To tell the heroic tale of the Mighty Eighth Air Force requires more than a simple history book or channel can handle. At the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, displays of tangible, lovingly preserved relics preserve the harrowing and inspiring stories of the Eighth Air Force's greatest achievements, paying respect to those who risked, and often lost, their lives. The exhibits narrate how the Mighty Eighth earned its nickname as the all-time largest air armada for its role in World War II, and a combat gallery of scale models and authentic flying machines, including a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber that's now being painstakingly restored, allows visitors to nab up-close views of the planes that made it all happen. Other exhibits detail how the men and women of the Eighth helped repel the Nazi menace, while the memorial gardens and Chapel of the Fallen Eagles salute all of those in the armed forces from WWII through today.
With more than three decades as a marine biologist tucked under his waders, Dr. Joe Richardson has studied beaches from Nova Scotia to the Bahamas, but he still never ceases to marvel at the diversity of Tybee Island’s shores. The widely published professor emeritus of marine sciences at Savannah State University delights in sharing his knowledge about these lively shores, and to that end hosts walking tours for groups of all ages that incorporate conversation and hands-on activities. As his followers comb their fingers and toes through the sand of the beaches and inlets, they search for fossilized shark teeth and animals that Dr. Joe helps identify. He also discusses the tides, sand layers, local marine life, and which creatures eat with salad forks or soup spoons. Along the rock jetty, groups splash into tide pools to learn about the intertidal zone and the ways animals adapt to this habitat, then help Dr. Joe collect live specimens for a field aquarium by pulling in a 50-foot beach seine net and examining the fish and crabs caught in its weave. Lucky guests can glimpse the sleek fins of dolphins, and curious ones can ask Dr. Joe about his research projects, current ecological concerns, and how mermaids keep their fingers from getting pruny.
Appearances can be deceiving, especially when it comes to Oglethorpe - Gray Line Savannah Trolley Tours' signature vehicles. They certainly look like classic open-air street trolleys, complete with bright blue exteriors and friendly drivers ready to greet each boarding passenger. But in reality, these nostalgic vehicles are more like oversized, revved up history books on wheels.
Oglethorpe - Gray Line Savannah Trolley Tours?a locally owned TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013 award winner?takes participants into Savannah's historic past, rolling down the waterfront and through the full 2.2 square miles of the city's historic district. The drivers double as historians, and they illuminate the stories behind each point of interest. They point out old homes, such as the birthplace of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low and the home of Button Gwinnett, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and tell how Historic Colonial Park Cemetery became the final resting place for many of Savannah's earliest citizens. From start to finish, the signature Historic Savannah Trolley Tour lasts 90 minutes, and customers can prolong journeys into the past. Trolleys stop at key points throughout the city, and drivers invite passengers to hop on and off as often as they like.
When night falls, the streets explored by Oglethorpe - Gray Line Savannah Trolley Tours take on a spookier ambiance, one that is best explored during the Haunted Tour. Like the main tour, the dark adventure lasts 90 minutes, but it focuses exclusively on Savannah's haunted past and present. Entertaining guides spin tales of ghosts and famed citizens?long dead?who may still be walking Savannah's streets.
The Savannah Beerathon mimics a marathon with a tongue-in-cheek lineup of 26 bar hops, each location pouring a different featured craft brew. The Savannah Morning News profiled the event, which taps into the city's burgeoning craft-beer culture for an eclectic tasting tour.
Each venue boasts beer specials—though the brews themselves are not included with admission as per Georgia law. The suds range from Left Hand milk stout and Blue Point toasted lager to Sam Adams' Octoberfest. Participants meet new friends and new beers throughout the day, raising a glass to good taste and soaking up the sounds of live bands and DJs. The organizers encourage the wearing of team outfits and welcome designated drivers and sober pack-horses to join their friends at the venues.
Cool Savannah Tours uses its city as a stage for a multitude of entertaining, fun, and sometimes spooky tours. Trolley tours explore Savannah's historic architecture and some 1,700 restored buildings, each of which has its own story and complaints about kids these days. Alternatively, walking tours invite guests to pound the pavement in search of Savannah hot spots including haunted pubs and a variety of neighborhoods brimming with history left behind by the area's original settlers, pirates, and Civil War soldiers.