There are plenty of things to do in Savannah, whether you are only in town for the day or for a whole week. I put together a list to help you plan your time in Savannah.
Nine Things To Do In Savannah
1. Visit the Historic District – Besides the good southern food, the Historic District is why you visit Savannah. Wear comfortable shoes as this city requires walking to see the sites. To help you get acclimated to the city and learn the history of Savannah, take the trolley, a bus tour, a carriage ride or a bike tours. This will help to familiarize yourself with the city and allow you to go back and further explore what interests you on your own.
2. Visit Cathedral of St John the Baptist – The church of St John the Baptist became a Cathedral in 1850. A fire in 1898 destroyed the structure and it was rebuild again in 1900. This is a beautiful church with gorgeous stained glass windows and painted murals.
3. Forsyth Park – This park was originally created in the 1840s by William Hodgson who donated 10 acres of land. In 1851, the park was expanded and renamed for the Governor of Georgia John Forsyth. This is the famous fountain that you see in the pictures for Savannah.
There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the day in the park.
Or bring a blanket and sit on the lawn and have a picnic.
The Confederate Monument in Forsyth Park
4. Savannah’s Historic Squares – There are 22 historic squares in Savannah. The squares are unique, surrounded by beautiful homes, churches and museums with large oak trees. We were able to visit some of them while walking around Savannah.
5. City Market – Savannah’s City Market encompasses a four-block area of restored warehouses next to Ellis Square. There is a tourist information booth located in this area. You will find plenty of places to dine and shop, or just sit and people watch.
6. River Front – If you have difficulty walking, you might want to avoid this area. The cobblestone streets make it challenging to walk on. Make sure to wear flat shoes. Along the waterfront there are plenty of shops, restaurants and bars. Don’t forget to stop off for the praline samples in the candy store.
TIP: Take the elevator to the River Front next to the hotel, instead of walking down the cobble stone streets.
And no stop along the waterfront would be complete without visiting the waving girl statue. From 1887 to 1931, Florence Martus and her collie greeted ships entering Savannah harbor by waving a cloth as they went by.
7. Visit The Savannah Bee Company – I read about Savannah Bee Company and knew we needed to check it out. We visited both locations while staying in Savannah, one on Broughton Street and the other on River Street. They offer unique spoons to taste the different flavors of honey. We ended up purchasing several different types of honey, and lotions from both stores. I have purchased honey from the grocery store, but this honey is so much better!!! The store on Broughton Street also offers Mead tasting in the back of the store.
8. Savannah Belles Ferry – We caught the free water ferry with Savannah Belles Ferry system on River Street in front of City Hall. It goes across to the Westin and then back across the river to the Marriott before returning to City Hall. It’s a nice way to relax and enjoy the view of Savannah from the water and rest your feet from all the walking.
We had to wait for a huge cargo ship to pass before we could begin.
9. Ghost Tour – No trip to Savannah would be complete without a Ghost Tour. We purchased our Ghost Tour through Groupon. It only cost $21 for the two of us. Our tour met at 9:00 p.m. in one of the squares. It was a 2+ hours of walking, which led us through the beautiful streets of Savannah, where we saw haunted homes, and cemeteries while hearing about the ghosts of Savannah. We stopped off at a pub for a drink along the way. Bring walking shoes and a camera for this tour.
TIP: Always check Groupon to see if their are any deals being offered for where you will be visiting.
What do you like to do when visiting Savannah?