Looking for the best things to do in Savannah, Ga? Here are my favorites.
I don’t think anyone understands how much I love a city with a rich history…anyone else relate? Savannah oozes old southern charm on a low-country waterfront, which makes for interesting experiences and beautiful views. The image of hundred-year old moss-covered oak trees in the midst of historic buildings is what most imagine when thinking of Savannah, Ga, and that would be spot on. In this travel guide you’ll find my top 11 things to do in Savannah.
Stroll Down River Street
River Street is one of the most (if not the most) touristy locations in Savannah, Ga. It’s got restaurants and an array of shops right on the Savannah waterfront. I would recommend strolling down River Street in the morning however, as the streets get very busy mid-afternoon til night. Here’s a list of interesting shops I recommend checking out: Savannah Bee Company (locally sourced honey and beeswax products), Nourish (handmade natural bath products), and Urban Poppy (modern flower shop).
Grab Some Goodies at River Street Sweets
Other than the outdoor markets, I would say River Street Sweets is the most recognizable and iconic part of River Street. Those pralines man….*chefs kiss*. There are actually two of these on River Street alone and they are MASSIVE! Check out the goodies.
Take an Old Savannah Trolly Tour
I get this probably sounds super lame and touristy, but I make a point to do this every single time i’m in Savannah (check my mother and I doing this during COVID). This tour is typically 2 hours and takes you around to all of the cool and historical sites in the city with some surprises along the way. There are several tour companies doing trolly tours in Savannah, but i’d stick with Old Savannah, they are the original trolly tour company of the city. They have a couple of different options for their tours like hop-on-hop-off ($35) which is great if you have enough time to get out and see all of the sites or the 90-minute tour (really like 2 hours or longer)($28).
Have Coffee in One of Savannah’s Many Squares
How cute is this coffee shop? I found Gallery Espresso on a whim while walking my pup. Right on the corner of Forsyth square, this was such a great little spot to grab a coffee and some lunch (chicken salad on a croissant) and people watch. This little cafe also has a bunch of cute stores around for some shopping.
Walk Down Wormsloe Historic Site
If you don’t recognize this spot, you can just click the red X at the top right of your screen right now (jk). But any true tween in the 2010s knows this is from Miley Cyrus’ and Liam Hemsworth’s masterpiece, The Last Song. This is a great spot for a stroll or for Instagram photos.
Catch a Show at the Historic Savannah Theatre
The last time I was in Savannah was during COVID, so I wasn’t able to go see a show. Fortunately I heard the theatre has now reopened! What a fun Friday night this would be- dinner and cocktails at a local restaurant and then walking to the theater for a show after?! Love.
Eat at The Olde Pink House
Ugh, this aesthetic is so me. This restaurant is so historical and special, opening in 1771 (!). Plus, the food is to die for. I’m actually heading back here this December and we’ve already got our reservations booked. Corn bread fried oysters and deep dish chicken pot pie i’m coming for you.
Go Vintage Shopping
Savannah is an artsy and eclectic city so you must know what that means…great vintage shopping! There are several vintage shops throughout Savannah, but the one pictured above is of East & Up. East & Up is definitiely vintage more than thrifting keep in mind, but you can find great vintage Prada and Gucci here. East & Up is located at 6 East Liberty Street.
Telfair Museum of Art
If you’re looking for another great historical and cultural site, you definitely need to check out the Telfair Museum of Art (or Telfair Academy). There are actually three Telfair Museums in Savannah, each dedicated to it’s own theme- art, history, and architecture. You can purchase one ticket for $20 that will allow you entrance to all three museums!
Take a Ghost Tour in the Evening
Last but not least, spice up your nighttime with a ghost tour. Savannah is widely known to be the most haunted city in America, with many ghosts that lurk around the city. One of the best ways to experience this spooky city is a ghost tour! There are a range of the these tours in the city, from family friendly to adult-only so take your pick!