10 Things to Do in Savannah That You Shouldn't Miss

November 7, 2017 Timmy Ribble

Charming Savannah is the picture of antebellum hospitality, thanks to period architecture and oak-lined streets. It’s tempting to spend your trip just relaxing on vast verandas and sipping mint juleps, but there are plenty of historical sites and museums to explore. Haunting (and possibly haunted) Bonaventure Cemetery is one of the hallmarks of the city, featuring beautiful obelisks, masses of flowers, and ivy-covered crypts. Dine on fresh seafood and creamy grits for a taste of Savannah home cooking.
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1. Savannah Historic District

301 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401-4217 +1 912-944-0455
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Savannah Historic District

Savannah's picturesque historic district brings the traditional southern atmosphere to life.

Reviewed By tazman572 - Sharon, Canada

Savannah is one of the prettiest city's that we have visited. Lots of history with beautiful old homes, buildings, squares and cemeteries. First thing we did was take an old town trolley tour. We think that $33.00 for one day is too expensive, (2 days is $46.00), but you can hop on and off at 15 stops. We did the same tour in St. Augustine and the cost per day is only $23.00 or $28.00 for 2 days. Would be nice if the cost was the same in all cities that they operate in. We also took a 45 minute caleche/horse drawn carriage ride and a riverboat cruise. There are some great restaurants to be found and your days will be full of great sites to visit. We want to come back again.

2. Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

222 E Harris St, Savannah, GA 31401-4616 +1 912-233-4709
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Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

The oldest Roman Catholic church in Georgia.

Reviewed By LWMiller - Illinois

This is one of several really beautiful churches in Historic Savannah. You can easily access it on foot and see many beautiful sights along the way. The exterior is stunning as is the inside. I love churches and the exterior of this one reminds me of the cathedrals in Europe to an extent. Very nice.

3. Pin Point Heritage Museum

9924 Pin Point Ave, Savannah, GA 31406-8565 +1 912-355-0064
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Pin Point Heritage Museum

Reviewed By rachelet99

For a small museum, it is well-done. It preserves a unique culture and an important aspect of history. My family and I had a Savannah See 3 Pass where we learned of this museum. We were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed our time there. The staff is friendly and informative.

4. Webb Military Museum

411 E York St, Savannah, GA 31401-3816 +1 912-663-0398
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Webb Military Museum

Reviewed By rtmills - Tampa, Florida

I was amazed at the amount of items on display! The museum includes items and information from each major American-involved war back to the Civil War. I was impressed by the museum's World War II collection, it was very in-depth! While I was there I happened to meet the owner, Gary. He's a very kind and personable man, and answered all my questions about his collection. The museum is more than just items, it's also about the stories behind its items. Gary and his family have been very connected to multiple wars and the stories he has behind each display are amazing. Overall, this is one of the best museums I've ever been to.

5. Mickve Israel Temple

Monterey Square, 20 East Gordon Street, Savannah, GA 31401 +1 912-233-1547
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The third oldest Jewish congregation and the only neo-gothic Jewish sanctuary in the U. S. We offer tours that include our historic sanctuary and museum with many historic artifacts including two Torahs written in the 1400's (probably the oldest in the U.S.), a Jewish food festival (last Sunday in October), destination weddings and services every Friday, Saturday and holidays. See our website for calendar of events.

Reviewed By Larry M - Beaufort, South Carolina

Beautiful and historic highlight of Savannah. Very well informed, entertaining, and patient guides make this a special experience. Our guide, Tony, was especially interesting. Many opportunities for photos and additional questions.

6. American Prohibition Museum

209 W Saint Julian St, Savannah, GA 31401-2513 +1 912-220-1249
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American Prohibition Museum

Not your average "Dry" Museum, the American Prohibition Museum is the first and only museum in the United States dedicated to the history of Prohibition. While here, guests will travel back in time to the early 1900s, as anti-alcohol rallies swept the nation and the "booze problem" was pushed to the fore-front of American politics.

Reviewed By Minkster56 - Mississauga, Canada

Alone this is pricy, if you take the city tour with old town trolley tours, then you get the prohibition museum, thrown in , a savings of ten a person or so. Anyway once inside, expect to spend an hour, great history lesson.Minkster56, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review!

7. Forsyth Park

Drayton St and E Park Ave, Savannah, GA 31401 +1 912-651-6610
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Forsyth Park

Reviewed By AuditMan001 - Saint Augustine Beach, Florida

This is one of the most beautiful parks we've ever visited. The fountain is a must see in Savannah's Historic District. Several street musicians made our visit even more special. Highly recommended.

8. First African Baptist Church

23 Montgomery St, Savannah, GA 31401-2429 +1 912-233-6597
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First African Baptist Church

First African Baptist Church was organized in 1773 under the leadership of Reverend George Leile and established and constituted in December of 1777 as a body organized believers. Under the leadership of the 3rd Pastor Reverend Andrew C. Marshall, the congregation obtained the property where the present sanctuary stands. Marshall also organized the first black Sunday school in North America and changed the name of the church from “First Colored Baptist” to “First African Baptist”. The sanctuary was completed in 1859 under the direction of the 4th Pastor Reverend William J. Campbell. The ceiling of the church is in the design of a “Nine Patch Quilt” which represented that the church was a safe house for slaves. Beneath the lower auditorium floor is another finished sub floor which is known as the “Underground Railroad”. There is 4ft of height between both floors. The holes in the floor are in the shape of an African prayer symbol known as a Congolese Cosmogram that served a purpose of ventilation. First African Baptist Church has been a place of leadership and service since its inception. Reverend Emmanuel King Love, 6th Pastor, led the movement to establish Savannah State University, formerly known as Georgia State Industrial College for Colored Youth. Rev. Love also played a big role in the establishment of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and Paine College in Augusta, GA. During the time of segregation the church served as the largest gathering place for blacks and whites to meet. Visitors from all walks of life have visited out sanctuary and left inspired. TOUR RATES: Adults = $7.00; Seniors = $6.00; Students = $6.00; Children Ages 5 & Under = FREE. TOUR HOURS OF OPERATION: Tuesday - Saturday = 11:00 a.m. & 2:00p.m. Sunday = 1:00p.m.

Reviewed By Brian S

The history was amazing and learning how the church was built is just astonishing , however our tour guide although he attempted to be funny and nonchalant about it seemed totally disinterested in actually being there - there is so much more that could be done to improve the tour

9. Bonaventure Cemetery

330 Bonaventure Rd, Savannah, GA 31404-3295 +1 912-651-6843
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Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery was developed on the historically-significant site of Bonaventure Plantation. The peaceful setting rests on a scenic bluff of the Wilmington River, east of Savannah. The site was purchased for a private cemetery in 1846 and became a public cemetery in 1907. Citizens and others can still purchase interment rights in Bonaventure. This charming site has been a world famous tourist destination for more than 150 years due to the old tree-lined roadways, the many notable persons interred, the unique cemetery sculpture and architecture, and the folklore associated with the site and the people. The entrance to the cemetery is located at 330 Bonaventure Road and is the largest of the municipal cemeteries containing nearly 100 acres. The cemetery is open to the public daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. . The main office of the Department of Cemeteries is located in the Bonaventure Administrative Building at the entrance.

Reviewed By whatsbeyondmyhorizon - Miami, Florida

Eerie but interesting. Decided to stop as I saw the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil with John Cusack.

10. Lafayette Square

Abercorn Street, Between East Harris and East Charlton Streets, Savannah, GA
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Lafayette Square

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist dominates this city square.

Reviewed By Boston_H0ney - Boston, MA

Cute Square. This is one of the squares with an actual fountain. Small but cute to visit or walk by... or sit and sip on tea/coffee and enjoy the outdoor. Get out of the office!

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