As the birthplace of Georgia, the historic city of Savannah has a character and history quite unlike anywhere else. Wide avenues lined with antebellum homes connect a series of garden-like squares. Shady oaks draped with Spanish moss soften the architecture, giving the whole city a relaxed and carefree allure. Staying in a renovated historic home makes the perfect base for exploring this fascinating city.
Historic Tourist Attractions in Savannah
There are so many historic attractions and things to do in Savannah that first time visitors should definitely take a guided tour to learn about the colonial history of the city, which dates back to 1733. Themed walking tours are a great way to learn more about the city’s past with a local guide. There are historical walking tours, black history tours, martini tours, foodie tours, civil war history tours and even ghost tours of Savannah that explore the unexplained mysteries of this fascinating city.
Movie lovers may prefer to see the city from the perspective of the many movies and TV series that were made here – think Forrest Gump, East of Eden and Clint Eastwood’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Summer visitors and those who prefer not to commit to walking around the sights will appreciate the famous horse-drawn carriage tours. Join in the historic spirit of the city as you clip-clop through green squares and along shady avenues complete with a commentary from the livery-clad driver. Some tours offer individual horse-drawn carriages for 2-6 visitors while larger wagonettes are pulled by a team of horses and seat 10-12 adults on bench seats.
Once you have familiarized yourself with the city, it’s time to explore more historic sights in Savannah. Stroll down the cobblestoned River Street and look for the sculpture of the Waving Girl greeting ships as in days gone by.
Historic homes in Savannah, GA include the Andrew Low House, Davenport House, the King-Tisdale House and the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low which are all worth visiting, as is the Savannah History Museum. Railroad enthusiasts will enjoy the Roundhouse Railroad Museum which has the most intact antebellum railroad repair facility in the US.
The oldest brick fort in Georgia is Old Fort Jackson, while further afield is the Fort Pulaski National Monument on Cockspur Island.
More Things to Do in Savannah
City Market is a major tourist attraction in Savannah. This rejuvenated four-block area of the Historic District is the shopping, dining and entertainment center of downtown Savannah. Part of City Market is the Art Center, a collection of studios where you can see artisans at work and purchase some unique souvenirs and artworks of the city. More classical works of art are on display at the Telfair Museum of Art which focuses in American artists from the 18th century onwards.
Stroll around Forsyth Park and take photographs of the cascading white fountain in the center. Walking through some of Savannah’s 22 surviving public squares is a must to capture the essence of this historic city. Look for Massie School and the Gothic-Revival Wesley Monumental Methodist Church with its magnificent stained glass windows on Calhoun Square.
Whether you are interested in history, architecture, theater, art or upscale dining, you will find Savannah has something for everyone to enjoy during your stay in this gracious city.
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