Many families call Richmond Hill, GA, home. With easy access to all that Savannah has to offer plus the doable commute to the military bases in the area, it’s no wonder why so many families flock to this small coastal town. When you’re new to the area, it may be hard to uncover all the hidden gems that the town has to offer, especially for your children, so here’s a list of some things to do in Richmond Hill with kids!
1. J.F. Gregory Park
This 335-acre community park is a favorite among locals. You can have a picnic on the sprawling grass or under the pavilion. Let your kids play on the state-of-the-art playground. You could even grab your bike and explore the three miles of trails that sit adjacent to the park. J.F. Gregory is pet friendly too!
2. City of Richmond Hill Festivities
Although it already is quite popular year-round, J.F. Gregory really becomes a hub of activity in the fall and winter. The local Garden Club hosts an annual pumpkin patch, where children can come play games, win prizes, eat yummy food, and (of course) pick the perfect pumpkin! There’s also the famous Seafood Festival that comes to Richmond Hill for one weekend each October, a great event for both adults and children. The City also hosts a Christmas Parade each December. Brew some hot chocolate, bundle up, and secure a spot!
The South Bryan County Recreational Department is a great place to look if your child is interested in joining a sport! They offer a variety of sports for spring, fall, and winter. For aspiring swimmers, there’s the Richmond Hill Swim Club, which is sponsored by the Georgia Coastal Aquatic Team.
4. YMCA of Coastal Georgia
The local Y has a multitude of activities for children! Given the organization’s commitment to fostering healthy, active lives in our youth, this is another great resource for sports. They also have after-school programs (which are great for families with two working parents) as well as some popular summer camps!
5. Girls on the Run
This unique 10-week program helps girls in grades 3rd-8th learn lifelong skills, make friends, and understand the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle. The program ends with a community service project and 5K event.
6. Fort McAllister
One of Richmond Hill’s most famous spots is Fort McAllister, a Confederate base located on the banks of the Ogeechee River. Spend a whole day at the park: picnic, playgrounds, hike, explore the grounds, or rent some water toys. Several programs are offered each day about topics like soldier life during the Civil War or the local wildlife.
7. Richmond Hill Library
The Richmond Hill Library is an amazing resource for families with children. They offer a wide range of after-school programs, storytimes, and book clubs for children of all ages.
Given Savannah’s history as the birthplace of the Girl Scout’s founder, the scouts have a strong tie to many children in the Savannah area. Girls can join the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, and boys can enroll in Cub Scout Pack 400.
As the name suggests, this is a local fun house for kids! There’s laser tag, a variety of token-fueled games, a jump zone, and a play area for toddlers.
The hatchery’s annual fishing events (hosted in both June and September) might be of interest to the young fishermen (and fisherwomen). Parents are welcome too!