Child running near fountain in Savannah. Photo by @gcalebjones

Savannah, Georgia. Photo by @gcalebjones

Best Things to Do in Savannah

The Spanish moss-draped live oaks stand over the streets and squares of Savannah like the cover of a great book. Walk below them and unlock the many stories of Georgia's oldest city, while writing one of your own.

In addition to colorful history, you'll find contemporary eateries, historic attractions and great museums in the city TIME Magazine named one of the World’s Greatest Places to explore in 2021. Here is a full day or two worth of things to do in one of our favorite Georgia cities, Savannah.

Due to COVID-19, some destinations might have changed their visitation information. Before you go, check social media, the venue's website or call to confirm your plans.

Start with breakfast

Cheryl Day at Back In The Day Bakery in Savannah, Georgia
Cheryl Day at Back In The Day Bakery in Savannah, Georgia

Back In The Day Bakery

Start your Savannah adventure at this award-winning, much-lauded Southern bakery. They make things the old-fashioned way, and owners Cheryl and David Day include lots of love in everything they bake. Make sure to get a cupcake to go – you can pretend it's a muffin and eat it right away if you want.

Brunch at Collins Quarter in Savannah, Georgia

The Collins Quarter

Countless Georgia restaurants are Instagram-worthy, but Savannah's Australian-inspired The Collins Quarter cafe is a popular choice. The sidewalk dining and interior spaces are stunning, but it's the food and drinks worth snapping. Don't miss the spiced lavender mocha and brunch items like avocado toast and brioche French toast.

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Take pictures in Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park fountain in Savannah, Georgia. Photo by @benjamingalland
Photo by @benjamingalland

Forsyth Park

Breakfast in hand, take a leisurely walk up Bull Street to Forsyth Park for a selfie at the most iconic (and most photographed) fountain in Savannah. Fun fact about the Forsyth Park Fountain: it was ordered from a catalog. Yup, you can find similar fountains in New York, Peru and France.

Take the kids to play

Play area at the Savannah Children's Museum

Savannah Children's Museum

If you have kids with you, the Savannah Children's Museum is a very unique must-stop. The museum is located in an old railway courtyard and incorporates the brickwork of the structure into the play space. Be sure to plan this in the morning. The museum closes at 4 p.m.

Tour the historic district

Old Savannah Tours

Savannah Historic District

It may sound a little touristy, but the best way to see Savannah's historic district is aboard one of the trolley tours. Two favorites are Old Savannah Tours and Old Town Trolley Tours of Savannah. These tours are hop-on, hop-off, allowing you to see a lot of the city in a short amount of time.

Take a food tour

Cha Bella is one of the stops on the Famous & Secret East Side Food Tour in Savannah
Cha Bella is one of the stops on the Famous & Secret East Side Food Tour

Savannah Taste Experience Food Tours

If you'd like to explore while eating, and who wouldn't, consider a food tour. The Savannah Taste Experience has several different tours, including one through the historic downtown area and another off-the-beaten path tour through Savannah's east side, including a stop at Cha Bella. Both tours provide tastings at multiple establishments with enough food to satisfy your lunch cravings.

Eat ice cream

Leopold's Ice Cream in Savannah, Georgia. Photo by @practicalwanderlust
Leopold's Ice Cream in Savannah, Georgia. Photo by @practicalwanderlust

Leopold's Ice Cream

No matter what you do for lunch, afterward, head to Leopold's, Savannah's most well-loved ice cream shop, for a scoop of premium handmade ice cream that uses local ingredients like Savannah Bee Company honey.

Stroll, shop and eat on River Street

Plant Riverside District in Savannah, Georgia
Plant Riverside District in Savannah, Georgia

Savannah Riverfront

Next stop is the uneven cobblestone streets of the Savannah Riverfront for a little shopping and sightseeing. An absolute must-see is the new Plant Riverside District, with jaw-dropping shops, restaurants and hotel. Even adults will love popping into River Street Sweets for some freshly made pralines. River Street Sweets is so popular in Savannah, they now have a candy store in Atlanta, too.

Take a riverboat cruise

Savannah Riverboat Cruises

We highly recommend taking a Savannah Riverboat Cruise while in the city. Savannah was and is a port town, and the cruise is a great way to learn about the history, and enjoy the water during a leisurely ride. If you go on the 3:30 p.m. tour, you can also see them shoot at Old Fort Jackson.

Published: July 2021
Written by: Sue Rodman