Best Things To Do In Savannah GA – A Travel Guide

Get yourself into that Southern mood, the sweet sickness that is Savannah’s lure. I call it le mal doux, which is French for “the sweet sickness”. How?  You ask? Try reading (or see the movie) Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil before you take on the task of visiting Savannah GA attractions and finding things to do in Savannah, GA. This surely will put you in the Savannah state of mind. There are also many romantic things to do in Savannah GA, so get your heart ready! You could spend a lifetime in historic Savannah, GA and still not discover all of her secrets, but this guide will guarantee the city stays with you long after you say goodbye. From historic attractions, shopping to where to find the best meals and drinks in town, this list will help make Savannah, GA a city you won’t soon forget.

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✦ WHAT TO SEE + DO: Savannah Georgia

You may remember the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil? It became a New York Times bestseller for 216 weeks following its debut! And in 1997, Clint Eastwood made a movie (see at the bottom of this post a list of movies filmed in Savannah GA.) here and featured many Savannah attractions. It is the perfect introduction to Savannah, Georgia and is atmospherically centered around the best Savannah attractions you will want to visit located around the city. Believe me, it will get you into that sweet Southern mood!

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✦ Know Before You Go: Savannah, GA

The variety of food you can find in Savannah is quite diverse. Of course, you can get those traditional Southern dishes you have heard about your whole life like crispy fried green tomatoes, ham-hocked collard greens, pork chops, and fried chicken. But Savannah also has Cuban, French, Italian, Japanese, and even Peruvian foods!

Be sure and drink a lot of water. Savannah is hot in the summer, so bring light and easy clothing to help refresh your look after being out all day in the hot sun. Also, book a hotel with a pool in the summer.

Savannah is a walkable city, but if you don’t feel like walking there are plenty of bikes and trolleys you can catch.

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1. The Bonaventure Cemetery

I have a fascination with cemeteries; I think it is genetic, as I used to visit cemeteries with my Dad as a kid. Stepping foot in Bonaventure Cemetery, with its avenues of 250-year-old live oaks and quintessentially southern gothic-look, it took my breath away. It captured me right from the moment I saw this famous Savannah attraction with its natural cathedrals, tombstones, and sculptural gardens spread out over 160 acres. It transcends time, as you walk past each stone where many of the soldiers of the Civil War are buried. Singer-songwriter Johnny Mercer, who wrote “Moon River” and “That Old Black Magic” is buried here as well. Savannah GA has cemeteries that are more inviting than most city parks! This, of course, was one of my favorite things to do in Savannah GA, which is why I listed it first!

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Bonaventure Cemetery is just a short drive from the Historic District, another Savannah attraction. It was a hotbed of tourist activity after the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil got published in 1994. The famous “bird girl” statue that was on the cover of the book was brought here and put on the Trosdal family plot. It was located by photographer Jack Leigh, hired by Random House to shoot the cover for the book and recommended by the author of the book to look here for its cover. It has since been relocated to Telfair Museum of Art, where it is on display. This is just another one of the great things to do in Savannah, GA this weekend, so go check it out!

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Also, another cool cemetery to visit is the Colonial Park Cemetery. It is the oldest cemetery in Savannah, GA with gravesites from the 1750’s to the 1850’s. It is well known to be a place where the Union Soldiers occupied during the Civil War. It is thought they vandalized the cemetery and changed some dates and altered the memorial inscriptions on a few of the gravesite headstones! One of the most notable people buried here is a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Button Gwinnett.

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2. Look around at the Beauty in Savannah

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No matter how many photographs I took of Savannah, it was never enough to capture her true beauty and charm, the crown jewel of the Old South. Everywhere I turned there were cobblestoned streets, parks, fountains, Spanish moss and town squares. I knew I would find some amazing things to do in Savannah GA. I was so excited to begin my architectural tour of the most beautiful downtown area of any city in all of the United States (in my humble opinion) that I had ever seen. I don’t say that lightly, as I have been to quite a few. But there is definitely something special about this one.

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I believe Savannah has some of the most admired and preserved architecture in the country where more than 40 percent of its 2,500 buildings that have architectural or historical significance! Most restoration has been accomplished by individuals, each of them one building at a time. It seems that historic preservation and restoration in Savannah has flourished since the late 1970’s. From the simple Colonial style to the more intricate Medieval-influenced cathedrals, to the Victorian period; examples of most of the USA’s 18th and 19th-century architectural styles can be found right here in Savannah GA. Some examples of other architectural styles seen in Savannah are the English Regency, Federal, Georgian, both Gothic and Greek Revival, Italianate, Regency, Romanesque Revival and Second French Empire

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3. Learn a Little History about Savannah

As America’s first planned city, the town squares are where you will want to begin in your exploration to find things to do in Savannah GA. It is also known as the best walking city in America. Savannah was founded by British General James Oglethorpe in 1733 and was based on a grid system with twenty-four town squares, which is a brilliant and logical way to create a city. All the housing and public buildings are arranged in this manner. Today, there are twenty-one of the original twenty-four town squares left. Three were taken over by construction companies and demolished before the ladies of the Historic Savannah Foundation stopped this dreadful practice. One of the three has been restored to its original grandeur and rebuilt according to its original plan. I just love those southern belles of the Historic Savannah Foundation! Each of the town squares left is certainly a famous Savannah GA attraction.

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4. Shop Till You Drop in Savannah GA

Some of the most exciting shops in Savannah can be found in the Downtown Design District on Whitaker Street between Charlton Lane and Gaston. With the winding back alleys reminiscent of centuries-old European villages with hidden gardens walled by decaying brick. This shopping area is considered to be one of Savannah’s attractions for the high-end tourists. I, personally, always make time for shopping and one of the best shops is One Fish, Two Fish at the corner of Whitaker and Jones. Yes, that Jones street! (Jones Street is considered to be the prettiest street in Savannah, GA!) Most of the buildings from Jones street date from the 1850’s-1860’s. You can also take a gander at Broughton Street, as this avenue has unique shops and art galleries, as well as an afternoon tea experience at Gryphon Tea Room and boisterous bars.

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Broughton Street is also the place for serious shoppers. You can find the perfect souvenirs at local shops, boutique stores, and while there, don’t forget to have an ice cream at Leopold’s. Be sure and visit The Paris Market and the nearby The Salt Table on Barnard Street.

5. Savannah’s City Market

Continue your shopping at the City Market. The City Market is four blocks of open-air shopping surrounded by restored warehouses with shopping, bistros, and art all while being serenaded by musicians. You can stroll the shaded courtyard between two of Savannah’s famous squares, as Savannah City Market stretches from Ellis Square to the east and Franklin Square to the west. You can start at the corner of Jefferson and West St. Julian Streets.

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6.  Admire Savannah’s Planned Community

As you walk around, you can read the plaques in each square to appreciate the history of the area. Don’t forget to visit Chippewa Square to say you’ve been to the park bench where Forrest Gump was filmed (certainly a famous Savannah attraction). In the opening scene of the film, a feather floats high above the trees, then sweeps down past the Independent Presbyterian Church. It then makes its way toward Chippewa Square. It eventually lands on this park bench. (If you take the trolly mentioned below, you will see Forrest walking by on his way to the bench.) If you are tired from walking, you can also get around town by taking any of the trolley tours that are available. I chose the Old Savannah Trolley Tours, which is a hop on/hop type of trolley system that takes you around the grid system and allows you to get on and off as you please.

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7. Take A Few Fine Home Tours:

For over three centuries, this city on a hill has endured two major wars, slavery, reconstruction, and segregation to emerge as one of America’s most charming destinations. Taking a fine home tour will give you a little bit of this amazing history lesson.

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Thomas-Owens House: There are many fine homes to tour, but be sure and visit the Thomas-Owens House since it is considered one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in America. It was built in 1819. It occupied a complete block featuring a cast iron balcony, a winding double staircase, and arched storybook windows. See what I mean when I say there are plenty of things to do in Savannah GA? This is the perfect Savannah attraction to explore.

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Things to do in Savannah GA

On the tour of this Savannah attraction, you will see the indigo ceiling near the pantry/kitchen area. This was where the slaves quarters on the first floor used to be. This is the largest example of “haint” blue painting known to exist in America. The paint was created by mixing indigo, lime, and buttermilk. It was used to ward off evil spirits. The slaves put it on everything from the ceiling to the doors, the windows and even behind or underneath furnishings.

Other Fine Home tours you can take in Savannah GA:

Juliette Gordon Low House: The founder of Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low, was from Savannah, GA. You can tour a bit of Girl Scout history right here in Savannah. She founded the Girl Scouts in 1912 and there is a tour of her house most days. No visit to Savannah GA is complete without a visit to the Juliette Gordon Low House. (My son was an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts!) The tour of this house will give you some insights into the life of Juliette and the organization that she founded.

Andrew Low House:  A former resident of Juliette Gordon Low.

Davenport House: This historic place marks the beginning of Savannah’s historic preservation movement. It is currently a museum that was built in 1820 and restored to reflect the life of a middle-class family at that time. It is available daily for tours. It also provides a very interesting look at a well-preserved home for its time.

Green-Meldrim House: A Gothic Revival mansion that was occupied by General Sherman during the Civil War.

Mercer-Williams House: One of Savannah’s most famous historic Houses and featured in Midnight in the Garde of Good and Evil.

Flannery O’Connor Childhood House: A Depression-era house of the author Flannery O’Connor.

Sorrel-Weed House: – Considered the most haunted place in Savannah, GA.

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8. Visit Medford Square

The birthplace of “Jingle Bells” – There is a plaque on 19 High Street in the center of Medford Square that reads the “birthplace” of “Jingle Bells” in 1850. James Pierpont wrote the song at the Simpson Tavern and was inspired by the town’s popular sleigh races in the 19th Century, according to the historical society.

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9. Take a Walk in Forsythe Park

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Forsyth Park: No visit to Savannah is complete without a trip to Forsythe Park to see the most alluring water fountain. It is right dab in the center of the park. The park itself is surrounded by beautiful mansions that have been restored. They make for beautiful scenery as you stroll the park. I was there in November and so I was lucky to be able to see the amazing fall colors throughout the town. This is one of the wonderful things to do in Savannah GA probably one of the most famous Savannah attractions.

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10. Sit on the Forrest Gump Bench

From the critically acclaimed film Forrest Gump, some scenes were filmed right here in Savannah, Georgia! Not only that, Forrest sits and waits on the bench to tell his life story to anyone who will listen. It is located in Chippewa Square. They have one of the Forrest Gump benches that were used in the movie on display at the Savannah History Museum…mentioned below as one of the things to do in Savannah.

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11. Walk Down to River Street and the Waterfront

A bit “kitschy” for my liking, but still you should go down there to take a peak and walk along the riverfront. Unfortunately, the area has been taken over by tourist and touristy type establishments, but that is to be expected in a town that draws in so many tourists. And tourists find many things to do in Savannah, GA; things like haunted house tours, shopping, and lots of great restaurants.

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12. Visit The First African Baptist Church

A cultural treasure, this church was founded in 1777 by George Leile, the slave of a Baptist Church Deacon! The First African Baptist Church was built by its congregation that was made up entirely of slaves. They finished it in 1859. Located on Franklin Square, it was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. Still today you can see the holes drilled into the floorboard to funnel fresh air into the tunnels below for escaped slaves.

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13. Visit the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Take some of your wandering time to visit the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.  Many compare it to Europe’s medieval churches. Take a peek inside the cathedral as well. The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for religious ceremonies only. Photography is permitted inside the cathedral. You can visit the cathedral’s website for more information.

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14. Say “Thank You” to the General

I have a big “Thank You” to say to General William T. Sherman, you know, the General in the Union Army during the American Civil War? In his famous “March to the Sea” at the end of the Civil War, he had burned down almost every plantation in the South, as well as the city of Atlanta. But he did not burn Savannah, he left it untouched as a Christmas present to President Abraham Lincoln. He spared it from Civil War destruction because he found it too beutiful to burn!

Telegram sent to the Capital, December 21, 1864:

“I beg to present to you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah…”

And what a Christmas gift she was!

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15. Visit Jepsen Center for the Arts

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Photograph by Alfred Wertheimer (1929–2014)

The King was back in Savannah the summer of 2016 to coincide with the 60thanniversary of his first show in Savannah way back in 1956! You could have admired black and white photographs taken of Elvis, back when Elvis was 21 and trying to make it in the world. The photographs were by Alfred Wertheimer, who then was a young freelance photojournalist. Wertheimer was able to capture images of the young superstar in his early years. Today, there is a new exhibit in its place, but there is always something interesting and cutting edge located here.

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16. Telfair Museum of Art

I mentioned the Jepsen Center for the Arts above but wanted to let you know that it is a part of the Telfair Museum of Art, where three diverse buildings house artwork ranging from classic to cutting-edge, like the Elvis exhibit. The museum’s three sites include two National Historic Landmarks and a contemporary building. They are all located within walking distance of one other the historic district.

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17. Fall in Love with Savannah

Oh Savannah, how is it possible that I have been alive all these years and never been to you for a visit? How could I have overlooked your charms? It seems almost impossible but visiting Savannah only kindled my desire to return to her elegant architecture, her fancy ironworks, her stunning fountains and her 21 squares. Visitors from all over the world come to see Savannah and it is only now that I have finally found her. I am smitten with a passion for Savannah!


San Miguel de Allende and Vienna you have a new rival in town, let me introduce you to my new lover: Savannah GA

The way I see it, love is complicated and it is possible to have more than one great love in life!


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18. Take a drive under moss-covered oaks

This is something I have always wanted to do… walk or drive underneath the massive moss-covered oak trees. You can even take a drive to Wormsloe Historic Park.

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19. Eat ice cream at Leopold’s Ice Cream Parlor in Savannah

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Generations of Savannahians have loved Leopold’s Ice Cream since 1919. This soda fountain shop was started by the three brothers George, Peter, and Basil Leopold. They were immigrants from Greece who came to the USA and learned the art of candy and dessert making from their uncle. Their soda fountain business on the corner of Gwinnett and Habersham streets became legendary! This location was where two streetcar lines intersected and so plenty of riders would jump off the streetcar to grab a bite to eat. No trip to Savannah is complete without a stop at Leopold’s. It has had a few closures and moves since then, but much of the current décor, such as the original soda fountain, the banana split boats, and the malted milk dispenser are still being used. For a bit of nostalgia, you can still see the Philco radio and the wooden interior phone booth. It is like walking back in time.

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20. Take a Savannah Riverboat Cruise

With refreshing windy breezes, you can take a sightseeing tour down the majestic Savannah River! They have everything from day cruises for lunch to seasonal and even sunset cruises.

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21. Use Savannah’s bike program called CAT BIKE

This is the first bicycle sharing program in all of Georgia and makes for an easy way to get around!  Cat Bike. As I mentioned before, Savannah can be hot and so riding the local bikes in the area between Savannah attractions is a fun way to get around town!

22. Things to do in Savannah, GA: Take a Ghost Tour

How many times do you get a chance to ride in a hearse or take a haunted house ghost tour on a trolly if it is not Halloween?  Well, not too many I suspect, so why not take a Savannah Ghost Tour? Since Savannah is known as one of America’s most haunted cities you might as well go to some of the most haunted sites in the city. You will hear historical facts mixed in with entertaining ghost stories as you ride the haunted trolley.

23. Have a Beach Day – Tybee Beach near Savannah, GA

Spend the day on Tybee Island, which is only about 20 minutes from Savannah’s Historic District. Tybee Island has five miles of beaches for you to enjoy a relaxing and fun day at the beach.  A visit to Tybee Beach wouldn’t be complete without exploring the island and enjoying the sunset near the ocean. While there, locate the Cockspur Lighthouse and if you get a chance, eat at 80 East Gastropub. It is sort of hidden behind a gas station, but the food is fabulous!

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Near Tybee Island is Fort Pulaski, which is built on Cockspur Island between Tybee Island and Savannah. It was a coastal fortification built in 1812 that was destroyed during the American Civil War in 1862. It was thought to be indestructible, but the Union army rendered brick fortifications obsolete by its destruction. Today the fort is a well-preserved – not too dissimilar to Fort Jefferson that I have explored before.

24. Visit Old Fort Jackson

And while we’re talking about old forts: Don’t forget to visit the national historic landmark of the Old Fort Jackson built along the Savannah River in Savannah, Georgia. Again it was one of the national defense system fortifications.

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25. Visit the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

The museum is located in historic downtown Savannah at 41 Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard, between the Holiday Inn and The Grey Restaurant (Eater’s Restaurant of the Year in 2017 that is housed in a revitalized 1938 art deco Greyhound Bus Terminal!). Ships of the Sea is only one block west of City Market and a few blocks north of the Visitor Center. Founded in 1966, the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum features memorabilia related to 18th and 19th-century ships that were displayed in the 1819 William Scarbrough House and Gardens.

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26. Admire the Fancy Fences Around Town

I have never seen so many gorgeous fences in all my life. Wrought iron or cast iron decorative gates and fences can be seen all over town. They were and continue to represent the fine craft and beauty of the golden days. In fact, Crawford Square is the only historic square in Savannah to still retain its original fence! It also still contains its original water cistern from the 19th century.

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Savannah Fence

27. Check out the Savannah History Museum

This former railway shed, the Savannah History Museum has tons of information about the history of Savannah, Georgia. From the founding of the city to the American Revolution, as well as the battles of the American Civil War and the civil rights movement, they have documented it all!

28. Visit Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day

Do what? It may surprise you to learn that Savannah, Georgia has one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the entire country! Almost 400,000 visitors are in attendance annually. Droves of post-parade partiers migrate from the Historic District in downtown to Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub.  It is a famous Irish bar set in a historical 162-year-old building on the west end of River Street.

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29. Go to a Festival in Savannah GA

Try making your visit during one of Savannah, GA’s major local festivals.

Savannah Music Festival – Held annually at the end of March through the beginning of April.  This music festival features some of the world’s best musicians.

Savannah Food & Wine Festival – Held annually in November, you can explore the best in Southern cuisine at the Savannah Ga Food & Wine Festival. However be sure to get your tickets fast, as the tickets to this Savannah, GA even sells out in nearly a year in advance!

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SCAD Savannah Film Festival – This festival is typically held in late October/early November. They have daily screenings of independent films and many parties.

30. Visit the Historic Savannah GA Theatre

Visit the historic Savannah Ga theatre. It opened its doors back in 1818 with a production of “the Soldier’s daughter” and today it showcases many high energy variety shows and is open three days a week.

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31. Take a Coffee Break!

Do you ever feel like you need an afternoon pick-me-up when you are out trying to find things to do in Savannah? Why don’t you grab a cup of Savannah-made coffee at Foxy Loxy Cafe, Blends Coffee Boutique or even Blends Coffee Boutique?

Do you love art and coffee?

You can admire the local art scene while sipping the latest coffee creations at Gallery Expresso. It is a Bohemian cafe with coffee and light fare foods like salads and pastries in a space with mismatched sofas!

32. Go on a Romantic Horse Drawn Carriage Ride

Take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets of Savannah at dusk with your sweetheart after dinner! Have the Madison Tour Company pick you up from a romantic dinner at The Grey (see below in the food section on where to eat) and enjoy the cobblestone streets of historic mansions.

33. Meet up with a professional photographer

There is nothing quite like having your photos taken while on vacation in Savannah GA! Meet up with a local photographer through Flytographer and have your photos taken in a gorgeous setting! I did it with my husband in Monaco and we loved it!

34. Savannah, GA: Take a Hike!

I actually just read about some great hikes in the Savannah, GA area. According to Visit Savannah, Savannah is better “lived outdoors” and the city offers many scenic trails. Read this article for the latest information on hiking trails in Savannah.

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35. Find the Coolest SpeakEasy in Town!

I don’t know about you, but I love Speakeasies and I also love cocktail bars. So you can imagine how excited I was while in Savannah when I went on a quest to find Mati Hari, a hidden bar in the back of the boisterous 309 Club. But you know as a Speakeasy, you need a key or a password to get in. So be sure and check with a few of the local bartenders or maybe at your hotel concierge! It may take you a while to figure out how to get in!

Once you finally find the hidden door, the bouncer will let you know that you need a key or membership card, but if you ask nicely, I am sure he might just let you in. I highly recommend trying some of their signature drinks like the lavender lemonade.

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And if you really want to, you can visit an alehouse that operated during the prohibition time: Savannah Distillery Ale House.

✦ When is the best time to visit Savannah?

There is no better time to “Fall in love” with Savannah than in the FALL, from September to November. This is a great time to visit Savannah, GA. It is not as crowded to visit during the fall months. But I do think that the best time to visit Savannah is in the Spring from March to June (except not on Saint Patty’s Day weekend). It is during this seasons that the flowers are blooming and the birds are singing! There are many pink azaleas that bloom and decorate Savannah’s squares. Savannah lies along the Savannah River, approximately 20 miles upriver from the Atlantic Ocean. Really anytime is good to visit Savannah, as it is one of my favorite American cities.

✦ Savannah, Georgia: Where to stay in Savannah?

BOOK EARLY! Hotels in Savannah GA

Do not be tempted by the lower rates outside of the historic district, because the historic district is where you want to be and where you can walk to everything. Even though parking is limited, it is THE place to be.

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Things to do in Savannah

Hotels in Savannah GA

✦ River Street Inn

I stayed at the River Street Inn, along River Street and as far as location, it was perfect as it overlooks the Savannah River. It is an old restored building with brick walls, archways, and hardwood floors. The structure itself is gorgeous, but as far as the rooms go, it could be updated. However, if you are there to explore and not spend much time in the room, this will work perfectly.

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Hotels in Savannah GA

✦ Kehoe House

This four-star property located on Habersham Street, in historic Savannah, GA, is within steps from Columbia Square and the Davenport House. It is a boutique bed and breakfast with free wifi. A stay at the Kehoe House will not disappoint!

✦ Mansion On Forsyth Park

Another gorgeous property is the Mansion On Forsyth Park.  Remodeled in 2005, it provides amazing décor and amenities throughout the 125-room Victorian Romanesque property. With Versace furniture in the lobby, the Mansion on Forsyth Park provides high-end amenities in the historic district of Savannah, GA. You should take a moment to spend some time at the gorgeous marble-framed pool and relax at the Poseidon Spa. It is sumptuous!

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Mansion at Forsyth Park

Hotels in Savannah GA

✦ Kimpton Brice Hotel

Known as “Savannah’s Coolest Hotel” by Fodors in 2018, The Kimpton Brice Hotel is beautiful and poised on the outside, yet sassy and rebellious on the inside. With an urban resort vibe, it is located right in the center of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District. In fact, the Kimpton Brice Hotel is centrally located in the historic district, just a cobblestone’s throw away from the famed River Street and walking distance to City Market.

✦Andaz Savannah

The Andaz Savannah is always recommended for an eclectic boutique hotel located in the City Market. With an urban vibe, yet Southern sophistication, the Andaz Savannah by Hyatt delivers a modern city chic feeling to the area. Just steps from the river, trendy shopping, and awesome dining.

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✦ DoubleTree Savannah Historic District

Location, location, location: DoubleTree Savannah Historic District Hotel – This cozy, inviting, and colorful hotel is in the perfect location – right in the historic district. The staff is super friendly and always there to please. Be sure and ask for a street side facing room versus the park side facing rooms because of the noise since it is located less than two blocks from the historic district’s restaurants and nightlife.

✦ Hyatt Regency Savannah

This is a nice Hyatt Regency with a cool lobby that overlooks the Savannah River. Stop by just to watch the container ships. from the floor to ceiling windows. Yearly 30,000 container ships are making their way from the port of Savannah. There are ships from all over the world and it is quite interesting to watch.


✦Savannah, Georgia Tip: Stay on or near River Street to cut back on the cost of Uber of Lyft!

There is also a free shuttle at the Savannah DO that takes you around the Historic District.


✦ Savannah, Georgia: Where to have a cocktail?

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“If you go to Atlanta, the first question people ask you is, “What’s your business?” In Macon, they ask, “Where do you go to church?” In Augusta, they ask your grandmother’s maiden name. But in Savannah, the first question people ask you is “What would you like to drink?”

― John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story



Where should you go to get that drink? How about Congress Street Up, a hot “craft cocktail” bar and 1920’s style speakeasy in Savannah? Or how about Alley Cat Lounge, a place where they love booze and say you do too! Or how about Rock on the Roof ?- it is hard to beat the sunset view from this rooftop bar on Bay Street. So it is at this point that you realize after reading all of this article that we are all connected somehow because of the history of Old Savannah GA. So grab a drink and come along for the ride.


Recommended reading: 7 Places to Drink in Savannah on Travelocity’s Inspire Hub


✦BONUS✦: Another added bonus about drinking in Savannah’s Historic District: They allow you to carry up to 16 oz of liquor in an open container in hand! Say what? Yes, this is true, but only in the historic district of Savannah and only in an open plastic cup! So leave one bar for the next one while wandering the historic district with a cup in hand!

Rule Number One: “Always stick around for one more drink. That’s when things happen. That’s when you find out everything you want to know.” – John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil


✦ Savannah, Georgia: Where to Eat?

Vic’s on the River

And how about an order of fried green tomatoes, crawfish beignets, and spicy fried shrimp?  You can try both at Vic’s on the River. During the Civil War, General Sherman’s officers used this location as a meeting and housing space. In the main dining room, there is a hand-drawn map detailing Sherman’s march through Georgia.

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The Grey

As mentioned before, try out The Grey, as it is fast becoming one of the top dining destinations in town, located in its revitalized 1938 art deco Greyhound Bus Terminal. The Grey offers a food, wine and a service experience that brings Southern food that is soulful. The Grey continues the building’s tradition of transporting people to a destination, but this one is to a whole new world. As not to forget, the owner of The Grey left a spot where you can observe the station’s previously segregated areas, the waiting room in the rear and the separate bathrooms.

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Collins Quarter

If you get a chance, check out Collins Quarter in the historic district on Bull Street with a decadent champagne breakfast to a delicious lunch or dinner cuisine paired with fine wines and craft beers, this place is pretty awesome!

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The Wilkes House

Talk about Southern Cooking, this family-style restaurant allows for everyone to pay a flat fee (cash is only accepted, no credit cards accepted here) and all can chow down on southern fried chicken, okra, sweet potatoes, gumbo, and cornbread. All the best southern cooking foods! And luckily, the menu changes daily. The location is along picturesque Jones Street in a boarding house that was taken over by Mrs. Sema Wilkes in 1943. The place is now run by her great-grandson Ryan Thompson.

Elizabeth’s on 37th

With southern hospitality, local produce, and fine coastal cuisine, Elizabeth’s on 37th is a favorite destination in Savannah GA for the last 30 plus years… It is housed in an elegant 1900’s mansion with food inspired by Chef Elizabeth Terry and her husband Michael.

And if that is not enough:

45 Bistro –  History & Ghosts in Savannah!

45 Bistro is located in the historic hotel-turned-Civil War hospital. 45 Bistro is well known for its; delicious food and for the occasional ghost sightings. So be sure and keep your eyes peeled for some citizens of Savannah’s past!

 ✦ Tips for a Great Tour of Savannah, Georgia

  • Put on a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect your skin.
  • Dress cool; you will be walking a lot, although the trolly tour helps.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, refer to #2 above
  • Bring along a camera to take home some inspiring photos, as I am sure you will want to post a few on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

✦ Check out my note map about Savannah GA:

Located on Findery called: Savannah, Georgia – Love At First Sight

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Recommended Reading For Your Trip to Georgia

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✦ Want to learn some fun facts about Savannah?

Savannah was established in 1733 and is Georgia’s oldest city.

Savannah has more than 100 neighborhoods throughout the city.

Savannah is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States.

Savannah is love at first sight!

✦ Movies that were filmed on location in Savannah GA:

The Longest Yard (1974)

Glory (1989)

Forrest Gump (1994) (of course!)

Something to Talk About (1995)

Now and Then (1995)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) (of course!)

The Generals Daughter (1999)

The Last Song (2010)

The Conspirator (2010)

Magic Mike XXL (2015)

And that sums it up!  Your Comprehensive Guide to Things to do in Savannah, GA! I hopefully have given you plenty of ideas for what do in Savannah and the surrounding area! Have you been to Savannah? Do you have any tips on where to eat, where to stay, or what to do in Savannah? Share them in the comments below!


Disclosure: I was an invited guest to by the Savannah Tourism Board and this article may include affiliate links.  But my love of Savannah GA comes strictly from my heart.

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25 Comments

  1. Shobha January 15, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to Savannah ever since I read the book (and saw the movie), Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil. It looks stunning!

    • Cacinda Maloney January 15, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      oh it is so stunning!! Read the book and see the movie again before you go!

  2. Kristin January 16, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    I love Savannah! We made the drive from Vanderbilt several times for mini breaks. I also recommend reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and visiting some of the spots from the book. The food everywhere is divine. Beautiful photos, you are making me want to plan another trip!

    • Cacinda Maloney January 16, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      I had to watch the movie before I went! Loved it! Let’s go there some time again, I am dying to go back!

  3. Julie Cohn January 17, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    It’s been many years since I have been to Savannah, but it is such a beautiful city, and your photos really highlighted that beauty so well!

    • Cacinda Maloney January 17, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      Thank you! You should go back, I can’t wait to go again!

  4. Craig Haffner January 18, 2015 at 11:36 am

    What a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL love letter. Thank you !

    • Cacinda Maloney January 19, 2015 at 9:11 am

      Wow! Coming from you that means a lot. I was never really intrigued with going to Savannah until I saw the movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Then I got hooked and wanted to go. I would love to see your musical production of it in New York, Los Angeles or London one day!

  5. Karisa @ Flirting with the Globe January 19, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    I adore Savannah (and am lucky enough to live just 4 hours away). If the weather is nice, the city market area is a lovely way to spend an afternoon as well!

    • Cacinda Maloney January 19, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Karisa, I cannot wait to go back and spend more time there!

  6. Kate ~ Beak Up Crafts January 23, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Savannah looks great! I’ve never been but I love all of the pumpkins – how cool! – and the architecture is stunning.

    • Cacinda Maloney January 23, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      Oh, I absolutely fell in love and need to go back!

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  13. John Miller September 25, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Where is Bonaventure? Hint: not downtown.

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      John, do you often leave vague and tacky comments on Travel blogs? Bonaventure is a 12 minute drive from the Historic District, in case you are wondering.

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  15. Zolo Lue January 18, 2016 at 2:29 am

    Such a great post, thanks for sharing. I am planning to visit Atlanta with my friends in the next month. I have now decided that what Things to do in Savannah, with my friends. Your ideas are great, it’s very helpful to me.

  16. Patti February 5, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Glad I found this post- I am visiting Savannah for the first time next month. It looks like a beautiful city!

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