Popular Things to do in Savannah, Georgia

Quite often when talking to people, they mention Savannah, Georgia as a top place that they would love to visit one day.  Making a trip to the southeastern corner of Georgia to visit Savannah is well worth the trip.  There are so many fun and fascinating things to do in Savannah that you could easily fill a long weekend, if not more. Breathe the fresh air, visit the historic churches and other buildings or just take a stroll down on the riverfront. Savannah is a historic and beautiful city which has so much to offer for the whole family.

There are indeed a number of things to do in Savannah when you get there. Here’s a glimpse of what to do to help you plan your trip!

The Hop-on-hop-off Trolley Tours in Savannah

One of the best ways to cover most of the important spots in the Old Town of Savannah is the trolley tour that operates daily. Whether you are visiting as a couple or you have your family along, this trolley tour can take you to places you wouldn’t want to miss on a trip like this.

Depending on how long you plan to stay in Savannah, you can spread visiting the locations and hop-off the trolley over 2-3 days.

Explore the Historic District in Savannah

The Historic District in Savannah encompasses many important places. One of them is St. John Church and one of the cemeteries. You can book your place to stay in this district so it would be easier to visit all of these places.

Relish the Beauty of Forsyth Park

The beautiful fountain is the most-talked-about attraction in Forsyth Park. However, there are a lot of other things you can do in the park. It’s spread over a large 30-acre area. And if you are not keen on any activity, you could just walk around the park and while away your time. 

Also, if you happen to be traveling with your furry four-legged friend like we are, then you should pop into the Dog Park at Forsyth Park for a bit of running and playing! Our dog Hana absolutely had a blast running around here before we strolled for an afternoon in the historic downtown area of Savannah.



Appreciate Art through the Savannah Museum

If you are an art aficionado and appreciate its history, add a visit to the Telfair Museum to the list of things to do in Savannah. The Telfair family bequeathed this property to the Georgia Historical Society. That is how the museum got its name. Georgia Historical Society expanded the structure to include more exhibits. It is a great place to visit if you are a connoisseur of arts.

The Owen Thomas House

The Owens Thomas House is another structure built at the beginning of the nineteenth century. It is a magnificent reminder of traditional British architecture. Any architecture lover would know a thing or two about this old mansion. It is identified as a National Historic Landmark. Do check the visiting hours before you reach the building for a tour.

Take a Ghost Tour at Night

One of the exciting and rather eerie things to do in Savannah, Georgia is taking a ghost tour. You can do the tour either by foot or for a more dramatic experience by a hearse vehicle. Naturally,  the tours are conducted at nighttime, and usually last about an hour. There are tickets available and you can book and experience this ghost tour.

Take a Walk Along River Street

Everyone who had been to this historic place will tell you to add it to the things to do in Savannah list. With its cobblestone paths, the River Street will give you will that old European town feel. You can take a walk through the street with the river silently flowing by. There is a variety of shops and restaurants on this street.

Spend Time on Tybee Beach

Tybee Beach can be another destination worth visiting while you are in Savannah, Georgia. There’s nothing like spending a few hours on the beachfront, taking in the freshness of the water and just about forgetting everything else in life. These moments spent with family could be unforgettable.

Visit Wormsloe Historic Site

The Wormsloe Historic Site in Savannah is a piece of history preserved for the later generations to see and experience.  It was largely a plantation owned by the colonial rulers of the 19th Century. Even the building the colonial people lived in has been preserved, though its condition is quite dilapidated. It’s a large 822-acre plantation.

Visit the Centuries-Old Church of St John

Another reminder of the past glory of Savannah. Built in 1839, the church of St. John the Baptist is a captivating piece of architecture. The church administration has preserved the structure and its pristine beauty that comes through every inch of it. The French Catholic sect had a hand in building this church.

Go on a River Cruise

Georgia Queen is the name of the vessel that offers a comfortable river cruise in Savannah. The cruise organizers have different sightseeing options throughout the day. Study them and choose the best out of the lot. You don’t get to do a river cruise very often. So, enjoy this experience.

Wander the Botanical Gardens

This is a unique garden is a really beautiful place to go to. It is a collection of garden clubs. You will fall in love with the flora and fauna of these gardens. The clubs go through great lengths to maintain the plants and the flowers offer a great vibe to the place. Just wander around these spectacular surroundings and relax during a lovely morning or afternoon.

Explore Skidaway Island State Park

The Skidaway park is more like a wildlife observatory. You can get on top of the observation tower and watch the animals at a distance. The park also offers a variety of nice trails between the tall trees you can walkthrough. If you have taken your kids along for this trip to Savannah, don’t miss on the Skidaway Park. There are also a lot of geocaches to be found on Skidaway

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The 22 Picturesque Squares

The main city of Savannah has been arranged into 22 Squares, each bearing the name of a historical personality. It is left to you to explore as many Squares as you wish to and in the order you choose. There are parks and all greenery around each of these. You can do this on your own.

A beautiful square in Savannah at twilight. Fountains, lights, and moss trees. Georgia
A beautiful square in Savannah at twilight. Fountains, lights, and moss trees.

Visit the Park Where Forrest Gump Sat on the Bench

As the name suggests, the movie Forrest Gump featuring Tom Hanks has the iconic bench in a park in Savannah, Georgia. Through most of this movie, the actor sits on a bench. While the park is available to visit, the movie used it’s own fiberglass benches that were bought in. However, after filming they donated one of the benches to the city – and you can see it at the Savannah History Museum.

The park is situated in Chippewa Square, one of the 22 Squares of Savannah. It’s a lovely park to visit, not just because of the movie.

The Old Cemeteries

Some of you may not be keen on visiting a cemetery on a pleasant holiday trip. If you are game for a creepy experience, there are centuries-old cemeteries included in the tour circuit in Savannah. The beforementioned ghost tour includes one of the cemeteries. So, you may want to go back in broad daylight to the Colonial Park Cemetery to know its historical significance.

Indulge Yourself With the Food Options

One of the things to do in Savannah on your trip is to explore the city’s multiple options for eating and drinking. On your long walks through the city, you will find some nice spots for a coffee break. The coffee served in Savannah comes with that old-world charm you can’t miss. The avid beer drinker can get to taste the locally brewed beer. You can taste home-made ice cream on Savannah’s streets, all adding to the real holiday flavor that you had hoped for while planning the trip.

zunzis sandwiches in Savannah Georgia
Zunzi’s sandwich shop in Savannah was so incredibly tasty…and it is dog-friendly!

Enjoy Planning Your Visit to Savannah!

Savannah, Georgia is truly a lovely place to visit on a trip.  In fact, it is actually one of the first trips that Josh and I took together after we started dating and were living in Atlanta. Whether you are just passing through or want to spend more time here, there are many wonderful things to do in Savannah for people of all ages. It’s also a great romantic getaway, as well as being full of history and culture.

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