Forsyth Park Fountain in Savannah, Georgia

Best Things to Do in Savannah

The Spanish moss-draped live oaks stand stately 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. Here is a full day or two worth of things to do in one of our favorite Georgia cities, Savannah.

Start with breakfast

Back In The Day Bakery

Back in the Day Bakery. - Photo by @wittyclevername via Instagram

Start your Savannah adventure at this award-winning, much-lauded Southern bakery. They make things the old fashion 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.

Take pictures in Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park

A beautiful day in Forsyth Park.

Cupcake in hand, take a leisurely one-mile 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 catalogue. Yup, you can find similar fountains in New York, Peru and France.

Take the kids to play

Savannah Children's Museum

Play area at the 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

Savannah Historic District

Old Savannah Tours

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

Savannah Taste Experience Food Tours

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

If you’d like to explore while eating, and who wouldn’t, consider a food tour. The Savannah Taste Experience has two different tours: one through the historic downtown area and the other an off-the-beaten path 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.

Grab a sandwich at Zunzi's

Zunzis Take Out & Catering

 

 

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If you want something a little faster, try the Chicken Conquistador at Zunzi's. The chicken is smothered in a special sauce that is marinated overnight. The chicken is so tender, it falls apart, and it's dressed with lettuce and tomato on sourdough bread.

Eat ice cream at Leopold's

Leopold's Ice Cream

Ice cream at Leopold's

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

Savannah Riverfront

River Street Sweets. Photo Credit: Mayra Vasquez

Next stop is the uneven cobblestone streets of the Savannah Riverfront for a little shopping. 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.


Sue Rodman is Georgia's official Smart Travel Explorer. Find more of her travel tips and trip ideas on ExploreGeorgia.org.

Published: December 2017
Written by: Sue Rodman