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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

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Savannah Historic District

Savannah Historic District

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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
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Colonial Park Cemetery

Colonial Park Cemetery

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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
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Savannah River Street

Savannah River Street

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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
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Savannah City Market

Savannah City Market

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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
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Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

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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
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Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park

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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
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Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

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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
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Chippewa Square

Chippewa Square

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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
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Mercer Williams House Museum

Mercer Williams House Museum

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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
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Madison Square

Madison Square

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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

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Top activities in Savannah

Savannah Culinary & Cultural Walking Food Tour
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Savannah's Off-The-Beaten-Path Secret East Side Historic Walking Food Tour
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90-Minute Savannah History & Haunts Candlelit Walking Ghost Tour
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Private Tour of Savannah's Historic District, Isle of Hope & Bonaventure
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Creepy Crawl Night-Time Haunted Pub Walking Tour of Savannah's Historic District
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90-Minute Savannah 360° Open-Air Panoramic City History Tour with Live Narration
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2-Hour Savannah Bike Tour

2-Hour Savannah Bike Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Savannah

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Great way to see Savannah's beautiful squares!
Betsy_B, Dec 2021
Savannah Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
Wonderful way to see all of Savannah at your leisure.
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Excellent fun historical
Stephani_S, Nov 2021
2-Hour Savannah Bike Tour
I would recommend to anyone who wants to see a lot of the historical part of town in a few adventurous way.
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Fun, informational and...
Kennida_R, Nov 2021
90-Minute Savannah History & Haunts Candlelit Walking Ghost Tour
Fun, informational and spooky way to see Savannah.
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Excellent bang for the buck!
FredC_M, Nov 2021
Savannah Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
We had a wonderful experience, the hop on hop off is an exciting way to see Savannah's highlights!!!
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Great time!
Susan_H, Nov 2021
The "Savannah for Morons" Comedy Trolley Tour
We were able to see Savannah in a funny and informative way.
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Be a queen on the Georgia Queen
Chris_G, Nov 2021
90-Minute Savannah Riverboat Sightseeing Cruise
Great history lesson, lots of local lore, good suggestions for things to do in Savannah.
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Spooky girls trip
Suzy_N, Nov 2021
Savannah Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour
My mom and I came to Savannah on a girls trip and are so glad we chose ghost and gravestones as a fun way to see the city!
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Perfect tour for first timers to Savannah.
Judy_M, Nov 2021
Private Tour of Savannah's Historic District, Isle of Hope & Bonaventure
It was a phenomenal way to see Savannah and learn the history for first time visitors.
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First Visit
Judy_C, Nov 2021
Explore Savannah Sightseeing Trolley Tour with Bonus Unlimited Shuttle Service
First time to visit Savannah.
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Mike has a great narrator...
Kevin_K, Nov 2021
Historic Savannah Guided Walking Tour
This was a good way to see the historic area of Savannah without wandering aimlessly.
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Great views
Keith_P, Oct 2021
Narrated Historic Savannah Sightseeing Trolley Tour
We will be back to visit again to see the areas will missed.
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We experienced Savannah on another level!
kim_H, Oct 2021
Savannah Culinary & Cultural Walking Food Tour
It was really fun being able to see and find our way around the historic Savannah district for the purpose of tasting a bit of Savannah’s food culture.
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History made interesting
Randy_T, Oct 2021
Historic Savannah Guided Walking Tour
Perfect mix of historical facts, humor and interesting stories as well as great suggestions on what to do in Savannah.
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Our tour guide Gregg was...
Olga_R, Oct 2021
60-Minute Guided Segway History Tour of Savannah
Highly recommend this tour if want to hear the history and see and the attractions around Savannah.
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I highly recommend this...
Sarah_S, Oct 2021
Private Tour of Savannah's Historic District, Isle of Hope & Bonaventure
I will definitely recommend this tour to anyone coming to visit Savannah.
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Beautiful views
Tina_P, Sep 2021
90-Minute Savannah Riverboat Sightseeing Cruise
We learned a lot, and got to see Savannah from a different view!
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Savannah is beautiful and...
Kaylee_S, Sep 2021
Narrated Historic Savannah Sightseeing Trolley Tour
Savannah is beautiful and this is a wonderful way to see the squares of the city and some of the amazing sites.
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Excellent
Lorraine_K, Sep 2021
Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Trolley Tour of Savannah
We enjoyed it and would definatley recommend it as a great way to see beautiful Savannah.
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Savannah segway tour
Lori_S, Sep 2021
90-Minute Segway History Tour of Savannah
It's a cool way to see the city!!
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Tour Guide, Gregg!
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Spirits and Scoundrels Adults Only Savannah Ghost Tour | 10pm
I learned so much about the history here and he even gave us advice on where else to visit here in Savannah.

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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.

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