Shopping on Savannah’s beautiful Broughton Street is a holiday tradition. Stroll beneath strings of twinkling lights as you find the perfect gifts for all your friends and family, and don’t forget to treat yourself at Leopold’s for a scoop of peppermint ice cream submerged in homemade hot cocoa. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas for everyone on your list.
You’ll find the sweetest gifts in Savannah at Capital Bee Company! Their raw cinnamon frosted honey is the perfect stocking-stuffer for anyone with a sweet tooth. Pick up some beautifully packaged organic lemon ginger herbal tea to soothe sore throats and colds this winter. Encourage your loved ones to relax this holiday season with this thoughtfully chosen gift set that includes a mini lotion, raw blackberry honey, a brass honey spoon, and a lavender lemongrass candle.
For the cooks, hosts, and foodies on your list, visit The Salt Table, where seasoning is king, and products made in Georgia are at the forefront. This mini-infused sugar collection is a sweet treat for the holidays. The collection of sugar flavors includes espresso, ginger, habanero, vanilla bean, and cinnamon. Looking to take home a taste of Savannah? This seasoning collection is inspired by the area and includes the Savannah Summer Salt Blend, the Tybee Island Coastal Blend, and the Savannah Live Oak Lime and Pepper Blend, among other local favorites!
Nourish is the best place to pamper the ones you love with lotions, soaps, bath fizzies, and cleansers. This Georgia Christmas gift set includes everything you need to de-stress over the holidays. Their gorgeous glycerin soaps make great stocking-stuffers, especially candy cane, citrus splash, Georgia peach, and ginger amber. New moms will love Nourish’s baby shampoo and moisturizing wash, gentle enough for sensitive skin.
One of the things people look for when they visit a new place is a gift to remember the experience. Often, these items are not for you; they’re for your kids. Giving children the chance to bring something back with them after a trip can help make the experience a lasting memory. So, let us be your guide to the shops in Savannah that offer unique toys, books, and clothes to delight all children.
From books and toys to strollers and glider rockers, Punch and Judy offers a wide array of gift options for infants and children in the heart of Savannah. Since 1946, this children’s boutique has been the premiere shop for kids. Owners Linda and Eric Karpf regularly attend trade shows to keep up with trends and find the best available products to showcase in their store. Here, you can create monogrammed clothes and stuffed animals for your little ones, including personalized wooden letters for their rooms. If you think your kid needs it, Punch and Judy probably has it.
If you’re looking for a shop with as much style as its building, check out The Paris Market. Paula and Taras Danyluk turned this 1874 Victorian grocery store into a wonderland of gifts. The pair travels the globe to source unique and fantastical pieces, both big and small, modern and antique. Children will find an assortment of knitted dolls, superhero clothing sets, and books. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this shop full of intriguing and unforgettable treasures.
Established in 1992, this shop proudly supports the Irish Catholic community of Savannah and is located in the heart of the famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade route in the downtown area. From a child’s first rosary to christening gowns and prayer books, Saints and Shamrocks has what you need. Select a prayer-reciting stuffed animal from the Respect & Protect collection to help teach your children traditional Irish prayers.
Sara Jane believes that children should feel confident in their clothes and that shopping should be fun. This store offers a multitude of children’s brands and styles at their Historic District location. For a more unique shopping experience, Sara Jane’s Fashion Truck lets you browse through clothes in a colorful, polka-dot bus. Give kids the chance to pick out their first stylish outfit without help from mom or dad.
What better way to help children learn than to have them have fun while doing it? Rhen’s Nest Toy Shop in Savannah’s City Market seeks to bridge that connection with creative, quality, unplugged games and toys that are designed to stimulate children’s cognitive growth. Just look for the little birdie in the shop’s window!
Whether you want a gift to treat your kids during your trip or need a surprise gift after a parents-only vacation, Savannah’s shops have something perfect for every child. Book your stay in Savannah today and let the Hostess City be your guide to a trip filled with treats for your tots.
Pizza consistently ranks as one the country’s most popular foods, with plenty of restaurants trying their hand at the iconic dish. It should then come as no surprise that Savannah has its own share of restaurants based on that circular goodness.
Located at 236 Drayton Street in the heart of downtown Savannah, Green Fire Pizza serves up fresh, organic, wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizza. Go for a specialty pizza such as The Goodfella (fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh garlic, tri-color peppers, and sausage), and Arugula Blanco (fresh mozzarella, olive oil and garlic, prosciutto di Parma, fresh arugula and truffle oil. If you’re feeling creative, you can build your own pizza with the more than two dozen toppings to choose from.
Squirrel’s Pizza burst onto the Savannah scene in June, immediately earning the honor of the first pizzeria in the Starland District. Once you get past the name – which you’ll come to find it lives up to with the many squirrel portraits hanging in the dining area – you’ll quickly discover some of the most unique pizza the area has to offer. Squirrel’s Pizza serves up Neapolitan-inspired pies, all baked using local pecan wood. You can get your squirrel fix at 2218 Bull Street.
Also located in the Starland District, Pizzeria Vittoria Napoletana opened a little bit after Squirrel’s Pizza. Pizaerria Vittoria Napoletana, however, is situated in the new Starland Yard at 2411 DeSoto Avenue. Order the Sciliana (capers, olives, anchovies, lemon, mozzarella), the La Diavola (calabrese sausage, soppressata, Calabrian chilies, and mozzarella), or go with a classic pepperoni pizza. You shouldn’t have too much finding the pizzeria – just look for the shipping containers in the fenced in yard.
Considered by some as the barometer for pizza in Savannah, Vinnie Van Go-Go’s has built itself quite the reputation for over 25 years. The no-frills pizzeria at 317 West Bryan Street in City Market is known for its massive, thin crust pizza slices. Just remember: the pizza joint only takes cash for payment!
While technically a chain that started up in the 1970s in Atlanta, Mellow Mushroom has been a staple in downtown Savannah for years. The pizzeria’s style is inspired by local artists to create a unique, funky atmosphere. Head down to 11 West Liberty Street and enjoy your pizza with several on the craft beer options on tap.
Have you ever realized how easy it is to take our modern day lives for granted? In the rush of our day-to-day routines, conveniences like indoor plumbing, electricity and, especially in the South – air conditioning – are widely enjoyed, yet vastly under appreciated. Guilty as charged. Let’s face it, if we spent time each day marveling at every invention at our fingertips, we wouldn’t get much accomplished. But that’s all the more reason why when you plan your stay in Savannah you should definitely pencil in time for tours of the city’s many historic homes. The good news is you don’t have to wait until you arrive because we’re going to start your tour right now with a little insight into a few of the city’s more popular – and intriguing – abodes.
It may come as a surprise, but did you know that the historic Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters in Savannah had indoor plumbing before The White House did? Imagine that! Savannah was ahead of our nation’s capital and, even better, you can tour this historic “modern marvel” still today.
Located in historic downtown Savannah on Abercorn Street near Oglethorpe Square, the Regency-style mansion was originally built in 1819 and designed by English architect William Jay. Your tour will include the main house, carriage house, parterre garden, and work spaces. Recently, new discoveries were made at the home, giving fresh insights into the lives of the many slaves who worked and lived there. As you glimpse the structures that once held anywhere from nine to 15 enslaved people, including men, women and children, and hear stories of their harsh day-to-day existence, you will be both humbled and stunned as you imagine what life for them was like.
Next, we move on to a Greek Revival mansion that was built in 1842 by the Champion family, and through various twist and owners, has been continuously occupied ever since. The Harper Fowlkes House on Barnard Street near Orleans Square has fascinated visitors for years both for its ornate design as well as this surprising fact: it was bought in 1939, in the midst of the Great Depression, by an unmarried woman, Alida Harper, who paid a grand sum of $9,000 for the mansion and lived there until her death in 1985. Alida was a shrewd businesswoman who bought and restored a number of historic homes, later selling them all for at least twice what she paid at the time of purchase.
As for the home’s most distinct trait, “I can only speak for myself, and there are so many to choose from!” said Ben Wheeler, site administrator for the home. “[But] inside the front hall is an oval opening in the ceiling called an oculus, which allowed not only light from the windows on the top floors but a breeze as well coming in the first-floor windows, through the oculus, and out of the second and third-floor windows.”
Wheeler also noted the home’s faux boix or “fake wood” design in the dining room, and the Corinthian “Temple of the Wind” columns on the front portico among the details that capture the interest of visitors.
This next home is well-known and loved for so many reasons, it’s hard to know where to begin – so let’s just make the most logical step and start at the beginning! The house was designed by New York architect John S. Norris for General Hugh W. Mercer. Does the last name Mercer ring any bells as it relates to Savannah? General Mercer was the great grandfather of famed Savannah singer-songwriter, Johnny Mercer.
Construction on the home began in 1860 but was halted due to the Civil War. More than 100 years later, Jim Williams, a noted restorationist known for saving more than 50 houses, bought the Mercer House and oversaw a two-year restoration project. If the name Jim Williams rings a bell, then you’re likely familiar with the best-selling novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which tells the story of a particular slice of Mr. Williams’ life and also made the now-iconic Bird Girl statue famous (which is on display at the Telfair Academy – if you want to that stop to your stay). Now named the Mercer-Williams House, it is open for tours but is also the primary residence of Mr. Williams’ sister, Dr. Dorothy Kingery, and her daughters, Susan and Amanda.
Speaking of last names that sound familiar, the name “Low” may seem common, but when you add “Juliette Gordon” in front if it, it likely takes on new meaning (especially if you’ve ever been a Girl Scout). The beloved founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low, was the daughter-in-law of Andrew Low, the original owner and namesake of the Andrew Low House. Located on Lafayette Square, the house was originally constructed in 1848 and from the formal parlor to the informal parlor, the library, and even the Robert E. Lee bedroom, made famous when the general spent a week at the home as a guest, the home is meticulously restored and preserved to provide guests with a true walk through history.
“One of the most surprising facts [about the home] is that Juliette Gordon Low lived here longer than she did her birthplace home,” explained Rebecca Eddins, executive director of the home. “She was actually living here when she founded the Girl Scouts!” Rebecca also noted that the home’s garden is one of only three in the city of Savannah that survives, intact, from its original design in 1848-49.
Of course these are just a few of the many historic homes to tour during your stay in Savannah (the Davenport House Museum and Sorrel-Weed House are also top picks), but whether you have time to tour one or all, you will have taken a walk back in time that is certain to give you a healthy appreciation for life back then and even great awareness of just how good we have it today. Happy touring!
One of the best times of year to visit Savannah is the holiday season. From the decked out doors in the Historic District to the twinkling lights and festive window displays on Broughton Street, the whole city is holly jolly when the holidays roll around! Not to mention, it’s the perfect, not-too-chilly temperature for wandering the city by foot, trolley, or riverboat. Here are our favorite ways to celebrate in Savannah.
Surprise the kids with a very special Riverboat Cruise! Meet Santa and all his friends from the North Pole for photos and fun during this one and a half hour sightseeing cruise. Kids will love the arts and craft station while adults enjoy the narrated tour. Children 12 and under sail free with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy!
Head to Savannah’s famous River Street to take in this breathtaking display of over 40 vessels sparkling from bow to stern with Christmas lights. Enjoy food and drinks, live music from The Fabulous Equinox Quintet, and a tree lighting ceremony. Finally, cap off your magical evening with a dazzling fireworks extravaganza!
Nothing will get you into the holiday spirit like the annual Christmas spectacular at the Savannah Theatre. This joyful, live performance incorporates all your favorite Christmas carols with talented dancers, physical comedy, colorful costumes, and even a little bit of audience participation. You’ll want to return year after year to experience this festive celebration of holiday music.
City Market is one of Savannah’s most popular destinations, and now’s your chance to see it transformed for the holidays with hundreds of flickering lanterns. Enjoy Christmas carolers and special treats in the shops as you stroll through the marketplace and purchase the perfect holiday gifts for all your loved ones. Stick around for a visit from Saint Nick himself!
All aboard! The Savannah Santa Train annual event, billed as one of the Lowcountry’s largest holiday happenings, morphs the Georgia State Railroad Museum into a winter wonderland for children and adults alike to enjoy. There will be caroling by Savannah Stage Company, performances by Savannah Children’s Theatre, plenty of workshops for guests to participate in, and, of course, Santa Claus!
Have yourself a merry and bright holiday with the Christmas on the River Lighted Parade, brought to you by the Savannah Waterfront Association. This annual tradition features decorated floats, trucks, and trolleys from over 40 local groups, all lit up with Christmas lights. The procession begins on the west end of River Street and winds throughout the Historic District, ending in City Market. Trophies will be awarded for the best floats, vehicles, and walking groups!
City Market is just one block away from both the DoubleTree and Hilton Garden Inn, stretching from Ellis Square to east and Franklin Square to the west, Bryan Street to the north and Congress Street to the south. Explore the art galleries, shops, and bistros by day, and return after dark to experience the nightlife scene.
With it being in the City Market area, Ellis Square tends to be one of Savannah’s busiest squares. In the square you find a giant chess set, a water fountain for children, and plenty of places to sit and relax.
Founded in 1966, the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum showcases ship models, paintings, and antiques primarily from the Atlantic trade era during the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum is in the William Scarborough House, which is surrounded by two acres of gardens.
This two-story mansion, located on the aptly named Telfair Square, contains American and European art, including paintings and sculptures. The Telfair Academy is the oldest public art museum in the South, and the first museum in the country founded by a woman.
Opened in 2006, the Jepson Center for the Arts showcases art from the museum’s contemporary and modern collection, as well as special exhibitions. The Jepson Center is also located on Telfair Square, as is just a very short walk away from the Telfair Academy.
Believed to be the largest Antebellum railroad repair facility in the world, the George State Railroad Museum presents displays of historic railcars that you can explore. You can also go on a train ride and a guided tour.
The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, named in honor of Rev. Ralph Mark Gilbert, who served as pastor of the First African Baptist Church from 1939 to 1956, explores the civil rights movement in Savannah. The three-story museum features interactive exhibits, photographs, and more that chronicle key moments during the movement.
When you head to a coastal city, you expect to see at least a few seafood restaurants. Savannah offers more than one just-okay restaurant – you’ll find exceptional seafood restaurants with fresh-caught fish every other block. From historic River Street to Tybee Island, we’ll guide you through a sampling of the best menus in the Hostess City to help you crack open some Alaskan King Crab and try fresh-caught swordfish, yellowfin tuna and wild-caught shrimp.
Even under the hot, Southern sun, you’ll enjoy watching tankers cruise by as you sit on the upper balcony and eat the freshest seafood. Located right off the boardwalk on River Street, you’ll find the relaxing environment of Tubby’s Seafood. Tubby’s offers its catch of the day grilled, fried, or blackened with plenty of sides. Land lovers rave about the filet mignon as well as the chicken cordon bleu. Be sure to save room for dessert and order a slice of pecan pie, baked fresh every day by Tubby himself in Savannah’s Candy Kitchen.
Away from the bustle of the Historic District lies Pearl’s Saltwater Grille, just 15 minutes from downtown Savannah. Book a table at this local favorite and enjoy a delicious meal with panoramic views of the tidal inlet off the Georgia coast. Chef David Weikert’s menu is a seafood lover’s paradise as it includes salmon, yellowfin tuna, swordfish, grouper, and rainbow trout. Enjoy fresh-caught fish every day served chargrilled, broiled, Cajun, or pan-seared. This quaint, casual restaurant provides a nice, relaxing contrast to the busyness of Savannah.
If you’re looking for fresh seafood served with one of the best views along River Street, then you’ve chosen the right restaurant. Fiddlers’ Crab House gives its guests front row seats to River Street’s historic cobblestones in an 18th-century cotton warehouse. Sit on the balcony and watch the ships roll by as you break into some crab or enjoy the fresh catch of the day. When available, you can order wild-caught shrimp, tuna, mahi mahi, wahoo, and grouper, as well as dishes for those more comfortable on land. Be sure to try the signature crab cakes because it wouldn’t be a true Fiddlers’ dining experience without them.
When was the last time you had a meal in an 1820s King Cotton Warehouse? Now’s your chance to enjoy some genuine Savannah flavor at a quintessential location. Grab a seat in this spacious layout with vast river views, and order local favorites such as crispy scored flounder, shrimp and grits, and fresh lobster. You can even try a glass of liquid history with their famous Chatham Artillery Punch, a recipe dating back to the colonial era. Escape into cobblestone time, watch the ships roll by, and treat yourself to River Street’s crown jewel, River House Seafood.
Just outside of Savannah in Tybee Island is a crab shack that won’t disappoint. The Original Crab Shack offers a waterfront view of Chimney Creek with some of the freshest seafood available along the coast. Here, you can shell open some Alaskan King Crab or local blue crab and peel your own shrimp. You can book an event at the Party Shack dining room and enjoy a night with friends and family over incredible seafood. And if you’re looking for something to do while you wait or after your meal, you can feed the 78 resident baby alligators at the Gator Lagoon. Take a load off and relax at this local favorite where you’ll find good vibes and great food.
Whether you’re looking for a local seafood favorite in downtown Savannah or willing to try some local flavor by the beach, there’s enough exceptional seafood for everyone to try. So be sure to book your stay in Savannah today and let the Hostess City be your guide to a stay filled with a feast of fresh-caught fish.
The day just doesn’t start without a big cup of coffee. That smooth caffeinated drink is essential to tackling the morning, and luckily, downtown Savannah has its fair share of coffee shops that fit the bill nicely.
A Savannah coffee staple, The Gallery Espresso is the quintessential coffee shop at the south end of Chippewa Square. The shop bills itself as a Bohemian café, offering various pastries, salads, and other light fare to pair along with its satisfying coffee. Visit this cozy, French-inspired spot at 234 Bull Street.
Coffee and tacos? Sign us up! Yes, Foxy Loxy Café is a coffee shop, but it’s also a bakery and a Tex-Mex cantina. It’s as delicious as it sounds. Look for Foxy Loxy Café at 1919 Bull Street, right across from the Bull Street Library. The Coffee Fox is the sister location and while it may be a bit smaller, don’t expect a drop in the quality. You’ll find it in the heart of downtown Savannah’s shopping area on the corner of West Broughton and Whitaker streets.
Mirabelle Savannah, situated at 313 Abercorn Street, offers your classic coffee, latte, cappuccino, and other specialty coffee drinks, but how would you like to pair a waffle with your drink? Mirabelle’s liège waffles pay homage to the street waffles of Belgium, giving you a taste of an internationally-inspired food.
Located in an old cotton warehouse at 15 East River Street, Vic’s doubles as a coffee bar as well as one of the city’s finer dining establishments. You’re free to opt for the many hot and cold coffee options, or, if you’re feeling adventurous (and of legal age) you can booze up your cup of java.
Fear not if you’re worried about finding a good coffee place during your stay in Savannah. We’ve got you covered.
Ghosts? Who’s afraid of ghosts? I mean, personally, I like to think they aren’t real – right? But then I hear a story that might have just a hint of plausibility to it, making those tiny nerve-wracking hairs stand up on the back of my neck and my assuredness takes a nosedive. You, too?
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, when you stay in Savannah, you’re highly likely to hear myriad ghost stories that will have your heart beating just a wee bit faster. It is a historic city after all – frequently cited as one of America’s most haunted cities – and with that history comes an interesting past filled with all sorts of twists and turns, and paranormal happenings. If you can push past your scaredy-cat phase, it can be extremely intriguing. So whatdoyasay we hold hands through this one and read some of Savannah’s most haunted stories together?
Let’s just start with one that gets me every time: the Sorrel-Weed House. From the outside, this home, on the edge of Madison Square in downtown Savannah, is stunning. A towering example of Greek revival style, it dates back to 1841 and was built for its original owner, Frances Sorrel, and later served as home to his son, Moxley Sorrel. Moxley is regarded as a Civil War hero and the youngest general officer in the Confederate army (Robert E. Lee even visited the home in 1861).
But what about the ghosts? Well, after Frances’ first wife passed away, he married her younger sister, Matilda (that’s not even the strange part). Frances was also reported to have an ongoing affair with a young slave girl named Molly and even arranged for her to have special quarters set up above the carriage house. For Frances, things were hunky-dory until Matilda found out. Matilda was so distraught that she leapt to her death from the house’s second story balcony. Weeks after that, Molly was found hanging from a noose in the carriage house in an apparent suicide.
Ready for a few twists and turns? In 1859, Frances sold the Sorrel-Weed House and moved next door to 12 West Harris Street – a full nine months before Matilda’s suicide, which makes it impossible for it to have occurred at the Sorrel-Weed House. Yet to this day, there continues to be an abundance of paranormal activity at the Sorrel-Weed House. Visitors have reported a sensation of nausea or choking as they tour the home and others, who enter with a full charge on their phones, leave with no charge at all. Could it be that Matilda longs for the “good ol’ days” at the family mansion before her world fell apart? Or could it be that this home just so happens to be where the Siege of Savannah, the American Revolution’s bloodiest hour, was fought in October 1779 and left more than 1,000 dead?
Whatever story you choose to believe, you can experience all the haunted sensations for yourself by touring the historic home. There’s even an After Hours Paranormal Lock-In for the truly brave (and slightly crazy) among us.
Whew! Okay, we made it through that one. Now let’s grab a bite to eat – with a side of ghostly encounters. 17Hundred90 Inn & Restaurant is a time-honored Savannah favorite known for exceptional food and service as well as at least three ghosts who are widely believed to reside at the inn. If you want an up-close-and-terrifying look at this phenomenon, then book room 204 for your stay. Guests of this famed room have reported the feeling of a nudge, bed covers being moved, and even jewelry and clothes mysteriously relocating from one spot to another.
Who’s behind all of this? Her name is Anna. So the story goes, Anna was in the midst of an arranged marriage when she fell in love with a sailor. Caught in a forced love triangle, Anna threw herself to her own death from a third-floor window when her love left for sea (or, some say, her angry husband-to-be pushed her).
But I mentioned three ghosts, so who are the other two? There’s also Thaddeus, a friendly boy who leaves shiny pennies lying on the tables, bar and desk. For those who work in the kitchen at 17Hundred90, the third ghost is not so friendly and has been known to throw around pots and pans and even a spice jar or two at kitchen workers. Ready to see for yourself? Then pay a visit!
There’s nothing like a cold brew to settle your nerves, right? Then you should definitely make your way over to Moon River Brewing Company on Bay Street. Oh, and while you’re there, avoid the basement and upper floors. Why? Because Moon River is located in one of Savannah’s oldest and most haunted buildings. The Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures as well as Ghost Hunters on the SyFy Channel have both visited and documented paranormal activity at the brewery and restaurant. But the staff of Moon River didn’t need the experts to confirm what they have experienced themselves: bottles being thrown inexplicably, people being touched, pushed and slapped by unseen beings, and then there’s the glowing white apparition who occupies the upper floors.
During renovations of those floors in the 1990s, the foreman’s wife was pushed down the stairs by an aggressive force (and the foreman turned in his resignation the same day). Who are these ghosts and why are they so mad? The building was originally built as the City Hotel in 1821 and often drew in customers from the “Yankee North.” This being the Civil War era, locals weren’t always so welcoming and the violence that resulted caused the hotel to close down in 1864. The building, much like the city, was spared by General William Sherman’s march to the sea but was not revitalized until Moon River came along more than 100 years later. Apparently, that’s a whole lotta time to hold a grudge and those who were wronged so long ago are now unleashing more than a century of rage upon folks who dare to visit the building’s off-limits areas.
We made it! See, that wasn’t so bad! Then again, this is more of a ‘virtual’ tour’ of sorts. If you add in the darkness of night, an ominous narrative voice, and the slightest creaking door sound – I’m outta here. But until then, now you know how to make the most of your haunted stay in Savannah. Scare ya later!
While Savannah is known for its beautiful, historic downtown and its thriving restaurant and nightlife scene, there is so much more to explore during your next visit! Savannah is surrounded by gorgeous parks, wildlife, and beaches. From the Spanish moss hanging from every tree, to the sandy shores of Tybee Island, you’ll discover the beauty in Savannah’s natural surroundings.
This iconic Savannah park spans 30 acres of the Historic District. Snap a photo of the stunning fountain that was constructed in 1858, located at the north end of the park, meander through the Fragrant Garden for the blind, visit the children’s playground, and admire the Spanish moss. It won’t take long for you to see why Forsyth is one of the most photographed spots in the city. This park is an absolute must-see for Savannah visitors!
At this beautiful state park, you can explore six miles of hiking trails that meander through forests and salt marshes, spot local wildlife, visit the observation tower, swing by the volleyball court, and relax with friends at one of the five picnic shelters. The park also offers 87 tent, trailer, and RV campsites, as well as three pioneer campgrounds for groups of 10+. Rent bicycles, go geocaching, or host a birthday party all at this scenic state park.
If you’re searching for the perfect Savannah photo-op, look no further! Wormsloe Historic Site is known for its gorgeous avenue of live oaks, leading to the oldest standing structure in Georgia: the ruins of the colonial estate of Noble Jones, one of Georgia’s first English settlers. Visit the museum and theater, chat with demonstrators in period costumes, and walk along the estate’s nature trail to explore marshes and historic ruins.
Discover the local wildlife at this family-friendly conservation center that is home to more than 150 animals from 50 different species, including gray wolves, tortoises, armadillos, birds of prey, and southern flying squirrels. Oatland Island hosts various events throughout the year including Toddler Tuesdays and November’s Fall Festival! And the best part: the wildlife center is open 361 days a year, closing only on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
Fifteen miles from downtown Savannah, you’ll find this historic public garden filled with gorgeous flowers, crape myrtles, and palms. Visit the rose garden, the rain garden, and the water garden containing a 50,000-foot water feature and nine-foot waterfall, with tropical waterlilies and aquatic plants. Families will love the four-acre bamboo maze, and if you’re visiting in February, enjoy the annual Camellia Festival!
A trip to Savannah wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Tybee Island. Just 18 miles from the Historic District, this island community offers gorgeous public beaches, historic lighthouses, and a scenic pier. Hop aboard a dolphin tour or bicycle along the beach to experience the beautiful sights of the island. Feeling adventurous? Step outside your comfort zone and explore the outdoors by renting a kayak, jet-ski, or stand up paddle board.