Savannah Bucket List: 44 Fun Things To Georgia’s Historic City

Savannah is known for its quaint historic district and squares, plus quaint bed & breakfasts and the Spanish moss that hangs from the prominent oak trees. There are also endless things to do in this Georgian city—from fun attractions to delicious restaurants (you must eat a pimento cheese sandwich!) to interesting tours.

While traveling there I knocked quite a few items off my Bucket List. And found quite a few more to add to yours.

44 Things To Do in Savannah

Savannah Bucket List: The Best Things to do in Savannah, GA | What activities to do, Restaurants to go To & Where to Stay


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 bars of soap; the Hippie Chick, Vanilla Raspberry and Apparition Ale (made with the local beer). I have never smelled more delicious.

Bug Repellent Soap in Savannah

2. ✦ Stroll Along the Savannah River

3. ✧ Watch the Weiner Dog Race

4. ✦ 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.

Book a Seat > Hop-On, Hop-Off Historic Savannah Full-Day Trolly Tour

What to do in Savannah: Take a Trolly Tour
Photo Courtesy of Old Savannah Tours

5. ✧ Enjoy a Beach Day on Tybee Island

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 driving under the oaks on the way to Wormsloe, an avenue sheltered in the impressive trees.

Things to do in Savannah Ga: Drive through Wormsloe Oaks
Jim Liestman

7. ✧ Take A Riverboat Cruise

8. ✧ Picnic in the Park

Forsyth is a large city park located in the historic district of Savannah—you can’t miss the large fountain in the center! Pack a picnic, pop a squat and enjoy a peaceful meal amongst the hovering Oaks and Spanish moss.

Savannah Bucket List: Picnic at Forsyth Park Fountain

9. ✧ Kayak the Skidaway Narrows

10. ✦ Visit All the Historic Squares

The 22 squares of Savannah, most named in honor of a person, are the heart of the city. These communal mini-parks are scattered through the historic downtown. Make sure to visit Chippewa square where the famous bench scene in Forest Gump 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.

Book a Tour > Old Savannah Historic Walking Tour

Things to do in Savannah: Stroll through the Squares
Savannah Squares Candles

11. ✦ Visit The First African Baptist Church

12. ✦ 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.

Mrs. Wilkes Boarding Room restaurant is also located nearby. So, gorge first, then walk it off in beautiful style.

Things to do in Savannah GA: Stroll down Jones Street

13. ✧ Shop the City Market

14. ✦ 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.

You will wish your suitcase was bigger!

Savanna Bucket List: Shop The Paris Market

15. ✧ Camp at Fort McAllister State Park

16. ✦ 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.

Book Review by Flannery O'Connor

17. ✧ Take a Ghost Tour

18. ✦ 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.

What to do in Savannah: Buy a souvenir from from SCAD

19. ✧ See a Show at the Historic Savannah Theater

20. ✧ 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.

Things to do in Savannah: Take a Hearse Ghost Tour
Photo Courtesy of Jilly

21. ✧ 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!

22. ✧ Spend the Afternoon at The Owens-Thomas House

23. ✧ Segway Through a Cemetery

Bonaventure is the most famous and hauntingly beautiful cemetery with incredible statues, impressive tombs and interesting residents. Segway of Savannah will take you there in style, with limited walking.

If a segway is not on your things to do in Savannah bucket list, then take a historical walking tour.

Savannah Things to Do: Explore Bonaventure Cemetary
Photo Courtesy of Tadson

24. ✦ See the Forrest Gump Bench

25. ✦ 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 Places to Visit: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

26. ✦ Sip, Shop & Stroll on Broughton Street

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.

27. ✧ Tour Old Fort Jackson

28. ✦ Take a Pedicab

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.

Savannah Things to Do: Take a Pedicab
Photo Courtesy of Gee311


29. ✦ Drink Absinthe at a Speakeasy

Mata Hari is a sexy speakeasy that only allows entry with a key, and if you read my post on “Drinking Absinthe at a Secret Savannah 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.

Savannah Bucket List: Drink Absinthe at a Speakeasy

30. ✧ Sample the Local Craft Beer

31. ✦ Do a Honey Tasting

Savannah Bee Company is a shop where the passionate owner, Ted Dennard, is dedicated to redefining honey. And you can taste his efforts. Need I say more? Not really.

But if your you need more, read about my ‘Honey Tasting Experience at Savannah Bee’.

Things to do in Savannah: Do a Honey Tasting at Savannah Bee

32. ✧ Eat at the The Olde Pink House Restaurant

33. ✦ 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. Success.

Savannah Bucket List: Try the Southern Cooking at Mrs. Wilkes

34. ✧ Take a Food Tour

35. ✦ 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.

Things to Eat in Savannah: Taste the Tutti Frutti Ice Cream at Leopolds

36. ✧ Drink a Horchata at the Coffee Fox

37. ✦ Partake in an Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea should not only be reserved for a trip to Britain, the South are masters at it too. Drink the Emperors Bride at The Tea Room in Savannah. It is the most popular brew with pineapple chunks, citrus peels and thistle petals.

And they do have those delectable tiny finger sandwiches. Bonus.

Things to do in Savannah: Partake in a Tea Tasting

38. ✧ Try the PB&J Chicken Wings at Treylor Park

39. ✦ Try a Pimento Cheese Sandwich

Many Southern restaurants will feature a pimento sandwich, but probably not as good as at Gryphon. It is a bonus that is is right across the street from shopSCAD (see #12) and also supports the students of the Savannah Art & Design Institute. That is probably why their food is so pretty.

Try Making Your Own: Pimento Cheese Sandwich Recipe
Take a Food Tour: Savannah: 3-Hour First Squares Food Tour
Read: Eating a Pimento Cheese Cheese Sandwich in Savannah

Savannah Bucket List: Eat a Pimento Cheese Sandwich

40. ✧ Eat the Conquistador at Zunzi’s (featured on Travel Channel)

41. ✦ 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 Moon Pie Martini.

Want to make your own martinis? 101 Martinis Recipe Book

Savannah Bucket List - Drink a unique martini

42. ✧ Buy a Box of Girl Scout Cookies

Who doesn’t like to indulge in an entire box of yummy Samoas or Thin Mints. Savannah is home to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, the founder of the Girl Scouts. Plan your visit during “cookie season” and buy a box…or two…from the troops out front. You can then tour the unique home, but, don’t get crumbs on the carpet.

Can’t Wait? Buy Girl Scout Cookies Now.

What to Eat in Savannah: Samosa Girl Scout Cookie
Photo Courtesy of sea turtle

43. ✧ Eat Adventurous Cuisine

If you want to get your fill on exotic meats stop by Alligator Soul. Depending on the night, you may be able to munch on elk, bison yak, ostrich and even gator egg rolls. It is an adventurous eaters dream!

Savannah restaurant to try
Photo Courtesy of Alligator Soul


44. ✦ Sleep at a Historic Inn with a Ghost Story

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 Dresser Palmer House, home to Ghost Madeline, a sweet female child who leaves pennies for the guests.

There are plenty of other inns with interesting stories too. Some of the top are The Marshall House, The Gastonian or Eliza Thompson House.

Savannah Bed & Breakfast: Green Palm Inn in Savannah

What things to do are on you Savannah Bucket List?


Drink Absinthe at a Secret Savannah Speakeasy
Have a Southern Food Dining Experience at Mrs. Wilkes
Sleep in a Haunted House in Savannah
Eat Pimento Cheese Sandwich in Savannah
Attend A Honey Tasting in Savannah, Georgia
Things to do in Savannah by Points and Travel

Disclosure: My visit to Savannah was sponsered by Savannah Inns, but all the words I write come straight from my, sometimes distorted, mind. Just as it should be.
2018-12-23T11:53:19+00:00January 11th, 2018|Categories: BUCKET LISTS, Georgia, North America, TRAVEL|Tags: , , |


  1. Kenin Bassart September 26, 2012 at 10:53 am - Reply

    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 | Bucket List Journey September 26, 2012 at 11:32 am - Reply

      I did make it to Paula Deens store, but didn’t have the chance to eat at Lady & Sons. Next time 🙂

    • Rob December 9, 2014 at 5:52 pm - Reply

      Her food is trash that comes from a can. And belongs in a trash can. She is a racist pig. What a poor diplomat for savannah.

      • Ken January 31, 2015 at 11:42 am - Reply

        U r a piece of SHIT and sounds brain dead to me. 100% fabulous place to eat A must eat if around Savannah

        • Rissa March 27, 2015 at 6:59 pm - Reply

          No really, he is right. She sucks big time! I met her while I lived there and she is awful!!! I am so sick of her being synonymous with Savannah.

        • Souther Lady July 25, 2015 at 8:45 am - Reply

          You don’t sound very nice, yourself.

        • ROSELYN September 21, 2015 at 5:57 am - Reply


      • Sharon May 23, 2015 at 10:01 am - Reply

        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.

        • Petey Strawbread June 4, 2015 at 4:32 pm - Reply

          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.

        • Truthbetold September 20, 2016 at 4:28 am - Reply

          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.

          • Concerned January 4, 2017 at 7:33 pm

            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

          • Terrie March 8, 2018 at 1:33 pm

            Wrong, the African people sold their own people into slavery, they weren’t stolen!

        • charli March 29, 2018 at 2:05 pm - Reply

          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

      • Ky February 8, 2016 at 5:49 pm - Reply

        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

        • Bud March 7, 2016 at 11:20 pm - Reply

          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.

      • Robert May 21, 2016 at 9:08 am - Reply

        tell us how you really feel, geese

      • steve Hargus June 23, 2016 at 8:03 am - Reply

        I agree the food was a let down totally.

      • PS September 19, 2016 at 10:36 am - Reply


      • Cary March 25, 2018 at 7:30 am - Reply

        Angry much?

    • Megan March 27, 2015 at 7:22 am - Reply

      Try Mrs. Wilkes. It’s where the locals go, and is ten times better too!

    • Lisa Taylor June 10, 2015 at 7:41 pm - Reply

      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.

      • Souther Lady July 25, 2015 at 8:42 am - Reply

        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.

        • Angel6482 November 16, 2015 at 7:02 pm - Reply

          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. Michael September 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    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.

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey September 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      GREAT suggestions! Lucky you for having such a lovely home away from home. I do love that Savannah is a “walking” town, that way you don’t miss anything!

    • Megan March 27, 2015 at 7:24 am - Reply

      Have you ever ventured past the Historic District into the rest of the city?

  3. Madaboutravel September 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Great post and great suggestions! I'll keep them on my bucket list for my trip to Savannah 😉

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey September 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm - Reply

      Perfect! After you visit Savannah let me know if there should have been something else on the list 🙂

      • Sandy May 29, 2016 at 11:21 am - Reply

        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.

        • Leigh July 16, 2017 at 4:03 pm - Reply

          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.

    • Amanda Jones April 13, 2016 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      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!

  4. Raeleah September 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    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.

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey September 26, 2012 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      Nothing better than a good slice!

  5. Michael September 27, 2012 at 8:38 am - Reply

    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….

  6. EarthDrifter September 27, 2012 at 9:04 am - Reply

    #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. 

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey September 27, 2012 at 3:19 pm - Reply

      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 🙂

  7. John September 29, 2012 at 10:13 am - Reply

    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. 

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey September 29, 2012 at 11:38 am - Reply

      You will have to let me know if you find any other gems. Have fun, it’s such a charming city.

  8. Michael October 2, 2012 at 11:17 am - Reply

    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.

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey October 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      That’s a good tip about skipping breakfast before heading to Mrs. Wilkes. I wish I would have 😉

  9. Erik October 6, 2012 at 10:29 am - Reply

    I've so enjoyed the posts on Savannah! Such a unique city, I really need to make getting there a priority. 

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey October 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm - Reply

      Savannah is such a unique city that I hope you make it to one day!

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  16. memographer June 8, 2013 at 8:32 am - Reply

    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.

    • Annette White June 9, 2013 at 7:38 am - Reply

      Hope you make it to Savannah, it’s such a charming city!

  17. Allison The Ultimate Life List July 4, 2013 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    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…


    • Annette White July 5, 2013 at 6:38 am - Reply

      Have a wonderful time! I truly loved Savannah and its Southern hospitality!

  18. Kristi August 18, 2013 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    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.

    • Annette White August 19, 2013 at 6:35 am - Reply

      Thank you for the great suggestion! That does seem like a more memorable experience.

  19. norman hirsch November 20, 2013 at 8:19 am - Reply

    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.

  20. Jenn December 9, 2013 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    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?

  21. Tammy December 26, 2013 at 8:55 am - Reply

    How far is Tybee Island from Savannah? My fiancé and I are also considering SavannH for our honeymoon!!

    • Annette White December 26, 2013 at 9:24 am - Reply

      Tybee Island is really close to Savannah, about 20 miles away. Savannah would be a lovely honeymoon location!

      • Steve July 19, 2017 at 2:41 am - Reply

        20 minutes rather.

  22. Cindy January 5, 2014 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    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!

    • Annette White January 5, 2014 at 4:42 pm - Reply

      WOW! It sounds like I need to come back for one of the many festivals. I would have loved to have been there for the SCAD sidewalk arts festival!

  23. Jason Balcom January 5, 2014 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    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!!

  24. Jason Balcom January 5, 2014 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    By the way, if you ever return, Green Truck Pub has the BEST burgers in town!! All natural and local.

    • Annette White January 5, 2014 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      I can’t pass up a good burger! I’ll try it next time I am in town 🙂

  25. Garry January 6, 2014 at 2:04 am - Reply

    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!).

  26. Jennie January 7, 2014 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    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!

    • Annette White January 7, 2014 at 4:23 pm - Reply

      I hope you have an AMAZING time and eat a pimento cheese sandwich for me!

  27. Ann Thayer January 7, 2014 at 5:39 pm - Reply

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

    • Annette White January 7, 2014 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      Sounds like I may need to have a Savannah Bucket List #2 🙂

  28. Dandy Barrett January 7, 2014 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    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.

  29. dundonjudson January 7, 2014 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    This is my hometown, currently living in wv. Wormsloe pretty much sums up what i miss about good ol sav ga

  30. Mary January 7, 2014 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    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.

  31. Rachel January 8, 2014 at 7:54 am - Reply

    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.

  32. Rebekah Kelleher January 8, 2014 at 9:55 am - Reply

    So glad the article didn’t mention Paula Deen. So many better places to eat – The Pink House is my fave.

    • Annette White January 8, 2014 at 10:56 am - Reply

      I am sorry I missed out on eating at The Pink House, the menu looks delish!

  33. Penny LaFerme January 8, 2014 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    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!

    • Name April 14, 2015 at 2:00 am - Reply

      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!

  34. Tid January 8, 2014 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    have a shot with Tony at the Jinx

  35. kathrynwitte January 8, 2014 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Track down Darin Sehnert (formerly of 700 Kitchen Cooking School) and beg, borrow or steal to take a cooking class!

  36. LeiAnnn January 8, 2014 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    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!

  37. Jerry Braddy January 8, 2014 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    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)

    • Annette White January 8, 2014 at 7:46 pm - Reply

      Now you have me thinking about creating a Bucket List of Romantic Things to do in Savannah!

  38. Lee McDonald January 8, 2014 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    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.

    • Annette White January 8, 2014 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      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.

  39. Ann January 8, 2014 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    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.

  40. Margie January 9, 2014 at 6:53 am - Reply

    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.

  41. Lee January 9, 2014 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Gotta go into the candy stores for free samples of the pralines. Then before you leave Savannah, go back and buy some!

  42. Jayhawk January 9, 2014 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    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.

  43. Mike sanford January 10, 2014 at 7:50 am - Reply

    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

  44. David January 10, 2014 at 9:58 am - Reply

    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.

  45. Ruy January 10, 2014 at 4:21 pm - Reply

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

  46. Bonnieemt January 12, 2014 at 12:25 am - Reply

    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.

  47. kerlyn February 25, 2014 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    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.

  48. Sam June 19, 2014 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Since Savannah has such a storied history, do you have any antiquing recommendations?

    • Annette White June 20, 2014 at 7:50 am - Reply

      Unfortunately, I have not done any antiquing in Savannah. Hopefully someone else will read your comment and have a suggestion for you.

  49. Angela June 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    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!

    • Annette White June 20, 2014 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      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.

  50. Kim June 20, 2014 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    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!

    • Annette White June 21, 2014 at 6:32 am - Reply

      Sounds like you are having fun!! Please share how you liked your Pirates House lunch buffet 🙂

  51. Bonnie Moore June 21, 2014 at 11:24 am - Reply

    We are visiting for the 4th of July. What time do you have to get in line to get in Mrs. Wilkes? Thanks.

    • Annette White June 21, 2014 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      They open at 11:00am, so if you’d like to be seated in the first round I’d recommend getting there about an hour ahead of time.

  52. Grasshopper July 14, 2014 at 11:41 am - Reply

    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.

  53. Mark July 27, 2014 at 6:30 am - Reply

    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.

    • Annette White July 27, 2014 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      Have a fabulous time and let me know if find some new Bucket List worthy things to do in Savannah 🙂

  54. Judy Holder August 29, 2014 at 6:55 am - Reply

    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.

    • Annette White August 29, 2014 at 5:15 pm - Reply

      Hello Judy,
      I have only stayed at one B&B in Savannah, the Dresser Palmer House. Though it was lovely, it may be a little bit far for for walking. I have read good things about the hotel Andaz Savannah which is in the perfect location for exploring historic Savannah.

      Have a fabulous time!!

  55. Miller's August 31, 2014 at 5:09 am - Reply

    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!!!

  56. Elise September 2, 2014 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    You will be considered a cheap-ass if you pay a Pedicab driver a lousy $9.00 to cart your fat ass around in that type of heat.

  57. Gail Warner September 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    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.

  58. Seth September 22, 2014 at 10:19 am - Reply

    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?

    • Annette White September 22, 2014 at 2:11 pm - Reply

      I can’t really say for certain, but I’d definitely give it a shot. Maybe give concierge a call before you arrive and let us all know how it turns out!

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  60. Annette White October 9, 2014 at 6:40 am - Reply

    It looks like you squeezed a lot in considering you had a wedding to attend!

  61. Ruby Walters October 10, 2014 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    What can I do in the month of december.

    • Jessica December 28, 2014 at 5:44 pm - Reply

      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.

  62. Russell October 14, 2014 at 5:10 am - Reply

    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……..


    • Jessica December 28, 2014 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      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.

  63. Erin October 26, 2014 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    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.

  64. Alison October 27, 2014 at 1:31 am - Reply

    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.

  65. Zursha November 30, 2014 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    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

    • Annette White December 1, 2014 at 10:10 am - Reply

      You can receive blog post updates and a monthly newsletter by signing up on my email list which is located in the righthand sidebar of the blog:
      Just fill in your name and email address 🙂

  66. Melangell December 2, 2014 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    If you are lucky… You can meet Jerry. Ask around…

  67. Olivia December 24, 2014 at 10:24 am - Reply

    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!

  68. Stephen December 24, 2014 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Some of these are over rated, particularly leopards which is no better than breyers ice cream from the store.

    • Doonser Barrymore January 2, 2015 at 2:24 pm - Reply

      Really. Is there anything to do in Savannah that isn’t shallow? Or have I come to the wrong blog?

    • Rebecca June 3, 2015 at 7:26 am - Reply

      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.

  69. Terry January 11, 2015 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Planning a trip feb2-8. Want a carriage ride, suggestions ?

  70. Becki Lemons January 22, 2015 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    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!!

    • Annette White January 22, 2015 at 10:08 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the insider suggestions! You were lucky to have lived there for 10 years 🙂

  71. Brenton January 24, 2015 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    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.

    • Annette White January 24, 2015 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      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.

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  73. Heidi March 7, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    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.

    • Annette White March 7, 2015 at 11:40 am - Reply

      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 🙂

    • Rebecca Hager March 29, 2015 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      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!

  74. Lucille March 27, 2015 at 7:44 am - Reply

    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!

  75. Rissa March 27, 2015 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    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!!!

  76. Rebecca Hager March 29, 2015 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    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!

  77. james April 12, 2015 at 6:36 am - Reply

    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

  78. Jennifer April 23, 2015 at 7:52 am - Reply

    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?

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  80. Rhonda June 13, 2015 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    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.

  81. Emily June 21, 2015 at 7:32 am - Reply

    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 🙂

    • Annette White June 21, 2015 at 9:27 pm - Reply

      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 🙂

      • Emily June 22, 2015 at 6:29 am - Reply

        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!!

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  83. Misty Fisher August 25, 2015 at 1:08 am - Reply

    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!

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  87. Rik Mac October 6, 2015 at 5:31 am - Reply

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  88. Things to do in Georgia October 13, 2015 at 1:28 am - Reply

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  89. Andrea December 27, 2015 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Gryphon does not serve pimento grilled cheese 🙁 B. Matthews has a fried green tomato and pimento cheese BLT that was really good!

  90. Elizabeth January 28, 2016 at 9:23 am - Reply

    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!!!

  91. Cindy January 29, 2016 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Planning a trip with my best friend in April, and cant wait to try some of your great suggestions! Thank you!

    • Annette White February 1, 2016 at 4:10 pm - Reply

      Have a great time!!! It is a wonderful city…and let me know if you find something new to add to the list 🙂

  92. Debbi February 1, 2016 at 10:20 am - Reply

    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.

  93. Goatirpsindia February 2, 2016 at 7:19 am - Reply

    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.

  94. Stephen February 16, 2016 at 7:27 am - Reply

    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..

  95. Patrisha February 23, 2016 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    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

  96. Rachael @ Catch Me if You Can February 25, 2016 at 10:20 am - Reply

    thank you thank you this is a great list! i am doing a day trip from Atlanta saturday and cant wait to check some of these place out!

  97. Liz slowik February 26, 2016 at 8:26 am - Reply

    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!

    • Annette White February 26, 2016 at 1:57 pm - Reply

      I saw that you were going and I am jealous!! Have so much fun, post lots of pictures and let me know if you find something new to add to this list 🙂

  98. Sullivan Meyer March 3, 2016 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    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.

  99. Melissa April 17, 2016 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    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.

  100. Monica & Tom April 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    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.

    • Annette White April 27, 2016 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      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!!

  101. Helne May 20, 2016 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    Have chiggers bothered anyone and where do you have to beware of ?

  102. Christy June 4, 2016 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    I completed 11 of 25. Thanks so much! Possibly 1 more before night out

    • Annette White June 6, 2016 at 11:16 am - Reply

      11 of 25!! That’s great! I hope you had an amazing time doing them too!

  103. Marcie johnson June 29, 2016 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    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.”

  104. Megan July 28, 2016 at 6:26 pm - Reply


    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.

  105. Jackie August 20, 2016 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    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!

  106. AD August 29, 2016 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    Hello, could anyone recommend me vegetarian places to eat in Savannah? Thanks!

  107. Marci September 11, 2016 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Just FYI for anyone reading the comments, Johnny Harris closed permanently several months ago.

  108. rosemarie marcus October 16, 2016 at 11:06 am - Reply

    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.

    • Kathleen November 24, 2016 at 11:46 am - Reply

      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.

  109. Michael October 23, 2016 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    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!

  110. Anna March 6, 2017 at 4:31 am - Reply

    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 🙂

    • Annette White March 6, 2017 at 9:55 am - Reply

      So happy to hear that this article made you excited to visit. It’s a really neat city and I hope you have an amazing time!

  111. GIGI March 7, 2017 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    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.

  112. Carol March 8, 2017 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    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.

  113. Luis April 12, 2017 at 5:23 am - Reply

    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

  114. Panga April 18, 2017 at 11:13 am - Reply

    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.

  115. Lee October 15, 2017 at 9:37 am - Reply

    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.

  116. April Burkhead January 6, 2018 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Bonaventure Cemetery is a must see when you go to Savannah. If you don’t want to pay for the expensive tour you can buy the book Remember Me Within the Walls of Bonaventure by Vera Turner. It’s a very good read!

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  121. Franciele January 18, 2018 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    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.

  122. Chad January 18, 2018 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    Such an amazing and historical US city – excellent tips as well, I can’t wait to go back.

  123. Izy Berry January 22, 2018 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Those moss-covered oaks look surreal

  124. Robert Kelty January 23, 2018 at 5:24 am - Reply

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

  125. Daisy February 7, 2018 at 3:16 am - Reply

    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?

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