Savannah, Georgia, also known as the Hostess City of the South, is a fabulous travel destination for your next vacation. This historic city is filled with must see spots that appeal to not only the tourist coming to the city for the first time, but also to local people interested in learning more about their heritage.…
Top 30 Things to do in Savannah, Georgia
From Reynolds Square, go back to Civil War Savannah and learn how the city was affected during America's war between the states. Your knowledgeable guide illustrates the reasons and rationales for the war and the political ramifications that lasted more than a century after fighting stopped.
See the houses of prominent Southern generals such as William Hardee, James Bartow, and Joseph E. Johnston. Pass by General Sherman's headquarters and listen as your guide explains the famous Field Order No. 15, decreed in Savannah, promising 40 acres (16 ha) of good land and a mule to every freed slave in the area.
Along the way, hear stories of hardship between Savannah's residents and stories of brother opposing brother. When the tour concludes, you finally understand Sherman's "Christmas gift" to President Lincoln in 1864. Read More close
Your cruise travels south through Calibogue Sound to the head waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for bottlenose dolphins as they play, swim, and feed. See Harbour Town, South Beach, Daufuskie Island, as well as the Tybee, Haig Point, and Harbour Town lighthouses on the cruise. Watch for egrets and pelicans and see the head waters of the Savannah River.
While sailing, relax on the deck and soak in the rays from the sun. Your crew offers stories about the sights and even invites you to help sail the 65-foot (19. 8-m) winning vessel. Read More close
Your first stop will be Smith Brothers Butcher Shop, a butcher shop that does way more than carve meat. From there, make your way to other famous restaurants and some out-of-the-way finds, which may include 17Hundred90 Inn & Restaurant, Wall's BBQ, Zunzi's Takeout and Mirabelle Cafe.
Chat with the proprietors and enjoy tastings of both local and international favorites such as fried green tomato chutney, pit-smoked chopped pork sandwiches, pimento cheese croissants, en papillote chicken sandwiches and peach cobbler waffles. Some tasting locations also provide beverages, and you can bring other non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages (own expense) along on your tour.
You'll likely find that the various samples from your tour add up to a satisfying lunch. You will walk 1. 1 miles (1. 77km) in Savannah's famous historic district during your 3-hour tour, with plenty of tastings to break up the walk. Your culinary exploration of Savannah's most famous restaurants and best-kept secrets ends only a few blocks from the starting location. Continue seeking out the city's many eclectic flavors there or use the map provided to you to revisit restaurants from your tour on your own Read More close
Meet up with your guide in the heart of Savannah and set out on foot, making your way through the historic center of the city to visit eateries and restaurants around Savannah's original public squares. Learn about the food, the history, and the culture that helped to shape the palate of Georgia's Hostess City.
Pop into Rocks on the River for a modern take on casual Southern cooking, check out the honey-based goodies at the Savannah Bee Company, and sample the frosted confections at Mabel's Cupcake Emporium. Learn about the typical dishes of some of the area's earliest immigrants at Molly MacPherson's Scottish Pub, try different flavored salts and spice blends at The Salt Table, and cozy up to a table at Tondee's Tavern, which is housed in the old 1800s Railroad Bank Building. At The Ordinary Pub, scan a menu of adventurous takes on familiar dishes from an innovative young chef, and be sure to get some tips from your guide on other must-try eateries before parting ways. Read More close
Journey through Savannah's oak tree-lined parks and cobblestone streets as your guide paints the picture of the novel's Southern characters. Learn about the real-life 1980s events and Savannah residents that inspired the story.
The charming squares and Spanish moss-lined mansions create the perfect backdrop for the novel's scandalous soirees and affairs. The leisurely pace of this Southern city allows the guides to relate personal insight, stories, and observations about the characters and film version of the book.
Some of the guides were extras in the 1997 movie directed by Clint Eastwood, and share related pictures, posters, and other interesting memorabilia regarding the film. Read More close
Embark down the cobblestone streets of Savannah and past the 22 public squares that dot the cityscape. Savannah's squares boast a history of renowned gardens and sophisticated iron gates, a Southern tradition that the native ironsmiths have carried on to this day.
Throughout your journey, listen as your knowledgeable guide shares interesting facts about Savannah's unique flora and fauna, illustrating the city's celebrated landscape design.
Wander through the lush residential districts and peek into the gardens that line the street. Green thumbs and amateurs alike can explore a city that is bursting with life, and discover some prevalent Southern plants such as the crested iris, bee balm, and swamp lily. Read More close
Discover what makes Savannah a top destination for ghost hunters on a thrilling tour of supernatural sites. Explore Savannah's dark side as you visit more than 10 of the city's famously haunted locations, following your savvy guide through dark alleys and eerie side streets as you're regaled with frightening anecdotes and ghost stories.
Covering less than a mile at a leisurely pace, this tour gives you plenty of time to truly experience every spooky stop and sinister site. Listen, learn, and keep your eyes peeled as you use one of the EMF (electromagnetic field) detectors to scan the area for supernatural presences. With commentary that's appropriately eerie, this is a family-friendly adventure that ghost-hunters of all ages can enjoy. Read More close
Your first stop is at the the house of Andrew Low where Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts of America, lived. The Lows were a prominent Savannah family who took a peculiar interest in the paranormal. Legend has it that the presence of both Juliette and her grandmother, Sarah Gordon, can be felt inside the house.
Your next stop is River Street's Perkins and Sons Ship Chandlery, known as the paranormal epicenter of Savannah. Step inside this old building that once was a bustling port business. As you enter the building in darkness, you are transported to another time. You may even feel the presence of spirits while you listen to the haunted stories of River Street.
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1 hour 15 minutes
Meet up with your guide in the center of town and set out on foot, listening to intriguing tales of the afterlife as you pass by the architectural gems that dot Savannah's most beautiful squares. Pass by the Moon River Brewing, housed in a purportedly haunted former hotel, and listen to stories about real events in the spots where unexplained mysteries actually occurred.
Stroll down historic streets from Johnson Square to Chippewa Square, where part of Forrest Gump was filmed, and hear intriguing local folklore about spine-chilling murders, unnatural passings, and even the desecration of sacred burial sites. Soak up the old-time ambiance and elegant architecture in Madison Square, Monterrey Square, Calhoun Square, and Lafayette Square, and discover why Wright Square was better known by colonists as "hanging square. " Your tour ends at Colonial Park Cemetery. Established in 1750, almost 10,000 Savannahians are buried in this hallowed ground, and it's got more than its fair share of creepy tales to tell. Read More close
Hop on the trolley and head to Colonial Park Cemetery, the oldest burial ground and one of the most haunted locations in Savannah. Hear about ghost sightings of the infamous Rene Rondolier, the 7-foot-tall (2. 1-m) serial killer who was subsequently hung in this cemetery.
The trolley takes you along Factor's Walk, where you learn about the heartbreaking tragedies of slaves, murders, and accidental deaths that now haunt the area.
As you pass by dimly lit cobblestone and brick streets, grand haunted houses, and giant, gnarly trees draped with Spanish moss, your guide recounts tales of the spirits and specters from the city's famous—and haunted—past. Learn about the colonial period, the Revolutionary War, and haunting tales of times gone by.
Haunted by phantoms and lingering mysteries, Savannah is the place to delve into the subjects of spirits and voodoo. Read More close
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1 hour 15 minutes
The tour begins with a stroll through the beauty of the many gardens and squares that dot the cityscape. Learn the history that formed this city, including the colonial period and the Revolutionary War, and the roots of the city's deep-seeded Southern culture.
As you walk along the Mansion on Forsyth Park, your knowledgeable guide shares the city's unique traditions and customary Southern hospitality. Explore the most fun and relaxing places to spend the day, and where to go for hot nightlife.
Spend a day in the life and culture of locals who call this laid-back Southern community home, and get to know the behind-the-scenes view of this beautiful city. Read More close
From Reynolds Square, stroll through rows of charming mansions and hear stories of the city's rich architecture and history every step of the way. Learn why the renowned English novelist, William Makepeace Thackeray, described Savannah as ". . . a tranquil old city, wide-streeted, tree-planted, with a few cows and carriages toiling through the sandy roads” upon his stay in the city.
Journey to the Owens-Thomas House, a colorful mansion considered 1 of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in the US. Visit the Green Meldrim House, a Gothic Revival styled mansion, where General William T. Sherman stayed during the Civil War. Learn about the history of domestic dwellings from colonial times to the present, and about the city's preservation movement.
Your tour concludes with admission to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, a house and museum at the birthplace of the founder of the Girl Scouts, and 1 of the best examples of Early Republic, Italianate architecture in the South. Read More close
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A trip from Hilton Head to Savannah on the Intracoastal Waterway offers fantastic views from your vessel, with its oversized windows and comfortable seating. As you dock close to River Street, soak in the views of original ballast stone streets, characteristic homes, and old boutiques that make this city so unique. Many buildings in this area were at one time cotton warehouses, reminders of the turn of the century, when Savannah was a top-ranking seaport.
Just a few blocks away, find yourself in the midst of 18th- and 19th-century architecture, earning the district a National Historic Landmark label. Relax in original squares with elaborate fountains, surrounded by restored buildings in Gothic, Revival, and Georgian styles. Read More close
Get the facts about the people and places that mark this city's nearly 300-year history.
Learn how... General James Oglethorpe founded Savannah and the colony of Georgia; hear the facts behind the city’s famous system of squares; find out why Savannah was spared from destruction during General William T. Sherman's 1864 March to the Sea; learn the role of the Savannah College of Art and Design in transforming the city; and a lot more.
Make stops at a number of Savannah's most notable historic buildings and beautiful squares, enjoying the ambiance created by the city’s eighteenth and nineteenth-century architecture. Visit River Street and the City Market, a pair of retail, restaurant, and entertainment districts with interesting histories; explore Broughton Street, the city's main street for shopping; and end your tour at the iconic Forsyth Park Fountain. Read More close
Follow your expert guide and learn all about the underlying symbolism of Savannah's famous ward design. Stroll beneath a canopy of urban forest, taking in the historic treasures and classic architecture of a city designed 300 years ago. See and hear how original settlers, civil war soldiers, and Victorians all helped shape Savannah's beauty and elegance.
Explore Savannah's Historic District, one of the largest in the country, with thousands of historically significant buildings that reflect Victorian Gothic Revival, and Italianate styles. End your relaxing tour experience with a wealth of newfound knowledge about Savannah's rich past, and the people who shaped it. Read More close
A charming old-fashioned trolley takes you down the city's cobblestone streets and by moss-covered Spanish homes. As you pass century-old churches and mansions, learn about the city's rich culture. At the City Market you can explore local vendors, Southern comfort food, and artisans.
Embark on a scenic riverboat cruise and hear stories about the Colonial Period, the Civil War, and the roots of this city's deep-seeded Southern history. Get up-close looks at Savannah's former cotton warehouses that have been transformed into quaint boutiques, local galleries, and antique shops.
This unique land and sea tour offers a great way to explore Savannah's lively culture and history, maximizing your visit with the option to hop on and hop off at your own pace. Read More close
Your walking tour is a narrated journey that takes you through some of the city's 22 squares, most of which are lined with gorgeous colonial architecture dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Learn about the famous people who helped shape the city, memorialized with impressive statues that rest in the center of a few of the squares. This southern jewel holds a rich history that is apparent from the historic buildings you pass on nearly every corner. Listen as your guide tells you fascinating stories about how the first capital of Georgia played a key role in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.
This combo tour includes a hop-off hop-on pass that provides you with a carefree way to navigate Savannah's historic district. Feel free to use the pass before your walking tour begins, or use it afterwards to delve deeper into some of the locations you visit.
Take the trolley to popular destinations like Forsyth Park, its white fountain a stunning sight to behold, or Bonaventure Cemetery, where many ghosts are said to haunt the grounds at night. With this combo tour, you have the opportunity to learn a great deal about this amazing city and find out some secrets on your own.
Route stops include:
- Madison Square
- Columbia Square
- Forsyth Park
- Cathedral of St. John
- East River Street
- Talmadge Bridge Read More close
Your adventure kicks off at a traditional Southern restaurant where large tables invite family style dining with strangers. When you're ready, hop on the trolley and set off towards the Mansion on Forsyth Park, an iconic hotel and restaurant located on the picturesque bench-lined Forsyth Park.
Pass the iconic Exchange Bell and then explore the renowned Colonial Park which was established around 1750. Learn about the Colonial Period, Revolutionary War, and the roots of this city's deep-seeded history.
Admire the Pirates' House, once used as an inn for seafarers and bloodthirsty pirates, which now features unique cuisine and down-home Southern hospitality. Savannah's 2. 2-square mile Historic District offers many museums, art galleries, and an open-air City Market that showcase its vibrant culture.
This classic trolley tour offers a great way to see historic Savannah with the option to hop on and off at your own pace.
- Pirates' House
- Forsyth Park
- The Waving Girl
- Colonial Park Cemetery
- Historic District
- Victorian District
- River Street
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What locals call “The Book” is a riveting non-fiction read that captures the character of downtown Savannah in the 1980s, a place where Old South aristocracy and numerous free spirits combined to create a unique place where, in the words of Berendt, “Every nuance and quirk of personality achieved greater brilliance…than would have been possible anywhere else in the world. ”
Learn more about Jim Williams, The Lady Chablis, Joe Odom, Danny Hansford, the Hamilton-Turner House, Minerva, Clary’s, Mercer Williams House, and all the other people and places that make Midnight a classic. Your tour ends near the iconic Forsyth Park Fountain. Read More close
Once Savannah's social and commercial gathering spot where fishermen and farmers brought their wares to sell, City Market now hosts live music and entertainment in the courtyard. In a place boasting quaint artisan shops and art galleries, enjoy perusing boutiques and meeting local vendors.
Visit the birthplace of the founder of the Girl Scouts—Juliette Gordon Low—and view the home affectionately known as the "Girl Scout Mecca. " The first Girl Scout headquarters, in use through 1985, is now a museum full of interactive educational experiences.
Known for impressive 18th- and 19th-century architecture, Savannah boasts more than 1,700 restored buildings and each has its own story to tell. Stroll through the impeccably preserved Colonial District, the largest historic landmark district in the US, and visit the Pirates' House. Once a place for visiting sailors to dine and share stories of their time at sea, it is now a restaurant with scrumptious Southern cuisine that is dedicated to preserving this history.
Be sure to take a moment to relax in a few of the city's 21 picturesque squares, filled with statues, fountains, and lush vegetation, as you hop on and off the trolley tour as you please.
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Paula arrived in Savannah nearly two decades ago, newly divorced with 2 teenage sons. At the time she was also battling agoraphobia and had few job prospects. She launched her first business, Bag Lady, selling lunches to the downtown business crowd. See the house where she began her business, which she soon parlayed into a successful restaurant called Lady and Sons. Today, it's a major tourist attraction, with people waiting in lines for hours just to get a table.
With this tour, you get exclusive access to Paula Deen's Lady and Sons Restaurant with no-wait and preferred seating. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner filled with Paula's favorite Southern dishes such as fried chicken, mashed potatoes, collard greens, mac and cheese, and biscuits. Read More close
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2 hours 30 minutes
Head to Cross Island Boat Landing, step on board a comfy boat, and embark on a trip that truly encompasses the motto of "Your Day, Your Way. " You decide what interests you the most, and your captain guides you there with a smile. Explore a marsh, watch for dolphins, or take some time to relax on the beloved Sandbar—it's entirely up to you.
Enjoy a delicious hot dog prepared on an on-board grill for a class outdoor lunch on the shore. Refreshing soft drinks and snacks are also provided, ensuring you stay cool and keep your energy level up. Whether it's a daytime cruise to Savannah or Daufuskie Island, dolphin watching, marsh exploring, checking out the sandbar, or trying your hand at water sports, your experience is all about you. Read More close
Look no further for a fun and relaxing Low Country adventure with beautiful sightseeing all along the way. Head to Cross Island Boat Landing and hop on board a spacious and comfortable boat before drifting peacefully out onto the Harbor River. Explore the backwater of the salt marshes and take in the sights of Historic River Street in the heart of the south Savannah.
This is the perfect opportunity to relax and socialize with the special people in your life, free of distraction and surrounded by nothing but the stunning natural beauty of the Low Country. Bring your own beverages and a picnic basket and enjoy lunch on the shore, with magnificent Savannah scenery as your backdrop. Read More close
Head to Cross Island Boat Landing and board a boat en route to Daufuskie Island, starting with lunch at the one and only Marshside Mama's Cafe, as seen on the Travel Channel. Settle in for a truly a Low Country dining experience, all the way down to the pig roasting slowly out back. A visit to this classic eatery introduces you to flavors that are uniquely Carolinian.
Fall in love with the island's sights, sounds, and smells while taking some time to wander around after dinner. Soak up the distinct southern charm that permeates every corner of the island, and leave with a warmed heart and full belly. Read More close
Come on board for an enchanting romantic cruise through the Hilton Head area. Bring a bottle of bubbly and let your friend crew provide the rest. This charter includes chocolate-covered strawberries, a camera to capture your special moments, and plenty of breathtaking views of the beautiful Low Country.
From surprise moments to pre-planned romance, this cruise offers an unforgettably magical memory. Whether it's for an engagement, anniversary, or just to say "I love you," this is the one for you. Read More close
You have plenty of sights and subjects to choose from when you meet your guide, so just say what you would like to see as you strike out into the city. Check out the thousands of architecturally significant buildings in the Savanah Historic District, with architecture that ranges from Greek to Victorian Regency design, or check out famous sites dating back to the American Revolution.
If you're in the mood for a look at the city's spookier side, your guide can show you why Savannah is called one of the most haunted cities in America. Learn how many parts of the city were built on the graves of restless souls, check out famed sites of paranormal activity at Moon River Brewery, and hear the legends that haunt a number of other pubs in town.
Throughout your walk around the city's historic downtown, listen to your guide regale you with stories about the charm of the Hostess City of the South, all while you get the most of the topics you want to learn about and the places you want to see. Read More close
Meet your guide at Johnson Square in the center of the historic district and learn about his personal connections to the city's earliest days. Start your walking tour through downtown along the Savannah River, where enormous shipping vessels can often be spotted gliding along the shore. Visit some of the 22 famed squares to admire their beautiful 18th-century colonial architecture.
Throughout your journey, your guide tells you fascinating stories about the founding of Savannah, how it changed during the Civil War and Reconstruction Era, and how it has evolved over the years. View historical photos on the iPad to really imagine what the sites you visit looked like during a bygone time. Read More close
As the sun sets and darkness looms over the city, venture to Colonial Park Cemetery, one of the most acclaimed haunted locations in Savannah. Learn about local legends, serial killers buried here, and the haunting spirits who lurk beneath the cemetery's moss-covered trees.
Stroll along the dimly lit cobblestone roads, and learn about eerie traditions ascribed to Gullah people—descendants of enslaved Africans—some of which are still practiced today.
Visit Madison Square and hear stories of the shadow figures that are said to be remnants from the American Revolutionary War. Bring your camera and see if you can snag a still shot of one of these ghostly figures. Read More close
Take a tour through Savannah and walk in the footsteps of infamous pirates and partying socialites. Using your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device, follow tricky clues and solve engaging and informative puzzles along the way.
Stop in at Leopold's Ice Cream to get a taste of Savannah's sweet history. Follow directions as you make your way around the city, world-famous for its pirates and charm, and wind your way between landmarks like the Savannah City Hall and Colonial Park Cemetery.
Complete challenges, take hints, and earn points as you meander through the city, exploring in style and making memories along the way. You can work through the clues and tour as a team, or split into groups to compete for the highest score as you race your way to the finish line. Read More close
Board the Spirit of Harbour Town—a floating restaurant—for a relaxing cruise across Calbogue Sound. With the breeze in your hair, marvel at historic sites along the way, such as the Haig Point Lighthouse, which aided in safe navigation for sailors from 1873 to 1924.
A climate-controlled grand dining cabin offers panoramic views of the Carolina lowcountry and the sunset. You can choose to dine in this luxurious space or head out to the topside deck for dining in the cool evening air.
Delight in a gourmet buffet prepared by an award-winning culinary team, featuring Carolina favorites, such as shrimp with Andouille sausage gravy over stone-ground cheddar-studded grits, all while being entertained by local musicians.
Sample menu (subject to change):
- Garden salad with specially made sun-dried tomato vinaigrette
- Dry-rubbed and hickory smoked whole beef brisket
- Garlic and herb marinated slow-roasted chicken
- Carolina wild caught shrimp
- Summer vegetables and Yukon gold potatoes
Complete your meal with a rich chocolate brownie topped with chocolate mousse, whipped cream, and a strawberry.
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