THINGS TO DO IN SAVANNAH, GA

SAVANNAH VISITOR’S GUIDE

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Savannah, GA is one of America’s most historic cities, considered to be the birthplace of Georgia. It is situated on the banks of the Savannah River, about 18 miles inland from where the river flows into the Atlantic Ocean near Tybee Island.

This elegant city dates back to 1733 when it was settled by early colonists. History records that during the American Civil War in 1864, the Mayor of Savannah gave General Sherman and his men full cooperation in exchange for them leaving the city untorched. Fortunately, this preserved Savannah’s antebellum houses intact for tourists to enjoy today.

The beautifully structured Historic District has a series of 22 park-like squares overlooked by some of the city’s loveliest historic homes and noteworthy buildings. The two main areas of interest for visitors are the cobblestoned River Street and the City Market. These are both within strolling distance of the Wedding Cake Mansion, the Washington Square House and the Jones Street Suites.

If you’re looking for things to do in Savannah, the Savannah Convention and Visitor Bureau on East Bay Street is a good place to start your visit with maps, tours and information about the many festivals and events. The building is also home to the fascinating Savannah History Museum.

Getting around Savannah’s Historic District is very easy on foot, by free CAT shuttle or on the Savannah Belles Ferry that connects Savannah’s waterfront with Hutchinson Island.

There are Many Ways to Tour Savannah’s Most Highlighted Attractions

One of the most popular ways to enjoy a narrated tour of Savannah’s points of interest is on a horse-drawn carriage tour. Old Town Trolley Tours are another favorite activity to learn about the city’s fascinating history, or you can sign up for a walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide. And of course, boat trips down the Savannah River on a restored paddlewheeler  are always a relaxing way to enjoy the beautiful scenery at a relaxed pace.

Those interested in history or architecture will enjoy a visit to Green-Meldrim House, built in Gothic Revival style and famously used as General Sherman’s HQ during the Civil War. Henry Hall and Henry Street School are notable examples of early 18th century Queen Anne architecture, while Flannery O’Connor House is the childhood home of the famous novelist. Other must-see attractions include King Tisdell Cottage and the Historic Railroad Shops – the oldest remaining railroad in the USA with many original buildings and a superb museum.

Green open spaces can be enjoyed at Fort McAllister State Historic Park, Forsyth Park, Skidaway Island State Park and Wormsloe Historic Site.

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Savannah’s Museums Have Many Angles for Each History Buff’s Passions

Aircraft enthusiasts will enjoy the aviation memorabilia and aircraft on show at the Mighty 8th Air Force Heritage Museum, while the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum showcases Savannah’s rich maritime past. The Owens Thomas Museum recreates life in this regency home with its slave quarters.

Visitors wanting to enjoy more cultural attractions can lose themselves for a day at the Telfair Museum of Art. It has over 4,500 artworks, sculptures and photographs in three buildings, two of which are on the list of National Historic landmarks.

There are so many things to do in Savannah, GA; it is a wonderful city to explore with something for everyone. With its antebellum architecture, statues, museums, attractions, tours, and shops there are plenty more attractions to keep visitors returning to this elegant city.

To learn more about Savannah’s history, visit Visit-Historic-Savannah.com.