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.
No trip to Savannah is complete without a stroll through Forsyth Park. The edges of the 30-acre (12-hectare) park are lined with historical Victorian-era mansions as well as memorials dedicated to the Confederacy and the Spanish-American War. Keep your camera at the ready to capture the park’s postcard-perfect beauty and its 300-year-old oaks.
Many city tours incorporate Forsyth Park into their itineraries. Tour Savannah on foot or via Segway to learn more about its history. For the more adventurous, helicopter tours soar over the city and provide stunning aerial views. Or book a hop-on hop-off bus tour for an easy and convenient way to see the city at your own pace.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Forsyth Park is a must-visit for nature lovers, history buffs, and anyone seeking an atmospheric refuge in downtown Savannah.
- November to March is quite chilly in Savannah, so be sure to dress warmly when visiting the park.
- Most guests spend anywhere from two hours to half a day relaxing in the lush greenery.
- The paths running through Forsyth Park are paved, allowing wheelchairs and strollers to experience the park with ease.
How to Get There
Forsyth Park is located on the southern edge of Savannah’s historic district, about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from the Savannah riverfront. Walk or take advantage of the fare-free Forsyth Park shuttle, 7D.
When to Get There
Forsyth Park is lovely year-round. Popular times to visit are late afternoon and evening, and during the farmer’s market held every Saturday along Park Avenue. In summer, the park bustles with events such as the Savannah Jazz Festival and free outdoor movies.
The Confederate Memorial
In the middle of Forsyth Park stands a memorial dedicated to the soldiers who fought for the Confederacy during the American Civil War. The bronze sculpture was added to the park in 1879, fewer than 20 years after Southerners ran combat drills on the very lawns where Forsyth Park now stands.