If you’re looking for things to in Savannah, you’ve landed in the right place! I’m always out exploring the Historic District to discover fun new things to do and see.

I’ve come up with a list of my favorite attractions and activities to keep you entertained during your trip.

Trust me…Savannah is a city where you shouldn’t ever feel bored!

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My name is Erin, and I authored the Savannah First-Timer’s Guide.

I guess you could say I make my living telling people what to do in Savannah, so I know a thing or two about fun ways to keep busy in the city!


Contents

Cemeteries | Black History | Walking Tours | Squares | Trolleys | Unusual


Cemeteries in Savannah

To learn what makes Savannah so special, it’s important to first explore the city’s incredible past. What better way to do so than at one of our beautiful cemeteries?

Colonial Park Cemetery is located in Savannah’s Historic District. You can easily walk to it or take the free DOT shuttles to be dropped off within one block of its gates.

There’s no need to do a guided tour; just read my post about it, and then explore it on your own!

A brick wall with old headstones secured to it in Colonial Park Cemetery

Bonaventure is known for being one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world.

It’s located on the outskirts of the city, so you’ll need a ride to get to it.

So much history is contained within its gates and the cemetery is so massive that I think it’s absolutely worth it to pay for a guided tour. You’ll get your money’s worth.

I consider it one of the top “must-see” places in Savannah!

Side view of a statue of a young girl cradling a large bowl in her arms and looking down at it, the contents not visible to the viewer. The B&W photo shows beautiful old oak trees and Spanish moss in the background

Recommended Cemetery Tours:

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Savannah Black History Tours

There’s no doubt Savannah is a city with a complicated and troubled past.

A Black history tour is one of the best ways to understand the vast contributions made by African Americans — both enslaved and freed — to this city.

A few of the most significant tours include the Owens Thomas House and Slave Quarters, First African Baptist Church, and Pin Point Heritage Museum.

An elegant entry at the Owens-Thomas House with busts of men on tables at each side of the door
The interior of the Owens-Thomas House is incredibly beautiful.
Historic Marker for First African Baptist Church with the church's red front door showing in the background
First African Baptist Church is one of the more historically-significant churches in the city.
Wide angle view of a marsh scene with the A.S. Varn and Son Oyster Factory building in sight
You’ll need to drive to the outskirts of Savannah to learn about Pin Point, but it’s worth it!

My post about the best Black history tours in Savannah will help you learn more about the many options that are available, but I can’t stress enough how important it is to just choose an option — any option (they’re all good) — and go!

In addition to the places listed above, you can also take a guided walking tour led by one of Savannah’s local historians.

Sistah Patt of Underground Tours of Savannah and Vaughnette Goode-Walker of Footprints of Savannah both give incredible tours.

Recommended Guided Black History Tours:

Related Reading: 11 Black History Tours to Help You Better Understand Savannah


Savannah Walking Tours

As long as you’re physically able, the best way to get around Savannah is by foot!

It’s so much easier to notice all the incredible details of the city when you’re walking, and it’s better for our environment, too.

It’s very common for tourists to tell me they took 10,000 to 20,000 steps a day during their vacations!

The majority of the time they’re having so much fun exploring that they don’t even realize how far they’ve walked until they check their step counter at the end of the day.

If you only have time to stroll down one street, I suggest beautiful Jones Street.

It’s considered the prettiest street in Savannah, and it definitely lives up to the hype!

Picturesque sidewalk scene of Jones Street, the prettiest street in Savannah, with brick sidewalks, magnolia trees, and stately homes
Historic brick sidewalks on must-see Jones Street in Savannah GA
Read more here:
Jones Street Savannah

One of my personal favorite places to take a walk in Savannah is along historic Factors Walk.

It’s where you’ll find unique Savannah landmarks like the Old Cotton Exchange building and the mysterious Cluskey Vaults.

A window frame painted bright teal sits inside an old wall pieced together with various stones and worn red bricks
Peering through blooming plants at a historic brick building with a cursive metal sign that reads Factors Walk
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Factors Walk Savannah

Finally, one of the most classic Savannah activities you can do is take a sunset stroll along River Street to watch the cargo ships come into port.

Visitors are always surprised to see how the ships tower over the buildings along River Street.

A massive cargo ships travels towards the Talmadge bridge at sunset along River Street -- a Savannah Georgia Must-See spot
Riverfront plaza along River Street at dusk with the Savannah River and Talmadge bridge in the distance
Read more here:
River Street Savannah

Recommended Historic District Walking Tours:

Related Reading: Savannah Georgia Must-See Spots for First-Time Visitors


Squares in Savannah

Savannah is built on a unique grid system that includes 22 “squares” (aka: miniature parks or green spaces) where you can stop to relax and enjoy the shade.

Point of View: Peering through an Armillary Sphere in Troup Square at a gothic-style church lit by sunlight in the background
Troup Square is a quiet and peaceful square with a beautiful Armillary Sphere in the center.

If you’re doing a walking tour of Savannah, I suggest exploring each square as you pass by.

The squares typically contain historic markers that provide interesting facts about the square or the homes and buildings surrounding it.

Monterey Square in Savannah with bright green grass and numerous live oaks filtering sunlight through the branches
The famous Mercer Williams House faces beautiful Monterey Square.

The squares look different with each season, so it’s hard to pick a favorite.

I tend to favor the quieter options located in the more residential areas of the city versus the ones closer to the river.

Dusk falls in Chippewa Square after a fresh rainfall and the street lamps cast a warm glow over blossoming pink and green hydrangeas
Chippewa Square is where Forrest Gump famously narrated the tale about his life.

Thanks to the popular movie, “Forrest Gump,” Chippewa Square is probably the most well-known square in Savannah.

Recommended Squares to Visit:

  • Troup Square
  • Monterey Square
  • Chippewa Square

Insider Tip: The squares also make a great place to do some people watching! Savannah is a known for its eccentric residents and many tend to hang out in the squares.


Savannah Trolly Tours

If you have mobility issues or aren’t accustomed to the oppressive heat and humidity during the summer months in Savannah, then you might want to try a trolley tour on your first day instead of walking.

Trolley tours provide a good overview of the city and will help you get the lay of the land.

The non-stop trolley tours are the fastest option, since they only take an hour to 90 minutes of your time.

The hop-on/hop-off tours take all day, but you’ll spend most of your time off the trolley and out exploring the landmarks at each stop.

To give you an idea of what you’ll see on a hop-on/hop-off trolley tour, I created a helpful itinerary that’s loaded with photos of the many beautiful attractions you can visit along the route.

Recommended Trolley Tours:


Haunted Tours in Savannah

If you were to ask me about the most popular activity in the city, I’d have to say the ghost tours win by a long shot.

It’s practically a rite of passage to do a ghost tour while you’re visiting Savannah!

In fact, there are so many to choose from that I’ve written a separate detailed post about all of the different options.

It lists the top options based on tour type, including walking tours, pub crawls, haunted house tours, paranormal tours, family-friendly tours, and more!

Nighttime scene of a growling lion statue, lit eerily from below

As fun as the guided tours are, you can also explore many of the most haunted locations on your own. (You might actually get a little more spooked if you aren’t strolling around amongst a crowd of tourists!)

A spooky backlit headstone in Colonial Park Cemetery, surrounded by wooden stakes

Now…if you actually want to venture inside a haunted mansion, the Sorrel-Weed House is probably your best bet. It’s one of the only (reportedly) haunted homes in the city that visitors can actually tour.

They even offer after-hours paranormal lock-ins, for those of you who are really brave!

An oversized ornate gilded mirror rests atop a black marble fireplace in the ladies parlor of the Sorrel Weed House

No matter which ghost tours you opt to do, they’re all in good fun and make a nice way to meet new people while you’re visiting Savannah.

Suggested Ghost Tours:


Unusual Things To Do

I mentioned the city is known for its eccentric characters, right?

Well, eccentric residents create quirky businesses!

I’ve written extensively about things to do around the city that tend to fall on the more unusual side.

That list includes options like visiting a serial killer museum, taking a cocktail class at an authentic speakeasy, exploring the city with self-proclaimed “morons,” and going on a pub crawl with a drag queen!

If you’re traveling with kids, try heading to the west end of River Street to explore the lobby of the JW Marriott Plant Riverside.

It’s set up like a natural history museum and has exhibits featuring a unique collection of geodes and historic artifacts. The lobby’s most memorable feature is a giant 135-foot chrome dinosaur!

Front-facing shot of the Plant Riverside District's chrome dinosaur lit by rainbow-colored lighting

Another popular activity for first-time visitors along the riverfront is a dinner cruise on the iconic Georgia Queen.

The steamboat offers a unique way to see the warehouse district from the water (although you can get the same view on the Savannah Belles ferry for free).

The Georgia Queen Steamboat docked along River Street in Savannah, Georgia with a purple-toned sunset in the background
If you go, I suggest the sunset cruise or the Monday Gospel option.

On of my personal favorite Savannah activities is to spend time relaxing in E. Shaver, bookseller.

The totally charming indie bookstore is filled with unique reads — many by local authors — and souvenirs that have a local twist.

While you’re there, pick up a copy of my favorite locally-authored book, “Sketching Savannah” by the talented Ivan Chow.

Suggested Unique Tours:


Related Reading

In case you were too busy reading and missed some of the posts mentioned above, here are a few favorites again so you can circle back:


Savannah Travel Guide

If you’re in the midst of planning your trip to Savannah, I have a few resources to help you out.

  • Free Resource Library: When you join my email list you get access to helpful printables, like my checklist of “50 Things To Do on Foot in the Historic District (No Car Necessary!)”
  • Savannah First-Timer’s Guide: If you’re the type of traveler who wants all of your information in one place, my ebook is the best way to go. It combines my top travel tips from this website into a handy downloadable guide.

When you purchase my ebook, you’ll gain access to a private Facebook group where you can ask questions about your upcoming trip and see photos from others who have recently visited.