Moon River Corridor
Just beyond the outskirts of town, guests of Savannah can visit Moon River Corridor, a haven of outdoor and cultural attractions that is an experience of the Lowcountry – a quick trip (15 minutes by Truman Parkway) – worthy of an all-day family affair.
The attractions of the Moon River Experience are brought together based on two themes: the water that surrounds the islands and nourishes the salt marsh and created prime conditions for fishing industry, and the plantation economy that developed from how residents of the coast responded to their habitat.
Less than 20 minutes from downtown Savannah, visitors will find Bethesda Academy, a boarding and day school for boys founded in 1740. Rich in history, the Academy houses a museum dedicated to preserving the over 270 years of service that Bethesda and its boys have provided the community.
Past Bethesda lies the Pin Point Heritage Museum, a one-of-a-kind experience offering an inside look into the Gullah culture of the Savannah Pin Point community. The site of the museum was once the A.S. Varn & Son Oyster and Crab Factory, an important landmark to the small fishing village, which formerly employed descendants of freedmen from the neighboring islands. Every Saturday, guests can visit the museum to learn about the history of Pin Point and take a guided tour with locals.
Near Skidaway Island and Isle of Hope, adults and kids alike will enjoy visiting the Wormsloe Historic Site, Skidaway Island State Park and the UGA Aquarium. The tabby ruins of Wormsloe – and estate once belonging to Noble Jones, one of the first English settlers in the area – are the oldest standing structure in Savannah. Skidaway Island State Park brings together the maritime forest and marshland with a campground and observation deck, while the UGA Aquarium is a special home for marine animals found along the Georgia coast. The aquarium is a part of the University’s marine extension program, where visitors can explore 16 exhibit tanks, get a feel for marine life at the special touch tank and observe fossil displays.
The Moon River Experience as a whole is a fun, inexpensive way to become acquainted with Savannah’s borders while learning a little more about Georgia’s history in the process!