There’s no time quite like springtime in Savannah. The warmer weather, the endless activities, the gorgeous views – there are countless reasons to head for this gem on the coast. This spring, don’t miss these quintessential ways to thaw out in the Hostess City.
Spring is a goldmine for great weather in Savannah. The heat and humidity haven’t fully geared up, and the rain has begun to clear. Temperatures remain in the low- to mid-70s – ideal for taking strolls through the city’s unique squares and perusing the local shops.
Flowers in bloom
Though Savannah is known for its year-round Spanish moss and magnolia trees, flowers are the stars of the city in the springtime. Dogwoods, camellias, and azaleas all make their grand entrance starting in late-February, and downtown’s squares explode with color. Make your way to Bonaventure Cemetery for a display of blooms you won’t want to miss, or take a walk down Jones Street to see spectacular colors on display.
Savannah takes its patio life very seriously. This is a city that takes it slow and makes the most of its nearly year-round good weather. So, grabbing a cold beverage and pulling up a chair to take in the lovely view and the vibrant street life has become a favorite pastime of locals and tourists alike. If you love a good sip in the shade as much as we do, check out these locations to sample patio life perfection.
River Street offers some of the best views in the city, and Tubby’s Seafood gives you front-row seats. Watch the cargo ships float by, take in a great view of the Savannah Bridge and watch for a jumping fish or two.
In the heart of Bay Street, Moon River boast the largest beer garden in downtown Savannah. The outdoor bar has tons of seating, and – in spite of the fact that the building is haunted – the restaurant stays busy. Order a craft-brewed beer and pull up a chair to people watch the folks from all walks of life as they explore the city.
Located right off Drayton Street, this pint-sized lunch spot is a local favorite. Featuring South African-inspired fare, Zunzi’s is the home of The Godfather, recently voted “Best Sandwich in Georgia” by People.com. Grab a table outside and sit under a rainbow umbrella as you chow down on any of their unique sandwiches while you watch the sparrows flit through the trees.
Treylor Park’s motto is “quality over quantity.” Featuring bespoke cocktails, craft beer and locally sourced ingredients, this vintage-chic space is within walking distance of the river and offers great music and lots of energy. Enjoy a drink amid the lush outdoor seating area surrounded by sable palms.
For a family-friendly atmosphere and a bright, colorful venue, you can’t beat Starland Yard. This all-outdoor space features a rotating list of food trucks. Grab a seat at one of the many tables, or throw a blanket down on the manicured lawn and eat picnic style. With games, music, and a vast array of food options, Starland Yard is an ideal way to enjoy the Savannah sunshine.
Food, festivals, and your feet in the sand
Spring marks the start of festival season in Savannah, and the fun gears up quickly. From March 26 – April 11, don’t miss the Savannah Music Festival. This 17-day-long event offers an impressive array of artists and musical styles, from bluegrass, to punk rock, to classical.
Another great way to spend the afternoon is at the Savannah College of Art and Design Sidewalk Arts Festival. Each year, SCAD students create masterpieces in chalk on the sidewalks of Forsyth Park. Visitors can also see the art of tableaux vivants (“living pictures”), in which actors and models silently depict scenes as if in a photo.
SCAD students also bring their talents to the beach with the annual Sand Arts Festival on Tybee Island. Staff, alumni and students all create magnificent and wild creations in the sand to win the coveted SCAD Spirit Award.
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