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8 Things to Do While Visiting Savannah, GA

Appropriately dubbed the Hostess City of the South, the coastal city of Savannah, Georgia lives up to the southern charm reputation of its neighboring cities. With beautiful beaches, waterfront views, classic Antebellum architecture, and cobblestone streets, this gem of a city is a great place for a getaway. Here are 10 things to do while visiting Savannah:

Explore the vast Historic District – As the largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States, the Savannah Historic District consists of more than twenty city squares filled with museums, churches, mansions, monuments and famous forts of the Revolutionary & Civil War eras. Chippewa Square, in the historic district, is the site of Tom Hanks’ character waiting for the bus in Forest Gump. Guided walking tours are available if you would like to learn more about the city’s rich history.

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Visit the iconic Forsyth Park Fountain – The largest park in the historic district, Forsyth Park has 30 acres of shady paths and vast green spaces perfect for a friendly game of frisbee or to kick a soccer ball around. The main attraction and centerpiece of the park is a beautiful fountain built in 1858 that has inspired other similar fountains in New York, Peru, and France.

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Check out the Telfair Museum – The oldest public art museum in the Southeast, the Telfair Museum consists of two National Historic Landmark buildings circa 1820. Visitors can find unique exhibitions, tours and collections throughout the year.

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Visit the beach – Savannah is one of those rare coastal cities that offers so much in the form of entertainment, shopping, dining, historical tours, and more that visitors could almost forget to make a trip to the beach. The best beaches are on Tybee Island, a 20-minute drive from Savannah’s historic district.

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Take a river cruise tour on the Savannah RiverSavannah Riverboat Cruises offer a variety of tour options for those interested in seeing the city from a classic riverboat. You can do a sightseeing cruise, a dinner entertainment cruise, or the beautiful sunset and moonlight entertainment cruise.

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Experience the Avenue of the Oaks at the Wormsloe Historic Site – About twenty minutes to the south of Savannah, visitors will find the Wormsloe Historic Site, a former colonial estate with the oldest standing structure in Savannah. Leading to the estate is the famed Avenue of the Oaks with live oaks and Spanish moss creating a breathtaking canopy over the road. Guided tours are available.

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Explore, shop, & dine along River Street – If you opt for one of the previous activity suggestions and go for a river cruise while visiting Savannah, you’ll inevitably end up on River Street. This shopping, dining, drinking, and playing hub is oozing with charm. As you walk along the street, you’ll see centuries old former cotton warehouses now converted to antique shops, art galleries, restaurants, brew pubs, and more.

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Visit the Bonaventure Cemetery – Although it is a cemetery, Bonaventure is a beautiful and serene 100-acre piece of land great for exploring. The historic section of Bonaventure is Victorian, with curving pathways leading past ornate marble carvings and statues of lost loved ones. Free guided tours take place one weekend a month (see the schedule), or you can explore it using the cemetery’s app.

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