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Welcome to Savannah

With a reputation for being the ""Hostess City of the South,"" Savannah is famous for its historical districts, preserving the architecture of the 18th- and 19th-century American South.

Top 15 attractions in Savannah

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Savannah River Street

Savannah River Street

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It is virtually impossible for Savannah visitors to miss River Street. A broad waterfront promenade lined with shopping, dining, and entertainment venues, River Street is one of the main arteries of the historic city. The street also features a pedestrian-only path, perfect for leisurely strolls with unbeatable Savannah River views.More
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Colonial Park Cemetery

Colonial Park Cemetery

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This site served as Savannah’s main cemetery for more than a century following its establishment in 1750. With three subsequent expansions, six acres and over 9,000 graves, burials were cut off in 1853, and the site is now recognized as the oldest intact municipal cemetery in the city.When the site first opened, it was intended to serve as the burial ground for Christ Church Parish, but after its expansion, the cemetery was opened to all denominations. Since interments were closed prior to the start of the Civil War, no Confederate soldiers were buried here. There are, however, some burials of note; over 700 victims of the 1820 Yellow Fever epidemic are here, along with many victims of Savannah’s dueling era. Declaration of Independence signer Button Gwinnett is buried here, as well as Archibald Bulloch, the first president of Georgia, and James Habersham, an 18th-century acting royal Governor of the Province.Not surprisingly, Colonial Park Cemetery is home to a number of interesting ghost stories and legends. Paranormal enthusiasts have dubbed it “Paranormal Central,” with one of the most famous ghost stories involving Rene Asche Rondolier, a disfigured orphan who was accused of murdering girls. It is said that he was dragged to the swamp and lynched, and some locals believe he still haunts the cemetery, calling it Rene’s playground. Some local paranormal experts dispute the validity of this ghost story due to a lack of historical records.Other ghost stories revolve around Savannah’s voodoo culture. Although many have moved out of the city, years ago it was not uncommon for morning visitors to find remnants from a previous night’s ceremony. Soil was used from the graves, and some were actually robbed for use in these rituals. The small park adjacent to the cemetery is the location believed to be the site of Savannah’s dueling grounds.More
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Savannah Historic District

Savannah Historic District

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Grand antebellum homes and historic plazas lined with live oaks are just some of the sights that define Savannah’s Historic District. Considered the heart of the city, the Historic District is not only the centerpiece of a Savannah vacation but also where to find the highest concentration of bars, restaurants, and historic attractions.More
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Savannah City Market

Savannah City Market

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Dating back to the 18th century, Savannah City Market has long been the commercial and social center of historic downtown Savannah, Georgia. The market is known locally as the “art and soul” of Savannah, a nod to the numerous art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants that make it such an important part of Savannah's social fabric.More
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Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

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The oldest Roman Catholic Church in Georgia, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is one of Savannah’s top historical, architectural, and religious attractions. The cathedral’s towering twin spires and French Gothic-style architecture set it apart against the Savannah skyline. Upclose, visitors can admire intricate details dating back to 1900.More
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Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

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Made famous by the novel and film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Bonaventure Cemetery (a former plantation) sits on a bluff overlooking the Wilmington River in historic Savannah. The Southern Gothic cemetery comprises 160 acres (65 hectares) of sculptures, mausoleums, marble headstones, and oak trees dripping with Spanish moss.More
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Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park

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Forsyth Park, in the middle of historical downtown Savannah, has been a key city landmark since the mid-1800s. Named after the 33rd governor of Georgia, John Forsyth, who donated 20 acres (8 hectares) of land, the park is known for the large Parisian-style fountain located at the north end and the Spanish moss dripping from the oak trees.More
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Chippewa Square

Chippewa Square

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Though Savannah once served as the southern border of the original American colonies, Chippewa Square is named for an event on the northern border with Canada. In the Battle of Chippewa, in 1814, American forces emerged victorious over the British near Niagara Falls, and when Chippewa Square was built in 1815, it was named for the momentous American victory that took place on the northern border. Today, when visiting the historic Savannah square, you’ll find a statue of James Oglethorpe, the famous founder of Georgia, that faces south with sword drawn in the direction of Spanish Florida. You’ll also find legions of Forrest Gump fans who have come in search of the “the bench,” and while Chippewa Square was the site of filming for the popular 1994 movie, the bench itself was only a prop that has since been moved to a museum. Nevertheless, to admire the backdrop, the bench was placed on the north side of the square, facing out towards Bull Street, and it’s amazingly become the most famous aspect of this 200-year old square. On the streets surrounding Chippewa Square, you’ll also find the Philbrick Eastman House—one of Savannah’s most well known homes—as well as historic Savannah Theater that’s the oldest theater in America.More
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Mercer Williams House Museum

Mercer Williams House Museum

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Designed by architect John Norris, the Mercer Williams House Museum was constructed in the 1860s, then restored a century later by antiques dealer Jim Williams. Considered one of the most beautiful houses in Savannah, it’s also known as a setting for the book and movieMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.More
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Madison Square

Madison Square

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Part of the Savannah Historic District, Madison Square was named after the fourth U.S. president and added in 1837. The square also commemoratesSgt. William Jasper, a Savannah native of the Revolutionary War who was mortally wounded in battle but managed to heroically retrieve his company’s banner. Many local Savannah natives refer to this as Jasper Square in his honor.In the center of Madison Square sits the William Jasper Monument, as well as a granite marker that defines the southern limit of the British defenses. Look for two cannons from the Savannah Armory on the southern part of the square, which represent Georgia’s first two highways. These are the starting points of the Ogeechee Road leading to Darien and the Augusta Road to Augusta.Madison Square leads to other notable sights in the Savannah Historic District. Looking toward the west side of the square, you will find St. John’s Episcopal Church with the Green-Meldrim House just next door. On the northwest side of Madison Square is the Sorrel-Weed House, one of the city’s most imposing mansions. On the southwest corner of Madison Square stands the Masonic Temple, previously a Scottish Rite temple. There is a beautifully restored Greek Revival mansion on the northeast corner, but it remains in private hands. Note the adjacent building that is integrated into it, E. Shafer Books & Maps, one of Savannah’s oldest and best known independent bookstores.More
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Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace

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Once home to Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low, this historic mansion has been restored to its 19th-century glory and offers tours and hosts Girl Scout events. Visit the first National Historic Landmark in Savannah to see exhibits that follow the Low family and the genesis of the Girl Scouts.More
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Andrew Low House

Andrew Low House

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The brick, Italian-villa style Andrew Low House was built for wealthy cotton farm Andrew Low in 1847. Now a timepiece preserved in Savannah’s Historic District, the mansion provides today’s visitors with a look into the opulent lifestyle of a wealthy 19th-century Georgia household. You can visit parlors, dining rooms, and bedrooms that are decorated as if frozen in time.More
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Massie Heritage Center

Massie Heritage Center

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The city of Savannah has a rich history unlike anywhere else in the US, and the Massie Heritage Center is one of the best places to hear Savannah’s story. Learn why Oglethorpe designed Savannah in a large, square-laden grid, and hear Savannah’s maritime past or the history of its most famous buildings. Occasionally, the heritage center will hold special events, such as guided walking tours that showcase the city’s plantation or Civil War past, or the interactive Georgia History Festival that’s held each year in February. Located in Georgia’s oldest public school building, the Massie Heritage Center is filled with numerous hands on and interactive activities, so visitors of all ages can bring the past of this colonial city to life. With its wood cupola and gabled roof, the building is a classic site in itself and indicative of colonial architecture, and the center is considered a “must-stop” spot for learning the history of Savannah.More
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Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

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Set within the elaborate Greek-revival style William Scarbrough House, the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum is a tribute to Savannah’s role in maritime history. Visitors can browse exhibits on 1800s shipping, model ships, the Civil War, and William Scarbrough—once president of the Savannah Steamship Company. Surrounding the museum, expansive gardens offer a nice place for a stroll or private event.More
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Telfair Museums Jepson Center

Telfair Museums Jepson Center

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A premier destination for arts enthusiasts, the Jepson Center (one of Savannah's Telfair Museums) is a cultural hub devoted to showcasing contemporary art. See diverse exhibitions that span genres, and visit TechSpace, a gallery devoted to digital art. Family days, talks, and guided tours are offered regularly.More

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Savannah Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

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Creepy Crawl Night-Time Haunted Pub Walking Tour of Savannah's Historic District
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Great tour for a great price!
Alyssa_B, Aug. 2022
Savannah Hauntings Tour
I’d recommend doing this tour early in your trip so you have time to visit some of the sites during the day.
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Loved our friendly and...
Carmel_K, Aug. 2022
Narrated Historic Savannah Sightseeing Trolley Tour
It was the perfect route/length to see historic Savannah.
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Great tour! Saw many...
Kelly_D, Aug. 2022
Savannah Terrors Haunted Dark History Ghost Tour
Great city and many interesting things to do
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Freida_C, Aug. 2022
Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Trolley Tour of Savannah
All of the drivers we had were friendly & knowledgeable about Savannah & gave us tidbits about places to eat & things to do.
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Nice way to spend the day!
Heavenly_H, Aug. 2022
Savannah Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
Being able to see key places in Savannah while hearing the history of them all!
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Unique and high energy
Twanna_N, Jul. 2022
The "Savannah for Morons" Comedy Trolley Tour
I would recommend this tour if you want to see Savannah differently.
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Beat the heat!
Christina_B, Jul. 2022
Private Tour of Savannah's Historic/Victorian Districts & Bonaventure Cemetery
Great way to see Savannah without getting overheated.
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Beat the heat in air cond. restaurants
Kathleen_P, Jul. 2022
Savannah Culinary & Cultural Walking Food Tour
Everyone was super nice- and a great way to enjoy a Savannah tour in the heat of summer as the restaurants were air conditioned.
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Southern Sensibility
Joni, Jul. 2022
Savannah Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
It’s a perfect way to see Savannah and gives you flexibility to walk where you want.
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Savannah by Trolley
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Narrated Historic Savannah Sightseeing Trolley Tour
Best way to see the beauty of Savannah.
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Beautiful cruise- highly recommend!
Madison_G, Jul. 2022
90-Minute Savannah Riverboat Sightseeing Cruise
It was a fun experience and allowed you to see a lot more of River street than you maybe could on foot.
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2-Hour Explore Savannah Bike Tour
It was a great experience to see the city and the squares on a bicycle.
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Jan_B, Jul. 2022
Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Trolley Tour of Savannah
Wanted to see Savannah and this allowed us to ride , see, and hear history.
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So fun!
Charles_H, Jul. 2022
Savannah's Off-The-Beaten-Path Secret East Side Historic Walking Food Tour
Savannah is hot in the summer, so dress for the weather.
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A great way to finish out our Savannah Trip!
Kathryn_R, Jul. 2022
2-Hour Savannah Riverboat Dinner Cruise with Onboard Entertainment
A great way to see Savannah from the River.
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Good Variety of Desserts and History
Ashley_G, Jul. 2022
Southern Flavors of Savannah Walking Dessert Tour
We were able to see varying sections of downtown Savannah.
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Spooky Good Time
Jessica_G, Jul. 2022
Creepy Crawl Night-Time Haunted Pub Walking Tour of Savannah's Historic District
The tour was a wonderful way to see Savannah and it’s history in a spooky way.
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Great introduction to Savannah
regina_r, Jul. 2022
Explore Savannah Sightseeing Trolley Tour with Bonus Unlimited Shuttle Service
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courtney_r, Jul. 2022
Spooky Savannah Haunted Pub Crawl and Walking Ghost Tour
It was funny and spooky and a great way to see Savannah and some of its best pubs!
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Informational and spooky!
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Genteel and Bard's Savannah Dark History and Ghost Encounter Walking Tour
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When to visit

Spring is the perfect season to visit Savannah, owing to the thinner crowds and blooming native flowers. Those planning a winter visit should pack warm layers and a heavy coat—historical city walks and carriage rides are a must even during the cooler seasons.

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