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Best Parks in Savannah, Georgia
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Best Parks in Savannah, Georgia

Picture of Elaine Elliott
Updated: 9 February 2017
Savannah parks are full of rich history, lush gardens, and shade from the Southern heat. Come relax in these beautiful areas scattered throughout the city.

Wormsloe State Historic Site

Where else can you see three centuries of history within a single walking tour? Colonial Wormsloe offers this unique characteristic that makes it stand out from most Savannah museums. The site is located among giant whimsical live oaks and Spanish moss in the outskirts of Southside Savannah. Stroll around this timeless environment while you see old tabby ruins from Wormsloe village — the oldest standing structure in Savannah. Tabby is a building material made of lime, seashells, and sand used from the 1500s to the 1800s in the southeast. Visitors can take a tour of the museum where artifacts from Wormsloe are preserved, or talk to on-site interpreters. Wormsloe offers a beautiful and rich history that is fun for all ages.

Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wormsloe Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Rd. Savannah, GA, USA +1 800 864 7275

Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park is one of Savannah’s largest inner city parks, covering 30 acres in the heart of the city. Visitors and locals love to relax and socialize at Forsyth. The park has been a Savannah treasure for the public since the 1840s. There is plenty to do, such as touring the Farmers’ Market every Sunday, attending concerts, sunbathing, playing some soccer, or having a picnic with friends. Savannah also has a open cup drinking policy, so this is a great place to share a bottle of wine with friends. Forsyth is also conveniently located next to some of the best dining and bed & breakfasts in town. Wind down under the Forsyth Park sun in between a busy day of tours and events.

Forsyth Park, Drayton St. and East Park Ave. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 651 6610

Chippewa Square

Located near the Gallery Espresso, Roots Up Gallery, and other popular spots in the heart of the River District, Chippewa Square is the perfect spot to sit under the shady live oaks while touring Savannah. Chippewa Square is one of the most visited squares in Savannah due to its role in the movie Forest Gump. Tom Hanks sat at the Chippewa Square bus stop as Forest Gump during the duration of the movie. Now the same area is marked with a sign that notifies visitors of where the bench once resided. At the center of the square is a bronze statue of Georgia founder General James Oglethorpe, which has been peacefully resting in Chippewa Square since 1910.

Chippewa Square, between Bull, W Perry, and Hull St. Savannah, GA, USA

Skidaway Island State Park

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Georgia’s maritime forests, salt marshlands, and intra-coastal waterways. Less than 30 minutes from Southside Savannah, Skidaway offers pristine views, trails, and camping within these unspoiled ecosystems. Watch out for a variety of wildlife from deer, fiddler crabs, reptiles, egrets, and migrating bird species. There is also an interpretive center and observation tower on the island. With over 80 campsites and 588 acres, there is room for everyone to enjoy the spectacular scenery at Skidaway Island Park.

Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 598 2300

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure is the largest public cemetery at nearly 100 acres. Similar to Laurel Grove cemetery, it was once plantation land before becoming a publicly used burial ground. The cemetery is a great place to take a walking tour amidst the lush surroundings. The greens of the gardens and forest contrast beautifully with the white and gray tombstones and sculptures. Some famous burial sites include Georgia’s first governor Edward Telfair, poet Conrad Aiken, and lyricist Johnny Mercer. Step back into time with a visit to Bonaventure’s grounds.

Bonaventure Cemetery, 330 Bonaventure Road, Savannah, GA, USA

Daffin Park

Daffin is a diverse park that offers activities for everyone. There is a large dog park, a 1.5 mile paved track, grill areas, a soccer field, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a lake, a playground, and Grayson Stadium. Grayson Stadium is home to Savannah’s minor league baseball team, the Sand Gnats. If you’re lucky, on Saturday nights fireworks are sometimes set off after a Sand Gnats game. Whether you’re taking a walk or interested in a recreational activity, Daffin Park has it all.

Grayson Stadium, 1401 E Victory Dr. Savannah, GA, USA