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Travel Tips for Savannah Nature Lovers: 7 Places to Visit on Next Outdoor Adventure

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A juvenile White Ibis in the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia. (wikimedia/commons)

By    |   Monday, 19 Jan 2015 02:53 PM

Nature lovers can have a field day while vacationing in Savannah, Georgia. Visitors looking for outdoor travel tips have a variety of locales to explore.

Here are seven places to choose from when deciding on an outdoor adventure.

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1. For driving, hiking, biking or walking, the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, south of Savannah, brings nature alive for outdoor lovers. The refuge is a photographer’s delight, but also a sight for the eyes.

Among the nearly 350 species of birds are the endangered wood storks with a large colony on Woody Pond. There are six man-made freshwater ponds along with fields and forested wetlands.

2. The South Beach area of Tybee Island has the best of both worlds. Visitors can enjoy nature along the beachfront while taking in the commercial shops and restaurants nearby.

Walk from the dunes to the water to observe the sea and bird life. Enjoy beachcombing for a variety of shells or take in some swimming. Stroll the beautiful flat-sand beach and eye the shorebirds on the prowl for fish.

3. The Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge is a perfect getaway accessible only by boat. Arrange a trip there through boat captains, marinas, or tour guides.

See the wildlife — including birds, deer, and alligators, at the maritime forest, marsh, and beach habitats. A lucky visitor might even find Blackbeard’s treasure, rumored to be buried somewhere in the area.

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4. A stroll through Savannah’s 30-acre Forsyth Park allows visitors to enjoy the Spanish moss-draped oak trees as well as a variety of recreational activities, sporting events, and concerts.

The unforgettable views include the tunnel-formed trees that hang over the world-famous Forsyth Park Fountain, erected in 1858. Walk or bicycle through a canopy of oaks or take a look at the Confederate Soldier Monument, Spanish-American Monument and the Marine Corps Monument.

5. Oatland Island Wildlife Center offers more than 150 animals from more than 50 different species, including bobcats, wolves, buffalo, armadillo, flying squirrels, and reptiles. Catch a sign of cougar, bison, or gators along a two-mile stretch. See farm animals, including sheep, goats, rabbits, and cows. The center is a few miles east of Savannah’s Historic District.

6. Discover the wonders of about 50 species of marine life direct from coastal Georgia at the University of Georgia’s Marine Education Center and Aquarium. Visit the educational museum with fossils and artifacts. Enjoy the beautiful nature trail and picnic area near the aquarium. Visitors can also get travel tips about tour guides. TripAdvisor rates the center No. 1 in zoos and aquariums in Savannah.

7. Skidaway Island State Park provides a great view of the outdoors with trails through a maritime forest and marshland that lead to a boardwalk and observation tower.

Wildlife includes deer, raccoons, fiddler crabs, and egrets. It's a wonderful place for bird watchers as well. Visitors can enjoy a scenic campground surrounded by oak trees and picnic shelters.

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Nature lovers can have a field day while vacationing in Savannah, Georgia. Visitors looking for outdoor travel tips have a variety of locales to explore. Here are seven places to choose from when deciding on an outdoor adventure.
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