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Two ideas for Savannah

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Two ideas for Savannah

I have a full plate already running my business, but I have a few ideas about how to improve this city for visitors. I'm hoping someone will take these ideas and run with them:

Someone needs to come up with a family-friendly activity at night that does not involve a ghost tour. I love the tours, but my visiting brother (who hates ghost-themed anything) wanted to know where he should take his six-year-old daughter in the evening that didn't involve ghosts or ice cream. This is a problem, and an opportunity. Figure this one out and you're sitting on a gold mine, because there are a lot of parents out there looking for that same sort of thing.

Also- we need authentic, easily-accessible shops with locally-produced goods in the Historic District. I was walking through City Market after being in Charleston, and realized that there were almost zero locally-produced items for sale anywhere. Shop after shop had the same nationally-produced bric a brac. I know Polk's Market is in the Historic District, but it's off in the wee corner with zero foot traffic. The two warehouse-looking market structures on the east end of River Street is a start, but we need more venues.

Any thoughts? Criticisms? Suggestions?

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1. Re: Two ideas for Savannah

I have worked for two different tour companies, and both in the past have tried to market other tours in the evening (other than the ghost tour) and the response was so minimal that the cost involved with staffing, etc. wasn't feasible. As far as tours are concerned, there just isn't enough demand for anything in the evening besides a ghost tour.

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2. Re: Two ideas for Savannah

I know that the Girl Scouts sometimes do "scavenger hunts" in the evening - that would be fun!

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3. Re: Two ideas for Savannah

I am not sure i agree, because i beleive in marketing to your base -- and the average savannah tourist is not a 3 year old. I get what you are saying, but i wouldnt plan a family vacation with small kids in savannah -- as there are many "kids places" to go (especially since savannah itself isnt a "beach town") --- I think your ideas may work better for Tybee. Do you really want to see pigeon forge come to savannah, it would ruin it

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4. Re: Two ideas for Savannah

we have had a whole lot of fun taking a nature friendly kayak tour with native guide tours over in near by bluffton. up close and personal doesn't even begin to give the tour justice, it's great fun!

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5. Re: Two ideas for Savannah

If I came with a six year old, and wanted something to do in the evening.....I would take her/him to a place like Chucky Cheese or the Flying Frog. That's what they like. Children's entertainment doesn't seem to fit the Historic Savannah image.

Maybe a ride down to Tybee to see the ocean at night. As warm as it is now, even a night time swim might be enjoyable.

I am wondering if the Jepson is open for the public at night. Their hands-on art experience might be just the thing for a young child. Don't forget, bedtime should come early for a tired child. We sure don't want them cranky the next day!!

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I thought on vacation you are supposed to give kids ice cream (my child expects it.) There is always Vinnie’s; the thought of Chucky Cheese on my vacation makes me quiver. I would take them down to the River Front to the candy shop (you want to be his or her favorite uncle, right?) and get her free samples. Then you can always take her to the batting cages out on the islands (they have other things besides batting cages, such as mini golf, and bumper cars.) Then there is always the fail safe: go to Best Buy by a season of SpongeBob and let them gourd themselves on pizza and candy!

As for your second idea... I don't think that would work in Savannah. Most of the people who come to visit want cheesy trinket items, such as Paula Deen stuff. I love going through the galleries in Savannah's City Market and the Marketplace on River Street, but I never buy anything, it is overpriced or I think I could so do that. I love Polk's Market, I wish there was more foot traffic and I am all for supporting local businesses. Think about it what is Savannah known for... Paula Deen and Midnight, some will argue the latter has fallen by the wayside. It amazes me how many people come to Savannah not knowing the historical value of this beautiful city, they come to see Paula Deen and don’t care about anything else.

Now what it Charleston known for: southern charm, churches, and history. I expect to go to Charleston and spend a pretty penny on a sweet grass basket and other local trinkets. I think it is a neat idea, but Savannah isn't Charleston and what works there doesn't necessarily work here; I really don't think Savannah is ready for that.

Please keep in mind this is just my opinion and that I am aware that not all people who come to Savannah are Paula Deen fans.

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7. Re: Two ideas for Savannah

Tram3, you already know that here in Savannah, the Historic Review Board would put the kebosh on anything new, unless it's for another condo development. We barely have sidewalk cafe tables and remember the fights about Firefly Cafe being able to serve wine at night?

I wish Savannah was more progressive than our sister city of Charleston when it comes to innovations...they've got a world-class aquarium in their historic backyard. No, we need those rows of spec condos.........

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8. Re: Two ideas for Savannah

I will concede the point. But I thought it was worth bringing up from a traveler's perspective: why are we expecting to find local goods in Charleston and not Savannah? Where does that mindset come from?

I think if we change the perception, we change the expectation.

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9. Re: Two ideas for Savannah

My suggestion (not necessarily related to children or alternative night time activiites) would be that Savannah have a graveyard/cemetary tour. NOT ...another ghost tour. I too dislike ghost tours and while visiting Savannah last year we looked for a graveyard tour but we were not successful. I enjoy those type of tours that concentrate on local history and the stories behind those buried in the local cemetaries. We went on one in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia and it was terrific. The guy conducting the tour must have had 40 to 50 adult attending on the night we went. BUT...it was not a ghost tour.

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10. Re: Two ideas for Savannah

Dont concede, cause you do raise a good point about savannah being in need of something else. I think most people think old south when they think savannah, so there should be some way to tie that in, but how you do that without getting into slavery and racism would be difficult (thinking along the lines of a plantation/working farm where the staff dress for the period (say early 1800s). Or maybe a casino would be a good attraction.