Savannah provides a perfect playground for history buffs and foodies. Explore historic sites like Old Fort Jackson, Fort Pulaski National Monument and Bonaventure Cemetery. Tempt your taste buds with a culinary initiation to Savannah staples like shrimp and grits with cuisine that is world-famous and extremely diverse. Sink your teeth into extra crispy fried chicken, mouthwatering Brunswick stew and so much more. Brace yourself as go for a spirited ghost tour, a learning odyssey about the phantoms of Bonaventure Cemetery, made famous in the book and movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”
The Historic South
Travel along historic cobblestone streets, set between hidden courtyard gardens and fountains and then sit a spell under shady trees in charming squares dotted around the city. British General James Oglethorpe founded Savannah, GA in 1733. He designed a city of squares, a public gathering place for residents of this new city in the New World. Savannah’s 22 scenic, Spanish-moss-draped squares continue to captivate residents and visitors alike. Start at City Hall and work your way down toward Forsyth Park. Chippewa Square got its big screen moment in “Forest Gump,’ as one of the prettiest bus stops on film. Monterey Square leads right into picturesque Forsyth Park, featuring a cast-iron fountain modeled after the fountains at Place de la Concorde in Paris. Franklin Square is home to the oldest black church in North America. Mercer House is located in Monterey Square, the house is a model of Italianate architecture and the exquisite, mysterious home of Jim Williams, the wealthy preservationist made famous by the murder chronicled in the best-selling book and movie, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”
Sand, sea and salty breezes have a charm all their own, combined with a dash of history, fresh local cuisine and an array of outdoor adventures, Tybee Island is just 20 minutes from downtown Savannah. Take in the flora and fauna along salt marshes, barrier islands and swamps. See live alligators while you eat under shade trees at the Crab Shack. Join an eco-kayak tour, nature walk or sunset cruise to explore Tybee Island, its marshes and surrounding waters. From dolphin tours, exploring Fort Pulaski National Monument, collecting shells on the beach or winding through the Back River on a kayak, paddleboard or jet ski, Tybee has a variety of experiences to offer groups of all sizes. You’ll find 25 restaurants (all casual), many featuring fresh, local seafood and warm, friendly Southern smiles.
Savannah’s Riverwalk is not only pleasing, it’s truly serene. Walk along the Savannah River; stop in for a bite at any of 21 restaurants or simply enjoy the scenery. On River Street, in the heart of historic Savannah, you’ll find everything from sweets to teddy bears, Harley Davidson apparel, and art galleries housed inside restored Cotton Warehouses. The working harbor is filled with ships of all kinds, horse-drawn carriage rides and street performers.