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Top 10 Things to do in Savannah

 

If you’re planning a trip to the Hostess City and are feeling overwhelmed by squeezing so many fun activities into a single weekend, then allow us to make it easier for you: These are the top 10 things to do in Savannah GA.

 

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1. A Hop On/Hop Off Trolley Tour

Trolley tours are synonymous with Savannah, and one of the best ways to view the entire city in a single sitting is by riding a trolley through the historic squares and streets (roughly 90 minutes total). But if you want a more unique, customizable trolley experience, then opt for the hop on/hop off option. Old Savannah Tour’s Historic On/Off Tour will bring you past 15 stops in the city. Guests are allowed to “hop off” at any of the historic sites to explore, take a closer look, or simply wander for a bit. Just hop back on when another trolley passes by (usually every 15-20 minutes)!   The flexibility of this hop on / hop off tour is one of the biggest reasons that it tops our list of things to do in Savannah GA!

 

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2. A Ghost Tour

It’s no secret that Savannah has a haunted past, and if you feel like getting spooky, feeling scared, and learning about Georgia’s oldest city’s darker side, then hop aboard a Grave Encounters trolley tour. These tours depart every night (seven nights a week!) at 7 p.m. Be guided through Savannah by tour guides dressed in period costumes, as they describe the death, destruction, and history of one of America’s most haunted cities! Guests are also given the option of touring the Rum Cellar at The Pirates’ House or the Telfair Academy after hours.

 

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3. Visit Forsyth Park

One of the best ways to capture the beauty of Savannah is by simply walking around…and by making a trip to Forsyth Park. This landmark is an icon of the city, spanning an impressive 30 acres. The original park was created in the 1840s and only encompassed a meager 10 acres. When it swallowed up more real estate in 1851, it was named after former Georgia governor John Forsyth, who was in office during the time. Visitors flock to Forsyth Park for the scenery and the flowers. (Did you know that Forsyth houses a Fragrant Garden for the visually impaired? The idea for the garden started in the 1950s.) Beyond the playgrounds, café, sprawling acres of greenery, fragrant flowers, and Confederate Memorial, there’s the famous Forsyth Park fountain. This well-known structure makes for peaceful moments and perfectly Savannah photo ops. (It’s also dyed green around St. Patrick’s Day!)  Forsyth Park is on most all top things to do in Savannah GA lists, and it sits at number 3 on ours!

 

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4. Take a walk down River Street

There is truly nothing more iconic than Savannah’s River Street. This famous walk way features cobble stone streets, breathtaking views of the city at sunset, tantalizing smells of handmade confections, and a plethora of stores to pop in and out of. (And, of course, as Savannahians are ever the hostesses, River Street offers your pick of bars, pubs, and restaurants!)

 

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5. Check out the Telfair Museums

Huddled under the Telfair Museums umbrella are actually three unique museums: the Jepson Center, the Telfair Academy, and the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters. The Jepson Center is Savannah’s well-known art museum. Opened in 2006, the museum houses both a permanent collection as well as special collections and exhibits. The Telfair Academy is located down the street from the Jepson Center; this two-story mansion was built in 1819 and contains three rooms filled with nineteenth-century art from the museum’s permanent collection. Lastly, there’s the Owens-Thomas House. Visitors are guided through a mansion filled with period furniture. For the length of a guided tour, go back in history and see what life was like in the early 1800s.

 

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photo credit: Facebook – Georgia State Railroad Museum

6. Go to the Georgia State Railroad Museum

When most people think of things to do in Savannah, Georgia, visiting a railroad museum probably doesn’t come to mind. But it should! The Georgia State Railroad Museum is a National Historic Landmark and is a fun time for both kiddos and parents. Beyond the guided tours around the museum as well as train rides, kids can explore the Locomotion Lab or try their hand at pumping a handcar down the track. The Railroad Museum also has a Children’s Museum attached!  This is the perfect selection when looking for kids things to do in Savannah GA!

 

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photo credit: Facebook – Davenport House Museum

7. Wander through the Davenport House Museum

In 1820, Isiah Davenport built his home. In 1955, his house started the historic preservation movement of Georgia’s oldest city, which lead to the Historic Savannah Foundation saving countless structures from being destroyed over the years. Join the nearly 40,000 people who walk through the Davenport front door and go back to the 1820s. The Davenport House is one of the oldest brick structures in Savannah and contains numerous stories of preserved artifacts as well as a garden with plants native to the area (and enjoyed by the Davenports themselves!).

 

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cathedral of st john the baptist

photo credit: Facebook – Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

8. Be awestruck by St. John’s Cathedral

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is frequently captured in photos to showcase Savannah’s beauty. The cathedral was built in 1876, was largely destroyed after a fire in 1898, but quickly rebuilt by 1900. Stand underneath the shadow of the cathedral’s soaring steeples or head inside and quietly roam the aisles.

 

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the pirates house

photo credit: Facebook – The Pirates’ House

9. Channel your inner pirate at The Pirates’ House

The Pirates’ House is located on the land that was once an experimental garden (the first public agricultural experimental garden in the country). In 1753 when the need for the garden no longer existed, the land became an inn for pirates (or sailors, if you will). After being saved from demolition in the 1940s, The Pirates’ House is now a thriving restaurant serving up things like “Low Country Spring Rolls,” the Southern classic of “Shrimp and Grits,” and award-winning “Honey Pecan Fried Chicken.” It’s safe to say that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy the menu at The Pirates’ House!

 

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tybee island and fort pulaski

10. Soak up the sun at Tybee Island

Lastly, a trip to the coast wouldn’t be complete without actually heading to the coast (Tybee Island). History buffs can visit both Fort Pulaski, a seaside military defense used during the Civil War, and Fort Screven, which dates back to the mid-1880s and was used to guard the Savannah River until as recently as the end of World War II. A day spent on Tybee can satisfy the sun-bathers, the history-seekers, the eaters, and the shoppers!  Looking for fun in the sun things to do in Savannah GA, well Tybee Island is your answer!

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