15 Can't-Miss Things to Do in Savannah
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With Savannah offering endless attractions, it’s easy to miss a few highlights! There are so many exciting things to do in Savannah, and it can be difficult to scale down the list of activities to comply with your schedule. To make your itinerary creation a little easier, we’ve compiled this helpful list of 15 things to do in Savannah!
Dive Into History
A visit to Savannah would not be complete without exploring the Birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, creator of Girl Scouts of the USA. At this unique house museum, visitors can learn about Low’s life and the movement she founded.
The Salt Table on Broughton Street
Shop 'Til You Drop
Stroll Through the Park
Forsyth Park is perfect for lounging in the grass or throwing a Frisbee. Dating back to the 1840s, Forsyth Park occupies 30 acres in the Historic District. The iconic water fountain at the center is a landmark in itself, but Fragrant Garden, walking trails and a quaint cafe make for a relaxing spot on your itinerary.
Savannah’s Telfair Museum is the oldest public art museum in the Southeast. The museum consists of two National Historic Landmark buildings circa 1820, the Telfair Academy and the Owens-Thomas House. It also includes the contemporary Jepson Center, which houses unique exhibitions, tours and collections throughout the year.
Hop on a Tour
Hop on board a trolley tour to get an overview of Savannah! Both Old Town Trolley Tours and Old Savannah Tours have daily trolley tours that will help you get better acquainted with Savannah's historical sites and history. Traveling with a large group? Gray Line Savannah can help meet your transportation needs whether it be an air conditioned trolley, mini bus, motor coach or even an 18-passenger convertible Mercedes Sprinter.
Stroll Along the Savannah River
One could not come to Savannah without admiring the river on River Street. The old cobblestone streets weave you through historic buildings, housing shops and restaurants. This scenic stroll is a must-do.
Take a Coffee Break
Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Grab a cup of Savannah-made coffee! Head to the Coffee Fox, Foxy Loxy Cafe or Blends for a satisfying cup of coffee made just the way you like it. Admire local art while sipping decadent coffee creations at Gallery Espresso. The building was erected in 1859 and is cozy with old fireplaces and a view of the famous Chippewa Square.
Soak In Breathtaking Views
There are plenty of places around the city to get breathtaking rooftop views. Start at Peregrin, the Perry Lane Hotel's rooftop bar, where you can soak in cityscape views and play casual lawn games while sipping frozé. If you're dreaming of Savannah River views, head to Top Deck or Rocks on the Roof. Both of these contemporary spots serve craft cocktails and have incredible sunset views over River Street. Learn more about Savannah's rooftop bars and restaurants here.
Have a Beach Day
Visit the 'Sistine of the South'
With majestic peaks that pierce the sky and 81 stained glass windows, it’s no wonder why the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist may be the most photographed landmark in Savannah. The Cathedral is a peaceful place to soak in history and beauty.
Cool Off with Homemade Ice Cream
For almost a century, Leopold’s Ice Cream has been serving old-fashioned treats to hungry visitors. From homemade super-premium ice cream to made from scratch soups, sandwiches, salads and freshly baked treats, the old parlor is a step back in time.
Savannah Riverboat Cruises
Cruise Along the River
Floating down the Savannah River takes travelers back to a time when river travel was a relaxing and prestigious activity. Savannah Riverboat Cruises offers a variety of river tours including the sightseeing cruise, dinner entertainment cruise and the beautiful sunset and moonlight entertainment cruise.
Explore Bonaventure Cemetery
Designed as a traditional Victorian cemetery with curving pathways, Bonaventure Cemetery rests on a whopping 100 acres. Although a cemetery, it was common for families to meet and picnic here on the grassy spots under the trees.
Kayak Across Protected Waters
There’s no better way to experience the stunning marshes and rivers of Savannah’s Lowcountry than by kayaking on them. Moon River Kayak Tours allows you the opportunity to get up close and personal with nature and history. Explore the protected waters of Skidaway Narrows, admire eagles and osprey soaring in the sky, and spot dolphins and otters!
Sample Local Beer
Get a real taste of the city by sampling its locally brewed beer. Southbound Brewing Company, Service Brewing Company, Coastal Empire Brewing Co., and Moon River Brewing Co. offer guests the chance to see how the beer is made on a tour of their fascinating facility. But the best part is tasting the finished product. Not interested in beer? Try a tour at Ghost Coast Distillery, Savannah’s first operational distillery since before Prohibition. At Ghost Coast Distillery, you can tour the facilities, see how vodka is made and sample the spirits!