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Savannah [45], the historic riverside birthplace of Georgia, was settled in 1733 by British colonists led by General James Oglethorpe and Colonel William Bull. In 1864 when General William Tecumseh Sherman marched in, the mayor of Savannah gave Sherman's men run of the city in exchange for leaving it untorched. As a result, Savannah is one of the few major cities in the South with antebellum charm and architecture remaining intact. Savannah has one of the largest historic districts in the country.

Southerners joke that in Atlanta, the first thing locals ask you is your business; in Charleston, they ask your mother's maiden name; and in Savannah, they ask what you want to drink. It's partly that ethos that keeps the city tourism industry flourishing, along with a little help from what locals call "The Book:" Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (also a feature film ). The local art school, Savannah College of Art and Design [46], also keeps the city peopled with liberals and awash in accessible, affordable art.


Forsyth Park with the oak trees and Spanish moss that typify Savannah
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Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

I-95 and I-16 are both readily accessible to the city.

By plane[edit]

Savannah/Hilton Head Island International Airport (IATA: SAV) [47] has a delightful glass-covered square with benches and shops in the center of the terminal, echoing the public squares in Savannah's Historic District. Rental car, shuttle, and taxis are on the lower level to take you into Savannah.

  • American: Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Washington Reagan
  • Delta: Atlanta, Detroit, New York LaGuardia.
  • JetBlue: New York JFK, Boston Logan
  • United: Chicago O'Hare, Washington Dulles, Houston George Bush Intercontinental, Newark.
  • Southwest: Baltimore, Chicago-Midway, Dallas Love Field, Houston-Hobby, Nashville
  • Air Canada: Toronto, Canada.

By train[edit]

Amtrak operates a passenger terminal at Savannah for the Palmetto and Silver Service trains running between New York, New York and Miami, Florida with three southbound and three northbound trains stopping at the station daily.

By bus[edit]

Greyhound [48] - the station is on Oglethorpe Ave. about a half mile from River St.

Get around[edit]

Horse and Carriage

By public transit[edit]

  • Chatham Area Transit [49](CAT) has bus services fanning out from an intermodal Transit Center downtown on W. Oglethorpe Ave. It also operates the free dot Shuttle (Route #5) that winds its way around the Historic District, the free Savannah Belles Ferry that runs across the Savannah River between the Historic District and Hutchinson Island where the Convention Center is, and a free streetcar along River Street on weekends.
  • Since January 2014, CAT also offers a bike sharing program in downtown Savannah called CAT Bike[50].

By car[edit]

The major east-west street through the Historic District is Bay Street, and the major north-south street is Abercorn, which begins at Bay Street and extends south through the city. Parking in the Historic District can be challenging but there are several public parking garages including a new underground 1100 space parking garage beneath the recently completed Ellis Square.

On foot[edit]

  • Savannah's Historic District is a good area to see in the daytime by walking. The Historic District is roughly one mile by one mile, bounded in the north by the Savannah River, the south by Forsyth Park, the east by East Broad St., and the west by the Visitor Center and MLK Jr. Blvd. The downtown public squares (see below) provide more than a day's worth of strolling.
  • Self-guided audio walking tours and personal tour guides provide background on the history surrounding you.

By private bus tours[edit]

  • There are several private bus tours that wind through the Historic District with running commentaries. They can be found at the Visitors' Center and numerous places throughout the Historic District.

By horse and carriage[edit]

  • Horse and carriage is a relaxed option (though not for the horses) for seeing the city at a more leisurely pace and is abundant throughout the historic district.
  • River Street Streetcar, Created in 2008 a former W Class Tram from Melbourne, Australia runs down River Street on a former freight line for about (1km). Currently as of 2019 the service has been suspended for a number of years due to road changes and new buildings blocking the original line. It is hoped the streetcar can be revived in the near future and the line extended into the downtown areas and suburbs.

See[edit][add listing]

Forsyth Park fountain
  • City Market [51]. City Market is a mixed use project in the northwest corner of the Historic District. The rehabilitation of the four block area began in 1985. The result is a physical facility that economically could not be replicated today. City Market has established itself as a destination for entertainment, dining, and retailing in downtown Savannah. To create an anchor attraction that would attract both tourists and Savannah residents, the developer emulated its successful Torpedo Factory project in Alexandria, Virginia and established the Art Center at City Market. This group of working studios for artists occupies approximately 19,000 square feet of space and has created an opportunity for other tenants of City Market to establish and operate viable food, entertainment, and retail businesses. In addition, City Market has three apartments and approximately 11,000 square feet of office space. The new Ellis Square opened in March of 2010 is immediately west of City Market and has an interactive fountain, information kiosk & a new underground 1100 space parking garage making it very easy to park in the heart of the historic & tourist area.
  • River Street [52], a popular cobblestone street (one way east) along the south bank of the Savannah River, is lined with numerous tourist-targeted shops and restaurants. The sculpture of the Waving Girl is towards the east end of River Street. The rest of the Historic District is on a bluff above the riverfront and is connected with River Street via stairs or ramps.
Bonaventure Cemetery
  • Forsyth Park, the large public park marking the southern edge of the Historic District, is ringed with Bed and Breakfasts and crowned with a beautiful fountain. They filmed "The Movie" here, an adaptation of "The Book"; so stay in the park, admire the Spanish moss, and imagine yourself next to John Cusack under the dripping Spanish moss.
  • Bonaventure Cemetery. Fans of "The Book" will find Johnny Mercer's grave here, along with Conrad Aiken's and other Southern notables. The view of the river is wonderful, and the Spanish moss creates a delightfully spooky atmosphere.
  • Grayson Stadium Home of the Savannah Bananas of the Coastal Plain League (CPL). The CPL is a collegiate summer league, featuring top-notched college players from across the nation. [53]


  • Savannah College of Art & Design, [54]. SCAD — founded in 1978 by Paula S. Wallace, Richard Rowan, May Poetter and Paul Poetter — is an independent, accredited and nonprofit school dedicated to the visual and performing arts, design, the building arts and the history of art and architecture. SCAD enrolls more than 10,000 students from all 50 states and at least 100 countries.
  • Lucas Theatre, [55]. SCAD uses it for a number of events including the Savannah Film Festival. The college’s support also allows for a wide range of community uses: the Lucas has presented top-line entertainment including opera from London and Italy, European orchestras, country stars, traveling repertory companies and film series. These events bring in an average of more than 1,000 people per week.
  • Telfair Museum, [56]. The Telfair Museum of Art traces its history from 1886 when the Telfair family home opened to the public as an art museum and school. Now composed of three buildings: the original Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences building, a National Historic Landmark; the Owens-Thomas House, also a National Historic Landmark; and the recently completed Jepson Center for the Arts.
Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie, the 64,000-sq. ft. Jepson Center for the Arts is a state-of-the-art museum facility, featuring expanded gallery spaces, expanded educational resources, much-needed art storage facilities, sculpture gardens, an auditorium, café and museum store.
Over the years the Telfair has become an invaluable confluence of arts, culture and history that reaches out to its audience through a diverse schedule of exhibitions and programs. Currently among the city's most-visited attractions, the museum is even more popular with the 2006 opening of its third venue, the Jepson Center for the Arts.

Great books set in Savannah[edit]

  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, [57]. Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case.


One of Savannah's many historic homes
  • Savannah Film Festival, [58]. Held in late October/early November. The festival features more than 50 films, selected from more than 600 entries in the categories of feature, short, animation, documentary and student competition, which are submitted from all over the world. The featured screenings represent a variety of independent filmmakers, while a cross section of workshops, lectures, receptions and special events gives the festival participants an opportunity to meet colleagues active in all areas of film production.
  • Savannah Music Festival, [59]. "Southern, Soulful and Sophisticated." The Festival's distinctive line-up showcases indigenous music from the Deep South, originally conceived chamber music, and a wealth of internationally renowned musicians representing an abundance of musical styles and genres.
  • Savannah Tour of Homes, [60]. This annual spring event offers self-guided walking tours through private homes and gardens in Savannah's National Landmark Historic District.
  • Sidewalk Arts Festival, [61]. Held in the Spring. The sidewalks of Savannah's charming Forsyth Park come to life with remarkable original artwork and live music. This event is free and open to the public. The Sidewalk Arts Festival draws thousands of visitors to view temporary chalk masterpieces created on the sidewalks of the historic park.
  • St. Patrick's Day, [62]. Held on March 17th, this is considered by many to be the second largest party in the country. The almost four hour parade winds through the beautiful historic district where families are picnicing in the squares, and the azaleas are in full bloom. "College antics" are usually relegated River Street later that evening, making the day very much family friendly, and loads of kitschy fun.[63]

Historic public squares[edit]

Gen. Oglethorpe and Col. Bull laid out their new settlement in 1733 in a series of wards, in which commercial and residential buildings surround a public square. The original four public squares were Johnson, Ellis, Telfair, and Wright. By the mid 19th century, there were 24 public squares in Savannah. Two squares, Elbert and Liberty, both along Montomery St., have been lost to modern construction, and a third one, Ellis, once lost, is being restored.

  • Calhoun Square, Calhoun Square was laid out in 1851, one of the last squares. It is on Abercorn Street with the cross streets being Taylor and Gordon. It was named for John C. Calhoun a well known South Carolina politician. Massie School and Wesley Monumental Methodist Church are on this square.
  • Chatham Square, Chatham Square was laid out in 1847, one of the last squares. It is on Barnard Street with the cross streets being Taylor and Gordon. It was named for William Pitt, the Earl of Chatham. On the Southeast corner of the square is Gordon Row, fifteen four story townhouses built as rental housing. The Barnard Street School, now one of the buildings of the Savannah College of Art and Design is on the Northwest corner of the square.
  • Chippewa Square, This square was laid out in 1815 and named for a battle in the War of 1812. In 1820, this square was a center of nighlife as the William Jay designed theater (still there although greatly altered) was on this square. The classical First Baptist Church and the Charles Cluskey designed Moses Eastman House at 17 W. McDonough are also on Chippewa. North of the square is Independent Presbyterian Church on Bull St. at Oglethorpe. The center of this square is James Edward Oglethorpe's monument. The square is also notable for being the square with the bus stop in the movie Forrest Gump. (The bus stop bench doesn't actually exist, it was a movie prop.)
  • Columbia Square, In the center of this square is the Wormsloe Fountain, placed there in 1970 as a memorial to Augusta and Wymberly DeRenne, descendants of Noble Jones. Davenport House, the house saved in 1955 by seven women who went on to found Historic Savannah Foundation, is on the North side of this square. It is also the site of current preservation activities. The Frederic Ball House and the former law offices on the Western side of the square next to the Kehoe House. The Stone House, dating from the 1820s has been restored. The Universalist Church, on the Southwest corner of the square, is the former Sheftall House.
  • Crawford Square, This square was laid out in the 1840s and named to honor William Harris Crawford who was Secretary of the Treasury under President Madison and once thought to be a prime contender for President of the United States. It is the only square that is still fenced as all the squares were at one time. Crawford Square is on Houston Street between Perry and Hull Streets.
  • Elbert Square, This square is one of two lost squares. It was located on Montgomery St. directly across from the westside entrance to the Civic Center and is represented by a small grassy area today. The square was laid out in 1801 and named for Samuel Elbert, planter and Revolutionary soldier. In 1969 the "Flame of Freedom" was placed here, but subsequently it was moved to Liberty Square in front of the Courthouse.
  • Ellis Square, This square is one of the original four squares, laid out in 1733. It was also referred to as Marketplace Square because that was its use. The square was named for Henry Ellis, second Royal Governor. Unfortunately, in 1954, this entire square, on Barnard Street between W. Bryan and W. Congress Streets, was covered by a city parking garage. This parking garage was torn down in 2007 and is being replaced by an underground parking structure, Savannah's first, with Ellis Square restored on top.
    • On the west side of Ellis Square, the City Market complex extends for two blocks over to Franklin Square. Ellis was the site of the Old City Market, which was demolished in the early 1950s to make way for the infamous parking garage. The loss of the Old City Market upset residents to the extent that efforts began to prevent further losses of irreplaceable buildings.
  • Franklin Square, This square is on Montgomery Street between Congress and Bryan Streets. It was named for Benjamin Franklin who had been the Georgia Colony's agent in London. It was laid out in 1791 and for many years the City's water tower was here so it was referred to as Water Tower or Reservoir Square. The First African Baptist Church is on the West side of the square and the end of the City Market complex is on the East side. Franklin Square was restored in the 1980s, the same time period when the City Market complex was built.
  • Greene Square, Established in 1799, this square was named to honor General Nathanael Greene, second in command to General George Washington in the American Revolutionary War. The square is on Houston Street, between three convening streets -- York, State (originally named "Prince Street"), and President (originally named "King Street" prior to the American Revolutionary War).
    • The Second African Baptist Church, dating to 1802, is on the west Trust Lot of the square. At this church site with Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War, Major-Gen. William Sherman announced the famous "Forty Acres and a Mule" to the newly freedmen. On January 12, 1865 when black ministers met with Stanton & Sherman this was reported: "John Cox, aged fifty-eight years, born in Savannah; slave until 1849, when he bought his freedom for $1,100. Pastor of the 2d African Baptist Church. In the ministry fifteen years. Congregation 1,222 persons. Church property worth $10,000, belonging to the congregation." [64]
    • On the Southeast corner, Savannah Gray Bricks were used in the construction of 521 East York Street. A sign on the house notes that the bricks were made at the Hermitage Plantation on the Savannah River.
    • At the corner of Houston and State streets is the 1810 Cunningham House built for Henry Cunningham, the first pastor of the Second Colored Baptist Church (now Second African Baptist Church located on Greene Square). He was born a free man in McIntosh County, Georgia in 1759.
    • 502-512 East State Street were built in 1890.
    • 542 East State Street is the home built for free blacks Charlotte and William Wall (ca. 1818).
    • 124 Houston Street is a clapboard house built in 1815 by Isaiah Davenport, a builder, who came to Savannah from Rhode Island. Another Isaiah Davenport home is now a house museum on Columbia Square.
    • 117 – 119 Houston Street (ca 1810) is believed to be one of the early paired houses in the city, later used as the Savannah Female Orphan Asylum.
    • Featured as one of Savannah "tiny" houses and painted in the red color often used on 18th Century wood homes in Savannah, 536 East State Street was built for John Dorsett in 1845. It had originally been located on Hull Street but was moved to this location in order to save it.
    • 513 East York Street, is a little two-story cottage built in 1853 for the estate of Catherine DeVeaux, a decendant of Jane DeVeauxes. Jane Deveauxes who was sent to the North for an education, but returned to establish a secret school from her home at St. Julian and Price streets from 1847 until after the Civil War. Along with another teacher of African students, Mary Beasley, Jane DeVeauxes was a member of Second African Baptist Church on Greene Square. Jane Deveaux’s school is generally regarded as having been the longest lived, approaching 30 years, and was in existence when General Sherman arrived in late 1864.
    • At 548 East President Street is Green Palm Inn [65], built as a seaman's cottage, now one of Savannah's top-rated historic breakfast inns.
  • Johnson Square, This is the city's first square, laid out in 1733. It was named for Robert Johnson, Governor of South Carolina when the Georgia colony was founded. The public mill and oven were located on this square and it was the site of the earliest church, Christ Church, which is still there; but not in the original building. The Savannah Bank Building, now First Union, was the City's first "skyscraper." It was built in 1911 on the Northeast corner of Bull Street and Bryan. This is the banking square and many of the City's banks are located here. In the center of the square is the Nathanial Greene Monument.
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
  • LaFayette Square, This square, located on Abercorn Street between Charlton and Harris Streets was laid out in 1837. Until 1846, the City jail was located here; but when it was moved, Andrew Low purchased some of the land and built in 1849 what we now refer to as the Andrew Low House. This house, on the West side of the square, is next to the Battersby-Hartridge House, the only Charleston style house in the City.
    • The Hamilton Turner House is also on this square as is the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home. This home, now operated as a public museum, is where the renowned Georgia author lived as a child.
    • On the North side of the square is the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (built in 1873) and its school buildings.
  • Liberty Square, This is one of two lost squares. It was located on Montgomery Street in front of the present County Courthouse. It was laid out in 1799 and named to celebrate the freedom and independence gained through the Revolution and to honor the "Sons of Liberty" who had fought for independence. The "Flame of Freedom" is now on this site.
  • Madison Square, This square was named to honor President James Madison and laid out in 1837. It is on Bull Street with Harris and Charlton providing boundaries. The first home built on this square in the 1830's was the Sorrel-Weed House on the North West corner. On the West side of the square there is St. John's Episcopal Church and its parish house, the Green-Meldrim House which is open to the public. On the corner of Charlton and Bull, there is the Scottish Rite Temple designed by Hyman Witcover who was also the architect for the present Savannah City Hall. Across from that is the Savannah Volunteer Guards Armory, now one of the Savannah College of Art and Design's buildings. The DeSoto Hilton Hotel, on the Northeast corner, was built in the 1960s after the original DeSoto was torn down.
    • The site was originally the Oglethorpe Barracks, c. 1834, the site of early military parades.
    • The center of Madison Square is the Sgt. Jasper Monument.
  • Monterey Square, In 1847, the Irish Jasper Greens, a Savannah military group, returned from the Mexican war and this name (Monterey) was given to honor one of the battles in that war. All of the buildings on this square except one (the United Way building) are original to the square.
    • Temple Mickve Israel is here with its museum which is open to the public.
    • On the Southwest corner, at 3 W. Gordon, is the Noble Hardee House, completed in 1869 as a double house but later converted into a single dwelling. Also on this square is the Mercer-Williams House and the 1857 built Oglethorpe Club building.
    • The Pulaski Monument is in the center of Monterey Square.
  • Oglethorpe Square, one of Savannah's first six planned squares in the city plan by James Edward Oglethorpe, this square is on Abercorn Street between State Street (called "Prince Street" prior to the American Revolutionary War) and York Streets.
    • Named "Upper New Square" when laid out in 1742, the square was later renamed in honor of Georgia founder James Edward Oglethorpe.
    • On the East side of this square was the modest home of Georgia's first Royal Governor, John Reynolds. The spot was overlooking the square on the southeast Trust Lot -- now a parking lot of The Presidents' Quarters Inn [66]). Reynolds arrived in Savannah October 29, 1754.
    • On the northeast Trust Lot, the site of today's Telfair's Owens-Thomas House {], was the residences of the Royal Surveyors of Georgia and South Carolina. The Owens-Thomas House is widely considered the finest example of Regency architecture in the United States. Upon his visit to Savannah, General Marquis de Lafayette lodged in the mansion and spoke to the citizens of Savannah from the balcony overlooking President Street (formerly known as "King Street" prior to the American Revolutionary War).
    • The square contains a pedestal honoring Moravian missionaries who arrived at the same time as John Wesley and settled in Savannah from 1735 to 1740, before resettling in Pennsylvania.
    • Formerly the Unitarian Church (Jingle Bells Church), sat on the east side of the square; however, it was moved to Troup Square in 1997.
    • On the Sourthwest corner is the Savannah College of Art and Design administration building. It was formerly Urban Health Center, originally built in 1907 as the Marine Hospital.
  • Orleans Square, This square, located on Barnard St., between Perry and Hull Streets, was laid out in 1815 and named to honor the heroes of the War of 1812. The German Societies placed a fountain and benches in this square in the late 1980s.
    • The house with the massive columns on the East side of the square was built in 1844 for Aaron Champion. It is known as the Harper-Fowlkes House which is owned by the Society of Cincinnati in the state of Georgia. Across the square is the Civic Center, completed in 1970.
  • Pulaski Square, This square on Barnard Street between Harris and Charlton Streets was laid out in 1837 and named for Count Casimir Pulaski, the highest ranking foreign officer to die in the American Revolution.
    • The red brick Jewish Education Alliance building on the East side of the square is now a dormitory for the Savannah College of Art and Design. The house on the Northwest corner of Barnard and Harris is new housing, completed in 1993. The house across from it is the 1839 house of Francis Bartow, a Confederate hero. It is now several apartments.
  • Reynolds Square, Located on Abercorn Street between Congress and Bryan Streets, this square was named for James Reynolds, a Georgia Royal Governor.
    • On the Northeast trust lot, the Filature House was located. This center of the silkworm effort was the first large building in the colony and used as a meeting center before it burned down in the mid 1800s. The Corps of Engineers building is now on that site.
    • The Pink House is one of the few houses to survive the Great Fire of 1796. Across St. Juilian Street from it, also on the West side of the square is the Oliver Sturgiss House. He was a partner with William Scarbrough in the Steamship Savannah venture. The Southwest trust lot on this square was the site of the parsonage in the earliest colonial days. The Christ Church Parish House is on the Northeast corner.
    • The square also houses the John Wesley Monument.
  • Telfair Square, From 1733 to 1883, this square was named St. James Square and was one of the most fashionable residential areas. It was renamed to honor Edward Telfair, three time governor of Georiga (1786-1792) and his family. Located on Barnard Street between York and State Streets.
    • The Telfair family home, now the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the oldest art museums in the South. The Trinity Methodist Church and the Federal Buildings which were completed in the 1980s are on this square.
  • Troup Square, This square, located on Habersham between Charlton and Harris Streets, was laid out in 1851. It was named for George Michael Troup, Congressional Representative, Governor, and Senator. There was only one other square, Washington Square, named for a person who was alive when so honored.
    • On the West side of the square there are the high stoop McDonough Row Houses, built in 1882 that were the object of one of the first historic restoration efforts in the 1960s when federal funds became available for historic preservation activities.
    • Kennedy Row, low stoop brick houses on the West side of the square, were built in 1872 and also rehabilitated in the Troup Square Renewal Project.
    • Also on the West side of the squre, there is a dog fountain that was reinstalled in the 1980s.
    • The Armillary Sphere in the center of the square was created in the 1970s and represents an ancient astronomical device. It originally had gold continents inside and twelve Zodiacs on the rim; but were removed to prevent theft or further vandalism.
  • Warren Square, This square, laid out in 1791, is on Habersham Street between Bryan and Congress Streets. It was named for General Joseph Warren, killed in the 1775 battle of Bunker Hill. The city parking garage covers the two western Trust Lots.
    • The Spencer House, built in 1791, on the West side of the square, underwent a total resoration in the 1980s. A private philanthropist has completely redone the double house on the Northwest corner of Habersham Street in 1993.
    • On St. Julian Street between this square and Washington Square there are some of the oldest houses in the historic district.
  • Washington Square, This square, on Houston Street, is near the site of the old Trustees Garden. It was named for George Washington. For many years, until the mid-twentieth century, this square was the scene of the biggest New Year's Eve bonfires, many often taller than the houses around the square.
    • The Seaman's House, operated by the Port Society to serve the needs of visiting seaman, is on the Southwest side of the square.
    • The Mulberry Inn, also on this square, was originally a cotton warehouse, built in the 1860s, then a Coca-Cola bottling plant before being converted to an inn.
  • Whitefield Square, This square, on Habersham between Taylor and Gordon Streets, is named for the Rev. George Whitefield, an early minister in the colony, friend of John Wesley, and founder of the Bethesda Orphanage in 1740. Done in 1851, this was the last of the City's squares. Around the square there are wooden Victorian houses, a later style in the historic district.
    • On the North side of the square are two very tall, modern buildings: the Red Cross and the Rose of Sharon apartments. Also on this square is the First Congregational Church.
  • Wright Square, This is one of the oldest of the City's squares, laid out in 1733. It is on Bull Street between State and York Streets. It was originally called Percival Square to honor Viscount Percival, later the Earl of Egmont. It was renamed to honor James Wright, Georgia's last Royal Governor.
    • It was commonly called "Court House Square," as from its earliest days to the present, it has held a courthouse on the site. The present yellow brick courthouse, on the east side, was designed by William Gibbons Preston and was renovated in 1992 for continued use by County offices.
    • Next to the Court House, also on the east side of the square, on a Trust Lot, is the Lutheran Church of the Ascension, built in 1844. Also on the square is the United States Post Office, built in 1899 of Georgia Marble. Around the top of the building there are panels of all different types of marble quarried in Georgia.
    • On this square, Tomochichi was buried in an elaborate funeral service in 1739. His monument remained as done by the early colonists until it was demolished in the early 1880s to make way for a monument to William Washington Gordon. The members of the Colonial Dames in Georgia were responsible for placing a huge boulder of Georgia granite in the Southeast side of the square in memory of Tomochichi.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Take a Riverboat Cruise on the Savannah River Queen or the Georgia Queen. [67]
  • Visit the Savannah Visitors Center and the Savannah History Museum.
  • Ride the free Savannah Belles Ferry across the Savannah river to Hutchinson Island.
  • Watch the show at Club One Jefferson (Home of The Lady Chablis-Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil)
  • Walk the Bull Street corridor from City Hall (at Bay St.) to the fountain in Forsyth Park.
  • Take a picture with a statue in one of the historic squares.
  • Walk down River Street, see the Waving Girl, and shop in one of the local candy shops
  • Shop at City Market. Check out the local art galleries, where you can often pick up great student art for prices easy on the wallet. The A.T. Hun Gallery is also a great bet, featuring some great dreamscapes by local Brian MacGregor. Must see MacGregor's personal art gallery upstairs near Vinnies pizza and check out his website at
  • Visit the Telfair Museum of Art and the Jepson Center for the Arts
  • Stay at a Savannah B&B historic mansion inn for high drama and beautiful scenery.
  • Children will enjoy following the "Savannah Safari," a coloring book of Savannah's wildlife typically depicted in dolphin rain downspouts and lion water fountains.
  • Buy cookies at the Byrd Cookie Company
  • Take a trolley tour or one of the many ghost tours.
  • Visit the Juliette Gordon Low birthplace and the beginning of the Girls Scout.
  • Tour the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)
  • Picnic in Forsyth Park
  • Attempt to find Forrest Gump's bench at Chippewa Square
  • Visit Flannery O'Connor's childhood home. She played in the square and kept chickens here, and for Southern literary buffs, the small house is a must.
  • See a Savannah Bananas baseball game at Grayson Stadium.
  • Legends of Savannah Ghost Tour, Johnson Square, 877-703-9225, [1]. 8 & 10PM. Spine-tingling presentation of stories about real people, true history, and ghosts! Tour filled with stories from Savannah's spectral past. Venture down shadowy streets where apparitions of murderous pirates still roam, where the first woman in Georgia was hanged, and where unexpected sounds and sights will make your skin crawl. Lasts approximately 90 minutes and is an easy walk of less than one mile with frequent stops along the way. $14 Adult / $7 Child.  edit
  • Ghost City Tours. 912-660-9539 Savannah, GA 31401. Ghost City Tours of Savannah includes a variety if different types of tours. Whatever you are looking for, Ghost City Tours will have it. Not only is there the thrill of a ghost tour, but all the facts the tour guides present are 100% historically accurate.
    • The Grave Tales Ghost Tour. 9pm. 7 days a week. 90 minute tour. Ages 12 & up: $19.95. Ages 6-11:$9.95. Ages 5 & under: Free. Starting Point: Johnson Square. As one of the most popular ghost tours in Savannah, it appeals to every history buff. All facts are unexaggerated and very well researched. This tour will take you through Savannah’s haunted mansions and historic homes, haunted cemeteries and burial grounds, and a revolutionary war battlefield.
    • The Beyond Good and Evil Tour. 8pm & 10pm. Monday - Saturday. 90 minute tour. Adult only: $29.95. Starts at Colonial Park Cemetery. This tour visits many locations depicted in the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. You will investigate burial grounds where it is known to hear moans and screams of the dead. You will visit the voodoo ritual sites of root doctor Gullah Geechee. Also, the largest unchanged slave burial grounds are a must see on this tour!
    • The Dead of Night Ghost Tour. 11pm. 7 nights a week. 90 minute tour. Adults only: $29.95. Starts in Johnson Square. This is the spookiest tour offered to adults 17+ only. This tour focuses on the question of ghost hunting. You will investigate the stories of the most infamous historic locations. You will investigate demonic hauntings, murders, mass burial grounds, and so forth.
    • Ghost Pub Crawl. 10pm. Tuesday - Saturday. 90 minute tour. 21 and over only: $24.95. Starts at Tondee’s Tavern. This tour combines ghosts and good times. This tour will take you through the most haunted bars and pubs in the historic district.
  • Individual Haunted Locations
    • The Davenport House. 324 East State Street. Not only is the Davenport house a huge contribution to the architectural community, it is also a very haunted premises. The ghost stories include that of a very popular ghost cat and the story of a young girl.
    • Madison Square. Bull Street. One of the most haunted outdoor locations. Fallen British soldiers' bodies have been found when digging for construction purposes. The shadows of these disturbed bodies have been seen lurking in the evening.
    • Moon River Brewing Company. 21 West Bay Street. Thanks to popular t.v. shows such as Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures, the Moon River Brewing Company factory has become hugely popular. In the 1800's the building was used as a hospital for yellow fever outbreaks, where mostly children died. Also, it is claimed that the basement was used to house slaves.
    • Colonial Park Cemetery. 201 Abercorn Street. This location has been nicknamed “Paranormal Central.” Within only 6 acres there are 10,000 bodies under the surface, but only 1,000 grave markers remain, creating disturbed entities. The most famous story of this cemetery is that of Rene Rondolier whose spirit is often seen hanging from the “hanging tree.” When Rondolier lived he had killed multiple young girls in this very cemetery and was hanged when he was caught. Colonial Park Cemetery was also known to be the site of many voodoo rituals and ceremonies where graves were raided to obtain human bones. Finally, just south of the cemetery walls was known as the official dueling grounds when dueling was legal back in the day.
    • The Kehoe House. 123 Habersham Street. This building is known to have ghost stories of children who have passed away. Guests to this house have reported hearing children's’ laughter and the feeling of someone touching them as they sleep in this Bed and Breakfast.
    • The Olde Pink House. Restaurant 23 Abercorn Street. Enjoy a lovely meal while hanging out with the spirits that revel in this location. Guests have reported seeing and even speaking to a man dressed in old style attire who tends to disappear in thin air when you look away for even a second.
    • The Pirate’s House Restaurant. 20 East Broad Street. This restaurant is over 250 years old and it’s story is very well known throughout Savannah. The story behinf this location goes as follows: In the old days men drink at the bar, get drunk, pass out, and wake up in the morning a few miles off shore on a ship. These men were then forced into labor on the ship. Guests have reported seeing “transparent” sailors moving through the rooms of the house.
    • Wright Square. Bull Street. Historically, this square was home of the first white burial ground. Here lay the bodies of the first deceased in Savannah. Also, this square was home to Savannah’s gallows. The story of the first woman sentenced to death in Savannah lies here.
    • The Mercer Williams House. 430 Whitaker Street. The main ghost story here is that of Jim Williams who is the main character of the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Also, it was been told that a young boy had fallen of the Mercer House roof and impaled himself on the metal fence below. Guests have reported seeing his ghost live out the last horrifying moments of his life over and over agin.
  • Captain Jay, 3508 Macceo Drive, 912-8447140, [2]. always open. Fish or explore the pristine coast of Savannah: coastal fishing, eco/historical tours, sightseeing, dolphin watch or your specific interests. Pickup available from downtown Savannah riverfront.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

The Paris Market & Brocante
  • ShopSCAD, 340 Bull Street on Madison Square, [68]. Great works of art by students at SCAD. Right across the street from the Gryphon Tea Room. Why buy junky mass produced souvenirs when you can support student artists? They always have a wonderful mix of eclectic items.
  • E. Shaver Booksellers, 326 Bull Street on Madison Square (phone: 912.234.7257). This is a great locally owned bookstore. Tons of new books inhabit many intimate rooms. If you eavesdrop on the doyennes who work there, you can learn all kinds of juicy gossip on the locals. They always have good advice on the latest book or that literary souvenir for Aunt Sue.
  • The Book Lady Bookstore, 6 E. Liberty St, just off Bull St., across the st. from the Desoto Hilton 912-233-3628 [69] Hours M-Sat 10-5:30. Exactly as a bookstore should look and feel, this full service used, rare, and new books shop, steps right out of a Dickens novel. Right around the corner from Shaver's, The Book Lady has lots of cozy places to sit, knowledgeable staff, and endless hard-to-find books in all genres. Free wifi, reading garden, and a cafe that serves coffee, tea, cold drinks, cookies and more. Check their events schedule for author readings and book signings.
  • Savannah Comics, 4 E. Liberty St. (just off Bull St.), 912 236 5192. M-Su 11AM-12 midnight. Locally owned video rental store with an impressive selection of independent, foreign and Savannah related films. Also check out their wide variety of new comics and graphic novels.  edit
  • ZIA Boutique (ZIA), 325 W. Broughton St., 912-233-3237. 11AM - 6PM. A beautiful and hip boutique with a stunning & exotic selection of global Jewelry. The owner travels the world in search of the unusual and offers his own bold designs as well. $20 - $400.  edit
  • The Paris Market & Brocante, 36 W. Broughton St., Phone: 912-232-1500 [70]. A wonderful treasure trove of a little bit of everything -- items for home, etc. The owner has a wonderful eye for the unusual.
  • Joseph's Salon, 912-236-8515, Drayton Street. Full service pampering and consultations, nails, hair, and skin care, located in the historic district beside the Desoto Hilton Hotel. Owner Joseph Moody has been the go-to hairstylist for beautiful hair in Savannah for over 20 years. Call for an appointment.
  • Portobello Antiques, 220 E. Oglethorpe Ave, (912) 651-1056, is an upscale antiques and decorating store. They have quality vendors in a clean enviroment. This is true New South style.
  • Savannah Art Works, 240 Bull Street, 912-443-9331, [3]. 1-5 sun 11-6 mon.-sat.. Art and craft gift gallery. Located in heart of the historic district. Featuring self-taught southern artists. Folkie, fun and affordable.  edit
  • Time Machine Portrait Co. (Old Time Photos), 112 West Broughton Street (On Broughton next to the Gap between Whitaker and Barnard), 912-233-7704, [4]. An Old Time Photography studio with four great sets (Victorian Savannah, Pirate Ship, Roaring 20's Speakeasy, & Wild West Saloon) and tons of authentic costumes!  edit
  • Wormsloe Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Road, (912) 353-3023, [5]. Tu-Su 9-5. The entrance has a beautiful avenue of live oak tree, plus there is a visitor's center with history of the plantation and trails along the marshes. $3.50-$6.  edit
  • See a show at the Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull Street, 912-233-7764, [6]. See a musical variety show with the talented performers of this theatre company.  edit
  • Folklorico, 440 Bull Street, (912) 232-9300, [7]. M-Sa 10AM - 5PM Su 1PM - 5PM. Great place for Fair Trade, handmade products. Owners travel around the world to find treasures to share.  edit
  • Savannah Historic District Illustrated Map, 678-642-0196, [8]. Available at the Visitors Center and select retailers throughout Savannah, this award-winning, birds-eye-view illustrated map of the Historic District is an essential travel tool for your visit. Not only does it show all major attractions in vivid color and detail, but it also serves as a comprehensive information guide listing historical facts, ghost stories, even hidden gems. There's a complete list of lodging, restaurants, tours, and museums on back. Best of all, it's ad-free! $5.95.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Tubby's, River Street. Excellent crab cakes. Great view of river street and the Savannah River from an upstairs balcony. Friendly service, good views, great food and drinks make it an excellent place. $$.  edit


  • Mrs. Wilkes's Boarding House[71], W. Jones near Whitaker, lower level. An original Savannah experience. Offers genuine southern home cooking served family style. Locals and tourists enjoy the convivial family dining. President Barack Obama dined here when he visited Savannah in March 2010.
  • SOHO South Cafe 12 W. Liberty Street, centrally located in Savannah's historic district. Adorable and comfortable funky decor in an old car garage with a large menu of great salads, sandwiches, and more. Artwork, crafts and books also for sale. Favorite of locals too. Outside tables also available.
  • Lady & Sons[72], W. Congress and Whitaker. A popular Savannah experience, made even more popular with the exponential explosion of Paula Deen and sons on the Food Network. Reservations for lunch are taken beginning at 9:30AM. Expect a wait.
  • Wiley's Championship BBQ [73] Corner of Highway 80 and Island's Expressway (out President Street Extension), 10 minutes from downtown Savannah. Often the top rated Savannah restaurant on, the "barbecue joint" features championship quality beef, chicken and port BBQ complemented by homemade southern sides daily for lunch (11a-2p) and supper (5p-8p). Closed on Sunday.
  • Gallery Espresso, Corner of Bull and Perry Streets. Outside seating on Chippewa Square makes this arty coffee shop even more appealing to locals and tourists alike. A large, almost daunting, menu of coffees, teas, sweets and sandwiches is sure to satisfy your hunger, while the abundant local art on display feeds the mind.
  • Walls BBQ, 515 E. York Lane (on a lane, that is, an alley, just behind Oglethorpe Avenue in the Historic District, 232-9754.) Insiders know this is a true Savannah experience. The best crab cakes in Savannah, lots of yummy vegetables, and homemade desserts. Hard to find but well worth it.
  • Pirates' House[74], E. Broad near E. Bay. A Savannah tradition next to the historic Trustee Garden. The place to go with kids. Yo-ho-ho!
  • Express Cafe & Bakery[75], 39 Barnard St. Locals and tourists enjoy reasonably priced breakfast, lunch, snacks in a comfortable setting, just south of Ellis Square.
  • B. Matthew's Eatery[76], 325 E. Bay on the bluff overlooking the River.
  • Johnny Harris, 1651 E. Victory Drive. Old school Savannah BBQ place. Eat in the kitchen for a casual meal, in the bar for a cozy feel, or in the ballroom for a more spiffy dinner. The fried chicken is the best in town. The BBQ sauce is a classic.
  • The Gryphon Tea Room A tea room, owned by the Savannah College of Art and Design, in an old pharmacy on Madison Square. Tea and atmosphere are excellent, but service and food often disappoint.
  • Mellow Mushroom, [77]. Laid-back pizza restaurant chain with full bar, good pizza, and many vegetarian options. 11 W Liberty St.
  • The Pink Pig, [78]. Charming BBQ restaurant just across the Savannah River!
  • Angel's BBQ[79], 21 W Oglethorp Ln, Hole-in-the-wall but hip BBQ joint with a handful of tables, very large sauce selection, and lots of vibe.
  • The Bay Cafe #1 Jefferson Street, beneath Club One. Full Service Food and Drink 5p-3a 7 days a week.

Local treats[edit]

  • Byrd Cookie Company[80]. A hometown favorite, this Savannah cookie company offers a multitude of favorites but make sure to try their famous Scottish Oatmeals!
  • River Street Sweets[81]. A must for Savannah visitors, this candy shops makes the candy right in front of you. You can buy home made fudge or their world famous pralines.
  • Savannah Rum Runners[82]. This local cake shop offers delicious rum cakes as well as other fine treats.
  • Leopold's Ice Cream[83]. A nostalgic soda fountain, ice cream parlor and sandwich shoppe re-created by Savannahian and Hollywood movie producer, Stratton Leopold. The original shoppe was on the corner of Habersham and Gwinnett Streets, just down the street from the birthplace of Johnny Mercer, Savannah's "Huckleberry Friend" and legendary lyricist known best perhaps for "Moon River," made famous in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and for "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah," made famous in Walt Disney's "Song of the South."
  • Nancy’s Seafood (””), “" (Head west on West Bay street from downtown and stop at Nancy's seafood just a little past the viaduct.), “" (, fax: “"), [9]. “". They also have cooked: garlic crab, conch, and deviled crab. All very good. No place to eat, but great to take on a picnic. “". (“”,“") edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Savannah is called the "Hostess City of the South" and as such, there are no shortages of watering holes; from hole-in-the wall joints to upscale bars. In downtown Savannah, it is legal to consume alcohol in public. Ask the bartender or doorman for a "go cup" (a "traveler" if you're a local) to pour your libation in.

  • The Original Pinkie Masters is a Savannah dive bar. It stands on Drayton in between Lafayette and Madison Square. Jimmy Carter started his successful 1976 Presidential campaign here. There was an infamous split in which the bar temporarily moved. However, if you are uninterested in the politics of it all it is the best place in town to get an affordable drink and see locals, eccentrics and both functional and no so functional alcoholics.
  • Circa 1875 48 Whitaker St. Lots of paneling and atmosphere, this beautiful and cozy bar with an extensive wine selection also mixes great drinks. Becoming the hangout for the intellectual set.
  • Club One Jefferson #1 Jefferson Street - Club One defines itself as the premier gay bar in a town priding itself on a level of decadence that falls somewhere between New Orleans's and Key West's, and it's the hottest and most amusing spot in town. Patrons include lesbians and gays from the coastal islands, visiting urbanites, and cast and crew of whatever film is being shot in Savannah at the time (Demi Moore and Bruce Willis showed up here in happier times). There's also likely to be a healthy helping of voyeurs who've read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. You pay your admission at the door then wander through the street-level dance bar, trek down to the basement-level video bar for a (less noisy) change of venue, and (if your timing is right) climb one floor above street level for a view of the drag shows. There, a bevy of black and white artistes lip-synch the hits of Tina Turner, Gladys Knight, and Bette Midler. The bar is open daily 5PM to 3AM. Shows are nightly at 10:30PM and 12:30AM.
  • Molly McPhersons Congress St. Scottish bar populated with the 20-something set.
  • Moon River Brew Pub, [84]. Brewpub with good range of beers, standard bar food.
  • Wet Willies Well known for their potent frozen drinks. Located on River St.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

In addition to hotels there are numerous Airbnbs in the city. Prices get hefty close to Forsyth park or River Street, but more affordable as you move a bit further out.

  • The Inn on West Liberty, 109 West Liberty Street, +1 912 238-0806, [10]. checkin: 3:00PM; checkout: 11:00AM. 8 room bed and breakfast in the heart of Savannah's historic district. Complimentary Wi-Fi and parking, a freshly prepared breakfast each morning, daily housekeeping, and afternoon sweets and wine social hour.  edit
  • Andaz Savannah, 14 Barnard Street, Savannah, GA 31401, (912) 233-2116, [11]. New hotel in the historic district. Across the street from Ellis Square.  edit
  • Azalea Inn and Gardens (Azalea Inn Bed and Breakfast), 217 E Huntingdon St, +1 912 236-6080, [12]. checkin: 3:00PM; checkout: 11:00AM. Inn with 11 rooms in the Garden District of the Historic District. Private off-street parking, nightly dessert, evening wine and hors d'oeuvres, bedtime cordial, and 3-course breakfast. Swimming pool, renowned gardens and eco-friendly style, on-site produce gardens.  edit
  • The Ballastone Inn, 14 E Oglethorpe Ave, +1 800 822-4553, [13]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Bed and breakfast in the historic district. 16 rooms, elevator, around-the-clock concierge, southern breakfast, high tea, bar and private courtyard gardens. $235-$395.  edit
  • Cambria Suites Savannah Airport, 50 Y Johnson Hagins Dr, +1 912 965-9595, [14]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12PM. This hotel has a resort style indoor pool and hot tub and is near the Hilton Head International Airport.  edit
  • Catherine Ward House Inn (Catherine Ward House), 118 East Waldburg Street, 912 234-8564, [15]. checkin: flexible; checkout: 11:00AM. Historic District bed and breakfast located just 1/2 a block from Forsyth Park. Inn features 9 rooms - 2 with king sized beds, 2 with jacuzzis. Full breakfast, wifi access, parking, and free sodas/waters included in room rates. 2 guest rooms are dog friendly (with no weight limit). $149-$249.  edit
  • Clarion Inn & Suites, I-95 & SR 204 E., ex. 94 (I-95 and SR 204 East, Exit 94), +1 912 920-3200, [16]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. 12 miles from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, on-site meeting room, indoor heated pool and hot-tub, fitness center. 70-140.  edit
  • Comfort Inn & Suites Midtown, 211 Stephenson Ave (I-95 to Ex. 94. Right on 204 E (Abercorn). Follow Abercorn 12 miles to Stephenson Ave. Make right turn onto Stephenson. Hotel next to Ryan's.), +1 912 352-9884, [17]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. 5 miles away from downtown Savannah. 70-90.  edit
  • Comfort Suites Gateway, 596 Al Henderson Blvd (I-95 South, exit 94 (HWY 204), turn left. First light turn left, straight ahead located behind Ruby Tuesday's. I-95 North, exit 94 (HWY 204), turn right. At the light, turn left, straight ahead located behind Ruby Tuesday's.), +1 912 920-9499, [18]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. All rooms are suites, Henderson Golf Club less than .5 miles away, wireless internet and breakfast provided, indoor heated pool 90-150.  edit
  • Comfort Suites Historic District, 630 W Bay St (Driving North or South from I-95, take Exit 99A, I-16 East which dead ends to Montgomery Street. At 4th light, make left onto Bay Street. Hotel is 3 blocks on right.), +1 912 629-2001, [19]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Walking distance to River Street and City Market. Every room is a suite, pet-friendly hotel, non-smoking. $120-130.  edit
  • Desoto Hilton, 15 E Liberty St (between Bull and Drayton Sts), 912-232-9000. The Desoto, as locals still call it (the original magnificent Queen Anne Victorian Desoto hotel burned down in the early 20th C) is in the middle of the Historic District. Underground and valet parking, pool, restaurant and lounge, etc.  edit
  • DoubleTree by Hilton (Historic District), 411 West Bay Street (on Bay Street at Montgomery Street), 912-790-7000, [20]. Within walking distance from many downtown Savannah destinations including both the popular City Market and River Street, the DoubleTree by Hilton meets any traveler's needs. (32.081944,-81.096101) edit
  • Econo Lodge Midtown, 7500 Abercorn St (I-95 Exit 94 (SR204), 11 miles to hotel on right. I-16 Exit 164A (Lynes Parkway South), turn right on Abercorn, 1/2 mile on left.), +1 912 352-1657, [21]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Five miles from historic Savannah, thirteen miles from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, AAA and AARP rates offered. 60-80.  edit
  • Econo Lodge Savannah South, "3 (I-95 North exit 94, turn right, right at first light, Hotel on the right. I-95 South exit 94, turn left, right at the light, hotel on the right.), +1 912 925-2770, [22]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Right in the middle of the St. Patrick's Day celebration, on-site restaurant, area golf course packages, pet-friendly, 13 miles from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport 50.  edit
  • Green Palm Inn, [85]. A four-bedroom Victorian B&B near the Riverfront in the historic district.
  • Hamilton-Turner Inn, 330 Abercorn Street, (888) 448-8849 [86]. Historically the talk of the town for its Savannah 400 social status, eclector doctor's early 1900s eco-friendly electric car, and its role in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." A family-friendly bed and breakfast mansion inn.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites (Midtown), 20 Johnston Street (on Abercorn just south of E Derenne Ave), 912-721-3700, [23]. Located just on the outskirts of the historic district, yet in the center of the shopping and dining district. Hundreds of options are only minutes away in the midtown area and many are within walking distance of our Hampton Inn & Suites hotel. (32.022647,-81.110937) edit
  • Hilton Garden Inn (Historic District), 321 West Bay Street (on Bay Street at Montgomery Street), 912-721-5000, [24]. It's old-time Savannah Southern hospitality with 21st-century convenience, sure to make your business or leisure stay pleasant and trouble-free in this convenient downtown Savannah hotel. (32.081886,-81.095164) edit
  • Hilton Garden Inn (Midtown), 5711 Abercorn Street (on Abercorn just south of E Derenne Ave), 912-652-9300, [25]. Located only 3 miles from Savannah's famed Historic District, the Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Midtown is an affordable option. With over 100 stores, 100 restaurants and two shopping malls, all within a 3 mile radius, the hotel offers the best of both worlds. (32.022790,-81.111264) edit
  • Hyatt Regency Savannah, 2 W. Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31401, (912) 238-1234, [26]. Waterfront hotel with views of the Savannah River and direct access to River Street. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, newly renovated guestrooms, our indoor pool, and 24/7 fitness center.  edit
  • Kehoe House Bed and Breakfast, 123 Habersham Street, (800) 820-1020, [87]. A historic bed and breakfast that features rooms named for prominent members of the Savannah area's history.
  • Mansion on Forsyth Park, 700 Drayton St., [88]. In the Historic District. The Mansion on Forsyth Park opened in early April, 2005. The 126-room property, with views of Forsyth Park, was built onto an existing 1888 mansion.
  • Courtyard Savannah Midtown, 6703 Abercorn Street, Savannah GA 31405, 912-354-7878, [27]. Courtyard Savannah Midtown is close to the Savannah Historic District, fine dining, golf courses, Tybee Island, and Hunter Army Airfield. Featuring a state-of-the-art lobby and stylish rooms.  edit
  • Hotel Tybee (Voted Tybee Island's Best Hotel), 1401 Strand Avenue, +1 912 786-7777, [28].  edit
  • Planters Inn on Reynolds Square, 29 Abercorn St, +1 866 588-0248, [29]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: noon. A historic upscale hotel downtown, with free continental breakfast, and internet. $139 and up.  edit
  • The Presidents' Quarters Inn (Presidents' Quarters Bed and Breakfast), 225 E President St (I-16 to Liberty St, right on Liberty, Left on Abercorn, Right on York), +1 912-233-1600, [30]. checkin: 3:00PM; checkout: 11:00AM. A prominent Oglethorpe Square historic inn (circa 1855), with 16 large rooms in the theater center of the Historic District. Private off-street parking, nightly turn-down, afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres, bedtime cordial, and delightful breakfast. (32.077019,-81.089351) edit
  • Quality Inn Heart of Savannah, 300 W Bay St (From I95 take exit 99A (I-16) East towards Savannah to Montgomery Street. Continue on Montgomery Street to Bay Street. Hotel is on the left side), +1 912 236-6321, [31]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. One block from Savannah Civic Center, Non-smoking hotel, pet-friendly. 120-140.  edit
  • Quality Inn Midtown, 7100 Abercorn St (From I-95 north, take exit 94 and make a right turn ontoGA-204. Drive 11.6 miles, go past Eisenhower Drive for .1 mile and the Quality Inn will be on the right side. From I-95 south, take exit 99 to I-16 East. Follow I-16 East to Exit 64A GA-21/Lyns Pkwy/I-516/US 17/US 80. Follow GA-21 S to Abercorn St. Turn right on Abercorn. Make a U-Turn at Eisenhower Dr. Hotel will be on right), +1 912 352-7100, [32]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Newly renovated hotel, business center, Lounge/Bar on-site, pet-friendly 70-90.  edit
  • River Street Inn, 124 E. Bay Street, 912-234-6400, [33]. A very intimate hotel overlooking Savannah River with 86 rooms and 4 on-site restaurants. 100% non-smoking.  edit
  • Sans Boutique Hotel, 480 Al Henderson Blvd, +1 912 629-0650, [34]. Free wifi, plasma tvs, and continental breakfast.  edit
  • Savannah International Pensione, 304 E Hall St, +1 912 236-7744, [35]. checkin: 5PM-11PM; checkout: 7AM-11AM. Victorian house with a carriage houise in the back. Free wireless internet, bike rentals offered. Main house closed noon-5PM for cleaning, carriage house has 24 hour access. Shared rooms $23 per person (group of 3 or more people; hostel-style dormitories not offered), private rooms $45-$65 (1-2 people), carriage house rooms $60-$85 (1-3 people).  edit
  • Sleep Inn, 17013 Abercorn St (I-95 Exit 94. Hotel is located behind Cracker Barrell Restaurant. This used to be exit 16 off I-95. Now it is exit 94), +1 912 921-1010, [36]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. Breakfast and internet provided, outdoor pool, daily guided tour buses of Savannah pick-up/drop off at hotel. 60-70.  edit
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott (Historic District), 150 Montgomery Street (on the corner of Liberty Street and Montgomery Street), 912-629-5300, [37]. Savannah's newest all-suite hotel, the SpringHill Suites Historic District, offers a contemporary feel in a historic setting. The Savannah hotel is located in the heart of downtown historic district only 2 blocks from River Street, City Market and The Juliette Gordon Low House. (32.078189,-81.096426) edit
  • Suburban Extended Stay Abercorn, 10614 Abercorn Extension, +1 912 920-7700, [38]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 12PM. Free wireless high-speed Internet access in all rooms.  edit
  • Savannah Bed & Breakfast Inn, 117 West Gordon Street (at Chatham Square near Forsyth Park), 912 238 0518, [39]. checkin: 3pm; checkout: 11am. Dating from 1853, the Inn is located in the historic district but a block away from Forsyth Park. Property Amenities: Air Conditioning, Ceiling Fans, Cable TV, Free Wi-Fi and Free Parking. $119-249.  edit
  • Courtyard Savannah Midtown, 6703 Abercorn Street, 1-912-354-7878, [40]. The Courtyard Savannah Midtown Hotel is close to the Savannah Historic District, Tybee Island and Hunter Army Airfield.  edit
  • Courtyard Savannah Downtown/Historic District, 415 West Liberty St., Savannah, Georgia 31401, 1-912-790-8287, [41]. checkin: 3:00 PM; checkout: 12:00 PM. Located in the heart of downtown and surrounded by the elegant southern charm Savannah's historic district provides. This central location allows you to experience all Savannah has to offer.  edit
  • The Gastonian, 220 E. Gaston St (Two blocks East of Forsyth Park), 912-232-2869, [42]. checkin: 3:00 p.m.; checkout: 12:00 p.m.. The Gastonian consists of two adjoining luxury Regency-Italianate-style mansions built in 1868. The Gastonian is a four-diamond, award-winning boutique bed and breakfast inn in Savannah, recognized by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine as one of the finest places to stay in the world. The Inn contains 17 uniquely appointed guest rooms. Made-to-order gourmet breakfast, afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres, and dessert with coffee and cordials are served daily. $159-529 USD. (32.069648,-81.091958) edit
  • Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Savannah Airport, GA, 21 Yvette Johnson Hagins Dr, 912-966-1717, [43].  edit
  • Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Savannah Midtown, GA, 7576 White Bluff Road, 912-692-0404, [44].  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Savannah's Historic District is perfectly safe for exploring the area during the day and at night with at least one other person - normal safety precaution. Outside the historic place, district crime is more prevalant. While exploring the Historic District please do remember this is a tourist area and there will always be those who prey on tourists - be cautious but more so at night. Savannah-Chatham County Police patrol the downtown area frequently on horseback and in patrol cruisers (Not as much as they used to!!). The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is prominent throughout the downtown area and SCAD's Security detail frequently patrols areas near their buildings on bike and vehicle.

Get out[edit]

  • Tybee Island - 18 miles east of Savannah, Tybee has a long sand beach, and various beachfront bars, restaurants, and hotels. Finding a hotel or parking can be difficult in the high summer season.
  • Hilton Head - A lush seaside paradise across the Savannah river in South Carolina.
  • Skidaway Island - Home to Skidaway Island State Park, the University of Georgia Aquarium, and the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.

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