Top 10 Things To Do In Savannah

Top 10 Things To Do In Savannah

Come Experience Savannah – The Hostess City of the South


If you’re planning a trip to the Hostess City and are feeling overwhelmed by squeezing so many fun activities into a single weekend, then allow us to make it easier for you: These are the top 10 things to do in Savannah GA.


Top 10 Things to Do in Savannah GA

1. Hop On – Hop Off Trolley Tour


Trolley tours are synonymous with Savannah, and one of the best ways to view the entire city in a single sitting is by riding a trolley through the historic squares and streets (roughly 90 minutes total). But if you want a more unique, customizable trolley experience, then opt for the hop on/hop off option. Old Savannah Tour’s Historic On/Off Tour will bring you past 15 stops in the city. Guests are allowed to “hop off” at any of the historic sites to explore, take a closer look, or simply wander for a bit. Just hop back on when another trolley passes by (usually every 15-20 minutes)!   The flexibility of this hop on / hop off tour is one of the biggest reasons that it tops our list of things to do in Savannah GA!


Top 10 Things to Do in Savannah GA

2. Savannah Ghost Tour


It’s no secret that Savannah has a haunted past, and if you feel like getting spooky, feeling scared, and learning about Georgia’s oldest city’s darker side, then hop aboard a Grave Encounters trolley tour. These tours depart every night (seven nights a week!) at 7 p.m. Be guided through Savannah by tour guides dressed in period costumes, as they describe the death, destruction, and history of one of America’s most haunted cities! Guests are also given the option of touring the Rum Cellar at The Pirates’ House or the Telfair Academy after hours.


Forsyth Park fountain

3. Visit Forsyth Park


One of the best ways to capture the beauty of Savannah is by simply walking around…and by making a trip to Forsyth Park. This landmark is an icon of the city, spanning an impressive 30 acres. The original park was created in the 1840s and only encompassed a meager 10 acres. When it swallowed up more real estate in 1851, it was named after former Georgia governor John Forsyth, who was in office during the time. Visitors flock to Forsyth Park for the scenery and the flowers. (Did you know that Forsyth houses a Fragrant Garden for the visually impaired? The idea for the garden started in the 1950s.) Beyond the playgrounds, café, sprawling acres of greenery, fragrant flowers, and Confederate Memorial, there’s the famous Forsyth Park fountain. This well-known structure makes for peaceful moments and perfectly Savannah photo ops. (It’s also dyed green around St. Patrick’s Day!)  Forsyth Park is on most all top things to do in Savannah GA lists, and it sits at number 3 on ours!


Top 10 Things to Do in Savannah GA

4. Take a walk down River Street


There is truly nothing more iconic than Savannah’s River Street. This famous walk way features cobble stone streets, breathtaking views of the city at sunset, tantalizing smells of handmade confections, and a plethora of stores to pop in and out of. (And, of course, as Savannahians are ever the hostesses, River Street offers your pick of bars, pubs, and restaurants!)


Top 10 Things to Do in Savannah GA

5. Check out the Telfair Museums


Huddled under the Telfair Museums umbrella are actually three unique museums: the Jepson Center, the Telfair Academy, and the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters. The Jepson Center is Savannah’s well-known art museum. Opened in 2006, the museum houses both a permanent collection as well as special collections and exhibits. The Telfair Academy is located down the street from the Jepson Center; this two-story mansion was built in 1819 and contains three rooms filled with nineteenth-century art from the museum’s permanent collection. Lastly, there’s the Owens-Thomas House. Visitors are guided through a mansion filled with period furniture. For the length of a guided tour, go back in history and see what life was like in the early 1800s.


Top 10 Things to Do in Savannah GA

6. Visit the Georgia State Railroad Museum


When most people think of things to do in Savannah, Georgia, visiting a railroad museum probably doesn’t come to mind. But it should! The Georgia State Railroad Museum is a National Historic Landmark and is a fun time for both kiddos and parents. Beyond the guided tours around the museum as well as train rides, kids can explore the Locomotion Lab or try their hand at pumping a handcar down the track. The Railroad Museum also has a Children’s Museum attached!  This is the perfect selection when looking for kids things to do in Savannah GA!


Top 10 Things to Do in Savannah GA

7. Wander through the Davenport House Museum


In 1820, Isiah Davenport built his home. In 1955, his house started the historic preservation movement of Georgia’s oldest city, which lead to the Historic Savannah Foundation saving countless structures from being destroyed over the years. Join the nearly 40,000 people who walk through the Davenport front door and go back to the 1820s. The Davenport House Museum is one of the oldest brick structures in Savannah and contains numerous stories of preserved artifacts as well as a garden with plants native to the area (and enjoyed by the Davenports themselves!).


Top 10 Things to Do in Savannah GA
- photo from the Cathedral of St John the Baptist Facebook Page

8. Be Awestruck by St. John’s Cathedral


The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is frequently captured in photos to showcase Savannah’s beauty. The cathedral was built in 1876, was largely destroyed after a fire in 1898, but quickly rebuilt by 1900. Stand underneath the shadow of the cathedral’s soaring steeples or head inside and quietly roam the aisles.


Top 10 Things to Do in Savannah GA
- photo from The Pirate's House Facebook Page

9. Channel your inner pirate at The Pirate’s House


The Pirates’ House is located on the land that was once an experimental garden (the first public agricultural experimental garden in the country). In 1753 when the need for the garden no longer existed, the land became an inn for pirates (or sailors, if you will). After being saved from demolition in the 1940s, The Pirates’ House is now a thriving restaurant serving up things like “Low Country Spring Rolls,” the Southern classic of “Shrimp and Grits,” and award-winning “Honey Pecan Fried Chicken.” It’s safe to say that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy the menu at The Pirates’ House!


Top 10 Things to Do in Savannah GA
- Fort Pulaski on Tybee Island

10. Soak up the sun at Tybee Island


Lastly, a trip to the coast wouldn’t be complete without actually heading to the coast (Tybee Island). History buffs can visit both Fort Pulaski, a seaside military defense used during the Civil War, and Fort Screven, which dates back to the mid-1880s and was used to guard the Savannah River until as recently as the end of World War II. A day spent on Tybee can satisfy the sun-bathers, the history-seekers, the eaters, and the shoppers!  Looking for fun in the sun things to do in Savannah GA, well Tybee Island is your answer!



Top-Rated Trolley Tours in Savannah
Old Savannah Trolley Tours
Family Friendly!
Grave Encounters
Hear tales of America’s most haunted city on this family-friendly ghost tour.
Exclusive Access!
Ghost Tour + Dinner
Grave Encounters + dinner and access to the original rum cellar at the Pirate’s House.
Adults 21+
Boo Y’all Comedy Tour
A hilarious journey through Savannah’s haunted past with spirits “to-go”.

Hop On – Hop Off Trolley

Explore Savannah at your own pace – get on or off the trolley at each stop.

Savannah Ghost Tours

Grave encounters with ghosts from America’s most haunted city.

Historic Overview Tour

You’ll get 270 years of Savannah’s spellbinding history in 100 minutes.