savannah

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Overview

Savannah is a charming Southern escape, known for its manicured parks, horse-drawn carriages, and antebellum architecture. Its historic district is filled with cobblestoned squares and parks shaded by oak trees covered with Spanish moss.

History

Founded in 1733, Savannah is known as America's first planned city and has a rich history that includes a pivotal role in both the American Revolution and Civil War.

Culture

Savannah is a melting pot of cultures, with a rich African American heritage and a growing Hispanic community, alongside its historic Irish and English influences.

Interesting Facts

  • Savannah's Historic District has 22 squares named after an historical event or person.
  • The city was spared during Sherman's infamous 'March to the Sea' in the Civil War.
  • Savannah is said to be the site of the first grand and public St. Patrick's Day Parade in the Southern United States.
  • The famous bench scenes from the movie 'Forrest Gump' were filmed in Chippewa Square.
  • Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is a major contributor to the city's artistic vibe.
  • The Olde Pink House is one of Savannah's oldest buildings and a popular restaurant today.
  • The city is often referred to as 'The Hostess City of the South.'
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, the book and movie, is set in Savannah.
  • Savannah has one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the USA.
  • The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is noted for its impressive Gothic Revival architecture.

Expert Advice

  • Take a walking tour to fully appreciate the historic architecture.
  • Visit during the spring for the beautiful azaleas in bloom.
  • Experience a ghost tour to delve into the city's haunted past.
  • Don't miss tasting the local Southern cuisine.
  • Spend time in the many parks and squares to enjoy the lush greenery.
  • Check out the local art scene and galleries.
  • Take a riverboat cruise for unique views of the waterfront.
  • Plan your visit around the Savannah Music Festival if you enjoy live performances.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for the cobblestone streets.
  • Explore the surrounding low country and its natural beauty.

People on Budget

  • Stay in accommodations just outside the historic district to save money.
  • Take advantage of free walking tours provided by the city.
  • Eat at local diners and cafes instead of tourist traps.
  • Visit free attractions such as the Savannah Waterfront and Bonaventure Cemetery.
  • Use the DOT Express Shuttle for free transportation around the historic district.

Emergency Details

  • Call 911 for police, fire, or medical emergencies.
  • Memorial Health University Medical Center: +1 912-350-8000
  • St. Joseph's/Candler Hospital: +1 912-819-6000
  • Savannah Police Department (non-emergency): +1 912-651-6675

Weather

Savannah enjoys a subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and mild, cool winters.

Ideal time to visit

The best time to visit Savannah is from March to July when the weather is warm and the flowers are in bloom.

Top Places to Visit in savannah

savannah caters to all tastes. Below, we have picked some crowd favorites. Prepare for memorable experiences that will leave a lasting impression:

  • Tour the historic homes and buildings.
  • Relax in Forsyth Park.
  • Browse the boutiques and shops on Broughton Street.
  • Enjoy the art at Telfair Museums.
  • Take a day trip to Tybee Island.
  • Explore the City Market area.
  • Attend a show at the historic Savannah Theatre.
  • Visit the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters.
  • Take a photo at the Forsyth Fountain.
  • Experience the wildlife at Oatland Island Wildlife Center.
  • Learn at the Savannah History Museum.
  • Stroll down River Street and enjoy local treats.
  • Go on a Savannah Riverboat Cruise.
  • Discover marine life at the University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium.
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Forsyth Park

Savannah's largest and oldest public park

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Mercer Williams House Museum

Discover the Beauty and History of the Mercer Williams House Museum

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Monterey Square

Public park and historical landmark

Top Places to Eat in savannah

savannah boasts a plethora of exceptional dining choices. Below, we highlight a few must-try options not to be missed during your visit. Prepare to savor the culinary delights that await you:

  • Southern fried chicken with a description of its crispy, juicy taste.
  • Shrimp and grits, showcasing the local seafood and homestyle cooking.
  • Peach cobbler, a sweet tribute to Georgia's famous fruit.
  • Fried green tomatoes, a classic Southern appetizer.
  • Pulled pork barbecue, slow-cooked to perfection.
  • Savannah Red Rice, a flavorful Lowcountry dish.
  • Lowcountry boil, a one-pot seafood feast.
  • Pimento cheese, the 'caviar of the South'.
  • Biscuits and gravy, a hearty Southern breakfast.
  • She-crab soup, a creamy and savory local specialty.
  • Collard greens, seasoned with southern spices and pork.
  • Cornbread, the perfect side to any Southern meal.
  • Banana pudding, a staple dessert in the South.
  • Sweet tea, the quintessential Southern beverage.

The Collins Quarter

621 Drayton St, savannah

Brunch, Australian Restaurant, Cafe

Cafe M

128 E Bay St, savannah

French Restaurant, Cafe, Southern Food

The Public Kitchen & Bar

1 W Liberty St, savannah

Burgers

B. Matthew's Eatery

325 E Bay St, savannah

Brunch, Bistro, American (traditional)

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