When we have weekdays free, I like to take my son Kai to have some kind of learning experience. I think it’s important for him to see something other than tv and tablet screens. His favorite places are the aquarium and the zoo to “see the AMI-NALS“. For this trip, we packed a bookbag and stroller for a day at Oatland Island Wildlife Center.
Oatland Island Wildlife Center is a wildlife preserve located in Savannah, GA. It’s not very large or crowded, and it has a shaded walking trail, so it’s perfect to bring little three-year-olds who insist on pushing their own stroller… even if it’s empty.
Normal Admission to Oakland Island is as follows:
|Child (3 and under)||FREE|
|Senior Citizen (65+)||$3.00|
Georgia Public Libraries have a program for active library Card holders (and 3 extra visitors) to attend any Georgia State Park for free. All you have to do is go to your nearest public library and ask for the Historic Site Family Pass. Check the pass out, go to the park, and return it before the due date. I’ve used the pass several times with no problem. There’s also a separate pass that can be used for free admission the Atlanta Zoo, but that one requires a 24-hour advance reservation. (See your local public library for more information.)
Oatland Island has about 5 exhibits and houses goats, pigs, rabbits, sheep, cows, chickens, geese, donkeys, turkeys, foxes, hawks, owls, lizards, snakes, fish, deer, turtles, tortoises, frogs, toads, and bison. After we parked, we visited the Welcome Center first-where the gift shop, classrooms, bathrooms, and a few critters are.
We had a quick potty break, grabbed a map, and ventured to the beginning of the trail. We spent about 3.5 hours there and visited all of the exhibits!
We even found a replica of an eagle’s nest during our hike. Kai was very excited to see the huge eggs! Fun fact : The largest recorded bald eagle nest, located in St. Petersburg, Florida, was 9.5 feet in diameter, 20 feet deep and weighed almost 3 tons!
It was pretty hot that day, in Georgia, so some of the animals seeked shelter from the heat. In the picture below, my son is singing to the bobcat (through the window), coaxing him to “come out and play”.
Oatland Island also has an area devoted to beekeeping. It’s closed off to the public, but you can see the building and the bee yard while you walk the trail. You can also purchase honey from the gift shop!
The wildlife preserve sits on a beautiful marsh, which gave us plenty of opportunities to snap pictures!
Where do you guys like to take your little ones? Have you ever visited Oatland Island? Leave a comment below!