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 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 the Tiffani Taylor Gallery
On Whitaker Street, you'll find a thrillingly warm and bright gallery full of original paintings, lifestyle products and pottery, all of which are created by the talented Tiffani Taylor. Taylor's art can be found in galleries throughout the world, and she has a global following of collectors including Oprah Winfrey.
Taylor is the founder of the Savannah Art Walk, a walking monthly tour of Savannah's galleries. During the Art Walk, participants are able to view art, meet the artists behind the works and sip wine along the way.
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.
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 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 junkie, 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.
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!
Architectural Tours of Savannah
Ditch the Car
Savannah’s grid layout makes it so easy to get around town and explore by foot! Savannah is knownn for its incredible walking tours, like Architectural Tours of Savannah. On this tour, SCAD graduate Jonathan Stalcup will guide you throughout Savannah's Historic District while teaching you all about its fascinating architecture.
Bonus: If you're staying at the Perry Lane Hotel, you can add to the experience by meeting in the hotel's lounge for cocktail to bring along on the tour in an artfully branded Perry Lane go-cup, which is yours to keep. When the tour is over, return to the Perry Lane Hotel's library for refreshments and beverages.
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Chow Down on Fried Chicken
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.
Hop aboard the high speed water taxi at the Westin Savannah Golf Resort & Spa and zip over to Daufuskie Island for a day of beachfront relaxation, golfing, dining or exploring.
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