The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Savannah's River Street
By Larissa Allen
Housed in one-time cotton warehouses, there are more than 75 boutiques, galleries, artists' studios, restaurants and pubs located on Savannah’s River Street. You could spend an entire day exploring all that River Street has to offer! Not sure where to start? No worries! We’ve got the ultimate guide for exploring this iconic street.
Dive into History
Although simply being on River Street is a historical experience, there are many ways to dive deeper. Stop by one of River Street’s many monuments like the African-American Monument or World War II Monument. Other noteworthy historical sites include the Waving Girl Statue and the Olympic Cauldron, both of which are located on the east end of River Street. Learn even more facts about Savannah’s famed River Street here.
Savannah Riverboat Cruises
Cruise Along the Savannah River
Savannah Riverboat Cruises sets sail from River Street multiple times a day. Savannah Riverboat Cruises offers plenty of cruise options, including daytime, late night, dinner, sightseeing and holiday cruises. You can even host your wedding on a Savannah Riverboat!
River Street is lined with plenty of places to grab a tasty meal or ice-cold beer or cocktail. Grab a bite at Vic’s on the River, Olympia Café or The Shrimp Factory – just to name a few! Get an incredible bird’s-eye view of the Savannah River by heading to one of River Street’s rooftop bars, like Rocks on the Roof or Top Deck. And no River Street dining experience is complete without fresh beignets from Huey’s!
Fireworks on River Street
Hit Up a Festival
Throughout the year, River Street plays host to plenty of fun-filled events, like the Savannah Food & Wine Festival, the Savannah Bacon Festival, the Savannah Craft Brew Festival as well as family-friendly events like the Blues Jazz and BBQ Festival and Christmas on the River. Every first Friday of the month, head to River Street to see fireworks light up the sky.
Soak up the View
River Street is the ultimate spot to sit back, relax and enjoy a gorgeous view of the Savannah River. River Street is the ultimate spot for ship-watching – dozens of giant container ships pass by daily!