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10 Savannah Must-Dos for First-Time Visitors

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If you're visiting Savannah for the first time, the amount of things to do can be quite overwhelming! But don't worry, this list is the perfect combination of quaint, quirky, historic and modern. These Savannah must-dos will give you the well-rounded experience you're looking for.


Explore Forsyth Park

This 30 acre park is nestled in the Historic Landmark District and is known for it's Spanish moss draped oak trees, pedestrian/jogger-friendly sidewalks and the iconic fountain. The park's great fountain is one of Savannah's most recognizable landmarks, and is the perfect spot to snap a photo!

Within Forsyth Park, you'll find a cafe, a visitor information center, two memorials, a Fragrant Garden for the Blind and two playgrounds to accommodate children of all ages. On Saturday mornings, a lively Farmer's Market takes over the south end of the park.


Visit Savannah City Market

Savannah City Market is one of the areas must-see spots! Meet some of the city’s emerging artists, listen to live music, visit the American Prohibition Museum, or dine at one of their premier restaurants. This family-friendly attraction offers something for everyone!


Dine in a Bus Station

The Grey, a former Greyhound Bus Station turned restaurant, serves a menu full of surprising culinary creations. This highly-acclaimed restaurant offers up elegant fare in a surprising environment. Don't have time for a full meal? The Diner Bar at The Grey offers a more casual - but equally enjoyable - experience. For those on the go, stop by The Grey Market. This market combines the grab-n-go convenience of a big city bodega with the history and menu of a true Southern lunch counter. 

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Explore Savannah’s Sacred Places

You don’t have to be religious to enjoy Savannah’s sacred places. With breathtaking beauty, deep histories and plenty of photo-ops, Savannah’s sacred spots are often at the top of travelers’ must-do lists. Tour Savannah's most iconic churches like First African Baptist Church and the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, or step inside Congregation Mickve Israel to experience one of the oldest Jewish congregations in America.


Learn About Savannah’s Architectural History

Take a comprehensive tour through 300 years of Savannah’s architectural history. Local author, SCAD graduate and owner of Architectural Tours of Savannah, Jonathan Stalcup, will lead you on a leisurely stroll sharing Savannah’s history through the periods, styles and forms of the homes and buildings.

Don’t know federal style from antebellum? This tour will bring you up to speed. The best part? The tour is small. Each tour is limited to a certain number of people to allow for dialogue and questions as they arise. And if you’re an Instagram photo junkie, charge your phone because this tour is right up your alley!


Make a Pit Stop at “Fancy Parker’s”

Let’s be honest – snacks are seriously important! Parker’s Market Urban Gourmet, known as “Fancy Parker’s” to the locals, stocks everything from imported cheeses to gourmet desserts and hot meals to-go. You’ll also find fresh cut flowers, late-night hot breakfast items, Savannah-made gifts, craft beer and basic necessities like bottled water, coffee and snacks. Our recommendation? Don't miss out on their tasty chicken tender sandwich! 


See Artwork by Savannah’s Emerging Artists

The SCAD Museum of Art is a contemporary museum where the exhibitions rotate based on the academic term. The Savannah College of Art an Design has over 11,000 students from nearly 50 states and over 100 countries, so you know you’ll see things you’ve never experienced before.

On Madison Square, you’ll find shopSCAD – a store filled with artwork, textiles, jewelry, photography made by current SCAD students, faculty and alumni. SCAD has many other galleries sprinkled throughout the Historic District, all of which are open for tours!


Ditch the Car

Savannah’s grid layout makes it so easy to get around town and explore by foot! Savannah is known for its incredible walking tours, like Footprints of Savannah Walking Tours, 40 Acres and a Mule Tour, and Walk with Me Savannah Tours. If you love seeing the sights at your own pace and schedule, follow our guide to exploring Savannah in 10,000 steps


Sisters of the New South.


Chow Down on Fried Chicken

If there’s one thing Savannah loves, it’s fried chicken! We've broken down everything you need to know about Savannah's mouthwatering fried chicken scene. You can find some of the best at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, The Lady & Sons, Sisters of the New South or The Olde Pink House. Wear your stretchy pants and embrace the calories.

Over 3 miles of beautiful beaches.


Broaden Your Horizons

Although seeing the Historic District is a must for the first-time visitor, there’s so much more to Savannah than just that! Tybee Island, Savannah’s laid-back beach community offers plenty of sand and surf, as well as fun seafood shacks and stunning sunset cruises with the dolphins.

Broaden your horizons by exploring Savannah’s many neighborhoods, like the Moon River District, the Starland District and the Victorian District

We're sure these Savannah must-dos will give you the well-rounded experience you're looking for on your next visit. By the time you leave, you'll be an honorary Savannahian!

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