Ideas for a 13th Birthday Party in Savannah, Georgia

by Elaine Anderson

In Savannah, Georgia history mingles with contemporary entertainment to provide a wide array of opportunities for birthday parties. Since a child officially becomes a teen on his13th birthday, party games and decorations that he enjoyed years before may no longer fit his growing maturity or interests. Savannah's history and entertainment options offer many party ideas that will let your child experience a feeling of independence as he celebrates becoming a teen.

Bowling and the Star Castle

The AMF bowling center ( and the Star Castle ( in Savannah have several party packages. Star Castle offers roller skating, laser tag and arcade games. Its Prince Star Castle package, for example, not only gives guests access to the arcade and unlimited fountain sodas in the party room but it also includes admission to the skating rink or a laser tag game. At the bowling alley, you can also specially request Xtreme bowling, which will flood guests with colorful lights and sounds as they play.

Parks and Recreation

Savannah is full of parks and opportunities for fun outdoor parties, especially with a nearby beach at Tybee Island. You could consider planning a day at the beach or a picnic party at one of Savannah's most popular parks, Forsyth Park or Lake Mayer. Forsyth Park is right in the middle of Savannah's Historic District, within walking distance to many attractions, and has large fields for games like Frisbee, tennis and basketball courts. Lake Mayer is closer to Savannah's mid town and in addition to tennis and basketball, it has a baseball diamond, outdoor skating rink and remote-control auto racetrack. Pavilions at Lake Mayer can be reserved for parties and there are also many picnic tables scattered throughout the park.

Historic District

Founded in 1733, Savannah has an expansive historic district that houses restaurants, shops and museums. Options for a birthday celebration in the historic district include dinner at notable local Savannah restaurants such as the Pirate's House ( or Leopold's Ice Cream ( You could also treat your teen and his friends to a trip to one of the candy stores, such as River Street Sweets, located on historic River Street.

Riverboat Cruises and Ghost Tours

Other options to consider are a riverboat cruise or ghost tour. Among other packages, the "Thursday Night Murder Afloat Mystery Cruise" is offered by Savannah Riverboat Cruises ( from April through August. It invites audience participation in a scripted murder mystery staged during the cruise. Since Savannah is considered one of the most haunted cities in the United States, there is no shortage of spooky tales that could entertain the partygoers. Ghosts & Gravestones ( offers group tours and also can arrange for dinner.