Recent Searches
Clear
Things to do in Savannah

Things to do in  Savannah

Welcome to Savannah

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

Top 10 attractions in Savannah

#1
Savannah City Market

Savannah City Market

star-56,157
Dating back to the 18th century, Savannah City Market has long been the commercial and social center of historic downtown Savannah, Georgia. The market is known locally as the “art and soul” of Savannah, a nod to the numerous art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants that make it such an important part of Savannah's social fabric.More
#2
Savannah River Street

Savannah River Street

star-56,296
It is virtually impossible for Savannah visitors to miss River Street. A broad waterfront promenade lined with shopping, dining, and entertainment venues, River Street is one of the main arteries of the historic city. The street also features a pedestrian-only path, perfect for leisurely strolls with unbeatable Savannah River views.More
#3
Colonial Park Cemetery

Colonial Park Cemetery

star-56,642
This site served as Savannah’s main cemetery for more than a century following its establishment in 1750. With three subsequent expansions, six acres and over 9,000 graves, burials were cut off in 1853, and the site is now recognized as the oldest intact municipal cemetery in the city.When the site first opened, it was intended to serve as the burial ground for Christ Church Parish, but after its expansion, the cemetery was opened to all denominations. Since interments were closed prior to the start of the Civil War, no Confederate soldiers were buried here. There are, however, some burials of note; over 700 victims of the 1820 Yellow Fever epidemic are here, along with many victims of Savannah’s dueling era. Declaration of Independence signer Button Gwinnett is buried here, as well as Archibald Bulloch, the first president of Georgia, and James Habersham, an 18th-century acting royal Governor of the Province.Not surprisingly, Colonial Park Cemetery is home to a number of interesting ghost stories and legends. Paranormal enthusiasts have dubbed it “Paranormal Central,” with one of the most famous ghost stories involving Rene Asche Rondolier, a disfigured orphan who was accused of murdering girls. It is said that he was dragged to the swamp and lynched, and some locals believe he still haunts the cemetery, calling it Rene’s playground. Some local paranormal experts dispute the validity of this ghost story due to a lack of historical records.Other ghost stories revolve around Savannah’s voodoo culture. Although many have moved out of the city, years ago it was not uncommon for morning visitors to find remnants from a previous night’s ceremony. Soil was used from the graves, and some were actually robbed for use in these rituals. The small park adjacent to the cemetery is the location believed to be the site of Savannah’s dueling grounds.More
#4
Madison Square

Madison Square

star-53,698
Part of the Savannah Historic District, Madison Square was named after the fourth U.S. president and added in 1837. The square also commemoratesSgt. William Jasper, a Savannah native of the Revolutionary War who was mortally wounded in battle but managed to heroically retrieve his company’s banner. Many local Savannah natives refer to this as Jasper Square in his honor.In the center of Madison Square sits the William Jasper Monument, as well as a granite marker that defines the southern limit of the British defenses. Look for two cannons from the Savannah Armory on the southern part of the square, which represent Georgia’s first two highways. These are the starting points of the Ogeechee Road leading to Darien and the Augusta Road to Augusta.Madison Square leads to other notable sights in the Savannah Historic District. Looking toward the west side of the square, you will find St. John’s Episcopal Church with the Green-Meldrim House just next door. On the northwest side of Madison Square is the Sorrel-Weed House, one of the city’s most imposing mansions. On the southwest corner of Madison Square stands the Masonic Temple, previously a Scottish Rite temple. There is a beautifully restored Greek Revival mansion on the northeast corner, but it remains in private hands. Note the adjacent building that is integrated into it, E. Shafer Books & Maps, one of Savannah’s oldest and best known independent bookstores.More
#5
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

star-55,907
The oldest Roman Catholic Church in Georgia, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is one of Savannah’s top historical, architectural, and religious attractions. The cathedral’s towering twin spires and French Gothic-style architecture set it apart against the Savannah skyline. Upclose, visitors can admire intricate details dating back to 1900.More
#6
Savannah Historic District

Savannah Historic District

star-57,075
Grand antebellum homes and historic plazas lined with live oaks are just some of the sights that define Savannah’s Historic District. Considered the heart of the city, the Historic District is not only the centerpiece of a Savannah vacation but also where to find the highest concentration of bars, restaurants, and historic attractions.More
#7
Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

star-51,301
Made famous by the novel and film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Bonaventure Cemetery (a former plantation) sits on a bluff overlooking the Wilmington River in historic Savannah. The Southern Gothic cemetery comprises 160 acres (65 hectares) of sculptures, mausoleums, marble headstones, and oak trees dripping with Spanish moss.More
#8
Mercer Williams House Museum

Mercer Williams House Museum

star-53,717
Designed by architect John Norris, the Mercer Williams House Museum was constructed in the 1860s, then restored a century later by antiques dealer Jim Williams. Considered one of the most beautiful houses in Savannah, it’s also known as a setting for the book and movieMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.More
#9
Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park

star-54,513
Forsyth Park, in the middle of historical downtown Savannah, has been a key city landmark since the mid-1800s. Named after the 33rd governor of Georgia, John Forsyth, who donated 20 acres (8 hectares) of land, the park is known for the large Parisian-style fountain located at the north end and the Spanish moss dripping from the oak trees.More
#10
Chippewa Square

Chippewa Square

star-54,022
Though Savannah once served as the southern border of the original American colonies, Chippewa Square is named for an event on the northern border with Canada. In the Battle of Chippewa, in 1814, American forces emerged victorious over the British near Niagara Falls, and when Chippewa Square was built in 1815, it was named for the momentous American victory that took place on the northern border. Today, when visiting the historic Savannah square, you’ll find a statue of James Oglethorpe, the famous founder of Georgia, that faces south with sword drawn in the direction of Spanish Florida. You’ll also find legions of Forrest Gump fans who have come in search of the “the bench,” and while Chippewa Square was the site of filming for the popular 1994 movie, the bench itself was only a prop that has since been moved to a museum. Nevertheless, to admire the backdrop, the bench was placed on the north side of the square, facing out towards Bull Street, and it’s amazingly become the most famous aspect of this 200-year old square. On the streets surrounding Chippewa Square, you’ll also find the Philbrick Eastman House—one of Savannah’s most well known homes—as well as historic Savannah Theater that’s the oldest theater in America.More

Trip ideas

Top activities in Savannah

Savannah Culinary & Cultural Walking Food Tour
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Savannah's Off-The-Beaten-Path Secret East Side Historic Walking Food Tour
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Private Tour of Savannah's Historic District, Isle of Hope & Bonaventure
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Creepy Crawl Night-Time Haunted Pub Walking Tour of Savannah's Historic District
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out

Recent reviews from experiences in Savannah

star-5
Best Way To See Savannah
Rennie_CS, Jul 2021
Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Trolley Tour of Savannah
Great way to see all the best of Savannah, and so entertaining.
star-5
Great experience
Kimberly_E, Jul 2021
Savannah Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
Great way to see Savannah, guides were very knowledgeable and the hop on and off option is great.
star-5
Scary, family, fun
Sarah_P, Jul 2021
Narrated Haunted Hearse Ghost Tour of Savannah
She’s hilarious and great with kids.
star-5
Absolutely a Must Do in Savannah
Larisa, Jul 2021
Southern Flavors of Savannah Walking Dessert Tour
We were so happy we tried it out and got to see parts of Savannah with some interesting history stories.
star-5
Loved this tour
Amber_W, Jul 2021
2-Hour Savannah Bike Tour
This was a great tour- very informative but not so long winded that he lost the attention of my kids- we learned so many great facts about Savannah and got to see so much while doing it- I would 100% recommend this!!!
star-4
Trolley
Michele_C, Jul 2021
Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Trolley Tour of Savannah
The trolley was a great way to see the sights of Savannah!
star-5
Fun and easy bike ride!
Liz_M, Jul 2021
2-Hour Savannah Bike Tour
A great way to see Savannah and hear about the history of this beautiful city.
star-5
Great experience for our Mom's trip!
Amy_S, Jul 2021
Narrated Haunted Hearse Ghost Tour of Savannah
It was a great way to see beautiful Savannah and learn some fun history!
star-5
What a great way to see the city
RRO, Jul 2021
Private Tour of Savannah's Historic District, Isle of Hope & Bonaventure
Super way to see Savannah.
star-5
Outstanding tour and experience!
David_A, Jul 2021
Narrated Historic Savannah Sightseeing Trolley Tour
We recommend it highly to anyone who’s new to Savannah and wants to learn about its history and places to see and experience!
star-5
Best tour in Savannah!
Hannah_G, Jul 2021
Haunted Savannah Ghost and Pub Walking Tour
Would 100% recommend this to anyone coming to visit Savannah!
star-5
Historic Savannah Squares
James_P, Jul 2021
Historical Square Guided Segway Tour of Savannah
We were able to see the historic Savannah squares in a fraction of the time that we could walking or even on the trolleys.
star-5
Great way to begin our trip- thank you Mr. Komedy
JennC, Jul 2021
Narrated Historic Savannah Sightseeing Trolley Tour
We got to see an overview of the city as well as learn so many interesting historical details.
star-5
Good civil war history
Mark_G, Jul 2021
Guided Savannah Civil War History Walking Tour
He was passionate about history and also recommended many sights to see in Savannah.
star-5
Lots of history
Emily_G, Jul 2021
Historic Savannah Guided Walking Tour
Showed us the shady spots and even kept us out of a fast summer shower while we still learned a lot about the history of Savannah.
star-5
Great tour guide & driver!
Marisa, Jun 2021
Savannah Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour
It’s great to see the sights at night, and get a different perspective than during the day.
star-5
Segway into summer
Rich_V, Jun 2021
60-Minute Guided Segway History Tour of Savannah
Segway into summer.
star-5
Ghostly fun
Deborah_P, Jun 2021
Savannah Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour
Overall a good experience and got to see the sites and sounds of Savannah.
star-5
Great food and History!
CHRISTY_N, Jun 2021
Savannah's Off-The-Beaten-Path Secret East Side Historic Walking Food Tour
We love Savannah but getting the opportunity to see more and experience more was perfect!
star-5
Lots of fun
Jeff_H, Jun 2021
Savannah Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
Great way to see the major sites in Savannah.

All about Savannah

When to visit

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

Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the top things to do in Savannah?
Q:
What are the top activities in Savannah?
Q:
What are the top things to do near Savannah?
A:
Check out things to do near Savannah:
Q:
What do I need to know before visiting Savannah?