Self-Guided Walking Tour
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Map of the Historic District
To do this adventure, you should:
- Be in good physical condition.
- Have some comfortable walking shoes — lightweight hiking boots are idea -- for you will be doing some hiking -- and not always on smooth terrain.
- Start early and plan to finish at around Sundown.
- There are 61 Points-of-Interest (POI’s) along the route presented in the map. Allowing an average of 5 minutes each, you will consume 5 hours – add 3 hours for walking, a hour for chit-chat, and thirty minutes for lunch and you have a 8.5 hour day planned. You will walk a total of about 7 to 9 miles. A small backpack with some snacks and water will be very handy. And, of course, take a camera.
- Do not try this adventure in June, July or August. You will likely get very hot. Chose a cooler month like March, April, October, or November.
- There is a small parking lot on the North End of Forsyth Park on Park Avenue right behind the tennis courts. There are a few parking garages, and a good bit of street parking on the South End. See the circled P's on the Map for the locations of the Parking Garages.
Some fast facts – the Historic District:
- Covers 2 square miles and is 0.8 miles wide and 1.4 miles high.
- Is approximately 12 blocks wide and 21 blocks high. The number of blocks will vary depending upon which street you are on.
- Is bounded by :
North side: Bay Street
South side: Park Avenue
East side: E. Broad Street
West side: Martin Luther King (MLK) Blvd.
- The West side has more commercial businesses and restaurants than the East side – including the City Market.
- The area Is split vertical by Bull Street - the most interesting street in the area.
- The Visitor’s Center is on MLK Blvd., 10 blocks North of Bay Street.
- Forsyth Park is a 30-acre park with basketball & tennis courts, walking paths, a historic fountain and a Confederate memorial. It is a “must-see” for any new visitor to Savannah. The main entry is at Drayton St and W Gaston Street. However, there is no fence and it can be entered anywhere along the perimeter. Forsyth Park is open from 7:00a until 11:00p.
- The other “must-sees” for any new visitor is River Front, Rousakis Plaza, and River Street on the North end of the Historic District. This area is best at night and features many restaurants, shops, pubs and bars – with plenty of entertainment
- You will likely meet some friendly folks along the trail.
- The route presented will allow you to see the best first. So, feel free to discontinue the journey at any point. You can always pick up where you left off later. Also feel free to reverse the direction.
- Bull Street is the primary street in the area and has the most impressive squares. These Squares are known as the “Crown Jewels of Savannah”. Along the route you will also find the interesting Colonial Park Cemetery. There is a gate at a front corner and one at a rear corner.
- Savannah has some delicious food that you ought to enjoy while in town. This all day adventure will certainly allow you to burn off some of those extra calories.
Points of Interest
Ballastone Inn (Bed & Breakfast)
First Congregational Church
Old County Jail and Police Department built in 1887
George Basil Spencer House
- Interesting homes and restore gardens
German Societies Fountain
Gordon Row - Series of 15 four story homes in a row