Things to Do in Georgia’s Oldest Coastal City
Strolling through the historic district, taking guided tours, dining, and experiencing the nightlife are some of the many activities you can do in Savannah, Georgia.
Visiting Savannah, Georgia provides a genuine experience in Southern hospitality. The city is a picture of the south—stately, Spanish moss-draped oak trees, public squares with monuments and stunning foliage, historic buildings, natural charm, and salty scented air. It is the first planned community in the United States and was part of the Colony of Georgia founded by General Oglethorpe in 1733.
Things to do in Savannah
Visit the historic district and stroll through the city’s 22 public squares. Or, walk along the Savannah River on River Street, while sipping a cocktail and pausing to watch the boats cruise by or to be entertained by one of the many street performers. You can have your portrait drawn in minutes by one of the local artists who draw and paint by the river.
Savannah is home to one of the South’s most well-known art schools, the Savannah College of Art and Design, so there is no shortage of talented artists. The city is also home to numerous theaters, museums, and art galleries in which visitors could pass an afternoon. Several art and shopping districts including those on River Street, City Market, and Bull Street are full of treasures waiting to be discovered.
One of the most popular activities to do in Savannah is to take a guided tour. Several tour companies in Savannah will guide you through the city by foot, on bus, by carriage, by bicycle rickshaw, and even by Segway. Tour guides share stories about many subjects including historical events, Southern architecture, the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, famous Savannahians of past and present, movies filmed in the area, and ghosts who haunt local homes, establishments, streets and cemeteries.
Old Town Trolley will let you hop on and hop off their tour trolleys all day. You can reach them at (912) 233-0083. The ghost tours are some of the most popular and most fun. You can actually ride in a hearse driven by a gravedigger with hearse ghost tours who can be reached at (912) 695-1578.
Another tour company, Savannah Candlelight Walking Tours can be reached at (912) 604-3007.
Dining and Nightlife
Savannah is home to many restaurants, including The Lady and Sons restaurant, located in the city market area, owned by Food Network star, Paula Deen who resides in Savannah. Try The Olde Pink House Restaurant, located at 23 Abercorn Street, or The Pirate’s House, located at 20 E. Broad Street, two historic locations that serve great seafood. Nightlife in the city is diverse, and the offerings of the local establishments will appeal to all visitors’ entertainment desires. Upscale socializing venues, neighborhood hangouts, dance clubs, music joints and sports bars are nestled between the restaurants, shops, and art galleries.
Places like Kevin Barry’s and The Exchange Tavern (all located on River Street), or Mardi Gras on Bay (at 11 Bay Street) are among the many hot spots featuring live music. To put in a musical request, you could visit Savannah Smiles, a dueling pianos bar, or Bernie’s Oyster Bar on River Street for some weekend karaoke with the locals. These are only a few of the many places to visit during an evening in Savannah.
St. Patrick’s Day
If you want to experience one of Savannah’s most legendary traditions, visit for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration in March. The city celebrates with the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the United States.
Located 18 miles east of Savannah, Tybee Island, a barrier island, is home to some of the most beautiful East coast beaches. On Tybee, you can visit the lighthouse, get ice cream in the pavilion, bike through the neighborhoods, soak up the rays, and play in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean. If you are motivated to venture further from the city, several coastal Sea Islands dot the coast within reasonable driving distance from the town center.