Savannah, known for its unique charm and beautiful historic architecture, offers visitors a diverse selection of sightseeing and activities. Walk through the oak-filled parks and squares, shop on River Street, have lunch in City Market, stroll up Broughton Street, visit a gallery or art museum, go on a ghost tour, then have a great dinner, drinks and go out to the clubs and pubs. Savannah exudes of history, culture, entertainment, beauty, and best of all, southern hospitality.
Historic Savannah Must-Do's
- Take a tour of the city and discover the abundance of charm and beauty or have a ghostly experience. We recommend Old Savannah Tours or take a Bonaventure Cemetery Tour.
- Savor the flavor of the city by visiting one of the many great restaurants. With so many to choose from it is hard to pick a favorite. Don't miss B.Matthews, Blowin' Smoke, Collin's Quarter, and East End Provisions. While there browse the surrounding unique galleries and shops filled with treasures including Red Clover Boutique.
- Discover the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, a historic house museum, which was Savannah’s first landmark building and the childhood home of the Girl Scout founder. Enjoy a lively guided tour about one of Savannah’s leading families.
- Park the car and walk the city. Savannah is one of the greenest, most pedestrian-friendly cities in America. Visit some of the 22 beautiful park-like squares or take a stroll down the cobblestones on River Street and watch the ships.
- Some musts for families include visiting the Jepson Center’s hands-on ArtZeum, the Savannah Children’s Museum’s Imagination Station, and the American Prohibition Museum.
Parking and Transportation
- The City of Savannah operates over 3,000 metered parking spaces, five (5) public parking garages, and six (6) surface lots in downtown Savannah. You can purchase a Visitor DAYPASS which allows limited parking in any City parking garage/lot, parking overtime in limited time zones or at any parking meter with a time limit of one hour or more for a period of 48 hours from purchase. The Visitor DAY PASS is available to Savannah visitors for a price of $15.00 for a 24-hour pass and $24.00 for a 48-hour pass. To purchase a pass you must provide the license plate number/state of the vehicle you are driving. These passes are available at Mobility & Parking Services, 100 East Bryan Street, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm or Savannah Visitor's Center, 301 MLK Blvd., 9:00 am - 5:30 pm, seven (7) days a week.
- The City of Savannah also offers a way to 'Pay On The Go'. You can quickly and securely pay with your smartphone. With Park Savannah mobile app, you can use your mobile device to pay parking meters. You will receive alerts when your parking session is about to end. You can then add time to your parking session directly from your device. Park, pay and be on your way!
- Fare Free DOT Express Shuttle. This shuttle serves 24 stops throughout the Historic District and runs every 20 minutes from 7:00 am - 9:00 pm, Monday through Saturday and 11:00 am - 9:00 pm on Sunday, connecting to municipal parking facilities, Visitor Centers, the River Street Streetcar and Savannah Belles Ferry. To view individual Express Shuttle stops click here. To view a map of all Express Shuttle stops click here.
- Take a tour on Old Savannah Tours or Old Town Trolley. These sightseeing tours enable you to explore the Historic District with stops conveniently located near points of interest (like the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, City Market, and River Street), unique shops and boutiques and many of Savannah's fabulous restaurants.
- Savannah Belles Ferry. Catch a free ride across the Savannah River seven (7) days a week, from 7:00 am to Midnight from the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center Landing (adjacent to the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort ) to City Hall Landing (adjacent to Hyatt Regency Savannah). Ferry vessels and landings are ADA accessible and service is free. The schedule can vary by landing.
Best of Both Worlds
Located only 20 minutes from historic downtown Savannah is Tybee Island. Visitors and locals alike love to head to the beach, where you can escape from the city, get away, kick-back, relax, do nothing, and have fun! On Tybee, you can get in touch with nature, history, and yourself. There are sights to see such as the historic Tybee Island Light Station, the newly renovated Tybee history museum, the Pier and Pavilion, and many local galleries, shops, and restaurants. However, the main attraction is and will always be the sprawling beaches, beautiful sunsets, wonderful fresh seafood, and of course the people, that is, the 3200 locals who call Tybee home.