beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. An unspoiled place set aside by the State of Georgia as a heritage preserve for natural, scientific, and cultural study, research, and education. Twenty minutes by boat from Savannah, yet worlds apart.

Ossabaw Island--where loggerhead sea turtles and endangered wood storks nest. Where students learn research techniques and the value of an unspoiled place. Where historic cultures are studied. Where photographers, writers, painters and musicians find inspiration. Must have boat access to island. Call or visit website for more info. Phone: 912-233-5104 - Address: 22814 GA Hwy. 144 - Website: http://www.ossabawisland.org/

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is a 29,000-acre refuge offers hiking, picnicking and wildlife viewing. Open: Sunrise-Sunset. Free admission and parking. In Savannah, Georgia
Gardens - Nature Trail - Marine Sanctuary & Swamp Park
Bamboo Farm in Savannah GABamboo Farm and Costal Gardens is the oldest and largest collection of bamboo for public viewing on North America. Admission cost is $3 for ages 6-16 and $5 for ages 17 and up. Admission cost is $3 for ages 6-16 and $5 for ages 17 and up. Admission is free for children ages 5 and under. Free parking. In Savannah, GA

Earth Day Nature Trail features a wading-bird habitat, an osprey and eagle nesting platform, wildlife observation decks and an observation tower. Open: Daily Sunrise-Sunset. Free admission and parking. Amenities: Parking, Public Restrooms, Accessibility for mobility-impaired - Phone: 912-264-7218 – Address: One Conservation Way, Ste. 300, Brunswick, Georgia 31520

Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary - About 20 miles off Sapelo Island, this reef is one if the largest near-shore live-bottom reefs in the SE. Open: Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm. Free admission and parking. Phone: 912-598-2345 - Address: 10 Ocean Science Cir., Savannah, Georgia 31411

Okefenokee Swamp Park is located in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, the Okefenokee Swamp Park is a magnificent show-window for this natural wonderland. Please note: There is a $5 entrance fee to this park. However, all activities except the guided boat tour are Free. Phone: 912-496-7836 – Located in Folkston, Georgia 31501
Outdoor Walking & Driving Tours
Sapelo Island Visitor Center signThe Altamaha Historic Scenic Byway displays a collage of history; from Guale Indians and 16th and 17th century Spanish missionaries to the pre-colonial occupation of Fort King George; from hardy Scottish Highland soldiers and colonists to the rice and cotton planters who succeeded them.

Bethesda Home for Boys - This is an interesting place to spend a few minutes to visit. It's historic buildings nestled among beautiful trees is truly a sight to see. Admission and parking are FREE.

Blackshear Civil War Prison Camp - Visit this historic site of a Civil War prison. The prison was an open camp in an out-of-the-way place, surrounded by a guardline, including some heavy artillery pieces. It was considered as a 'corral for human beings.' The prison guards were mainly from the 2nd Georgia Reserve Regiment and 3 companies of the 4th Georgia Reserves. Phone: 912-449-7044 – Address: Hwy 203 N., Blackshear, Georgia 31516

Bonaventure Cemetery is the final resting place for several of Savannah’s most famous residents. Self-guided tours available. Open: Daily 8a.m.-5p.m. Free. Amenities: Parking, Public Restrooms, Accessibility for mobility-impaired Phone: 912-651-6843 – Address: 330 Bonaventure Rd., Savannah, Georgia 31404

Colonial Park Cemetery - This burial ground is believed to be the gravesite of Button Gwinnett, one of the three Georgia signers of the Declaration of Independence. Open: Daily 8am - 5 pm. Amenities: Parking - Phone: 912-651-6843 - Address: 201 E. Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah, Georgia 31401
Buffalo Ranch at Georgia coastFolkston Funnel Platform - On the east side of the CSX main line in Flokston, gather with other train-watchers to view approaching northbound and southbound trains. The platform features lights, ceiling fans, and a scanner to listen in to radio traffic between trains. Adjacent to the platform are picnic tables, a grill, and a new restroom facility. Trains can also be enjoyed from the grounds of the restored Folkston depot, just diagonally across the tracks from the platform. Accessibility for mobility-impaired. Open all year, all day. Free admission & parking. Phone: 912-496-2536 - Address: 3795 Main St, Folkston, GA 31537

George Bancroft SSBN-643 Command Exhibit - The sail of this decommissioned submarine is on display outside the security gate. Open Daily. Free admission and parking. Phone: 912-882-2782 - Address: Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, 1063 USS Tennessee Avenue, Kings Bay, Georgia 31547 - Coordinates: 30°46.9′N 81°32.1′W

Historic Walking Tours of Savannah will let you discover the splendor of historic mansion, churches and the moss-draped oaks through the square of this enchanting city. Phone: 912-233-0119 – Address: 135 Bull St., Savannah, Georgia 31401

Horton House Ruins/ Horton’s Brewery Site - This house, dating from 1742, is one of the oldest standing tabby structures in the state and includes the ruins of Georgia’s first brewery. Tabby is a building material native to coastal Georgia, having crushed oyster shells as its principal ingredient. Located nearby is the old DuBignon family cemetery. Open: Daily. Free to view. Amenities: Parking and Accessibility for mobility-impaired. Phone: 912-635-3636, 877-4-JEKYLL - Address: N. Riverview Dr., Jekyll Island Georgia 31527

Laurel Grove South Cemetery - Dedicated on 1852 to the burial of slaves and free persons of color, this is the resting place of many of Savannah’s early prominent African-Americans.
Open: Daily 8a.m.-5p.m. Free. Amenities: Parking, and Accessibility for mobility-impaired.
Phone: 912-651-6772 – Address: 2101 Kollock St., Savannah, Georgia 31415

McIntosh Sugar Mill Ruins - These ruins are believed to have been built in the late 1820's. It is a tabby structure with very thick walls. At the time the sugarhouse was constructed, it is believed that thick-walled buildings such as this tabby one built by McIntosh were essential to insure the warmth needed for Superior production of sugar. Phone: 912-882-4000 or Toll Free 800-868-8687 - Located Downtown St. Marys, Georgia 31558 Directions I-95, Exit 3 to Hwy 40. St. Marys

Savannah Squares - These scenic squares are a great place to relax and learn about Georgia's earliest history. Enjoy lovely landscapes, historical markers and statues, and wonderful walking areas.
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