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Top 21 Must See Attractions and
Fun Things to do in Savannah, GA

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1) Trolley Tours

Fun things to do in Savannah : Old Savannah Trolley Tours in Savannah, GA.

Fun things to do in Savannah : Old Town Trolley Tours in Savannah, GA.
Take a trolley tour and learn the History of Savannah which dates back to 1733 when General James Oglethorpe docked his ship on the Savannah River. This is a great option if you’re in the city for a limited number of days and want to cram as much sightseeing as possible into just an afternoon.The trolleys cover the 22 squares and some of Savannah's famous landmarks. The tours cover 15 points of interest in Savannah's historic district.The trolley tours are narrated by expert conductors with extensive knowledge of Savannah's history and architecture.

During the trolley tour you can hop-on and hop-off the trolleys to go exploring. The trolleys come around about every 15 to 20 minutes -- so you are able to hop back on.

Time to spend: 1 to 2 hours

Old Savannah Tours
234 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
(912) 234-8128
Hours: Daily 9:00a - 4:30p

Old Towne Trolley
234 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
(855) 245-8992
Hours: Daily 9:00a - 5:00p

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2) Forsyth Park and Fountain

Fun things to do in Savannah : Forsyth Fountain in Forsyth Park in Savannah, GA.

Drayton Street &, West Gaston Street

Forsyth Park is the largest park in the historic district of Savannah Georgia. It was originally created in the 1840s on 10 acres of land. In 1851, the park was expanded and named for Georgia Governor John Forsyth. Mr. Forsyth also donated 20 acres of his land to increase the park to occupy 30 acres in the historic district of Savannah. The park is bordered by Gaston Street on the North, Drayton Street on the East, Park Avenue on the South and Whitaker Street on the West. Forsyth Park is located at the southern edge of the Historic District.

Forsyth Park is a hub of social interaction. There are people playing recreation sports, sun bathing, enjoying picnics, reading or just relaxing. Today Forsyth Park features walking paths, open areas, beautiful tree cover, a fragrance garden and Savannah's magnificent Confederate Monument. The most popular feature of Forsyth Park is the large fountain that sits at the north end of Forsyth Park. The fountain was built and added to Forsyth Park in 1858. It resembles fountains in Paris and Peru.

Forsyth Park also has a Fragrance Garden for the blind. The garden is open Monday through Friday from 9:00a - 2:00p. There is also a playground for the chidlren and a cafe where you can purchase drinks and snacks.

Time to spend: 1 to 2 hours

Hours:
Daily 8:00a - 9:00p

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3) Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Fun things to do in Savannah : Cathedral of St John Baptist in Savannah, GA.

222 East Harris Street (Near Lafayette Square)

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is one of the most awe-inspiring buildings in all of historic Savannah Georgia. It is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Savannah. The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is a beautiful French Gothic cathedral, certainly one of the most amazing cathedrals in the south.

Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, a Victorian Gothic design, is home to the oldest and largest Roman Catholic Church in the southeast. Baldwin and Price designed the original building in the 1870s and the Cathedral was built in 1873. The building was almost destroyed by fire in 1898 and only the two spires survived the fire. The current structure was rebuilt in 1900 and still stands today. The beautiful and impressive stained glass windows were made in Austria and were installed around 1900.

Time to spend: 1 - 2 hours

Hours: Open to the public
Monday - Saturday  9:00a - 5:00p

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4) Temple Mickve Israel

Fun things to do in Savannah : Temple Mickve Israel in Savannah, GA.

20 East Gordon Street

The Temple Mickve Israel has the oldest congregation who now practice Reform Judaism in the United States. The present Synagogue was consecrated on April 11, 1878 and is the only Gothic synagogue in America.

Temple Mickve Israel, in Savannah, is America's third-oldest Jewish congregation, and the oldest Jewish congregation in the South. In 1820, the congregation built their first synagogue in Georgia at the corner of Liberty and Whitaker Streets. The small wooden structure was the first synagogue built in Georgia but in 1829 the temple was destroyed by fire. On the same site a new brick building was built and consecrated in 1841.

Time to spend: 1 hour

Tours:  Monday - Friday: 10:00a - 12:00p & 2:00p - 4:00p
Duration: 30 to 45 minutes
Closed Jewish & Federal Holidays

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5) Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace

Fun things to do in Savannah : Juliette Lowe Gordon in Savannah, GA.

10 East Oglethorpe Avenue (One Block South of Wright Square)
(912) 233-4501

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace was originally built between 1818-1820 for Savannah mayor James Moore Wayne. In 1831 he sold the house to his niece, Sarah Stiles and her husband William Washington Gordon I. Gordon was the grandfather of Juliette Gordon Low and he was the founder of the Central of Georgia Railway. Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, was born in this house on Halloween in 1860. Juliette, known as Daisy, married William Low and moved into the Low family home on Lafayette Square.

In 1953 the Girl Scouts purchased the Gordon family home. The home has been restored and furnished with many original family pieces. The house was opened as a historic house museum in 1956.

Time to spend: 1 - 2 hours

Hours: March thru October
Monday - Saturday: 10:00a - 4:00p
Sunday: 11:00a - 4:00p

Hours: November thru February
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday: 10:00a - 4:00p
Sunday: 11:00a - 4:00p

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6) Mercer-Williams House

Fun things to do in Savannah : Mercer Williams House in Savannah, GA.

430 Whitaker Street (Monterey Square)
(912) 236-6352

Once home to lyricist Johnny Mercer, this house is much more famous for its other resident, Jim Williams, a noted Savannah antiques dealer and the central character in John Berendt's best-selling book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

The construction of the house began in 1860 by Hugh Mercer but was postponed because of the Civil War. The house was later sold to John Wilder who completed the construction in 1868.

Jim Williams bought the house in 1969 and began a 2-year renovation of the run-down property. The elegant Italianate red brick mansion with tall arched windows and ornate ironwork balconies is considered one of the most beautiful in all Savannah. The house is filled with 18th century portraits and beautiful antique furnishings from Jim William's private collection. You can tour the first floor of the house but the second floor is not open to the public.

Time to spend: 1 - 2 hours

Tours:
Monday - Saturday: 10:30a - 3:40p
Sunday 12:30p - 4:00p

Note: Winter hours will vary. Call (912) 236-6352

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7) River Street

Fun things to do in Savannah : River Street in Savannah, GA.

Historic River Street is a fascinating and must see area to visit. River Street was once the site of a bustling cotton industry with many warehouses to store the cotton. Today River Street is a bustling area for both tourists and locals.

River Street is a nine block of renovated old cotton warehouses which now house restaurants, pubs, night spots, shops, galleries, open-air marketplace and boutiques. The stone ramps that connect Bay Street with River Street are made of the English ballast stones which gave schooners added stability for their trips from Europe. These discarded stones were also used to pave River Street.

River Street is a great place to people watch or just sit, relax and watch the huge container ships go by. You can also be entertained by some of the local musicians.

There are plenty restaurants to choose from as well as shops for treats. Stop by River Street Sweets for a sample of the best homemade pralines in the south. There are several pubs who feature live entertainment each night. Don''t forget shopping. River Street has several boutiques, art galleries, and other specialty shops.

Time to spend: 4 hours to entire day

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8) Bonaventure Cemetery

Fun things to do in Savannah : Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA.

330 Bonaventure Road
Thunderbolt, Ga, 31404

Bonaventure Cemetery is over 170 years old and covers 160 acres. It is one of the world's most beautiful cemeteries. There are many elaborate headstones and mausoleums. Also, there are many unusual tombstones and one of the most unique is in the shape of a piano. The interesting tombstones and vaults, the colorful camellias and azaleas, and the wonderful old live oak, dogwood and magnolia trees have made the cemetery one of the most photographed in the country.

Many of Savannah's statesmen, citizens and soldiers are buried in Bonaventure Cemetery in the shade of 250-year-old moss-laden oak trees. Savannah founders Noble Wimberly Jones and Edward Telfair are buried here along with some prominent Civil War Generals. In more recent years, famous Savannah celebrities laid to rest in Bonaventure include singer and lyricist Johnny Mercer and poet Conrad Aiken.

Time to spend: 4 hours to entire day

Hours: Daily 8:00a - 5:00p

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9) Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters

Fun things to do in Savannah : Owens Thomas House in Savannah, GA.

124 Abercorn Street (Oglethorpe Square)
(912) 790-8800

The Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters is considered by architectural historians to be one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in America. This most important and architecturally significant house was begun in 1816 and completed in 1819.

The Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters occupies a full block. The home features a columned entrance portico, handsome cast iron balcony, winding double stairway, and arched second story windows. The interior has a magnificent stairway of mahogany, cast iron and brass and elegant furnishings. The foundation of the home and garden walls is built of tabby, a regional material made of sand, shells and lime.

The Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters collection contains furnishings and decorative arts from the English Regency period; most pieces dating from the years 1790 to 1840. Collections include English Georgian and American Federal period furniture, early Savannah textiles, silver, Chinese Export porcelain, and 18th- and 19th-century art. The courtyard features a small parterre garden.

The north half of the building contains the original slave quarters. The two-story building had three rooms on each level. Nine to fifteen people including children lived and worked on the site between 1819 and the end of the Civil War. After the war ended the space became the servants' quarters. The house-servant's quarters feature slave artifacts of the period.

Time to spend: 1 - 2 hours

Tours run every 20 minutes:
Duration of the tour is 45 minutes
Sunday - Monday 12:00p - 5:00p
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00a - 5:00p
Last tour is at 4:20p

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10) Andrew Low House

Fun things to do in Savannah : Andrew Low House in Savannah, GA.

329 Abercorn Street
(912) 233-6854

The Andrew Low House  was designed and built in 1848-1849. It combines Grecian details with elements of the Italian Villa style and has one of Savannah's most stunning ironwork balconies. A shuttered piazza overlooks a beautiful brick-walled garden in the rear of the home. The front garden has two hourglass-shaped flowerbeds and looks much as it did when first planted. The Andrew Low House features spacious rooms decorated with beautiful plaster cornices and carved woodwork.

Time to spend: 1 - 2 hours

Tours:
Monday - Saturday: 10:00a - 4:00p
Sunday: 12:00p - 4:00p

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11) Historic Savannah Theatre

Fun things to do in Savannah : Savannah Theatre in Savannah, GA.

222 Bull Street (Chippewa Square)
(912) 233-7764

The Savannah Theatre is one of the oldest continually-operating theatres in the country. It first opened its doors on December 4, 1818 with a production of the comedy "The Soldier's Daughter" and a farce "Raising the Wind".

The original structure suffered severe damage due to a hurricane that hit Savannah on August 31, 1898, tearing sections of the roof off the building and flooding the auditorium.

The theatre has had several changes due to damage from fires in 1906 abd 1948. After the fire in 1948 the theatre was remodeled to its current deco style. The theatre re-opened in the fall 1950 as a movie house.

Hours:
Sunday - Tuesday: 10:00a - 4:00p
Wednesday - Saturday: 10:00a - 8:00p

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12) Lucas Theatre

Fun things to do in Savannah : Lucas Theatre in Savannah, GA.

32 Abercorn Street (Reynolds Square)
(912) 525-5040

The Lucas Theatre opened in December 1921 and was built primarily as a movie palace with a seating capacity of 1200 seats. The theater also incorporated a stage for road shows. For the next 40 years the Lucas Theatre became a favorite venue for talkies, musicals, traveling troupes, revues and theatricals. It was the first building in Savannah to install air conditioning in 1923.

The Lucas Theatre closed in 1976 and was slated for demolition. In 1986 the owners obtained a demolition permit and made arrangements to turn the once-thriving Lucas Theatre into a parking garage. A group of concerned citizens pooled their resources and bought the building and created the Lucas Theatre for the Arts Inc. They began a 14-year campaign and completed a $14 million restoration and the Lucas Theatre's grand reopening was in December 2000.

Time to spend: 1 - 2 hours

Tours:
Guided tours of the Lucas Theatre are available most days.
Free self-guided tours are available Wednesday – Saturday, 10:00a – 4:00p.

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13) Telfair Museum of Art

Fun things to do in Savannah : Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA.

121 Barnard Street (Near Telfair Square)
(912) 790-8800

The Telfair Academy  was built as a mansion in 1818-1819 for Alexander Telfair. It is the first and oldest public art museum in the South. Founded through the bequest of Mary Telfair (1791–1875), a prominent local citizen, the museum opened in 1886 in the Telfair family’s renovated neoclassical Regency-style mansion, known as the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Telfair Academy contains two nineteenth-century period rooms and houses nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and European art from the museum’s permanent collection including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and decorative arts.

Today, the museum encompasses an extensive collection of over 4,500 American and European paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, housed in three buildings: the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Owens-Thomas House.

Time to spend: 1 - 2 hours

Hours: 
Sunday - Monday: 12:00p - 5:00p
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00a - 5:00p

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14) Savannah Squares

Fun things to do in Savannah : Orleans Square in Savannah, GA.

In 1733 four open squares were laid out in Savannah by General James Edward Oglethorpe creating America's first pre-planned city. Additional squares were added during the 18th and 19th centuries, and by 1851 there were 24 squares. In the 20th century, three of the squares were demolished or altered beyond recognition, leaving 21. In 2010, one of the three "lost" squares, Ellis, was reclaimed but Elbert Square and Liberty Square wer lost in the 1930's.

Each square measures approximately 200 feet from east to west, but the squares vary north to south from approximately 100 to 300 feet. Traffic flows one-way which is counterclockwise around the squares.

The five squares along Bull Street — Monterey, Madison Chippewa, Wright and Johnson — were intended to be grand monument spaces and have been called Savannah's "Crown Jewels". Many of the other squares were designed more simply as parks, although most serve as memorials as well.

Architect John Massengale has called Savannah's city plan "the most intelligent grid in America, perhaps the world", and Edmund Bacon wrote that "it remains as one of the finest diagrams for city organization and growth in existence."

Above is a photo of Orleans Square.

To see all the Squares:

Take a self guided tour for a Itinerary for 1-day, 2-day or 3-day trip or See All Squares In One Day.

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15) City Market

Fun things to do in Savannah : City Market in Savannah, GA.

219 West Bryan Street

The City Market provides art galleries, dining, shopping and entertainment for the whole family. It is a pedestrian-only courtyard. Established in the early 1700's, the City Market is located on the original site of the market used by farmers and traders for commerce. City Market combines some of the old with some of the new.

Savannah’s City Market's 4 block area consist of restored warehouses and shop fronts adjacent to Ellis Square. The City Market offers entertainment, shopping, dining and a good place to just relax and rest those tired feet from all of the sightseeing.

City Market is located on St. Julian Street, 2 blocks West of Martin Luther King Blvd. and 2 blocks South of Bay Street. It is between Franklin Square that is on the West side and Ellis Square that is on the East side.

Time to spend: 1 - 2 hours

Hours:
Monday - Wednesday 10:00a - 6:00p
Thursday 10:00a - 8:00p
Sunday 1:00p - 5:00p

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16) Pirates House

Fun things to do in Savannah : Pirates House Restaurant in Savannah, GA.

20 East Broad Street
(912) 233-5757

The Pirates House is a wonderfully preserved seaman's tavern built around 1794. Located only a block from the Savannah River, the tavern was a popular meeting place for both sailors and pirates. Stories are told that sea captains frequently shanghaied unwitting seaman from the tavern to complete their crews. Drunken seaman were drugged and carried away to strange ships, bound for unknown destinations.

Adjacent to the Pirates House is the Herb House. This building was deemed the Herb House and is said to be the oldest building in the state of Georgia.

Today The Pirates House is a restaurant which serves fine food in its 15 charming dining rooms.

Restaurant Hours:
Sunday - Thursday  11:00a - 9:30p
Friday - Saturday  11:00a - 10:00p

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17) Colonial Park Cemetery

Fun things to do in Savannah : Colonial Park Cemetery in Savannah, GA.

200 Abercorn Street

Colonial Park Cemetery is located in the heart of Savannah's Historic District and served as Savannah’s primary public cemetery from 1750 to 1853. It was established in 1750 and by 1789 had expanded by 300 percent to the current size of six acres. Colonial Park Cemetery contains over nine thousand graves. Among those buried here are Button Gwinnett, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. This cemetery is a popular stop for local ghost tours, including one walking tour that goes right through the cemetery at night.

The park-like cemetery is the oldest intact municipal cemetery in Savannah. It has been closed to interments since 1853. The cemetery became a city park in 1896. Colonial Park Cemetery is the oldest intact municipal cemetery in Savannah.

Time to spend: 1 -2 hours

Hours:
November - March   8:00a - 5:00p
April - October          8:00a - 8:00p

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18) Fort Pulaski National Monument

Fun things to do in Savannah : Fort Pulaski in Savannaga, GA.

US Highway 80 East (14 miles, 25 mins.)

A massive five-sided edifice, Fort Pulaski was constructed in the 1830s and 1840s on Cockspur Island at the mouth of the Savannah River to protect the city of Savannah from naval attack.

Wooden pilings were sunk up to 70 feet into the mud to support an estimated 25,000,000 bricks. Walls were eleven feet thick, thought to be impenetrable except by only the largest land artillery, which at the time were smooth bore cannons. These cannons had a range of about a half mile, and the nearest land (Tybee island) was much further away.

Fort Pulaski was finally completed in 1847 following eighteen years of construction and nearly $1 million in construction costs. It was assumed that the Fort would be invincible to enemy attack. But during the Civil War it had the unfortunate distinction of being the first Confederate masonry fort to succumb to the Union’s rifled cannon fire.

Time to spend:  1 - 2 hours

Hours:
Daily 9:00a - 5:00p

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19) Old Fort Jackson Historic Site

Fun things to do in Savannah : Fort Jackson in Savannah, GA.

1 Fort Jackson Road
(912) 651-6840

Built in 1808 to protect Savannah from foreign attack, Fort Jackson survived the War of 1812 and the Civil War and is now a popular historic site. It stands on the banks of the Savannah River. Originally built of earth, faced with brick and topped with a gun platform of wood, the battery in its day was one of the strongest fortifications in the United States. After the War of 1812, two periods of construction followed at the fort. A moat, drawbridge, brick barracks, privies, a rear wall, and another powder magazine were added. Old Fort Jackson is Georgia's oldest standing brick fortification and was named after James Jackson who was governor of Georgia.

Old Fort Jackson is a must-see National Historic Landmark offering cannon firings and daily interactive programs.

Time to spend: 1 - 2 hours

Hours:
Sunday - Saturday 9:00a - 5:00p

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