Pooler, Georgia is just outside Savannah. It is considered to be one of the fastest-growing communities in Georgia. It is a quiet community unless you happen to be visiting during Dragon Con. Quiet doesn’t mean that there aren’t fun things to do, especially in summer when water sports are always a good choice. If you live in Pooler, you don’t need to pack up and go to Savannah or New Orleans for a good time, although both are close enough to make them a viable day trip.
Here are 10 notable things to do in Pooler:
Visit the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum
The Mighty 8th Air Force Museum is a must-see if you are in Pooler, Georgia. The 8th Air Force Command was formed to lend support and assistance to the British Air Force during World War II. It is still in operation today, with its headquarters in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. The Museum includes the Roger A. Freeman Eighth Air Force Research Center, special collections and Veterans Database. On display are the B-17, or Flying Fortress; artifacts and uniforms from World War II; aviation paintings from artists around the world; and much, much more. A recently featured artifact is an oral history project where veterans tell of their experiences in their own words. If you begin to feel a little overwhelmed by it all, you can take a stroll in the Memorial Garden or spend some quiet time in the chapel.
Spend Family Time at the Tom Triplett Community Park
Located southeast of Pooler on Highway 80, this community park is convenient to Pooler, Garden City, and Savannah. It is a beautiful place for self-directed outdoor activities for the whole family. Facilities include two pavilions and a conference room that are for rent, walking and bicycling trails, fishing in the stocked freshwater lake, restrooms, two fishing piers, playground, dog exercise area, and more. Sports and other types of events are held at the park. You can feed the ducks, and view other types of wildlife.
Try Bear Axe Throwing
Develop your throwing arm and let out some aggression by throwing axes at a target. Bear Axe Throwing is right in Pooler. You can come by yourself, with a friend, or reserve space for a group. Group size limit is 86 people, and you do need to book in advance. Please wear close-toed shoes. No one plans to drop an axe on their toes, but it really does work out better if you’ve got a little protection. If you find you like this unusual sport, league play is available.
Shop at the Tanger Outlets
Stock up on summer fashions or get ready for back to school at the Pooler/Savannah Tanger outlet. As summer winds down, you can get some good deals on sandals and other summer wear, or you can take advantage of back-to-school specials. Seasonal deals aren’t limited to summer, just keep an eye on the season and you can get some good bargains.
Watch a Movie at the Pooler Cinemas
When it is too hot to play outside and parents are counting the days until school starts, there is nothing like an afternoon at the movies, especially when admission is $1.50! An added $1.50 will get you some popcorn and a drink for the perfect movie experience.
Eat Something at the Pooler Food Truck Festival and Marketplace
Love good food and the ambiance of buying from a food truck, the modern equivalent of the street vendor? Then you will enjoy the Food Truck Festival. The event is held in October, at the Pooler Recreation Complex. There will not only be great fast food (bring an appetite), but also a market and carnival rides.
Have Some Summer Fun at the Pooler Recreation Complex
The Pooler Recreation Complex is a nice, big building with lots of green space set up for a variety of sports. Little League, Soccer, and more. It is the perfect place to schedule some summer fun and camaraderie for your youngsters or to explore events geared toward grown-ups. The complex is usually looking for volunteers, so if you want to contribute to the Pooler community, you should apply, especially if you have coaching experience.
Caturday (adoption event) & All You Need is Love (And a Dog) (Adoption Event)
Caturday is a pet adoption event held by One Love Animal Rescue, housed in the Pooler PetSmart. You can browse the many sweet felines up for adoption nearly any day of the week, but Caturday’s are special. Saturday, July 7, is Caturday. It is also All You Need Is Love (and a dog) day. One Love Animal Rescue is a “virtual” shelter because all the animals are housed in foster homes until they can be placed, which is why adoption days are special because the pets that are ready for adoption are on display.
Consider Adopting a Pet at the Disco InFURno
Held August 10, 7 PM, all proceeds will benefit One Love Animal Rescue. There will be an auction, dancing, food, and raffles for special objects. Even if you are not in a position to adopt a rescue from One Love, you can be a part of helping care for the thousands of pets abandoned each year.
Visit Lock #3 of the Savannah/Ogeechee Canal System
Lock #3 is located near Highway 204, not far from Pooler. The canal was built in the early 1800s by slaves and Irish laborers. Not much remains of the canal, but the area is beautiful. The park includes 200 acres of swampland, wooded trails that add up to about five miles of walking. The original canal was built to join the Ogeechee and Altamaha rivers. The Savanah-Ogeechee Canal Society maintains a small museum at the head of the walking trail, and also a walking trail around Halfmoon Lake. There is a nominal fee for enjoying the park. It is maintained completely through volunteer efforts, so might fall short of the polished presentation of some other historical parks.
Be sure to take bug spray and be prepared to possibly get wet and muddy. But if you want a great family outing in real nature, this is a good one. Be sure to call ahead if you want to see the museum since it is not always open at stated hours.