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You could spend a lifetime in historic Savannah and still not discover all of its secrets, but this guide hits the high points that will guarantee the city stays with you long after your bid farewell. From historic attractions to the best meals in town, the list below will help make this a one-of-a-kind adventure you won't forget.
Eat on the Water
Either choose a River Street eatery where you can enjoy the Savannah riverfront during your meal, or set sail on a Savannah Riverboat cruise that'll give you a unique—and unforgettable—view of the city.
Head to the Islands
The beautiful beaches of Tybee Island, only 14 miles away from downtown Savannah, provide a perfect way to relax after a morning of sightseeing. On the way, stop by Fort Pulaski National Monument, used during the Civil War. Musket and cannon displays often occur during the day; check the website for specific demonstrations.
Absorb the Culture at the Museum
Spend an afternoon wandering the Telfair Museums, comprised of the Telfair Academy (19th and 20th century art), the Jepson Center for the Arts (contemporary art, as well as the kid-friendly interactive ArtZeum) and the Owens-Thomas House (a historic home). Three-site admission is available for one-time entry to all three museums, allowing you to browse one today, and leave the rest for tomorrow.
Browse Broughton Street
This thoroughfare is dotted with unique shops and galleries. Need a pick-me-up? Stop by The Gryphon Tea Room, for an authentic afternoon tea experience, or, if you're feeling like a sweet treat, head to Leopold's Ice Cream for one of their famous cones.
Lunch on Lowcountry Cuisine Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room—only opened on weekdays, and only takes cash or check—is legendary among locals for its family-style meals that consist of Southern staples like fried chicken, biscuits and okra. No reservations taken, but foodies in the know line up for the 11 a.m. opening.
Get an Exclusive Shopping Experience
Savannah has become a hot spot for those who love to shop! From fashionable clothing to Savannah-made goods, you'll find the perfect Savannah keepsake to bring back home. One of our favorites is Satchel, a SCAD graduate-owned leather goods boutique.
Pro tip: The Satchel shopping experience is made extra special for guests of the Perry Lane Hotel. When you stay there, you have the opportunity meet Elizabeth Seegar Jolly, the owner, and design your own leather bag or wallet. Just call the Perry Lane Hotel's guest relations team, and they'll set up the reservation for you!
Wander City Market
Originally the trading center for Savannah, today, this area houses a collection of cafés, restaurants and local shops. At one end of City Market is Ellis Square, where local artists often offer impromptu performances, and where its fountain provides plenty of cooling-off opportunities for any kids (or kids at heart) in your group.
Go on a Pub Tour
Get the history of the city (including its appropriate-for-after-dark ghost stories) and soak up the atmosphere while you sip some of the city's favorite libations. Tours are available by bike, foot or trolley—head to the Visitor Information Center to find more information and to book your own.
Enjoy Dinner with a Side of History
45 Bistro is housed in the historic hotel-turned-Civil War hospital the Marshall House, 17 Hundred 90 Restaurant is named after the year Savannah's city government formed, and The Olde Pink House, was was built in 1789. All of these spots are well-known for their food and for the occasional ghost sightings—so keep your eyes peeled to spot some citizens of Savannah's past.