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 put together an itinerary, perfect for a getaway weekend, so you can cover all the essential Savannah regions from River Street to Tybee Island – and more!
Take a Trolley Tour: Get to know Savannah with Old Savannah Tours’ trip around town. You can hop aboard their trolleys and learn about Georgia’s First City. Whether it be their ghost tour, historic overview or girl scouts tour, the trolley with teach you a lot. Old Savannah Tours even has an on/off tour, which allow customers to get off the trolley at any stop and hop on another one later, so you can explore all of the different sights and not just get a glimpse.
Stroll River Street and see the monuments: Statues all around Savannah share the history of different people that have lived here over the years and River Street is no exception. It’s there on the riverwalk that you’ll find all kinds of monuments from the Waving Girl to the Olympic Cauldron and the “Cracked Earth.”
Cruise the Savannah River: Don’t just see the city by foot, get out and cruise down the Savannah River with Savannah Riverboat Cruises! With sightseeing, lunch, dinner and entertainment cruises, Savannah Riverboats don’t disappoint. You can see the city from a new view during the day while enjoying great food or hop on at night, see the sunset over the water and dance the night away while a DJ plays the hits.
Discover City Market: Just a few blocks away from our cozy inn on the river is the bustling City Market, where candy stores, boutiques, souvenir shops and all kinds of restaurants welcome guests. Whether you’re looking to go on a shopping trip, enjoy a piece of fresh pizza or a nice dinner out, or stay out late and enjoy the nightlife and bars, City Market has it all.
Experience an Evening of Romance: Savannah is a city in tune with the amorous. A moonlit carriage ride is the perfect beginning to a romantic 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.
See Savannah’s Squares: 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 to make your way out to Chippewa Square, where they filmed Forest Gump’s bench scene.
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 at Factor’s Walk: Make sure you don’t leave Savannah without something to remember us by! Find the perfect signature souvenir right next door at the shops behind River Street on Factor’s Walk. The bridges that now lead to boutiques and shops overlooking the Savannah River were once used by cotton factors who used the iron bridges as they made their way to the cotton warehouses. Now you’ll find shops with everything from t-shirts to chic clothing, key chains to candles and all kinds of artwork and collectible items.
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.
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.