Things to Do in Savannah, GA
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Things to Do in Savannah, GA

Savannah is a hub of the Old and New South. From contemporary art galleries to historic pubs, there’s so much to do and see in our modern Southern city. Stroll through scenic Forsyth Park, explore the town squares of the Savannah Historic District, try a Savannah Mule at a local distillery, or take a photo on the iconic bench from Forrest Gump. Whatever you seek, we encourage you to browse some of our favorite local spots and activities below to start planning your Savannah getaway.

Wormsloe Historic Site

7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, GA 31406

The Wormsloe Historic Site is a large plantation featuring the ruins of a Colonial estate. Visitors can also find expansive gardens, trails, and towering oak trees throughout the land. The estate was originally established by Noble Jones, who was one of the colonial founders of Georgia.

willow trees on the row

Ghost Coast Distillery

641 Indian St, Savannah, GA 31401 | (912) 298-0071

Offering tours in the storied setting of Downtown Savannah, Ghost Coast Distillery gives guests a special insight into processes behind some of the South’s finest craft spirits. At the tour’s conclusion, you can choose from a variety of drinks to enjoy in the cocktail room, mixed with local flair and over 18 different liquors. Try sipping on a Whiskey Punch, Purple Haze Margarita, and more.

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glasses with whisky

Sorry Charlie’s Oyster Bar

116 W Congress St, Savannah, GA 31401 | (912) 234-5397

Sit down to a memorable meal at a casual raw bar and restaurant specializing in local seafood, regional Southern plates, cold cocktails, and craft beers on draft. Sorry Charlie’s Oyster Bar offers an extensive menu of Georgia-inspired plates, sips, and snacks, including hot boiled peanuts, a pimento cheese cornbread skillet, crispy oyster po'boys, shrimp and grits, and a house-batched recipe for Fish House Punch.

putting lime on an oyster

River House Seafood

125 W River St, Savannah, GA 31401 | (912) 234-1900

Located in a restored building from the 1700s that overlooks the Savannah River, River House Seafood serves up refined seafood plates and Southern specialties in a rustically elegant atmosphere. Savor the likes of fried green tomatoes, seafood boil specials, and fresh-caught Mahi blackened on an iron skillet. End your lunch or dinner with sweet, made-from-scratch selections like chocolate hazelnut bread pudding and praline cheesecake.

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Goose Feathers Cafe

39 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401 | (912) 233-4683

A European-style cafe and bakery in Downtown Savannah, Goose Feathers Cafe serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch favorites. Bread, pastries, and other confections are baked fresh every day, alongside flavorful soups, salads, and sandwiches. In addition, Goose Feathers Cafe is home to some of the South’s best bread pudding - as featured in an article from Taste of the South magazine - which can be served in single or “feed the flock” sizes.

muffin at goose feathers cafe

SCAD Museum of Art

601 Turner Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401 | (912) 525-7191

Founded in 2002 at the Savannah College of Art and Design to offer students a special resource, the SCAD Museum of Art features a wide collection of contemporary artwork from international artists. By expanding learning opportunities beyond the classroom, this modern museum offers an exceptional educational outlet and solidifies itself as a premier contemporary art museum.

women looking art at a museum

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401 | (912) 232-1511

Located in the historic Scarborough House, the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum exhibits a collection of artifacts, antiques, ship models, and paintings that serve as an ode to the rich maritime history of Savannah in the 1700s and 1800s. In addition, the museum includes a picturesque parlor garden, flourishing flower gardens, and unique event space available for rental.

ship rudder

Savannah History Museum

The Savannah History Museum is located in a historic railway shed from the 1800s in Tricentennial Park. Visitors to this museum will learn all about Savannah, Georgia’s centuries of history through exhibits and works focusing on art, culture, the military’s past, and the evolution of the city's industry. Get a deep understanding of Savannah’s history through the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and modern times.

boy looking a show-window

Jepson Center for the Arts

207 W York St, Savannah, GA 31401 | (912) 790-8800

Discover a rich collection of modern art within the historic city of Savannah, Georgia, at the Telfair Museums. Jepson Center for the Arts offers interactive exhibits, modern architecture, contemporary installations, and works demonstrating a range of modern artistic movements. From the renowned European masters of classic masterpieces to up-and-coming artists creating pieces for the 21st century,  you’ll find many inspiring showcases throughout.

woman looking art at jepson center for the arts

Georgia State Railroad Museum

655 Louisville Rd, Savannah, GA 31401 | (912) 651-6823

The Georgia State Railroad Museum can be found at a historic Central of Georgia Railway site within Tricentennial Park. This museum is the perfect visit for anyone interested in locomotives and the history of automation at large. Guests can go on guided tours, explore vintage railcars, and more. Plus, a special schedule of train rides can bring you and the family along for a memorable activity.

old train

City Market

19 W Bryan St, Savannah, GA 31401 | (912) 232-4903

Covering four blocks in the center of Savannah, City Market has offered a hub of shopping, dining, and entertainment since it was established in the early 1700s. Located just over a half-mile from The Bluff Hotel, visit this bustling town market to see performances from local musicians, browse art galleries on the street, and enjoy some of the best boutiques and nightlife Savannah has to offer.

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Rousakis Riverfront Plaza

John P. Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, Savannah, GA 31401

Rousakis Riverfront Plaza is located on the banks of the Savannah River, offering a panoramic backdrop of the waterfront. An outdoor mall and pedestrian plaza spanning nine blocks, Rousakis Riverfront Plaza is an exciting go-to for drinks, dining, music, people-watching, and shops, including the illustrious Riverstreet Sweets, which is known to have the best pralines outside of New Orleans.

rousakis riverfront plaza

Simply Savannah

301 E River St, Savannah, GA 31401 | (912) 443-0272

Located by the river, Simply Savannah is a spacious shop selling charming souvenirs, Savannah-themed memorabilia, books, cookware, home decor, and more. Bring a piece of your Savannah trip home with you, or find quintessential gifts for others in your life at this dazzlingly eclectic gift shop.

woman looking handicrafts

River Street Market Place

502 E River St, Savannah, GA 31401 | (912) 629-2647

This open-air market place can be found on the north side of Savannah’s famous “Waving Girl” monument. Built in the same style as open-air markets that occupied River Street during the 19th century, River Street Market Place includes over 70 shops one mile away from The Bluff Hotel. Look through a large pavilion space with trendy gift kiosks, food vendors, jewelry stalls, and more.

Vegetables at river street market place

Forsyth Park

2 W Gaston St, Savannah, GA 31401 | (912) 351-3841

Covering 30 acres in Savannah, Georgia’s historic district, Forsyth Park is both the largest and oldest park in the Savannah area. Park-goers can marvel at Savannah’s most famous fountain within the park, which was installed in 1838 and built to reflect the fountains at the Place de la Concorde in Paris. The park is complete with tennis courts, basketball courts, an amphitheater, a local library, and more.

fountain at forsyth park

Old Town Trolley of Savannah

234 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401 | (855) 245-8992

Jump on board a first-rate sightseeing tour of the city with the Old Town Trolley of Savannah. Experience a unique form of urban transit with real-time narration, knowledgeable city guides, unlimited hop-on/hop-off, and a trolley stop locator app available by phone.

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Savannah Visitor Center

301 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401 | (912) 944-0455

The Savannah Visitor Center is located inside a historic Central of Georgia Railway Passenger Station. This tourist information center offers a plethora of history and information for those visiting the city of Savannah. In addition, a gift shop and museum on-site showcase more essential information about Savannah, Georgia.

woman paying with credit card

Savannah’s Waterfront

E River St, Savannah, GA 31401

Filled with restored cotton warehouses, old cobblestone streets, and an abundance of historic sites, Savannah’s Waterfront is a one-of-a-kind location with exciting events, activities, and entertainment year-round. Take a walk along the river and hop between specialty shops, gourmet dining, unique city tours, and lively nightlife.

 savannahs waterfront

Savannah Carriage Tours

2 W Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401 | (912) 443-9333

Experience the city of Savannah, Georgia, in an exceptional way: from the royal comfort of a horse-drawn carriage. Visitors of Savannah can go on a guided carriage tour and take in the refined sights that surround the area, with both public and private horse carriage tours available.

horse with a carriage

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

694 Beech Hill Ln, Hardeeville, SC 29927 | (843) 784-2468

At 31,551 acres, the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge stretches over both Georgia’s Effingham County and South Carolina’s Jasper County. Those who visit this nature refuge can find an array of vibrant Southern wildlife, including feral hogs, deer, turkey, squirrels, wood ducks, bald eagles, alligators, bobcats, hummingbirds, butterflies, and many more.

bird in a swamp

Dolphin Magic Tours

313 E River St, Savannah, GA 31401 | (912) 897-4990

Get ready to experience the majesty of dolphins in their natural habitat with Savannah’s Dolphin Magic Tours! Offering the largest dolphin boat in Savannah, Dolphin Magic Tours is Coast Guard-certified for up to 48 passengers. Knowledgeable tour guides offer valuable information about the area and waterways while bottlenose dolphins can be spotted along the way.

dolphin jumping on the water

Bull River Cruises

36 Wilmington Island Rd, Savannah, GA 31410 | (912) 898-1800

Hop onto an eco-adventure tour that takes you through the awe-inspiring nature of coastal Georgia. Bull River Cruises offers a variety of boat tours, including history tours, dolphin tours, private parties, trips to the Barrier Islands, and more. From serene saltwater marshes to historic waterfront homes, see all the beauty of Savannah aboard an unforgettable river cruise.

 bull river cruises in Savannah

The Savannah College of Art and Design

516 Drayton St, Savannah, GA | 912-525-5100

With more degree and specialization programs than any other university dedicated to art and design, The Savannah College of Art and Design - known also as SCAD - is a private art institution with museums, galleries, and exhibits throughout its campuses. Founded in 1978, SCAD offers programs in fashion, animation, graphic design, illustration, painting, writing, performing arts, and much more.

building the savannah college of art and design

Savannah Historic District

301 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401

Corresponding roughly to the city limits of Savannah pre-Civil War, the Savannah Historic District is one of the largest urban historic preservation districts in the country. Located in the heart of the city, the Savannah Historic District is home to elegant restaurants, outdoor cafes, and local galleries surrounded by cobblestone streets, shaded parks, blooming gardens, and lush Spanish moss.

houses in a historic district

Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters

124 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401

Opened in 1819 and operated today by Telfair Museums as a historic house museum, the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters is a National Historic Landmark offering valuable insights into the history of enslaved people in the Lowcountry. A major focus of this site is the carriage house, which has been preserved and restored over the years.

house garden

The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist

222 E Harris St, Savannah, GA 31401

This palatial Roman Catholic cathedral and minor basilica is an iconic structure in the city of Savannah. Recognized throughout the city’s skyline by its large steeples, the cathedral is an excellent example of French Gothic architecture within the American South.

front of the cathedral basilica of st john the baptist

Mercer Williams House Museum

429 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401

Located at the corner of Monterey Square, Mercer Williams House Museum was completed in 1868. Designed by New York architect John S. Norris, the historic building maintains the original moldings, doorways, hand railings, shutters, stained glass interiors, and flooring. Visitors can now take guided tours of the opulent Savannah home. 

red front house

Bonaventure Cemetery

330 Bonaventure Rd, Thunderbolt, GA 31404

Found on a bluff overlooking the Wilmington River, Bonaventure Cemetery is a rural cemetery made famous for its appearance in both the film and novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The cemetery includes over 100 acres of rich history, dating back to 1846 when the land was privately owned as the “Evergreen Cemetery.”

 bonaventure cemetery

The Telfair Academy

121 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401

Making up one of the three sites owned by Telfair Museums, the Telfair Academy is located inside a historic Savannah mansion that was designed by William Jay and constructed in 1818. The Telfair Academy showcases European and American artwork from the 1800s and 1900s. It’s served as a museum since 1875 when it was passed onto the city of Savannah by Mary Telfair.

woman looking paintings in a museum

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace

10 E Oglethorpe Ave, Savannah, GA 31401

Opened in 1818 in the center of downtown Savannah, the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace was built at the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA. The site has offered a gathering place for girls for over a century. It is now owned and operated by the Girl Scouts of the USA organization.

old historic building during the day with old trees and an american flag on a pole

Chippewa Square

Savannah, GA 31401

Located centrally in Savannah, Chippewa Square was named after the War of 1812’s Battle of Chippewa. The square includes a statue of General James Oglethorpe, founder of the colony of Georgia. However, it’s also been made famous for one of its benches, which was prominently featured in the Tom Hanks movie Forrest Gump.

statue in a middle of a park

Sorrel-Weed House

6 W Harris St, Savannah, GA 31401

Also known as the Francis Sorrel House, the Sorrel-Weed House is a historic landmark first constructed in 1835. Offering one of the best examples of Greek Revival and Regency architecture in the city of Savannah, the Sorrel-Weed House is also rumored to be haunted by the ghosts of Francis Sorrel's wife, Matilda, and his mistress, Molly.

stairs, chandelier and rooms in a house

Wormsloe Historic Site

7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, GA 31406

The Wormsloe Historic Site is a large plantation featuring the ruins of a Colonial estate. Visitors can also find expansive gardens, trails, and towering oak trees throughout the land. The estate was originally established by Noble Jones, who was one of the colonial founders of Georgia.

road with trees