Day 1 You'll See:
Day 2 You'll See:
Day 3 You'll See:
- Skidaway Island State Park
- Bonaventure Cemetery
- The Lady and Sons
- SCAD Museum of Art
- Carriage Tours of Savannah
Savannah has all the gorgeous and historic sights and artful Southern charm you can handle, the perfect Georgia vacation destination for your group! You will have three days jam-packed full of all of Savannah’s best landmarks, shops, eateries, historic homes, and entertainment attractions, and the best part is your group will be learning important historic and cultural information all the while! Spend some time strolling around River Street, taking in the beauty of Forsyth Park, and seeing the city by trolley your first day, then explore the Telfair Museums and City Market the second day. The third day is full of history at Bonaventure Cemetery, nature at Skidaway Island, and great food at The Lady and Sons. This trip truly is full of fun, and your group is going to love each opportunity to immerse themselves into Savannah and learn all about this charming city and what it has to offer!
Forsyth Park - Start your day at the largest park in the historic district of Savannah, the 30-acre Forsyth Park. This European style park is the hub of social interaction in Savannah, hosting regular concerts, recreational sports activities, and daily sightseeing. At this large and gorgeous green space your group can people watch, sunbathe, read, relax, and even shop on the weekends at the Saturday farmer’s market. There are plenty of walking and hiking paths, open areas, tree cover, monuments, and an impressive fragrance garden as well. One of the most iconic and unforgettable sights in the entire city of Savannah is located here, at the north end of the park along Bull Street to the Forsyth Park Fountain. Built in 1858, this Paris and Peru-Esque fountain draws in crowds daily to bask in its marvelous visage!
Cathedral of St. John - Next stop the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah, the magnificently gorgeous Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Rich with history and full of spirit, this establishment has been dedicated to enriching spiritual lives and giving back to the Savannah community since it first began on May 30, 1799. Once here your group will see in person why this cathedral has been called one of the most awe-inspiring buildings in historic Savannah and also one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Georgia. This must-see French Gothic southern cathedral is the perfect place to bring your camera in Savannah and go camera click crazy as you try and capture the spectacular beauty of the interior, from the amazing altar and stained glass windows from 1904 to the elaborately decorated walls and floors!
River Street - Historic River Street is the beautiful path along the Savannah River that is paved with 200-year-old cobblestones, as well as over 200 years of rich Georgia history. In the 1970s this neighborhood was rediscovered and revived to the glory and history of Old River Street, an 80,000 square foot area of empty warehouse space that was established as a new waterfront location full of a new colorful array of shops, eateries, and art galleries. The revitalized and stabilized economy and culture of this historic district has drawn in large crowds of visitors and tourists alike for over 40 years! There are over 70 thriving businesses and shops on River Street, as well as varying casual and upscale eateries. See specialty shops, antique shops, art galleries, and the beauty of the Savannah River all along one stretch of street!
River Street Sweets - River Street Sweets was first established in 1973 by founders Georgia Nash and Pamela Strickland. The first claim to fame for this shop was their "world-famous Praline," the amazingly buttery and pecan-rich delight that flies off the shelves daily. Inside your group will quickly find out why River Street Sweets has been consistently voted Savannah’s best candy store, as well as perhaps eat your way into a sugar coma as you try to taste all the glorious inventions this store holds. Try the popular glazed pecans, chocolates, sugar and spiced pecans, log rolls, caramel, or taffy, some of the best southern candies around! There are two additional stores, one in Charleston and one in North Myrtle Beach. Before you go you must check out the most popular section in the store, currently including the dark chocolate bear claw, chocolate covered pretzels, and new praline cheesecake!
Olde Pink House - What was once the fine family home of the family of local architect William Jay is now one of Savannah’s most popular restaurants! Olde Pink House is well known for formal and romantic dinners, an eatery in which inventive southern cuisine is served in an elegant colonial mansion. The mansion so got its name because of the vibrant pink stucco covering the old brick, a gorgeous 18th-century Georgian mansion first built in 1771. Olde Pink House provides live music in its cellar tavern nightly, adding greatly to its overall charm and comforting formality. Perhaps the most wonderful thing about Olde Pink House is the decadent menu. Try the bourbon molasses grilled pork tenderloin or pecan-crusted chicken breast with a blackberry bourbon glaze, both served with a sweet potato with pecan vanilla butter and fresh local collards!
Telfair Museums - The Telfair Museum is located in the vibrant historic district of Savannah and is actually comprised of three different and uniquely diverse buildings! The Telfair is known as the first public art museum in the southern United States, as well as the oldest public art museum in the south, opened in the mid-1880s. The entire conglomerate holds about 4,000 American and European works of art from the 18th through 21st centuries, making for one extremely fun art-filled day for your group - be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes! Explore the period rooms at the Owen Thomas House, the permanent collection at the Telfair Academy, or the mass of contemporary art at the Jepson Center. Learn about the museum's dynamic education programming, community outreach, and exciting exhibits, as well as its history of growing from a renovated family mansion into a distinct cultural institution!
Savannah Bee Company - Next stop, Ted Dennard’s humble bumble bee business, the Savannah Bee Company. Here your group will learn how to start a hive, avoid pesticides, plant diverse flowering species, and support local beekeepers. You will also learn how honey is made, from the beginning bright sunlight to the tupelo, orange, and sourwood trees that provide honey making nectar to the local bees. Ted Dennard is truly passionate about sharing the world of bees with others, a delicious passion easily seen in their specialty honey, a culmination of a 35-year search for the world’s best honey. The beauty products provided have helpful hive driven body benefits, made with the finest beeswax, royal jelly, propolis, and honey. Try the Tupelo, wildflower, orange, sourwood, or acacia honey, or perhaps even the unique winter white honey made from Idaho wildflowers. You can purchase tea honey, cheese honey, grill honey, Savannah wildflower honey, or even charity-driven Beecause honey!
City Market - Since the early 1700s Savannah’s City Market has been an absolute hub of commercial and social interaction, playing a huge role in the city’s economic and cultural history. This four-block location is today a successful mixed-use project in what is known to be the "nation’s largest historic district" in downtown Savannah. Once here your group will be bombarded with a wealth of things to do, a vast range of fun entertainment, dining, art, and retail options. You will be able to shop all the eclectic blends of specialty shops and discover plenty of unique Savannah gifts, art, and even homemade candy. Before you go make sure you take advantage of the casual atmosphere and outdoor dining eateries, or perhaps courtyard picnics, from such celebrated local restaurants as Belford's or Vinnie Van Go Go’s.
Savannah Riverboat Cruise - Jonathan Claughton started Savannah Riverboat Cruises in 1991, a small business that has turned into a mainstay on Savannah's historic River Street. This cruise line company will provide your group with a fun-filled evening full of entertainment, great southern food, and an unforgettable tour of Savannah’s historic waterway by riverboat. The award-winning crew will feed you historic facts about founders and an era bygone in the Harbor Sightseeing tour, as well as a lavish buffet full of such items as artichoke chicken and beef top sirloin as you unwind and dance to tunes from the '50s on the Dinner Entertainment Cruise. The large-pane window views and open-air third deck are perfect for the Friday or Saturday Moonlight cruises as well, if you are here during the evening, the cruises full of stars and southern charm you can’t get anywhere else!
Old Savannah Ghost Tours - Established in 1979, Old Savannah Tours has been the largest and best tour in Savannah! During any of the several offered tours, Savannah history will come to life, with uniquely personal descriptions of Savannah’s rich and spellbinding past. If you want a more spooky tour you’re going to love the Historic Haunts Savannah tour, a tour through what is known to be the "most haunted city" in the nation. See the spirits and ghosts of the Rum Cellar or Sorrel Weed House, both featured on Ghost Adventures, on this creepy yet educational two-hour tour! This is the perfect way to spend your second night in Savannah, learning important local history while seeing more of the most famous city sites!
Skidaway Island State Park - Skidaway Island State Park is located near historic Savannah, a gorgeous state park bordering the Skidaway Narrows, part of Georgia’s Intracoastal waterway. Here your group will find trails winding through the maritime forest, past the salt marsh, and leading to a popular park boardwalk and observation tower. Explore (or perhaps use) the scenic campground, nestled gorgeously under a cover of live oaks and Spanish moss. Outside you can head to the observation tower to watch for deer, fiddler crabs, raccoon, egrets, and other wildlife, or perhaps take part in any of the many recreational activities offered at Skidaway Island. Take some time to hike, bike, bird, boat, or fish, or perhaps join in any of the happening watersports. There is an amphitheater at the park, as well as many playgrounds and picnic areas. You can even take advantage of volleyball courts or daily offered ranger programs!
Bonaventure Cemetery - Bonaventure is a public cemetery located on the scenic bluff of the Wilmington River. On these grounds, you will find Savannah’s largest cemetery featuring over 100-acres of grounds and over 150 years of inspiration, innovation, and tourist visits. Built in 1846, this beautiful Gothic setting is dripping with Spanish moss as well as local folklore, mostly due to the cemetery being immortalized in the famous novel Midnight in the Garden Of Good and Evil. One good look around will show you why this mystical place has captured the imagination of writers, poets, naturalist, photographers, and filmmakers for over 150 years: Bonaventure is part natural cathedral, part sculptural garden, and part beautiful burial ground on a patch of Savannah land that truly transcends time. Among the buried here, you will find military generals, poet Conrad Aiken, lyricist Johnny Mercer, and Georgia's first governor Ed Telfair!
The Lady and Sons - Hey ya’ll, it’s Paula Deen, and her very first restaurant The Lady and Sons in downtown Savannah! This business began humbly in 1989, at first as a lunch delivery service by the name of The Bag Lady. In 1991 a full-service restaurant by the name of The Lady was created, and after only 5 years of burgeoning business a newer, the larger store was opened in downtown Savannah. The Lady and Sons has won several various small business and great food awards, not to mention the wide national and international following of Paula Deen fans who flock to the eatery in swarms daily. You can try such classic southern delights as chicken pot pie, Savannah crab cakes, and even fresh shrimp and grits! A popular lunchtime favorite is the asparagus sandwich served with jelly roll fries, and you have to try to save room for dessert, daily including freshly baked pecan or key lime pie. This is the perfect place to stop and fill your bellies, as well as see a famous chef at work and learn how a small business can thrive into much, much more.
SCAD Museum of Art - The SCAD Museum of Art was created in 2002, established as a part of the Savannah College of Art and Design. This museum has been attracting and delighting visitors from all around the world since it first opened, with new exhibitions every academic quarter, ensuring something new and unique every time you visit! You may choose to take a guided tour, in which your group will get a comprehensive building introduction and history, as well as a close look at the permanent collections and special exhibits. There are possibilities to make arrangements for a group or private tours as well. Be sure to check out the 250 seat state of the art digital projection theater, a place where you can find monthly scheduled films, lectures, and classes. Before you go your group may want to visit the SCAD Cafe, an artful and whimsy filled shop full of gourmet coffee, snacks, sandwiches, and salads, as well as many unique books and gifts!
Carriage Tours of Savannah - End your day with the perfect Savannah tour, a Carriage Tour of Savannah! On this tour, your group will hear the clip-clop of the horse's feet, feel the gentle sway of the carriage, and be immersed into Savannah’s colorful past! During the day you will find a great historic overview of the city, during the night you will find a ghost-themed tour discussing Savannah’s connection to the title of "most haunted city in the United States." This entertaining and informative tour is Savannah’s first and most successful carriage tour, now featured in many magazines, guide books, and videos for over 30 years! Each tour runs about 50 minutes in length, each narrated by professional tour guides and dedicated Savannah city lovers, and depart from the City Market Gazebo. Bring your camera and settle in for one relaxing and informative ride, this truly is the way to ride in style in Savannah!