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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, we understand it can be difficult to scale down the list of activities to fit in your visit. To make planning your trip a little easier, we’ve compiled this helpful list of 15 things to do in Savannah!

01

Dive Into History

With almost three centuries under its belt, Savannah is one of the most historic cities in the South. Full of historical marvels, there are some historic sites that you just can’t miss. From the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, creator of Girl Scouts of the USA, to the Congregation Mickve Israel, you’ll be surrounded by history around every corner!

02

Shop 'Til You Drop

Savannah has become a all-encompassing destination for those who love to shop! From fashionable clothing to Savannah-made goods, you'll find the perfect Savannah keepsake to bring back home. Peruse the iconic storefronts on Broughton Street or take advantage of the unique finds you’ll see while shopping on Bull Street. Don’t forget to explore outside of the Historic District and visit Starland District’s eclectic shops as well as Moon River.

Forsyth Park

03

Stroll Through the Park

Perfect for a picnic, a run or an outdoor concert, Forsyth Park is a destination all in its own. Dating back to the 1840s, Forsyth Park occupies 30 acres in Savannah’s Historic District. The iconic fountain in the center of the park is a landmark in itself, making it an ideal backdrop for a spontaneous proposal or family photos. Don’t miss a walk through the park’s Fragrant Garden, especially in the springtime. Before you leave, grab a coffee at the Collins Quarter in Forsyth Park to have the perfect park experience. 

04

Immerse Yourself in the Arts

Home to the oldest public art museum in the Southeast, as well as the influx of talent emerging from Savannah’s hometown college, SCAD - there is no shortage of inspiration when it comes to our artistic community. Make time in your busy schedule to visit some of our most notable art attractions. The Davenport House Museum is one of the oldest brick structures in the city, and its furnishings and artifacts display a glimpse of home life in the 1800s. Nestled right off the Moon River, the Pin Point Heritage Museum offers visitors an inside look at the Gullah-Geechee community.
05

Hop on a Trolley Tour

Hop aboard 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 streets and attractions. These “hop on, hop off” tours make it incredibly easy to hear the history of Savannah while getting around town for the day. 

Traveling with a large group? Kelly Tours 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.

06

Stroll Along Savannah's Waterfront

One could not come to Savannah without admiring the Savannah River on historic River Street. The old cobblestone streets weave you through historic buildings, housing shops and award-winning restaurants. Learn the unique history of this street while you take a scenic stroll.

Lucas Theatre. Photo Courtesy of SCAD.

07

Catch a Show

Savannah’s entertainment scene is jam-packed with a variety of shows, festivals and events. Award-winning performances take center stage year-round at historic sites like the Savannah Theatre and the Lucas Theatre. Live music performances sell out at annual events like the Savannah Music Festival and Savannah Philharmonic Picnic in the Park concert in Forsyth Park to name a few.

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08

Meet Some Spirits

Did you know? Savannah is America’s most haunted city! So, if a vacation filled with fun and frights sounds like your idea of a good time - look no further. From spooky ghost tours to haunted inns that you can actually stay in, you’re bound to run into a friendly ghost during your time in Savannah. 

Make a splash on Tybee Island

09

Have a Beach Day

A visit to the coast wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Tybee Island, Savannah’s Beach. Located only 20 minutes away from Savannah’s Historic District, Tybee Island is home to three miles of beautiful beaches, locally-caught seafood and historic sites. 

Second African Baptist Church 

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Visit Historic Religious Sites

Savannah is known for some of the oldest and most historic religious sites in the South. Visit the First African Baptist Church, home to the oldest black congregation in North America. From there, head to the Second African Baptist Church, made famous for the “forty acres and a mule” proclamation. The Congregation Mickve Israel is the third oldest Jewish congregation in America and the only Gothic-style synagogue in North America. Finally, a trip to Savannah is not complete without a visit to the ‘Sistine of the South’, the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist - one of the most photographed landmarks in Savannah.

World famous Leopold's Ice Cream

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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.

Electric Moon Rooftop Bar

12

Enjoy Drinks with a View

Whether you want views of cobblestones or historic landmarks, Savannah is home to a variety of rooftop bars and restaurants to explore. You’d be surprised by how many rooftop oasis are tucked away throughout the city!

13

Explore Bonaventure Cemetery

A traditional Victorian cemetery, Bonaventure Cemetery rests on a whopping 100 acres, just outside of the Historic District. Quietly explore the winding pathways and view centuries-old tombstones. If visiting during the spring, you’ll have a front row view of the blooming azaleas that are simply spectacular. 

14

Dig Into Some Southern Cooking

You can’t visit Savannah without tasting some good ol’ southern cooking. From Michelin Star restaurants to casual eateries, Savannah is laced with a variety of dining options to choose from. You can’t go wrong!

Service Brewing Co.

15

Sample Local Beer

Get a real taste of the city by sampling its locally-brewed beer. Service Brewing Company 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!

If this list is any indication, there are so many exciting things to do in Savannah! From historic sites to exciting tours, you’ll have no trouble finding endless ways to enjoy our beautiful city. 

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