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Welcome to Savannah

With a reputation for being the ""Hostess City of the South,"" Savannah is famous for its historical districts, preserving the architecture of the 18th- and 19th-century American South.

Top 10 attractions in Savannah

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Savannah River Street

Savannah River Street

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It is virtually impossible for Savannah visitors to miss River Street. A broad waterfront promenade lined with shopping, dining, and entertainment venues, River Street is one of the main arteries of the historic city. The street also features a pedestrian-only path, perfect for leisurely strolls with unbeatable Savannah River views.More
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Colonial Park Cemetery

Colonial Park Cemetery

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This site served as Savannah’s main cemetery for more than a century following its establishment in 1750. With three subsequent expansions, six acres and over 9,000 graves, burials were cut off in 1853, and the site is now recognized as the oldest intact municipal cemetery in the city.When the site first opened, it was intended to serve as the burial ground for Christ Church Parish, but after its expansion, the cemetery was opened to all denominations. Since interments were closed prior to the start of the Civil War, no Confederate soldiers were buried here. There are, however, some burials of note; over 700 victims of the 1820 Yellow Fever epidemic are here, along with many victims of Savannah’s dueling era. Declaration of Independence signer Button Gwinnett is buried here, as well as Archibald Bulloch, the first president of Georgia, and James Habersham, an 18th-century acting royal Governor of the Province.Not surprisingly, Colonial Park Cemetery is home to a number of interesting ghost stories and legends. Paranormal enthusiasts have dubbed it “Paranormal Central,” with one of the most famous ghost stories involving Rene Asche Rondolier, a disfigured orphan who was accused of murdering girls. It is said that he was dragged to the swamp and lynched, and some locals believe he still haunts the cemetery, calling it Rene’s playground. Some local paranormal experts dispute the validity of this ghost story due to a lack of historical records.Other ghost stories revolve around Savannah’s voodoo culture. Although many have moved out of the city, years ago it was not uncommon for morning visitors to find remnants from a previous night’s ceremony. Soil was used from the graves, and some were actually robbed for use in these rituals. The small park adjacent to the cemetery is the location believed to be the site of Savannah’s dueling grounds.More
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Savannah Historic District

Savannah Historic District

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Grand antebellum homes and historic plazas lined with live oaks are just some of the sights that define Savannah’s Historic District. Considered the heart of the city, the Historic District is not only the centerpiece of a Savannah vacation but also where to find the highest concentration of bars, restaurants, and historic attractions.More
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Savannah City Market

Savannah City Market

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Dating back to the 18th century, Savannah City Market has long been the commercial and social center of historic downtown Savannah, Georgia. The market is known locally as the “art and soul” of Savannah, a nod to the numerous art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants that make it such an important part of Savannah's social fabric.More
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Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

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The oldest Roman Catholic Church in Georgia, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is one of Savannah’s top historical, architectural, and religious attractions. The cathedral’s towering twin spires and French Gothic-style architecture set it apart against the Savannah skyline. Upclose, visitors can admire intricate details dating back to 1900.More
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Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park

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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.More
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Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

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Made famous by the novel and film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Bonaventure Cemetery (a former plantation) sits on a bluff overlooking the Wilmington River in historic Savannah. The Southern Gothic cemetery comprises 160 acres (65 hectares) of sculptures, mausoleums, marble headstones, and oak trees dripping with Spanish moss.More
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Chippewa Square

Chippewa Square

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Though Savannah once served as the southern border of the original American colonies, Chippewa Square is named for an event on the northern border with Canada. In the Battle of Chippewa, in 1814, American forces emerged victorious over the British near Niagara Falls, and when Chippewa Square was built in 1815, it was named for the momentous American victory that took place on the northern border. Today, when visiting the historic Savannah square, you’ll find a statue of James Oglethorpe, the famous founder of Georgia, that faces south with sword drawn in the direction of Spanish Florida. You’ll also find legions of Forrest Gump fans who have come in search of the “the bench,” and while Chippewa Square was the site of filming for the popular 1994 movie, the bench itself was only a prop that has since been moved to a museum. Nevertheless, to admire the backdrop, the bench was placed on the north side of the square, facing out towards Bull Street, and it’s amazingly become the most famous aspect of this 200-year old square. On the streets surrounding Chippewa Square, you’ll also find the Philbrick Eastman House—one of Savannah’s most well known homes—as well as historic Savannah Theater that’s the oldest theater in America.More
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Mercer Williams House Museum

Mercer Williams House Museum

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Designed by architect John Norris, the Mercer Williams House Museum was constructed in the 1860s, then restored a century later by antiques dealer Jim Williams. Considered one of the most beautiful houses in Savannah, it’s also known as a setting for the book and movieMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.More
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Madison Square

Madison Square

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Part of the Savannah Historic District, Madison Square was named after the fourth U.S. president and added in 1837. The square also commemoratesSgt. William Jasper, a Savannah native of the Revolutionary War who was mortally wounded in battle but managed to heroically retrieve his company’s banner. Many local Savannah natives refer to this as Jasper Square in his honor.In the center of Madison Square sits the William Jasper Monument, as well as a granite marker that defines the southern limit of the British defenses. Look for two cannons from the Savannah Armory on the southern part of the square, which represent Georgia’s first two highways. These are the starting points of the Ogeechee Road leading to Darien and the Augusta Road to Augusta.Madison Square leads to other notable sights in the Savannah Historic District. Looking toward the west side of the square, you will find St. John’s Episcopal Church with the Green-Meldrim House just next door. On the northwest side of Madison Square is the Sorrel-Weed House, one of the city’s most imposing mansions. On the southwest corner of Madison Square stands the Masonic Temple, previously a Scottish Rite temple. There is a beautifully restored Greek Revival mansion on the northeast corner, but it remains in private hands. Note the adjacent building that is integrated into it, E. Shafer Books & Maps, one of Savannah’s oldest and best known independent bookstores.More

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Top activities in Savannah

Savannah Culinary & Cultural Walking Food Tour
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Haunted Savannah Paranormal Ghost Tour
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Creepy Crawl Night-Time Haunted Pub Walking Tour of Savannah's Historic District
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Genteel and Bard's Savannah Dark History and Ghost Encounter Walking Tour
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Savannah's Off-The-Beaten-Path Secret East Side Historic Walking Food Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Savannah

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Exploring Savannah
Jennifer_K, Jun 2022
Savannah Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
Great way to see Savannah, learn history and be able to get off and walk around and then get back on all day.
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Informational and spooky!
Rebekah_S, Jun 2022
Genteel and Bard's Savannah Dark History and Ghost Encounter Walking Tour
We got to see lots of Savannah along the way!
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Hilarious Fun
Theodore_K, Jun 2022
The "Savannah for Morons" Comedy Trolley Tour
I has so much fun and already recommended it to FB friends planning to visit Savannah soon.
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Great tour!
Carol_B, Jun 2022
Narrated Historic Savannah Sightseeing Trolley Tour
A great way to see Historic Savannah in a short amount of time!
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Daniel was a treat!
James_B, Jun 2022
Private Historic Savannah Tour in a Vintage Citroën
And the vintage Citroën was a great way to see Savannah.
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Wonderdul way to see and learn Savannah
Laura_S, Jun 2022
Private Tour of Savannah's Historic District, Isle of Hope & Bonaventure
This was a wonderful tour and a great way to see Savannah.
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Amazing experience!
ErinC, Jun 2022
2-Hour Explore Savannah Bike Tour
Totally the way to see Savannah!
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Great time! Love...
Deanna_K, Jun 2022
Narrated Historic Savannah Sightseeing Trolley Tour
So much to see in this beautiful place
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Girls getaway
Sonya_G, May 2022
Savannah Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour
7:40 was perfect time still light enough to see the beauty of Savannah and spooky enough to finish at dark.
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Yes, kind of corny but...
David_F, May 2022
Savannah Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour
Yes, kind of corny but fun and a beautiful way to see Savannah.
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Awesome tour with Janie
Donald_G, May 2022
Private Tour of Savannah's Historic District, Isle of Hope & Bonaventure
We got to see lots of different sites in Savannah!
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Perfect way to visit Savannah
Amy_H, May 2022
Historical Bike Tour of Savannah and Keep Bikes After Tour
Bike tour perfect way to visit Savannah.
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Fun experience to start your trip!
Marcy_E, May 2022
The "Savannah for Morons" Comedy Trolley Tour
A funny and enjoyable, odd way to see and learn about historic Savannah!
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William_G, May 2022
Savannah Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
Great way to see Savannah’s historic district and waterfront!
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Trolley
Gail_C, May 2022
90-Minute Savannah Riverboat Sightseeing Cruise
Trolleys are the way to see Savannah
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Memories
Rachel_B, May 2022
2-Hour Explore Savannah Bike Tour
Just finding out the areas things to do and the history of Savannah!
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Great way to see Savannah!!
Debra_A, May 2022
60-Minute Guided Segway History Tour of Savannah
Excellent way to see Savannah
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Getting to see the bridge...
Tyler_M, May 2022
2-Hour Savannah Sunset Riverboat Cruise
Getting to see the bridge in the sunset is an awesome memory it’s totally worth the money a MUST DO if you come to savannah
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Food tour fun
Alyssa_S, May 2022
Savannah Culinary & Cultural Walking Food Tour
Wonderful tour, fantastic way to see Savannah historical sites and different culinary types - highly recommend as a kickoff to seeing Savannah!
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Bus and Boat
Michael_E, May 2022
Savannah Land & Sea Combo: City Sightseeing Trolley Tour with Riverboat Cruise
Excellent way to see Savannah the first time.
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All about Savannah

When to visit

Spring is the perfect season to visit Savannah, owing to the thinner crowds and blooming native flowers. Those planning a winter visit should pack warm layers and a heavy coat—historical city walks and carriage rides are a must even during the cooler seasons.

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