What to do in Savannah
There are so many things to see and do in Savannah that you might have a hard time deciding where to start. So let us help! We’ve planned out a three day itinerary, perfect for a getaway weekend, covering all the essential Savannah regions from River Street to Tybee Island – and more!
Day 1 in Savannah
Take an Orientation Tour: Get to know Savannah via a motorized tour of the city. You can hop aboard a tour bus or trolley at the Savannah Visitors Information Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at Liberty Street. Such a tour will acquaint you with our genteel Southern town and give you a look at our attractions, many of which you’ll want to explore on your own.
Have Lunch in the Market: Dine at City Market — outdoors at a European-style café or in one of the area’s restored buildings, all of which exude their own quirky charms.
Lace Up Your Walking Shoes or Rent a Bike/Scooter: You’ve taken the city tour and sampled some great Lowcountry cuisine. Now get a closer look at some of Savannah’s magnificent architecture and splendid squares. Take out your map and plan your route! Good places to start: the Bull Street and Abercorn Street corridors, which will take you past some of Savannah’s famous landmarks and nine of our 21 squares. Make sure you visit beautiful Forsyth Park, which is on Bull Street and is one of Savannah’s signature landmarks.
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: End your own personal walking tour by strolling down to historic River Street for a bite to eat. You’ll find many types of casual and upscale dining experiences here amid restored cotton warehouses that are home to some of Savannah’s favorite restaurants and pubs. Afterward, linger awhile and enjoy the live music featured at several of these establishments.
Day 2 in Savannah
Take a Themed Tour: Savannah’s 276-year-old history offers many opportunities to explore various eras of the city’s history and the varied aspects of its culture. Take a walking tour emphasizing antiques, architecture, African-American heritage, the Civil War, cemeteries, ghosts, gardens, the best-selling book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” Savannah in film, cooking celebrity Paula Deen, or many of the Southern writers that once called Savannah home.
Investigate Cultural Attractions and Museums: Savannah has more than 45 historical and cultural attractions. Spend part of your day discovering the treasures and history that lie within our many house museums, forts and other historic sites.
Enjoy a Southern Sampler: Savannah caters to lovers of good food, and her hospitality and charm season the dishes popular to our region. For lunch on Day Two, dine at a restaurant that specializes in Southern cuisine and get a taste of good ol’ home cooking.
Explore for Antiques and Galleries Galore: Savannah is always alive with the arts. Influences such as the Savannah College of Art and Design and the City Market artists’ colony make our Historic District the perfect muse. Antique shops, galleries, and gift shops featuring hand-crafted items pepper every corner of the district and River Street, so look and shop until your heart is content.
Experience an Evening of Romance: Savannah is a city in tune with the amorous. A moonlit carriage ride is the perfect beginning to a perfect evening. Our many upscale dining establishments offer exquisite Lowcountry fare or international favorites in uniquely Southern settings. Served by candlelight, your intimate dinner is sure to spark a romantic evening. After dinner, catch a show at one of Savannah’s performance theaters. Musicals, plays and headlining acts can be enjoyed year-round.
Day 3 in Savannah
Visit Fantastic Tybee Island: Just 20 minutes from Savannah’s Historic District is Tybee Island, Savannah’s beach. Spend Day Three enjoying the sea breezes and seeking eco-adventures. Take a dolphin tour, a kayak tour, or a deep-sea fishing excursion. Climb to the top of Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse, or explore the nooks and crannies of Tybee’s two forts.
Relish a Taste of Tybee: Watch as the shrimp boats come home to bring in their catches and know that you are in for some of the freshest seafood around. Dine at one of Tybee’s funky seaside bungalows or try one of its upscale restaurants. Hit the Tybee strip for nightlife and entertainment or take a moonlit stroll on the Tybee pier.
Something for Him – Something for Her: Savannah has more than 30 golf courses within 30 miles featuring some of the toughest holes around. Mild year-round temperatures make for perfect golfing anytime. Or, start you last day in town by relaxing at a spa. Savannah has several day spas guaranteed to melt your stress away.
Take Part in Festival Fun: Savannah holds 200 festivals each year, and you’re more than welcome to participate. Our Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Day Celebration in January and our St. Patrick’s Day Parade in March are legendary. Also in March, the Savannah Music Festival features some of the best performers anywhere. Fall festivals such as Oktoberfest on River Street or the Savannah Film Festival presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design are some of autumn’s most popular events.
The holidays are always spectacular in Savannah, with events such as the Holiday Tour of Homes and the River Street Christmas Parade. Plan your return trip to Savannah around your favorite themed festival.
Shop for Savannah Souvenirs: Make sure you don’t leave Savannah without something to remember us by! Spend your last day in town looking for the perfect signature souvenir. Savannah has a multitude of trendy shops and boutiques that will have exactly what you’re seeking. River Street features many specialty shops that carry artwork, sweets, candles and collectibles – you’re sure to find the perfect gifts for those back home.