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The iconic Forsyth Park fountain.

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It’s easier than you think to have a budget-friendly trip to Savannah – there are plenty of free things to do in Savannah! Whether you’re on a budget or just looking for ways to save, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Savannah activities that don’t cost a penny.

Bonaventure Cemetery

You can spend hours soaking in the beauty of Bonaventure Cemetery. This hauntingly beautiful Savannah cemetery has 160 acres of tall live oaks, Spanish moss and historic graves. Bonaventure Cemetery is a popular spot for photographers, historians and nature lovers alike. Our favorite time for a visit? In the spring, when the azaleas are in full bloom!

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

With its gorgeous stained glass, intricate murals and towering columns, the iconic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist will take your breath away. The cathedral is open for self-guided tours Monday through Saturday during specific times free of charge, but a small donation is appreciated for church upkeep and preservation efforts. Learn more about self-guided tour times by visiting their website.

Be sure to explore the gorgeous Savannah Botanical Gardens!

Savannah Botanical Gardens

Take some time to stop and smell the roses… without opening your wallet! The Savannah Botanical Gardens has nature trails, a two-acre pond, gorgeous roses, seasonal blooms and an 1840s farmhouse.  

Ghost Coast Distillery has a room full of aging whiskey!

Ghost Coast Distillery

Want to learn how craft spirits are made? You can find out for free at Savannah’s Ghost Coast Distillery! Take a free tour at the distillery, where knowledgeable guides will tell you about the history of alcohol, the distilling process, the facility’s equipment, product recipes and so much more. You’ll get the full play-by-play on how Ghost Coast creates vodka, whiskey and a variety of other craft spirits. 

Soak in the gorgeous scenery at Savannah's famous Forsyth Park.

Forsyth Park

Some of the best things in life are free, like taking a stroll through Savannah’s famous Forsyth Park! The park’s one-mile paved parameter is the perfect path for a morning walk, and park’s grassy green patches provides an optimal spot for picnicking. 

Sue Gouse Inspirations is a Savannah art gallery located in City Market.

Art Galleries

You could spend an entire day visiting Savannah’s many art galleries! Local painters, jewelry makers, sculptures and glass artists have studios set up at River Street, City Market, throughout the Starland District and so much more. 

McQueens Island Historic Trail is a 5.6 mile trail surrounded by serene marshland. 

McQueens Island Historic Trail

Get in touch with nature at the McQueens Island Historic Trail, a six-mile stretch of trails located where the Savannah and Atlantic Railroad line used to be. This trail is home to native plants like cabbage palms, yaupon holly and coastal cedars. You may encounter a variety of wildlife, including box turtles, diamond back terrapin, bobcats, osprey and pelicans. The trail runs along the south end of the Savannah River, so frolicking dolphins are a common sight as well!

Get a new view of River Street! Cross over to the other side of the river with the Savannah Belles Ferry.

The Savannah Belles Ferry

You can get an incredible view of River Street when you cross the Savannah River! The Savannah Belles Ferry will take you to the other side free of charge. A fun ferry ride plus a fantastic view? Count us in!

Belford's Savannah Seafood & Steaks is known for their top notch menu.

Friday Night Date Night at Belford’s

The folks over at Belford’s Savannah Seafood & Steaks just can’t help it – they love love! Take your sweetheart out for a romantic Friday night dinner and your server will provide two complimentary glasses of champagne. All you have to do is say these magic words: Friday night is date night!

Did you know that Savannah has a beach? Tybee Island is fun for the whole family!

Tybee Island

Did you know that Savannah has a beach? Splash in the waves and play in the sand at Tybee Island, located just 20 minutes from Savannah’s Historic District. Learn more about Savannah’s adorable beach community by visiting their website.


Your wallet will be happy with these free things to do in Savannah! If you’re interested in taking a trip that won’t break the bank, remember these tips and activities the next time you plan to visit Savannah.

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