Savannah sways to a rhythm of its own, with a deep history connected to the seaport and coastline. It’s a city of riverboats, jazz and reggae music, horse-drawn carriages and lively balcony bars serving mint juleps and crawfish boils. From the cobblestones of River Street to historic architecture in the City Market Square, you’ll feel the lull of yesteryear in this charming Southern city.
Things to do in Savannah
River Street is like an invisible magnet drawing you into its tiny strip of charming cafes, open-air bars, galleries and souvenir shops along the Savannah River. Hop aboard the Old Town Trolley for a nostalgic seafront ride or splurge on a horse-drawn carriage and riverboat cruise. Stay into the evening for spicy seafood and cocktails on rooftop bars while saxophone music drifts through the air.
Walk a few blocks over to City Market Square for upscale dining and nightlife at elegant restaurants, such as Belford’s, known for its artfully prepared seafood and steaks. Attractions in the square include Forsyth Park and Telfair Museums, a collection of three historic structures housing priceless American and European artworks.
Savannah National Historic District spans 20 city blocks downtown, boasting Civil War forts, sombre monuments and antebellum mansions. Visit the Gothic-Revival Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist and circa-1820 Davenport House Museum before paying homage to fallen soldiers at Colonial Park Cemetery.
Dining is an event in Savannah, with multiple courses and live blues music stretching for hours. Try the Georgia Low Country Boil at Bernie’s Oyster House or check out craft beer and barbecue at The Distillery. Top off the night with handcrafted cocktails at Circa 1875.
Getting around Savannah
Rental cars are available in downtown Savannah or at the airport, but you can also opt for walking, especially downtown or along the riverfront. Taxis, buses, trolleys and horse-drawn carriages offer plenty of transportation options in Savannah.