Traveling with the family in the Southeast looking for fall activities? After sorting through a massive batch of not-to-miss locales, we chose three: one each in Atlanta and Savannah, GA, and one in Charleston, SC.
Center for Puppetry Arts
The Center for Puppetry Arts is a unique museum, performance theater, and educational center in Atlanta that celebrates the art of puppetry. It knows how to pull the strings of both kids and adults.
The interactive “Worlds of Puppetry” museum, part of a $14 million expansion in 2015, houses the Jim Henson Collection and Global gallery. The former features more than seventy-five puppets and artifacts from Henson’s Muppet-laden career. Big Bird, Kermit, and other timeless characters are also on display.
The Global gallery houses almost 200 puppets and artifacts that represent five continents, including Chinese shadow puppets and American marionettes. The theater hosts in-house and touring productions, and its Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer show, based on the enduring TV special, has become an annual holiday tradition.
South Carolina Aquarium
More than 5,000 creatures call this Charleston South Carolina Aquarium home. Its 385,000 gallon Great Ocean Tank may be the star attraction, serving as the liquid playground for a 220-pound loggerhead turtle, sharks, and more. American alligators, rattlesnakes, and native flora can be seen in the Coastal Plain exhibit.
A total of ten other exhibits bring visitors up close and personal with animals found high and low. A regal bald eagle keeps watch of the Mountain Forest, while the Touch Tank promises animal interaction. The latter allows guests to touch and feel a variety of invertebrates. Think Atlantic stingrays, horseshoe crabs, sea urchins, and more. Check the aquarium’s calendar for special fall activities.
The Pirates’ House
More than just a Savannah restaurant, the Pirates’ House is a historic building that dates back to the mid-1700s. Tiny pirates and little mermaids typically appreciate the old world rustic look and feel of its environs.
Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow would certainly be at home. In fact, legend says actual swashbucklers did business at the Pirates’ House over mugs of grog and rum. A ship’s worth of pirate decor fills the restaurant’s rooms, and each deserve exploration. The Captain’s Room boasts hand-sewn ceiling beams connected by wooden pegs. Peer down darkened cellar stairways supposedly used by pirates back in the day.
Of course, ghost stories abound, including one about the continuous haunting by Captain Flint. True or not, families can enjoy the mystique while munching on seafood, steaks, and more. Those 21 and older may consider imbibing rum-tinged cocktails. Sail to the gift shop for a pirate-themed trinket or T-shirt to take home.
Next time you’re looking for some fun fall family activities in Georgia or South Carolina, be sure to take a ride over to one of these gems.