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Things to do when visiting Savannah, GA

Visiting Savannah is an experience in Southern hospitality in a charming historical setting. Spend some time in this quaint and quirky town on the coast of South Georgia and see why Savannah vacations are top-rated in worldwide travel guides. The town, laid out in 22 squares by General James Oglethorpe, was spared from destruction in the Civil War and presented to President Lincoln in 1864 as a Christmas gift by Sherman, the Union general who captured it. Well over a century later, history buffs, foodies, and fun lovers of all stripes flock to Savannah vacation rentals for the following attractions and more.  There are plenty of things to do when visiting Savannah, GA.  Here are top recommendations:

Stroll Savannah’s Historic District

Since our winters are mild, visiting Savannah any time of the year is perfect for a walk through the Historic District. The squares are lined with live oaks draped in Spanish moss and fascinating period architecture. You will happen upon historic homes like the Mercer House from the book and movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and Girl Scout’s founder Juliette Gordon Low, museums, and monuments. Explore on your own or join a ghost tour, carriage ride or one of many specialty Savannah tours. The District buzzes with activity all year with festivals, music, art, and culture. Savannah vacation rentals make it possible to stay in the midst of it all.

Savannah’s Authentic Southern Cusine

The town’s food scene deserves particular attention on Savannah vacations. Sample fried green tomatoes, ham-hocked collard greens, fried chicken and other Southern delights in homey restaurants like Sisters and Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. You’ll find fine dining featuring exquisite low country recipes with fresh local seafood in upscale restaurants like Elizabeth on 37th, and the Olde Pink House. Make room for a Southern-style buffet at The Lady & Sons made famous by chef Paula Deen.

Savannah’s Historical Landmarks

Savannah’s historic sites aren’t limited to mansions and museums downtown. Wormsloe Historic Site 20 minutes south of the city is the oldest standing structure in the city. The picturesque drive under a canopy of live oaks is worth the trip to see the remains of the house built of tabby back in 1745. The site has a museum and colonial reenactors.

Visit Bonaventure Cemetary one of Savannah’s most iconic sites. You will likely find it looks familiar since it was featured in the hit movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The famous Bird Girl statue has been moved to the Jepsen Center for the Arts, but you will still see the headstones and family crypts of Savannah’s most notable residents in an eerily beautiful setting.

River Street and Savannah’s Beach

Savannah’s historic River Street is a mecca of shops, restaurants, and nightclubs housed in old cotton warehouses. Watch huge ships travel the channel to Savannah Harbor while dining and sipping cocktails. You’ll likely find a special event to celebrate on River Street every month on the calendar from St. Patrick’s Day to Oktoberfest.

Tybee Island is Savannah’s Beach and has earned a destination reputation of its own. It’s close enough (18 miles) for an afternoon excursion from Savannah on a hot day or check into a variety of Tybee Island Vacation rentals to enjoy this wide sandy South Georgia beach.

Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or beach goer, there’s plenty of things to do when visiting Savannah, GA.

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Sightseeing in Savannah: The Top Five Tours to Take While Visiting

Savannah is a charming city that boasts beautiful architecture, picturesque city squares, breathtaking tree-lined roads and more. When traveling to this southern gem, you want to make sure you are seeing all it has to offer.

Sightseeing in Savannah is a favorite amongst many and is a great way to experience all the city has to offer. The city’s historic district is one of the most incredible and vast, making it a far better idea to experience via one of the many guided tours.

A city so rich in history and full of stories can only truly be seen through eyes guided by those who know the history inside and out, which is why we have compiled a list of the best tours for sightseeing in Savannah. Regardless of the time of year, Savannah breaths beauty, charm and history like nowhere else. From tours for the history buff to Paula Deen’s famous guided experience, there are plenty of options for sightseeing in Savannah that will give you a true taste of the city. Read more

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These Top Three Parks are Excellent Savannah, GA Attractions

Savannah, GA is well known for its historic green squares around which many grand residences were built. The city is further enhanced by three beautiful public parks that grace the waterfront and historic district of this noteworthy city.

Forsyth Park in Savannah

Just steps away from the Olde Savannah Inn on the corner of Bull and Gaston Streets,        Forsyth Park is the largest and most spectacular of Savannah’s elegant parks. It was created in the 1840s after land was donated for the purpose of public enjoyment by local resident, William Hodgson. The park was expanded in 1851 and renamed after the governor of Georgia, John Forsyth. Read more

April Showers Bring Savannah Flowers!

Festivals will be in full bloom this Spring.  Visit Savannah for some our favorites!

Savannah Music Festival, March 23-April 8 2017. The largest music festival in Georgia, with over 100 artists giving concerts and performances at various Savannah locations. Ticket purchase required. More details

River Street Art Fest, date TBC. Annual arts festival on River Street. Usually in early April. Free event. More details

Savannah Tattoo Festival, April 7-9 2017. Tattoo art festival with music, entertainment and 150+ artists/vendors, at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, Hutchinson Island. Ticket purchase required. More details

Siege of Fort Pulaski Living History Weekend, dates TBC. Living history programs commemorating the Civil War Battle of Fort Pulaski. Usually in mid April. More details

Earth Day Festival, April 15 2017. Environment-focused event in Forsyth Park with exhibits and workshops, children’s activities, music and food. More details

Savannah Asian Cultural Festival, April 21-22 2017. A celebration of Asian cultures, with music, dance and food, at the Armstrong State University campus. Free admission. More details

St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah 2017

St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah is one of the mot celebrated events of the year!  People flock to Savannah from around the world to take part in a number of festivities and celebrations, which the official kick-off on Friday, March 17th with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.   Parade step off starts at 10:15 am.   Join the fun at this exciting display of spirited floats, cars, bands, and performers in Downtown Savannah. To view the official 2017 Parade Route, click here.

From pub crawls and live music and many of the local bars to family-friendly activities, there’s plenty to see and do in Savannah this St. Patrick’s Day.

Top ‘O the Mornin’ Run – Friday, March 17, 2017 | 6 a.m.

Start the day off with a little exercise on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade route before the crowds come in.   Registration is not required for this FREE event.

St. Patrick’s Day Festival – March 16-18, 2017 

Enjoy the sights and sounds all weekend long on River Street.   Restaurants, bars, beer and food vendors line the street with all kinds of green goodies. The music starts early in the day and keeps going all night across the multiple stages set up downtown, and by sunset, just about every inch of the street will be filled with people celebrating.

Kilt and Color Run – March 18, 2017 | 8 a.m.

Come clean and leave green at this family-friendly St. Patrick’s run fest featuring a timed, clean 5k, free kid’s 1/2 mile powder run and 5k fun run at the Hutchinson Island Race Track. Registration is $15-$30 for adults and $5-$15 for children.

However you choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we hope you enjoy yourselves and may the luck of the Irish be with you always!

Lucky in Savannah this St. Patrick’s Day

There’s plenty to do and see in Savannah over St. Patrick’s Day week.  From parades and pub crawls, everyone is a little bit Irish on March 17.   To kick-off the season, Savannah’s Irish Festival returns February 17 – 19, followed by Rockin’ Road to Dublin on February 26.

For those visiting early March, join us for the Greening of the Fountain, the March of Dimes Shamrock Run and the Irish Heritage Dance on the 10th.  Looking to top it off with an ole’ fashioned pub crawl, come on out on March 11th for the annual St. Practice Day Bar Crawl!  St. Patrick’s week is jam-packed with daily events for friends, families, the wee ones and those young at heart.  You’re sure to have a  lucky good time this St. Patrick’s week in Savannah.

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Savannah Film Festival

October 24 – 31, 2015

One of the few film festivals founded by an arts college, Savannah College of Art and Design, the Savannah Film Festival showcases the very best in independent filmmaking, from feature-length films to two-minute shorts, running the gamut of cinematic creativity. Feature length films with compelling stories and shorts with an innovative approaches keep audiences engaged and hungry for more.

The Savannah Film Festival was founded and is hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design to bring film industry talent and expertise to the students of SCAD and the greater Savannah community, in a relaxed environment that promotes education and a spirit of collaboration.

The festival enters its 18th year with expanded shorts programming, additional slots for narrative and documentary features, and expanded international programming, in its continued pursuit of showcasing excellence in film making, while offering a diverse and enriching experience for the more than 40,000 attendees.

The Savannah Film Festival supports the spirit of independent film making by offering emerging talents a reprieve from the huge number of submission fees they face in their quest for exposure. The festival waives submission fees for student films until March 15th, yearly. Animated shorts are also afforded a window of waived submission fees until April 1st. Waivers for other categories are granted by invitation only.

The beautifully restored Trustees Theater, built in 1946 in the heart of historic downtown Savannah, and part of the SCAD campus since 1998, is the premier venue for the festival, with a seating capacity of more than 1,100. Around the corner is the Lucas Theatre for the Arts, built in 1926, and serving as the companion festival theater, also seating close to 1,200. Both theaters feature Sony 4K digital projection, Spectral 240 silver screens for pristine 2D/3D imagery, as well as 35mm projection, and RealD 3D capabilities at the Trustees Theater, projected by one of the top teams in film festival projection around the globe.

In addition to the competition films, the festival also screens award-winning studio releases ahead of their theatrical run. The festival honors leaders in the film industry, from directors and producers to actors, screenwriters, entertainment journalists and editors, before the evening gala screenings. Previous festival honorees include Alexander Payne, Jeremy Irons, Natalie Dormer, Matt Bomer, Gena Rowlands, Abigail Breslin, Asa Butterfield, John Goodman, Matt Dillon, Stan Lee, Diane Lane, Lily Tomlin, Oliver Stone, Ray Liotta, James Marsden, Aaron Eckhart, Geoffrey Fletcher, Ellen Barkin, Liam Neeson, Miles Teller, Sir Ian McKellen, Isabella Rossellini, Patricia Clarkson, Charlie Rose, the Redgraves, Jeremy Renner, Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster, Arthur Penn, Emmy Rossum, Michael Douglas, Milos Foreman, Brett Ratner, John Sayles, Roger Ebert, Kathleen Turner, Norm Jewison, Sidney Lumet, Peter O’Toole, Debbie Reynolds, and Malcolm McDowell, just to name a few.

Savannah becomes a film lover’s paradise during this week long event, with plenty of opportunities to take in the sights of one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The festival offers a series of morning workshops, informal coffee talks, with daytime and evening showings of narrative, animated and feature films. Master classes workshops are presented by industry insiders who give pointers on everything from special effects to selling a film. Filmmakers selected for competition are treated to unparalleled hospitality, from flights and accommodations, to panel discussion participation and engaging networking opportunities

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Experience Music at its Finest at the Savannah Jazz Festival

If you are a music lover or someone who is looking for a fun, cultural experience, the Savannah Jazz Festival is a must. A Savannah GA staple for more than 30 years, the jazz festival offers incredible music acts and a memorable weekend in the city.

Taking place September 21st through September 27th, this free festival offers an entire week of incredible musical performances, fun activities and a cultural experience you will never forget. Located in beautiful Forsyth Park, the jazz festival attracts thousands of picnic-toting concert-goers night after night. Read more

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Five of the Best Summer Festivals to Celebrate Savannah GA Tourism

Savannah has plenty to offer tourists throughout the year. During the summer, the city hosts a number of food festivals and cultural events – another good reason to dapple in Savannah GA tourism this summer!

River Street Seafood Fest 

One of the most popular Savannah GA tourism events is the River Street Seafood Fest. Located on the banks of the broad Savannah River, the town is known for its fresh fish and seafood. Restaurants combine the freshest seafood in their southern cuisine specialties making Savannah an attractive destination for foodies, especially during the seafood festival. Read more

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Attend the Runway Show in Forsyth Park during Savannah Fashion Week

Savannah is famous for its history, architecture and high-end restaurants but it is also a mecca for fashion. Fun-loving fashionistas can enjoy a pleasant getaway or vacation in the historic city of Savannah, GA and participate in their favourite pastime during Savannah Fashion Week. This annual show features a collection of independent boutiques and local designers hosting a series of events in late April/early May. Read more