Things to do in Savannah are abundant and varied. Although the city is best known for its historic sights – particularly its beautiful parks and squares and the architecture of the Historic District – there are plenty of other attractions in Savannah that cater to all kinds of preferences.
Sightseeing in Savannah often centers around its many historic houses, picturesque old cemeteries, and downtown tourist attractions such as River Street and Ellis Square/City Market, but there are also quaint neighborhoods such as riverside Isle of Hope, a wealth of African-American history sites, two botanical gardens, and night-time ghost tours, or you could go antique hunting or enjoy a round of golf.
Savannah also has a vibrant food scene, with many great restaurants, fresh seafood, riverfront dining and a host of regional specialties, with several guided food tours offering a taste of the highlights. Art is big in Savannah too, with several art museums and dozens of galleries showing the work of local artists.
Entertainment in Savannah ranges from musical shows and national-tour concerts and performances to local comedy and theater, and a full event calendar featuring some of Georgia’s best food and music festivals and a huge St Patrick’s Day parade.
Outdoor activities in Savannah include kayaking the scenic marshes, hiking in nearby Skidaway Island State Park or Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, dolphin-watching boat tours, or a day trip to a secluded barrier island such as Little Tybee Island or Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge.
There are also several beaches near Savannah, the closest of which, at Tybee Island, are only 30 minutes away by car. Other things to do near Savannah include visits to charming Bluffton or Beaufort, historic forts such as Fort Pulaski or Fort Jackson, African-American cultural attractions such as Pin Point Heritage Museum or Sapelo Island, or enjoying the best of lowcountry cuisine at one of the area’s several seafood festivals.
Savannah offers several museums, primarily concerning aspects of local history. A couple of these museums, while bearing Savannah addresses, are located somewhat outside of the Historic District. Their distance from downtown is noted. For more museums that are near to, but not in, Savannah, see below.
– The Savannah Underground: An Immersive Experience – Horror show with live performers enacting grisly scenes in a 360-degree set.
Savannah has several escape rooms, at which participants need to solve a series of puzzles in order to be allowed out of the – usually themed – room.
Escape Savannah offers haunted and pirate themed rooms; The Escape Company has serial killer, murder, Alcatraz, cavern and speakeasy themed rooms; Encryption Escape has pirate, heist and missing person themed rooms.
Savannah’s main downtown shopping area is Broughton Street, with a selection of chain and local stores and restaurants. Additional shops and boutique offerings are distributed throughout the Historic District and beyond, with dozens of antiques stores, art galleries, and places to shop for specialty foods, books, home decor, clothing and many other things besides.
If you are looking for a typical souvenir, head to River Street or City Market, which both have many tourist-oriented shops selling a variety of knick-knacks and mementos to suit most tastes and budgets.
Savannah offers several public golf courses, and semi-private golf courses accessible to the public, in and near the city.
On Hutchinson Island, across the river from downtown Savannah, is the Club at Savannah Harbor. 9-hole courses nearby include Mary Calder Golf Club and the Legends Course at city-owned Bacon Park Golf Course (at which there is also an 18-hole course).
Other golf courses in Savannah include the Hunter Golf Course at the Hunter Army Airfield (open to the civilian public), LaVida Golf Club, Crosswinds Golf Club, and Henderson Golf Club (owned by Chatham County).