Savannah Bucket List: 50 Fun Things To Do in Georgia’s Historic City

Savannah in a gem of a place that many of us would overlook—but, no one should! The coastal city in Georgia is fringed by the Savannah River, and presents a charming blend of the past and the modern world. There are impeccable gardens and parks lined with humongous oak trees covered in Spanish moss, cobblestoned pathways dotted with horse-drawn carts, elegant buildings and mansions designed in the Southern Antebellum architectural style. Let’s not forget the quaint historic district and squares, with the best bed & breakfasts.

There are also endless fun things to do in Savannah—from top attractions to delicious restaurants (you must try the family-style southern food at Mrs. Wilkes!) to interesting historic tours. And this list of activities will make you want to move this GA town  up a spot on your bucket list.

Savannah, Ga: Fun Attractions & the Best Things to Do in Georgia’s Top City


1. Get Bug Soap

First things first. As soon as you arrive to Savannah head over to Nourish Bath Products and purchase a bar of Don’t Bug Me soap, especially if you are there in the humidity of the summer. You can thank me later.

This adorable bath shop was started by a serious crafter and her daughter. Thirteen years and three retails stores later they have created a success. I walked away with three of the best bars of soap; the Hippie Chick, Vanilla Raspberry and Apparition Ale (made with the local beer).

Bug Repellent Soap from Nourish Bath Products in Savannah Ga

2. Orient Yourself With the City on a Trolly

Take a historic ‘hop on/off” trolley tour with Old Savannah Tours to get yourself familiar with this beautiful city. There are 16 stops to explore, but even if you don’t get off at any of them it will only take ninety minutes roundtrip. Time well spent. And ask for Angel, she will put the most hilarious spin on history.

You can easily book a seat for the Hop-On, Hop-Off Historic Savannah Full-Day Trolly Tour in advance.

3. Tour The Davenport House

The Davenport House is a red-bricked Museum, constructed around 1820, that sits on the Northern side of Columbia square and is a representation of what skilled carpentry was like back during that time. And today it’s recognized for it’s preservation and gives you a peak into how life may have been many years ago. 

4. Enjoy a Beach Day on Tybee Island

Plan a short and sweet getaway to the barrier island near Savannah which is renowned for its sun-kissed beaches, vividly painted townhouses, and cordial locals. The island is only a 30-minutes’ drive from downtown Savannah. Tybee is actually a group of beaches such as South Beach, Mid Beach, North Beach, Savannah River Beach, and Back River Beach. Each beach has its own unique features and offers different sorts of activities perfect for kids, teens or adults!

There is much more to Tybee Island than sandy shores and beachy attractions. Pay a visit to Fort Pulaski National Monument, a nineteenth century masonry fortification, and observe how the city withstood a siege during a Civil War. Next on your list should be the Tybee Island Lighthouse; one of the seven Colonial-era lighthouses that is Georgia’s tallest and oldest. Climb to the top and take in the enchanting views of the Atlantic Ocean and Savannah River. Once you are done with the land, take a boat tour to traverse the Tybee’s back river, channels, and tidal marshes. During the trip, try your hand at fishing and have a fun time spotting dolphin.

5. Visit The Savannah and African Art Museum

Experience the deep African heritage, which has been preserved for more than two centuries in the Savannah African Art Museum. The collection has over 1,000 pieces representing 22 African countries.

6. Drive Under the Moss Covered Oaks

Seeing the Spanish moss hanging from the oak trees is one of the best things to do in Savannah, and one of the top ways to experience it is by going to the Wormsloe Historic Site, the tabby ruins of a fortified colonial estate. The driveway to these ruins is a one and a half mile avenue sheltered by these impressive trees.

Jim Liestman

7. Take A Riverboat Cruise

When you are in Savannah, don’t miss out on the chance to experience the dazzling waterfront from the water on a scenic boat cruise. From a sun-drenched brunch cruise to a dinner voyage kissed with moonlight, this is a unique way to experience the city’s rich history and scenic river.

Take A Riverboat Cruise

8. Visit Fort Pulaski National Monument

The Pulaski National Monument is a masonry fortification that dates back to the 19th century. During the Civil War it was the location of an artillery battle, one of the first ones to use rifles. You can take a peak into past lives by touring the fortress, but there’s more than just the historical significance. There is also 5000 acres of saltwater marsh and many miles of hiking trails.

Visit Fort Pulaski National Monument

9. Relax at Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park is an iconic attraction in the historic district of Savannah, and an absolute must-see when visiting the city! Spanning 30 acres, it’s the largest public park in Savannah (and the oldest too!). Upon first arriving, it will be hard to take your eyes off the Spanish moss filled oak trees, but when you do you will in awe of the neatly manicured lawns and the beautiful water fountain that sits as the centerpiece of it all. Take a leisurely stroll, relax on one of the benches or pack a picnic, pop a squat and enjoy a peaceful meal amongst the hovering Oaks and Spanish moss.

10. Kayak the Skidaway Narrows

Skidaway Narrows is an intercoastal waterway situated within Skidaway Island State Park and this is where you can embark upon a fun kayaking journey. Paddle along the waterway and you will find yourself in a winding canal branching into several forested brooks. During the tour, not only do you have a chance to spot dolphins swimming alongside, but it is also the perfect place for bird watching. You might find yourself mingling with some of the southern bird species, like like Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Egrets and Pelicans

11. Tour The Sorrel Weed House

The Sorrel Weed House has been documented as one of the most visited haunted places in America. Having been constructed in 1840, this house displays the well intricate neoclassical Greek architecture of that time. What things to do at the Sorrel Weed House? You can take a history tour, a ghost tour, or even join in a paranormal investigation event.

12. Visit All the Historic Squares

The 22 historic squares in Savannah and communal mini-parks that are scattered throughout the historic downtown. They offer a little peace, serenity and greenery in the middle of streets lined with businesses and historic homes. They all have their own charm, but one of the most famous is Chippewa Square where the bench scene in the Forest Gump movie was filmed. If you would like to preserve your “square visiting” memory head over to One Fish Two Fish who sells different scented candles to represent each square.

The Old Savannah Historic Walking Tour will make a stop to many of the historic squares, and give you a little history too.

13. Visit The First African Baptist Church

Said to be the very first black Baptist congregation in North America, the First African Baptist Church is located in Franklin Square in Savannah. It was founded by Reverend George Leile in 1773 as a sanctuary for runaway slaves and worshippers. Reverend George was himself a slave who drove a carriage until he was freed for his loyalty. With the Civil War raging on, many slaves were forced to use the church as a hideout. Today, the church houses a museum with artifacts and memorabilia dating back to the 18th century.

Visit The First African Baptist Church

14. Stroll Along River Street

With over 70 shops, boutiques and restaurants, plus waterfront views, it’s easy to spend an afternoon on River Street. Take a stroll just to admire the river view or to be immersed in the former cotton warehouses, and don’t forget to pick up a souvenir to bring back home or a gift for someone special. For more to do, see The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Savannah’s River Street

Stroll Along River Street

15. Stroll Down the Most Beautiful Street in North America

Jones Street was voted one of the most beautiful in North America by Southern Living. And it is, so don’t miss taking a stroll along this quaint tree lined road. Bonus: Mrs. Wilkes Boarding Room restaurant is also located nearby. So, gorge on some of the best Southern food first, then walk it off in beautiful style.


Built in 1819, the Sea Maritime Museum is found in the Scarborough House and tells the tales of the nautical history of Savannah’s natives during the Atlantic trade. One of the biggest draws to this museum is the multiple galleries of ship models that include colonial vessels, ironclads, steamers and modern navy ships.

17. Get a Taste of France

If you must escape from the Southern lifestyle for a nanosecond, go to The Paris Market to get a taste of France. There you will be engulfed in two-stories of charming French home goods and unforgettable treasures. I can guarantee that you will wish your suitcase was bigger!

18. Immerse Yourself in the History at Fort McAllister State Park

Situated on the coast of the Ogeechee River about 10 miles away from Savannah, you will find Fort McAllister State Park. This park is surrounded by towering evergreen oaks with Spanish moss (of course!), and a large saltwater wetland. It is not only the perfect spot for scenic hiking, picnics, and camping, it is also one of the best places to get a some historical insight. The park is home to Fort McAllister, a Confederate earthwork fortification that was built to protect Savannah from attacks during the American Civil Work. Visitors can see the relics of the war such as cannons, a hot shot furnace, barracks, and palisades. There is also a museum within the parks that has a number of Civil War memorabilia, videos, and a souvenir shop.

19. Get Inside a Novelists Mind

The Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home is a museum dedicated to this acclaimed novelist who wrote The Violent Bear it Away, among several other books. Why would going to this writers home be on your things to do in Savannah bucket list? Because it is a unique look into the mind of an interesting girl. For example, when she was young she would write reviews of the children’s books she read, leaving notes on the pages. Needless to say, she was a bit opinionated.

20. Take a Ghost Tour

Savannah happens to be one of the most ghost-plagued cities in America! Paranormal activities are so common here that locals take it quite lightly. In Savannah, you will be surprised to find a number of haunted sights ranging from graveyards to local pubs. Popular ghostly sites include the rum cellar at The Pirate’s House where you might have an encounter with spirits, the Gothic-style Bonaventure Cemetery where you can take among the tombstones, Sorrel-Weed House, and Madison Square.

If these places are too spooky to navigate on your own (and you want to learn some of the history) then take a tour. There are plenty of ghost tours, but these are two of the top ones:

21. Buy Original Art and Support an Art Student

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is arguably one of the top art and design universities in the country and they have a gift shop in town, shopSCAD. The students and faculty showcase their work in this trendy boutique-style shop. I walked away with a unique lucky penny necklace.

22. See a Show at the Historic Savannah Theater

The Historic Savannah Theater is one of America’s oldest theaters that is still operating. It opened way back in 1818, and since then it has been hosting live performances and movie shows. Since then the theater has been undergone several renovations, due to fires, and now has an art deco style. Over the years they have featured a plethora of renowned performers including Ty Cobb, Oscar Wilde, Edwin Booth,  E. H. Sothern, and Julia Marlowe. If you wish to watch a dazzling performance in the theater, you can book or purchase tickets to the show through their website.

See a Show at the Historic Savannah Theater

23. Take a Ghost Tour in a Hearse

Just because a simple ghost tour wouldn’t be creepy enough, take one where you will be riding in a hearse. The Hearse Ghost Tour of Savannah will tell you tales while touring the city in what once was a real hearse.

Don’t want to ride in a hearse? Then take the Ghosts and Graveyards of Savannah trolley tour instead.

24. See a Drag Show

Lady Chablis is a famous drag queen entertainer who was featured in director Clint Eastwood’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and also an episode of Bizarre Foods. Before she passed on, she would perform on the stage of Club One. Though she is no longer with us, the drag show still lives on—don’t miss it!

25. Spend the Afternoon at The Owens-Thomas House

Prepare yourself to get soaked in the past and experience the untold stories by spending an idyllic afternoon at the Owens-Thomas House. The Regency-style mansion was built in 1819, and features sprawling gardens, slave quarters and a carriage house. The historic house museum gives you an insight to Savannah’s dark history. Through exploring the humbling slave quarters and period rooms filled with historic pictures, interactive exhibits, and artifacts, you can witness the complex and tumultuous lives of the slaves and owners who lived here 200 years ago.

The Owens-Thomas House

26. Visit the Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetary is the most famous and hauntingly beautiful cemetery with incredible statues, impressive tombs and interesting residents. Having been constructed in the 1800s, this cemetery has elaborate burial vaults that are still intact despite being 150 years old. And there are plenty of ways for you to explore it—you can take a mysterious after-hours walking tour or for something more unique, Segway of Savannah will take you there in style, with limited walking.

27. See the Forrest Gump Bench

The beauty of Savannah is extremely underrated, but many film directors have used the city as a backdrop. One of the movies is none other than ‘Forest Gump’. Do you remember the scenes where Gump is contently sitting on a bench narrating his life to random people? What if I tell you that you can actually check out the very same bench? After the movie was critically acclaimed, the movie prop became a sort of treasured pop-cultural collectible. While in the movie, the bench was placed in Chippewa Square (a popular spot for photographers), it has now been moved to the Savannah History Museum.

28. Explore The Colonial Park Cemetery

Dating back to 1936, the Colonial Park Cemetery has served as the eternal home to at least 900 people for almost a century. If you are looking forward to a ghost-haunting historical tour, then this is the place for you. Legend has it that the ghost of Rene Asche Rondalier, who was a seven-foot-tall 15-year-old boy burned to death in 1800, still roams around this cemetery up to date. He was convicted of the murder of a young child who was found in the Warren square with her neck broken.

Tours that will take you there are the Colonial Park Cemetery Guided Tour and the Haunted History and Ghosts Walking Tour.

29. Take in the Beauty of St. John Cathedral

View the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist from the inside and the out. There are no words to describe how beautiful the architecture, stained glass work and exquisite carvings are.

Note: the Hop-on Hop-off trolly will take you there!


Savannah allows to-go cup cocktails on the streets, as long as they are under 16 ounces (one more reason to love this city!). Ask your bartender to make your drink a take-out and spend the afternoon sipping while shopping the trendy boutiques on Broughton Street.


Situated on the Savannah River, Fort James Jackson is a National Historic Landmark and the oldest known standing brick fort in Georgia. It was built in the year of 1808 and houses a variety of military artifacts of the Civil War. You can explore the medical room, kitchen, workshop, and other rooms filled with memorabilia that give you a glimpse of a life of a soldier. The highlight of the tour is most definitely the cannon firing programs every day that take place at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Moreover, there are several fun-filled interactive programs for adults, kids, and families.


After your sipping & shopping, let someone else do the driving. You will see Pedicabs throughout historic Savannah, mostly near River Street. Hop on, and they will bicycle you to your destination.  The fee is up to you to decide, though they say the average is $8-$12.


Having been plagued by a colossal hurricane in 1896 and almost destroyed by two massive fires, the Savannah City Market is a must-visit. It’s a place where you can indulge in the delectable southern food (including the famous pecan pie), visit art galleries splurge on elegant handmade jewelry pieces for mementoes and souvenirs.


Located near the Cathedral Basilica of St John the Baptist, the Andrew Low House oozes luxury and comfort with the high-end materials accentuating its elaborate design. It is famous for Ghost tours. It’s alleged that the ghost of Robert E. Lee, a friend to Andrew low, still looms around the house, evidenced by sightings of a moving rocking chair in an upstairs room. Also, people who have toured this house say that the butler’s footsteps can be heard clearly during nighttime. 


35. Drink Absinthe at a Speakeasy

Mata Hari is a sexy speakeasy that only allows entry with a key, and if you read my post about drinking absinthe at this secret speakeasy you will get some tips on how to get one. Once inside order an absinthe done the traditional way, by melting a sugar cube into the liquor and diluting with water.

36. Find Your Favorite Brew at World of Beer

Whether you want to satisfy your beer thirst or just your curiosity, at World of Beer they got you covered with at least 500 different beers, from at least 40 different countries!

37. Sample the Local Craft Beer

Brewpubs, breweries, beer bars… You name it. When it comes to craft beer, Savannah utilizes the highest quality ingredients. Some of the places that stand out include The Distillery where you must also try out Al Capone turkey sandwich, Southbound Brewing Company for awesome drinks and company and don’t forget to check out the excellent selection of craft beer at Habersham Beverage.

38. Take a Southern Food Cooking Class

Embrace the rich cultural diversity of the South and enroll in a cooking class for a more hands-on Southern food experience. From shrimp and grits to succotash, at Classes by Kesslar you will learn how to make the famous southern staples with the 5 stars rated Top Chef Darin while visiting the eccentric Savannah city.

39. Do a Honey Tasting

Savannah Bee Company is a shop where they are taking their passion for honeybees and redefining honey with beauty products and specialty blends. It’s fun to peruse the store, but you can also get a taste of their deliciousness at their honey bar. Need I say more? Not really, but if your you need more, read about my honey tasting experience at Savannah Bee.

40. Eat at the The Olde Pink House Restaurant

The Olde Pink House Restaurant is nestled within the heart of historic Savannah. Set up in an 18th century mansion, the restaurant has a casual setup with just the right dose of sophistication. Here you can indulge in home-cooked low-country cuisine and traditional Southern fare prepared with the best and fresh ingredients. The restaurant has private dining rooms if you wish to relax and dine in utmost privacy. Don’t miss the yummy chicken pot and make sure to check out the piano bar in the basement after you are with the dinner.

41. Eat at The Grey

Located in a restored 1938 Greyhound Bus Terminal, The Grey restaurant is both subtle and impeccable in its unique art deco style and southern food. 

42. Eat Traditional Southern Cooking Served Family-Style

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, a former boardinghouse, has been serving homestyle Southern cooking in a family-style setting for 68 years. I think they know what they are doing. My memorable dining experience at Mrs. Wilkes included 22 Southern specialties, all of which I fit onto one plate!

43. Take a Food Tour

In Savannah, you must devour the scrumptious Southern food like a local, and you can do that by joining a culinary tour that also offers a glimpse into the city’s culture. It is a great way to get a sampling of a little bit of everything! There’s plenty to choose from, and here are some of the top Southern-style tours that will have you eating everything from barbecue to dessert:

44. Eat Tutti Frutti Ice Cream

Leopolds is a legendary ice cream shop that claims to be the creators of the Tutti Frutti flavor. They started their recipe in 1919 and can’t find any record of Tutti Frutti prior. It is a unique flavor that tastes like a frozen fruit cake, but better! If fruit cake is not your thing, try the Guinness float made with Guinness ice cream.

45. Drink a Horchata Latte at the Coffee Fox

The Coffee Fox is an award winning, craft coffee house in downtown Savannah where you must have a Horchata latte. It’s like a Mexican mocha—sweet, creamy, and nutty.

46. Partake in an Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea should not only be reserved for a trip to Britain, the South are masters at it too. You can have a little “tea party” at The Tea Room, complete with some delectable tiny finger sandwiches. Bonus. I can vouch for the Emperors Bride blend! It is the most popular brew with pineapple chunks, citrus peels and thistle petals.

47. Try the PB&J Chicken Wings at Treylor Park

PB&J Chicken Wings? Really? Yes Really! The crispy fried wings are tossed in a peanut/pecan butter and peach jelly sauce. Treylor Park certainly knows how to play with the ingredients! How about following your wings up with some fried Oreos for dessert? The menu is divided into five categories; brunch, lunch, shares, entrees, and desserts, and each dish stays true to the restaurants trailer park theme (with a little touch of luxury).

48. Try a Pimento Cheese Sandwich

Many Southern restaurants will feature a pimento sandwich, but maybe not as good as at Gryphon. It is a bonus that is is right across the street from shopSCAD and also supports the students of the Savannah Art & Design Institute. That is probably why their food is so pretty.

49. Eat the Conquistador at Zunzi’s

Zunzi’s is a globally inspired sandwich shop that delivers hearty flavors. It’s top menu item, The Conquistador, has been featured by outlets like the Travel Channel and, and for good reason. Firstly, it is HUGE – good enough for two adults. Secondly, it is filled to the brim with juicy and tender chicken pieces, plus it has provolone cheese and is slathered with Zunzi’s special sauces.

50. Get a Fun & Unique Martini

Jens & Friends is a dive bar with dozens of creative martinis to choose from, and they come with edible accessories. My table sipped on the Rice Krispie Treat and the Moon Pie Martini.

Want to make your own martinis? Check out this 101 Martinis Recipe Book.

51. Visit the Birthplace of the Girl Scouts Founder

Savannah is home to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, the founder of the Girl Scouts.  You can learn about her life at the ‘home museum’ and if you plan your visit during cookie season,  buy a box…or two…from the troops out front.  Who doesn’t like to indulge in an entire box of yummy Samoas or Thin Mints? Can’t Wait? Buy Girl Scout Cookies Now.


If you are an adventurous eater like me and like to try weird foods from around the world, then get your fill on exotic meats at Alligator Soul. Depending on the night, you may be able to munch on elk, bison yak, ostrich and even alligator tempura!



Staying at a historic inn with a ghost story shouldn’t be too difficult considering Savannah is the most haunted place in the country. I stayed at the former Dresser Palmer House, home to Ghost Madeline, a sweet female child who leaves pennies for the guests. Though it has since closed, there are plenty of other inns with interesting stories too. Some of the top are The Marshall HouseThe Gastonian or Eliza Thompson House.

Savannah might be a small city, but it full of rich culture and fantastic things to do. I suggest you try to explore the city by foot, so you don’t miss any of the nooks & crannies.

What things to do are on your Savannah Bucket List?

Essential Tips for Visiting Savannah, Georgia

Getting There: Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is a major hub and most airlines will fly into it. You can easily check for the best fare deals at Skyscanner, which also has the option to choose ‘cheapest month’ as the departure to find the lowest priced dates to fly to your destination. From the airport to the city center, you can take a shuttle, Uber or Lyft, or take a taxi. You can also board Savannah’s Airport Bus (The 100X Airport Express) to Downtown Savannah, which costs $5 each way or $8 round trip.

Where to Stay in Savannah: It’s best to stay near the city center, public transportation or the area that you will be spending the most time in. The Thunderbird Inn (moderate) is a great choice that is a 5 minute walk to Savannah’s historic Downtown District. For something in the heart of the Downtown District, try The Marshall House, Historic Inns of Savannah Collection (moderate). For something on the less expensive side, try the Comfort Suites Gateway, or Stay Alfred at Drayton Tower, located in the heart of Savannah. For a less expensive option in Savannah’s Midtown, try the Courtyard by Marriott Savannah Midtown. For a hotel with a little more extravagance, book a room at the Perry Lane Hotel. Or search some great deals on hotels of your choice at If you’re looking for more of a home atmosphere (or are traveling with a group of people), head over to Airbnb that has houses, apartments and even just a room for rent in every price range. 

Getting Around: Driving in Savannah can be a bit of a challenge and parking fees can be expensive, but if you choose to rent a car, has great deals. If you are not renting a car, there are plenty of options. Taxis, Lyft and Uber are available all over the city, plus most of the top attractions can be accessed with the Hop-On Hop-Off Historic Trolley. Savannah also has a free bus and ferry around the Historic District. Savannah’s public transit service, the Chatham Area Transit (CAT), provides services around Savannah and its suburbs.

City Transportation Passes: Day passes for Savannah’s public transit (CAT) can be purchased for $3 per day, which allows unlimited travel on the day of activation. Just notify your driver that you want a day pass instead of a single ticket before purchasing.

Best Tours in Savannah: You can find some of the top tours at Get Your Guide or Viator, and here are some of the top ones:

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200 thoughts on “Savannah Bucket List: 50 Fun Things To Do in Georgia’s Historic City”

  1. Savannah is a beautiful town! Paula Dean's place is there, which has great southern food as well. Lovely town and definitely worth a weekend visit!

      • Annette you have the best bucket list recommendations. I love your article! Thank you for taking the time to write this and also sharing it with us all.

      • Rob, you are an idiot. That was a long time ago. Get a grip and move on. YOU sound like a liberal racist yourself. I would gather that you are not from the south and don’t realize that is how the people spoke. Now the blacks call other blacks the “N” word every day and that’s ok? Before you go trashing on a traditional southern woman, go take a hard look at yourself, you hateful individual.

        • You make it seem like it is OK for a Caucasoid to call a negroid a n bomb. Well its not cool at all. Is it OK to call a Hispanic a beaner or a White guy Saltine cracker. Paula Dean is an albino racist piece of shit.

        • You all need to get a grip on this race calling. History lesson, white people you’re not from here at all, you all from European countries and came and stole the Indians land. 70% of black people are of Indian decent. I’m am black and more American than you write people. You all feel inferior to other minorities especially black people because you stole people from Africa and bright them him to build America for you. But black people are the ones that made America who it is today. By way of medicine, space travel, architecture, farming, and everything you touch. White people had to enslave black people because you fear us and our intelligence. You broke most black people down and now you get the society that we are in. White people you ate the real thieves of America. The only way to break a powerful people were to treat them like trash and now you’re mad and upset to what you all created. You treating black people the way you have is the biggest sin known to man and you all still won’t say you’re sorry. Government assistance wasn’t created for black people because they raised their own crops and cattle, this was created for you white people so you wouldn’t have to feel the same or appear the same as the black community. This happened in the great depression, but now that sine black people are on assistance is a problem, but there wasn’t an issue when you all needed it. So what is good for the goose isn’t good for the gander. People need to wake up and know that we are all God’s people and he created is to love one another and care for one another but hate had set in your souls and minds and at judgement day you all have to be accountable for your own sins.

          • You are right god created us to love one another
            But the part that we would be judged because of what was done before any of us were born….
            I do not understand
            White/ Indian / Italian

          • Welcome to the real world ‘Truthbetold. War has been going on for thousands of years, the strong prevail, and write the history books. The American Indian actually crossed the land bridge thousands of years ago from Europe, and conquered the original original Americans, all confirmed via DNA. They in turn were conquered by later Europeans, starting in the 15th century….where do you think the American Indians got their horses from? Stolen from the Spaniards. Privileged white males? All depends on those in control, In the 16th century, the Irish, due to the potato famine, were valued at a dollar, black slaves were worth double at $2. Indentured servitude as you correctly point out. The indentured made a choice, serve for slave wages or starve to death. Later, they made better choices. Now we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Should there be future renumeration for the Irish from the USA government due to their indentured servitude in the 16th century? If the Africans get it, why not the Irish? Does black and white matter?

            This nation was founded on ‘might makes right’, and that was the accepted way back then. Unions were formed to equal out the renumeration of the working class, no more kids and folk working on Sundays , and Henry Ford, at $5 per day, really opened the doors. Life is one of choices, good and bad, smart and dumb ones, the smarter gain and earn more as a result…that is the reality of life….. A smart one was Jobs, dropped out of college, invented the Apple and iPhone, now we can’t live without a smart phone ……and he deserves outlandish wealth for taking the huge risk to develop and market it…..some have failed….remember the Blackberry, the Nokia, the first cell phone, the Nokia is now no more….the result of poor choices, and no $$$. What is the goal of any business? To make money. The owners take the risk, and deserve the fruits of their labor. Apple pays it’s people a fair wage. So does Walmart and Amazon. If workers don’t agree, they have the choice to go elsewhere.

          • You talk About love and spew hate everybody is God’s child but the way you talk to your superior nobody superior black light any color get a grip

        • these post look extremely old…but never to old to respond to Paula Dean’s place… It is and was great! Great food and atmosphAnd hey truthbetold person…get over yourself you are not a victum and you are damn sure not a genius.. This is not about race its about food.
          Its a review of a place, not a voting booth

      • Do you not realize that what happened, happened a long time ago and she apoigized. Maybe think before you let words fall out your mouth

        • A gun was pointed at her head during a bank robbery by a black man more than 30 years ago. She told the truth in court that she may have used the “N” word when she was upset after th incident. Most of us would have said more than that.

    • There is a time and place to view your negative thoughts. I do not believe this is the format to discuss Paula Dean and all the
      hateful comments both ways should be removed. They do not speak kindly of any of the race’s that live and cherish this unique and quaint town. Many places are mentioned on this site and they are all unique. It depends on what you are looking for
      home cooking Great seafood. It;s all here in the heart of our City. Not all people judge so harshly, there is allot of people that
      feel that you without sin cast the first stone. BY the sounds of some of these folks you can tell they have sinned the very sins they now judge other for. So learn to be tolerant and show it and others may learn from you. Use your word for kindness, or you are just as bad.

      • It’s very interesting to me that Paula Dean, who said something 35 years ago, cannot escape her past, but, today people are allowed to bash conservatives and God and feel that that is their right. Isaiah, the prophet, said “Woe to them who call good evil and evil good.” That is where we are in our society, sadly. But, this is about Savannah and the food there. If we boycott every establishment which doesn’t espouse our beliefs, there will be nothing left. Move on and let’s all mind our own business and try to be better today than we were yesterday and rise above all of this terrible divisive talk. We live in the UNITED states of American and we should try to live by that title.

        • I’m super excited to take my first trip to Savannah the weekend of the 19th and 20th of December and I’m looking forward to eating at the Lady and Son’s. Funny how everyone wants to throw out the racist card, when in reality they should be more focused on the fact that she publicly apologized for her wrong doings. Let us be more like God and forgive and stop pointing fingers!!! I agree with the Southern Lady if we pick apart everything and everybody we might as well stay at home. That is no way to live!

  2. I have done most of them – Savannah is my favorite home away from home.

    If you go, be sure to stay in the Historic District (my wife and I love Kehoe House). The Squares, shopping, River, libations, restaurants are all within walking distance. Park the car and forget about it until you are ready to head out to Tybee for a day at the beach or to eat at the North Beach Grill or Crab Shack. If you are a history buff, there is plenty to see – lots of majestic homes to tour (Owens-Thomas is one of my favorites), as well as forts Jackson, Pulaski and McAllister. For ghosts, I recommend a walking tour. There are a few tour companies, and they all seem to do a pretty good job. The Blue Orb tour at midnight is really fun.
    I know I might sound like some kind of Visitor's Center troll – not true. I have just been visiting Savannah and Tybee since childhood, and really love the area.

      • Anyone try the Pirate House?
        Great place & food excellent.
        Missed it on last trip to Savannah. Too many things to do & not enough for all. Just a great southern city with soon much history. There are several books of the area & well worth the read.

        • Pirate House is a very good dining experience..Every trip we end up back there..Try the Pecan crusted fried chicken..its Awesome ! Prices are friendly and atmosphere is charmingly warm.

    • The Crystal Beer Palace is a fantastic place. My husband and I ate there when we went to Savannah last year. Fantastic atmosphere, very charming, delicious food and glorious drinks!

  3. I also like to get a slice from Vinnie Van Go Go's on Bryan St. It's a cash only place and worth every penny! Or a sweet treat from Back in the Day Bakery.

  4. VVGG is a must! Always our first evening meal in town. Also, if you can catch them open, Walls' Barbecue is really good. If you Google it, you will see stuff about it closing,but it was open again back in May 2010 when I last went there. It is not too far off Columbia square on York Lane. Follow your nose!
    Other fun things to do – see a show by SCAD; go to a Sand Gnats game; take the obligatory Harbor Cruise; do not miss Savannah Candy Kitchen; drop by Wet Willies; hang out at the River and listen to the Trumpet Man….

  5. #25 Drive under the Oaks:  I've seen those Spanish Moss trees in FL.  They're beautiful. That street, that photo = stunning.  I'd love to take a stroll or slow drive along that road.
    #24: I've been indulging in way too much exotic meat lately, so, I'm trying to go mostly vegan for at least the next week and ideally longer, wanna be good to my body, but wow, what a selection at that place. If I ever get there, I will have to try whatever they have on offer that night, unless I get more sensible and decide to go exclusively veg by then, slim chance since it hasn't happened yet.  My adventurous eating mentality trumps the side of the mental make up that doesn't like the idea of murdering mammals and feeding my body with unhealthy flesh. 

    • It’s hard for me to stay away from meat, especially a juicy burger. But, sometimes I will give my body a break and eat vegetarian. I haven’t tried the whole ‘vegan’ thing yet, but it’s on the list :)

  6. PERFECT timing Annette. I'm going to Savannah in November and just starting my planning! You've got me plenty excited for all the eating I'm going to do. 

  7. Advice if you are going to Mrs. Wilkes: Skip breakfast! Get there around 10:30 or so, and you will likely be in the first group, if not first in line. Cash only!
    The Pirates House – kind of corny, but good food and fun. I recommend the Chatham Artillery Punch.

  8. I live in Georgia for 13 years… and I am embarrassed to say I still haven’t been in Savannah. May be this year. Thanks for the tips, Annette! Very helpful.

  9. i’M so excited to going to Savannah in 3 weeks! I remembered you had posted this list, and I’m using several of your tips!! It’ll be a quick trip on our way to Disney, but I have always dreamed of visiting Savannah….it just seems to be a place unlike any other…


  10. We went to Wormsloe today and loved it. So beautiful! We suggest walking the road under the oaks, rather than driving. It’s so peaceful, and nature is a gift that a car seems to hide.

  11. One of the most interesting historic sites in Savannah is Congregation Mickve Israel which is the third oldest Jewish congregation in colonial America. They give wonderful guided tours Monday thru Friday. A must experience.

  12. My fiance and I are considering Savannah for our honeymoon in July 2014. Reading this makes me REALLY want to visit. What are the best hotels or B&B to stay at?

  13. River street is a neat place to visit too (be careful on the cobblestones!) at the south end is the echo circle (not sure the technical name of it, but if you stand in the middle, you can hear echos of your voice). There are tons of festivals that go on all over Savannah! Greek, Asian, jazz, music, movies… The SCAD sidewalk arts festival is the last weekend in April and a sure favorite of my family!! Forsyth park has a farmers market on Saturdays. The first Saturday of the month, River Street is filled with vendors of food and fun wares! There are also free feet rides across the river to the international trade and convention center. Whew! That’s a lot, but only the beginning!

  14. I love all of your suggestions!! I live in Savannah and have been here all my life(40 years)! Born and raised. Even as a local I never get tired of it. I’m blessed to be able to live in such a wonderful place. I live on Wilmington Island, one of the barrier islands of Savannah. It’s about 15 minutes east of downtown Savannah and about 10 minutes from Tybee. Anyway, glad you enjoyed your stay here. I hope others will as well!!

  15. I live here in Savannah and have all my life. You have a good list going there. Will say this much… Anyone coming here, make SURE you go to Mrs. Wilkes. Above all, my favorite here. Savannah has tons of great places to eat, but that one is the best. But you didn’t mention St. Patrick’s Day at all. It’s the craziest celebration of it’s kind. Our version of Mardi Gras crammed into one day. But be beware – it’s a huge party, and if that’s not your style, stay away the 17th of March (and the weekend before!).

  16. Visiting Savannah for the first time in a few weeks, and so glad to stumble across this list! I am now VERY excited to visit! Thanks for all of the great info!

  17. I can’t believe you left off Johnny Harris! I grew up in Statesboro and that was our favorite destination (a long time ago).

  18. Make sure to take in a performance by Savannah’s premiere theater company, The Collective Face Theatre Ensemble. Coming up: FOOL FOR LOVE by Sam Shepard, weekends March 7 – 23, 2014.

  19. Annette, glad you enjoyed your visit to my hometown. I lived in ATL from 1977 to 1997, traveled to many places, domestic and foreign, during that time. I always enjoyed coming home. I’m back now. I would recommend using the Visit Savannah facebook site, the Savannah Visitors Center site, City of Savannah – just google. You’ll find many B&B’s and small local hotels that offer great packages that include tours, meals, entertainment, etc. It costs more to stay downtown but if you don’t mind taking the bus or the hotel/motel shuttles from the Southside you’ll still have a great time. I would not go to any chain restaurant since SAV has wonderful local restaurants (some of those are ‘local chains’. Remember, the restaurants in SAV survive with the support of the locals.

  20. Sweet melissas for pizza. B Mathews for brunch or lunch (reservations recommended for weekends). Green truck pub had amazing burgers and a fantastic craft beer selection.

  21. Savannah is one of my favorite towns, anywhere in the US. Quaint and sophisticated, smart and dreamy. Take a tour of the open canvas of SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) and watch the river turn green for St. Patrick’s Day. Lady Chablis, of course. If you want a primer, watch Clint Eastwood’s “Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil”. OR, read the book.
    If you want a sleepy Southern town, this isn’t it. Have a great visit! And come back again!

    • The river is always green, we do not dye it. The Victorian District is beautiful. Ardsley Park is also lovely, Daffin Park off of Victory Drive..there is much more to do than just the Historic District. Buy local art, not just SCAD art. There are thousands of local artists that were actually born here. FIND A LOCAL to give you a tour not some lying tour guide. No the Forsyth Fountain was not purchased through the Sears catalog. That bench from Forest Gump was only put there for the movie! Stay out of Park and Tree’s flower beds! These folks work to hard to have people trampling through their beds looking for a nonexistent bench! Seek out locals and I mean those born here. Those are the most interesting tour guides!

  22. I have lived in Savannah most of my life, and I have done just about everything on the list and the things suggested by others. That being said, I would caution the couple marrying in July to think carefully about a honeymoon here. The average temperature hovers around 100 degrees with a heat index of 110-115. The humidity is at 100% so you walk around feeling as if you are wearing a wet towel.

    If the heat isn’t an issue, I say come on down, we’d love to have you, but I think full disclosure is important. It gets HOT, ya’ll!

  23. I have lived in Savannah my whole life,and this is a very good list. There are many great restaurants in Savannah mentioned in the list and comments, but I would add one called The Sapphire Grill. Their wine cellar has a private table for two that is perfect for romantic occasions like anniversaries or proposals. Ask for the room when you make your reservation. Other spots I’d add include Elizabeth’s on 37th and Leocci’ s Trattoria. And of course have a PBR tall boy and throw some darts at the greatest dive bar, Pinky Masters (Pinkies)

  24. I grew up in Savannah and have kept close connections and regular visits with family and friends through the years. I enjoyed your list. Wormsloe is sometimes missed, but shouldn’t be. Mrs. Wilkes a definite must. I agree with other comments of those who have been to Johnny Harris. It is a fun place for Barbeque and dinning room in my earlier years was a place we went to dance. I have many found memories of Johnny Harris on Victory drive. I also enjoy a cocktail by the fireplace in the basement bar of the Pink House, with piano in the background. The Greek festival is wonderful as is the Art Festival in April. The Green Meldrim House is a wonderful treasure and should be visited if you can. It is presently the Parish House of St. Johns Episcopal Church. The reredos of St. Johns is an incredible work as is the Gothic Revival Church. By all means walk, and walk slowly as much as possible.

    • Love your advice to walk and walk slowly! I don’t think I ever walked as much as when I was in Savannah and am so grateful that I did, because the streets are incredibly beautiful.

  25. I am Georgia born & raised and Savannah is my favorite place! But if you are not from the South, beware of July honeymoons – can be 100+ with extreme humidity and tons of our “beloved” gnats! Savannah is too special to have an unexpected experience with the heat with no warning. Mrs. Wilkes is a MUST! The squares are wonderful to explore. Many old homes, River Street, City Market, fresh seafood as well as Southern home-cooking! A carriage ride is really special. A trip in the spring adds beautiful azaleas! Been visiting Savannah all my life and it never gets old.

  26. We lived in the Savannah area for a short while (husband’s job) and I never got tired of site seeing and eating at all the wonderful places. The first time I road down the historical streets and by the 22 squares, I felt like I had lived there many years ago in another life as a Southern Bell. It felt like home. I just absolutely love Savannah and the history. It’s amazing how the homes, churches and other buildings were built so many years ago and how well they have remained. Even the buildings and coble stone streets on the river that were built by the pirates have stood the test of time. Each time we go, I see something I missed on all the other trips. If you’ve never been, you must go.

  27. You need to add: shrimp n grits at the Cotton Exchange Tavern on Riverwalk. Mac n cheese at what used to be called Avia Hotel on Ellis square.

  28. I live in Columbia SC & have been to Savannah several times but in reading this great bucket list & comments it really makes me want to go back.
    Great post & comment’s!!
    Mike Sanford

  29. Bull St, which runs from downtown, is blocked temporarily by Forsyth and then continues is one of my favorites… particularly below Forsyth, where every Saturday a Farmers’s Mkt occurs, then Brighter Day Grocery, Sentient Bean, Le Chai-galerie du vin, the American Legion (great local hangout bar and beautiful ball room upstairs, Betty Bomber’s (classic diner style fare) and Local 11Ten (fine dining) are all in one historic building on Park and Bull. Then, if you continue south you’ll come to Butterhead Green’s (eclectic sandwiches and salads) and Foxy Loxy coffee. A little off the tourist path but a great area to explore. As someone who hope to move their business out of their kitchen and into a small space near our beautiful downtown area, I appreciate your focus away from the t-shirt shops of River and Bay streets.

  30. Like the suggestions, but I think you should include night drifting through the bars, to listen to all the great musicians in Savannah!

  31. Mrs Wilkes is older and better than Paula’s. Kevin Barry’s Pub on River St has great food and wonderful live music, especially if Harry O’Donoghue is playing.

  32. Moved to Savannah from Florida in May of 2013. There is no southern hospitality here at all. It is affectionately known as ” backwardsvillee”. That being said & since I can`t leave, highly suggest that your tour River street, hang out & enjoy the different sights & restaurants. Forsyth is known for its trees & saturday farmer markets. Have a picnic, be nice to the homeless there, lots of weddings all the time. Back to the restaurants, Molly McGee, & a pizza place in the Market. While your In the Market go see Brian Ma Greggor, an artist who does beautful work in a beautiful & interesting process. The dancing waters there are better than Forsyth & its great to watch the kids playing in them. Have not been to Paula Deens. The Pirate House was great the first couple of times, don`t care for it anymore & yes it is truly haunted. Took a ghost tour & out tour guide was scared of ghosts. We enjoyed ourselves much better just visiting.

  33. Hi, we are coming there for a couple of nights July 4th to the 6th on our way to Hilton Head Island, SC. We are staying at the Azalea Inn and Gardens…do you have any feedback on that Inn? It seems to get great reviews on Trip Advisor, but I’m wondering if you can walk to the River Street area. If not, can you recommend an Inn/B & B in that area that is nice? Price isn’t an issue. Many Thanks!

    • Though I did not stay at the Azaela Inn, I did do a tour of it and it was truly lovely. The innkeeper at the time (I believe it’s the same one) was an absolute blast. It’s is a little bit of a walk to the River Street area (maybe a mile or so), but I did it and it was so nice walking through the neighborhoods and the squares on the way. The Zeigler House is a bit closer to the river and it’s amazing! I stayed at the Dresser Palmer House and I definitely recommend that one too. If you walk to the river you can always catch a pedi-cab back to the inn.

  34. We are visiting now and my absolute favorite thing to do is walk the town at night. Don’t forget a trip through the cemetery during the day. We had dinner at 17 Hundred 90 and LOVED it! Awesome food and service, super cozy atmosphere. Pirates House lunch buffet tomorrow!

  35. Anyone know if there is any stores that have REAL Authentic Amish goods. There is a peanut butter they make that I refer to as Amish crack cause once you have some on English muffins you can’t stop.
    Am going to Savannah next week so am looking.

  36. Thanks for some great suggestions here. I really appreciate the fact that you took time to make suggestions that will fit into anyone’s budget. My wife and I will be going in a month and we look forward to checking out some of the hotspots you mentioned. Thanks again.

  37. We are coming to Savannah the first week of October and would like to know a good place to stay that close enough for walking in the Historic District but not too expensive. We are in our 70’s and 80’s and still walk well but give out Easley. I have some lower back pain and have to rest and then get up and go again.

  38. Take a historic walking tour with Savannah Belle Tours. We have taken quite a few and she is the best, plus she has a Groupon for 2 for $17! Worth it!!!

  39. Savannah is my favorite Southern city. After I read some of Eugenia Price’s early books, my husband and I made several trips to the Savannah area, so when I began writing my own novel, I chose it for the setting. Springtime in Savannah is a double novel, with one story merged into another. We continue to visit Savannah, and love to come in January. The weather is perfect. We stayed at the new Bluegreen timeshare on Ellis Square, and enjoy walking everywhere. Of course, we love touring old homes and taking lots of photos. Thank you for your warm Southern hospitality. See you next year and read my 400-page, contemporary Christian novel. Goggle preview has 77 free pages.

  40. Just been reading some of your suggestions in preparation for a trip in October. Dying to surprise my wife with a visit to the House of Mata Hari. Do you think the concierge desk at the Hyatt (where I’m staying for a conference) could find us a key?

    • Hi Ruby, Check out Painting With a Twist in Savannah if its not too late. Its new, different, and a ton of fun! It is a BYOB art studio. But if you don’t drink then that is ok too! An instructor takes you step by step through a painting in 2-3 hours and you get to leave with your masterpiece.

  41. OK….so I have parents that moved to Savannah on Skidaway Island about 4 years ago. They are in their late 60’s…….and have ridden their bikes all over, poked around there and there and absolutely love the city. They are snowbirds – Connecticut in the summers.

    Looking to get my mother a gift for her birthday of something either from Savannah or to do in Savannah. Any ideas? Not sure what she has or has not really done yet…so I realize I am going in blind……..


    • Hi Russell, Check out Painting With a Twist in Savannah! Its new, different, and a ton of fun! It is a BYOB art studio. But if they don’t drink then that is ok too! An instructor takes you step by step through a painting in 2-3 hours and you get to leave with your masterpiece. Its designed as a fun night out and it makes for a great gift for someone.

  42. Hey Russell, I think Groupon or Living Social has a deal right now on the Savannah Riverboat Cruise. It is a neat riverboat that departs from River Street. They have different cruises, some with dinner. They have a bar on board. It might be something they would enjoy if they haven’t been.

  43. Definitely, if at all possible, do not plan a trip to Savannah during the months of June – August… unless you just really enjoy the extreme heat and humidity, it can be very miserable if you’re not used to it. That being said, Spring and Fall are the absolute best times to visit, especially if you plan to do a lot of sightseeing on foot! Something to keep in mind, also, is that the first Saturday of every month there is arts & crafts festival on River Street. Some weekends it’s a whole weekend long festival. To the person who asked about what to do in December… the first Saturday night has a great lighted Christmas parade, that weekend has a weekend long festival on the river. There is also a great gingerbread house contest and they all get put on display at the Westin… not sure when that starts but if you Google it I’m sure there will be plenty of info online.

  44. Hey Annette! Thank you so much for this post on Savannah:) I’m planning to take the kids to the down south and this list definitely helped me. I had a do I follow your blog? Thanks again for your post

  45. Quick tip: D. Luxe closed a few months ago. But the Savannah Square candle line is still being made and can be found at One Fish Two Fish!! They are amazing quality candles and have such interesting stories attached to the scent of each square!

    • It is Leopold’s, not Leopards. You cannot by Leopold’s flavors at the grocery store, nor can you buy Breyers so freshly made. The menu changes monthly. Rose Petal ice cream is one of my favorites. This is a guide for people visiting Savannah, and Leopold’s offers a bit of history as well as confections and sandwiches. If you can handle the long lines that frequently form outside of the store, it is well worth the wait.

  46. You have a wonderful BUCKET LIST! Savannah was my home for 10 great years and it is a beautiful place!! You could add PINKY MASTERS where we started on St. Patrick’s Day. Another institution is JohnnyHarris Restaurant and the Sand Gnats Ball Park!!!! Thanks for letting me reminisce!!

  47. Obviously written by someone who does not live in Savannah. Half the stuff on this list are tourist traps. Wanna know the best way to spend your time in Savannah? Find a local and follow them around.

    • It may be difficult for someone on short vacation to find a local to follow for a few days. But, if you have any other suggestions of the “non-tourist trap” things to do while visiting Savannah please share, I am sure everyone reading would be interested in them.

  48. I just moved my family to the Savannah area, and I have not had much time to explore. I am thankful that someone else has taken the time to research places/things to do and make a list. This way there was less work for me. You gave me a cheat sheet in a way! Sure the list may include touristy places, but I hate to be the bearer of bad news… Savannah is known to make money from visitors. It’s marketed as a tourist’s destination place. I’m happy to put revenue back into my local economy. I am even happier some very nice people are giving me pointers as to what is out there. As previously stated, I am new to the area and haven’t gone out exploring. However, I’m not mindless; I will judge places for myself. I am glad I now have suggestions to at least start somewhere. So, thank you… to everyone who gave a suggestion.

    • How exciting to be living in a new city where there is so much exploring to do! I’m sure all the readers would love to hear what you find in your Savannah adventures, so if you remember come back and leave some new ideas in the comments :)

    • Check out my long post for suggestions. Take a tour of the Coastal Botanical Gardens on US 17 for free. Take the kids to Fort Jackson by Tybee and Fort Mcallister in Richmond Hill. (Small parking fees for those, and admission cost to help with upkeep at Ft. McAllister.) There is a small aquarium center and trails to walk at the Skidaway Island aquarium for minimal admission cost. My son and I love it there.
      Welcome to the area!

  49. In addition to riding a Segway through Bonaventure Cemetary, I always enjoy bouncing on a pogo stick on top of a Civil War soldier’s grave. So much fun!

  50. Go to McDonough’s! It is the best karaoke in town and a wonderful atmosphere to boot! Also a fun place to catch celebrities during the film festival. I have met -to name a few- Stan Lee, Norman Reedus, Nina Dobrev, Richard Speighter (from Supernatural), Justin Long, there!!!

  51. Zunzi’s is a must. It boasts South African cuisine and has two locations in the heart of downtown. One has live entertainment using instruments that I’d never seen until it opened. It’s Godfather sandwich is mouthwatering and will feed two. If you want to see a veritable museum of newspaper clippings and old photographs related to our local history before dining on a variety of dishes from the region (I love the shrimp po boy with fried green tomatoes) then you should visit the Crystal Beer Parlor. This restaurant/bar has served Savannians since 1933, and is a local favorite. It is not far from Mrs. Wilkes’ and is open much later. It is family friendly, too. Don’t forget Tybee Island and the lighthouse. If you have someone to watch the kids, go on a pub crawl/ ghost tour. There are several to choose from. Now, if you do have the kids with you, you should visit the Jepson center with two stories of interactive exhibits for children. Phase one of Savannah’s Children museum is an innovative reclamation of historical train repair facilities. It has two stories of mazes, slides, giant checkerboards, etc., and is adjacent to the Georgia State Railroad Museum. There you can tour a variety of antique train cars and learn the history of the railroad from early in Savannah’s history. They also have a huge room full of model trains to delight the train enthusiasts in your midst. City Market is the location of Vinnies, as well as dozens of art galleries. I moved here in 2000, and have happily made it my home. The summer humidity and gnats aside, I love it. It is also a pivotal spot on civil rights history, civil war history, Revolutionary War and colonial history…..Ha! I guess I could write my own top 25. I suggest a visit between October through December or in the weeks just after St. Patrick’s Day through Memorial Day for the most ideal temps. It is definitely a place to put on your travel bucket list!

  52. Grabbing a footlong slice of pizza from sweet Melissa’s should definetly be on the list I’m in savannah twice a year and always do. The whe in the wall looks run down but ver surprisingly good food. Right scross the street from that paula deen lady I’ve never seen her on tv but tried the restaurant wasn’t impressed. Went to a place called sisters of the south not in the historic distric but best southern food I ever had

  53. Quick question about Mata Hari. Even if my husband and I don’t stay at any of the mentioned places, could we still stop one or all of them and ask for a key?

  54. We went there for 5 days.our 1st day we ate there it was amazing fresh food,and the best fried chicken ever,and was so inexpensive for what you get.. I Dont know about all of these other comments, its obvious they are not from the south… I’ll recommend this restaurant to everyone I meet…..oh and I must add’ the servers and everyone that works there was amazing.

  55. Just got back from our mini vaca to Savannah! We nearly did everything on this list and had the best time!! We can’t wait to go back. Thanks for the suggestions. Love your blog and will be checking back often to read up on your latest adventures :)

    • Happy to hear that you had an incredible time!! Did you make it to the secret speakeasy? Because if you did I am sure all the readers would love to hear how you got a key :)

      • We did make it there!! The doorman opened the door and asked if we were here for the burlesque show.. And our response was..”Of course we are!!” So that’s how we luckily got in without a key. Such an awesome experience!!

  56. Savannah, Georgia the oldest city in Georgia – this definitely is a place that I want to visit. My brother has moved to Charleston last year with his family and I will go to visit him and my nephews very soon. When I go there it will be for a month or more so I can see all the wonderful things in the state of Georgia! Since my brother has moved I am dreaming of going to Savannah! Thanks for the wonderful post! I would love to visit and see all these wonderful places! Greets!

  57. Thanks for sharing useful post with us.I also Was planning to visiT Attractions in Georgia with my family, I think it was an awesome place for vacations with family.

  58. First thing to do will be to go by the old home stead and see the house my children grew up in. (Near Boniventure cemetery naturally!!) After that, visit Fam and friends. From there, who knows!!!

  59. I’ve been to Savannah many times visiting my father’s family. Even though they’ve passed and interred at Bonaventure, I still love to travel to this beautiful city with my sister and family at least once a year. We just recently visited St. John (never paid attention to it before now!)- beautiful church!! I wanted to revisit Wormsloe last summer- saw on website that they charge $10.00 a person! Beyond that beautiful drive, there is nothing else to see- no historic homes, etc. – just an educational center.

  60. Known for its rich flora Savannah, Georgia during the humid summer months supports a diverse wildlife population. Savannah prides itself on historic preservation. This means that if a house is in the Historic district, chances are — surprise! — it’s a historic house, complete with lanterns on the front porch as well as old ironing boards in the kitchen that inevitably have a ghost behind them.

  61. Firstly, I’m glad this list didn’t mention Paula Deens restaurant. Having lived in Savannah my entire life, I’ve learnt that only tourists eat there and that the quality of the food has gone way down. Paula never even visits the restaurant nowadays.

    Leopolds is overly expensive and not that great. I prefer Breyers.

    You should try Bakers Pride bakery on Derenne. It’s the best bakery in the southeast United States. They cater to a ton of local businesses and restaurants, but I’d recommend going to the source for the delectable deliciousness.

    Also, look up geocaching..

  62. Me and my girlfriends are gonna do Savanah because of Paula Dean ….. It will be up to our intentions not anybody”s to see how our trip turns out… If, it is bad might because of someone not something! Besides I wouln’t really care to go otherwise! USE TO BE A STINKY LITTLE TOWN

  63. Hi Annette, on my way to Savannah and thought I would take a look and see what you had listed. I’m hitting up most of them. Looks like it’ll be a fun trip!

  64. Great bucket list,but,questas born and raised there,I have a couple of additional points ,you may want to add them.Johnnie Harris Bar b que,on Victory.Wilson’s Seafood in Wilmington.The Brass Rail out on Tybee. And Fort Pulaski,Fort Scriven.Take a side trip to Dafuski Island,or St Helens.

  65. Thank you for the insight! We will be traveling to Savannah in July and cannot wait! We are staying at the Hamilton Turner Inn for for a few days then we are heading to Tybee Island for a few days. I can’t thank folks like you enough for all the pointers to help us plan our stay.

  66. Tonight we’re taking an overnight flight from Los Angeles and tomorrow we will be in Savannah — our first time. We rented an SUV so we can visit the wildlife refuges, drive the coast and see some outlying areas. We’re staying at the Dresser Palmer House in the Johnny Mercer Suite for eight days. I hope that will allow us to meander and see all these wonderful recommendations without killing our legs and feet. We’ve also taken note of suggestions from commenters. If you like we’ll post a report when we get back. I’m so excited about this trip. My husband retired today and I can’t think of a better way to exit one world and enter another than to immediately fly across the country to someplace that will be new and exotic to us.

    • I’m excited for you, what a way to go into retirement!! Have a wonderful time. I’m sure everyone who reads the comments would love a report when you get back, so if you have time that would be great!!

  67. We just went there yesterday. Forget about anything if you don’t get there before 10:00 am, because there is no where to park, and that was on a Tuesday! Tried to park at one of the squares, but it’s 30 min parking. Went to the underground garage, no places left. When we went to exit, I told the gal at the window they were full, and she refused to look at me. Crap trolley guide drove right past Paula Deen’s restaurant, and didn’t even mention it. When I asked why he didn’t mention it, he said “Hey, she makes seven figures a year serving her style of food.” I guess that meant she wasn’t worth mentioning? I thought it was a total bust. Our family gave it a “3.”

  68. Hello,

    I and a business partner recently formed a tour company called Black Betty’s Tours and we have begun a tour entitled Piracy and Privateers. On our excursion, we venture down River Street and throughout the historic district, exploring the town’s nautical and dueling history. I see that you visited Savannah quite some time ago. However, I just wanted to introduce this new company to you given your interest in fun and interesting activities. If you ever find yourself in Savannah again, I encourage you to let us know and perhaps see about joining us for a tour! We have a website ( and facebook page.

  69. Just came back from Savannah after attending a meeting. We went to Girabaldis, The Grey, Vic’s on the River, Pearl’s Saltwater Grille and The Olde Pink House. All were fantastic but for very different reasons and different types of cuisine. I also went to the beach at Hilton Head as the Savannah Westin has a reciprocal agreement with Westin Hilton Head to use their private beach. It was awesome. We also walked a bit after dinner and visited the local shops…my favorite Savannah Bee Company! Great city and can’t wait to go back!

  70. Here is a history lesson for all of the people who think that whites were the only people to own black sves. Do your homework!!! The first slaves were owned by southern blacks. get a grip and learn your history lessons.

    • At the risk of starting another upset. Slavery was far more complex than people want to believe. You are right rosemarie, African Americans were in fact often owned by there own race in the beginning. They were also captured and sold by African warring tribes. There was also white slavery where in people white people where forced into slavery for various reasons. Some of them mere children that were stole for the purpose, some of them ” Indentured Servants ” which was in fact it’s own form of slavery. That being said any form of slavery in any time period in any place is wrong. I would like to point out that we should not delude ourselves into believing slavery has ended. Human trafficking is still alive and well in the U.S. as much as it is in other countries.

      As a Savannah resident I have to say this, politics aside I think Lady and Sons restaurant is overpriced and the food isn’t very good. Having eaten there the food does in fact taste canned. I would much rather eat at Mrs. Wilkes or Southern Sisters. That is purely based on their food. Thank you for listening.

  71. We are visiting next week and are sad to hear that the best BBQ place in town (Johnny Harris) is now closed – does anyone have any ideas on what we can replace it with? Current plans are to go to Misses Wilkes, Mata Hari’s, Pinky Masters, walk Jones Street and then druve under the gorgeous trees enroute to Wormsloe, the Crystal Beer Garden for the fried green tomato Poboys, catch some karaoke at McDonoughs………..etc but I was really really hoping for some wonderful southern ribs….drat!

  72. Hi, my bf is from Savannah but I have never visited yet. I was interested what kind of place he grew up in, but to be honest I was not so excited to go there. But thanks to your article, now I’m very excited and I can’t wait to visit there!! Thank you for your amazing article :)

  73. The bottom line about Paula Dean’s place is this If you are a healthy eater and enjoy being fit and taking care of your health, Steer clear of anything with her name on it. I have gone there and it is not food for someone who enjoys being healthy and having a healthy lifestyle. The point about Paula is she was diabetic long before she announced it and still continued to promote her atrocious caloric, heavy laden carb CRAP. The majority of america is over weight so I am sure the majority of people think her food is the bomb. VERY UNFORTUNATE for them. But you can’t influence a person to be healthy when they have no interest in bettering themselves.

  74. We are taking a trip to Savannah March 25, 2017 for a few days then on to Charleston for a few more days. Need suggestions on things we MUST see and where we MUST eat. Also, some references on where to stay. Never have been there and we have no idea what the MUST are. Thanks in advance for the information.

  75. Just an update on #16: Unfortunately, Lady Chablis passed away of pneumonia on September 8, 2016.

    My girlfriend and I just happened to be visiting Savannah a few days later on the 10th of September. The club had In Memoriam posters hanging outside. People seemed pretty sad about it. We had never heard of Lady Chablis before then, as we had never read “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” or seen the movie. We were compelled to watch it when we got back home and enjoyed Lady Chablis’s wonderful performance -unique and interesting person to say the least.
    R.I.P. The Grand Empress of Savannah

  76. Besides all the racism from both parties I do believe that it’s a good place to visit, there is a lot history in that city and I am heading there this coming Friday, I will find out what to do when I get there.

  77. Pushing the comments aside, Paula’s restaurant was so disappointing. I was looking forward to having that delicious cooking, but alas, it did not live up to the hype. Thank goodness my mother taught how to cook. It is because of her that I have extremely high standards for southern cooking, and she is also the reason why I currently fix more salads so that I can keep my husband from getting fat.

  78. I liked the post… I’ve been thinking about going for a walk in Savannah!. One of the things I like most about this region is the rich places to ride and entertainment and besides these buildings and houses reminds me of many movies… really is a wonderful place to visit the promenade.

  79. Hey Annette! Thanks for this post on Savannah. Planning to go here this year.. will definitely check some of these places out!

  80. wow! I’m very interest Drive Under the Moss Covered Oaks. It’s beautiful, It’s like a moss covering the trunk, just like in horror movies, thinking of the way to hell, it’s really unique, but I do not know if they are always mossy like this or just for a while. certain time. What season should you go to this year?

  81. Opened in 2014, Sly’s has become a major food hub for students, tourists, and locals alike. Focused on quality food at a good price that appeals to the growing market, Sly’s took a different approach to the burger industry. Take your favorites, make them smaller, and have them all. Boy, oh boy, the city of Savannah fell in love, and love spreads everywhere.

  82. You have described the place amazingly well. I have never been to Savannah but i sure will love to explore this beautiful place. Amazing post.

  83. Love this post so much and has me so excited to visit! Can you tell me where the pin photo is? It looks gorgeous and I would love to explore it while I’m in Savannah. Thank you!

  84. The article has extremely quality content, I appreciate it, your article will surely bring a lot of useful knowledge to everyone. respect you

  85. Awesome Post! Now I have an idea on what things to do on my next vacation over there! Savannah Georgia is really the best! Thanks for sharing this video! I really miss the place specially Downtown! I’m already looking at to really find good accommodations and great places to visit there!


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