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Top Things To Do And See In Savannah, Georgia
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Top Things To Do And See In Savannah, Georgia

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Updated: 9 February 2017
On your next visit to Savannah, Georgia, there are a few hot spots you should hit. Whether you’re in the mood to eat, sight-see, learn something new, or just have some fun, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in the city.
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Savannah Riverfront

Local attraction site

River Street is a historic street that overlooks the Savannah River. On your visit, you can choose from countless souvenirs. Those are just the tip of the iceberg at River Street. This place is one of the time because it truly has something for everyone. collectors can visit True Grits if they are looking for a shop that specializes in civil war artifacts. Book lovers can stop by Books on Bay, which features thousands of books from the 1700s to the late 1900s. there’s even a store for peanut lovers to visit. there are also galleries, a great selection of restaurants and bars, and two candy stores.

Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Watch out for: the special events throughout the year

Address & telephone number: Savannah Riverfront, River St., Savannah, GA, USA, +1 912 234- 0295

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Skidaway Island State Park

One of Georgia’s finest parks

This park is one of the most picturesque places in Savannah. The 588 acre park is peaceful and borders Skidaway narrows, part of Georgia Intracoastal Waterway. The park is populated with palm and oak trees that harbor an abundance of wildlife, creating a storybook like world. The park is private yet spacious. The nature trails, interpretive center, and daily Ranger programs provide many ways to explore the entertaining park. Skidaway Island State Park is home to several wildlife species like deer, fiddler crabs, raccoons, and more. It’s also a great place for bird watchers.

Price: Budget

Opening hours: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Watch out for: the 20-foot Giant Ground Sloth replica and reptile room

Address & telephone number: Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA, USA, +1 912 9598- 2300

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Skidaway Park | ©‎ Photo Courtesy Skidaway Island State Park
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Carriage Tours of Savannah

Elegant horse drawn adventure

This informative and fun tour will take you through the city’s lively past. The Carriage Tours of Savannah was the city’s first carriage tour company. It’s been featured in magazines, guide books and videos for over 30 years. During the tours you’ll learn about the colonial founding and why the city is known as ‘the most beautiful city in North America.’ At night, ghost story tours are provided and you’ll enjoy stories that will give you goosebumps and make you look over your shoulder. Day or night, you won’t regret going on this tour.

Opening hours: 9 a.m. – 9:25 p.m.

Watch out for: the variety of amazing horses

Address & telephone number: Carriage Tours of Savannah, 19 Jefferson St., Savannah, GA, USA, +1 912 236- 6756

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Jepson Center for the Arts

Home of contemporary art

The 64000-square-foot Art Museum features an impressive collection, and major traveling exhibitions from around the world. The Jepson Center‘s permanent collection, The Kirk Varnedoe Collection, includes works by renowned artists like Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Chuck Close and Richard Avedon. The museum also features a 3500-square-foot interactive gallery for families called ArtZeum. Educational programming takes place there, as well as in the 220-seat auditorium, Community Gallery, and education studios. This center is one of a kind and the museum itself is a work of art. It was designed by architect Moshe Safdie and opened to the public in 2006.

Opening hours: S-M 12 p.m.- 5 p.m., T-W, F-S 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Th 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Watch out for: the iconic Bird Girl statue

Address & telephone number: Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St., Savannah, GA, USA, +1 912 790- 8800

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Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace

Historic attraction site

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is the first National Historic Landmark in Savannah. Juliette Gordon Low was the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA. The Federal style townhouse was built in 1821 and has been restored and is furnished with many original pieces from the Gordon family. The home’s lavish antiques are captivating as well as Juliette’s original artwork and GS USA memorabilia, like a Thanks Badge given to Mrs. Woodrow Wilson in 1917. The Birthplace welcomes more than 65,000 visitors per year, especially Girl Scouts from around the world.

Watch out for: Juliette Low’s art

Address & telephone number: Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, 10 E Oglethorpe Ave, Savannah, GA, USA, +1 912 233-4501

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Savannah Botanical Gardens

Popular and beautiful greenery

This garden is the perfect place to visit with family or friends. It’s a clean and peaceful environment that allows you to relax and enjoy a nice walk. The garden features formal and naturalistic exhibit, 82 acre pond, amphitheater, nature trails, archaeological exhibits in the historic Reinhard house. Formal exhibits include the herb parterre, vegetable garden, perennial garden, and the Douglas White Memorial Rose center. The Camellia collection, and native plant collection make up the more naturalistic exhibits. This garden is open every day during daylight hours and admission is free. the garden is for any and everybody, it has walkways that are wheelchair accessible and even allows dogs.

Opening hour: M-S 8 a.m.- 8 p.m., S 8a.m.- 8:45 p.m.

Watch out for: the old Southern charm

Address & telephone number: Savannah Botanical Gardens, 1388 Eisenhower Dr., Savannah, GA, USA, +1 912 355- 3883

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Tybee Island Beach

One of the best vacation areas

Your trip to Savannah is incomplete if you don’t take a trip to the beach. Tybee Island Beach is the perfect place to go to enjoy peace and quiet. Whether you’re alone, on a date, or with friends and family, this beach is a sure way to have fun. Its also perfect for sunbathing, sailing, fishing, walking, biking, or just goofing around. While occupying the beach, you’ll catch an endless view of the Atlantic Ocean. Have as much fun as you like and take comfort in the fact that this beach is populated with plenty of life guards.

Opening hour: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Watch out for: the sand dunes

Address & telephone number: Tybee Island Beach, PO Box 2833 Tybee Island, GA, USA, +1 912 786- 0215

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University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium

Great tourist destination

This is a nice place for people to learn about indigenous marine life. This aquarium is the first saltwater aquarium in the state, and features 16 exhibit tank which showcase a variety of Georges marine life. There are shoe horse crabs, stingrays, striped mullet, jelly fish, pompano, long nose gar, and lion fish. It also features a freshwater tank which holds two American alligators. This attraction is great because its educational yet fun for the whole family. There’s a touch tank which allowed visitors to interact with snails, crabs and other invertebrates.

Opening hour: M-F 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., S 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Watch out for: the beautiful grounds which feature walking trails

Address & telephone number: University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium, 30 Ocean Science Cir, Savannah, GA, USA, +1 912 598-2496

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Tybee Island Light Station

Popular historic lighthouse

This light station was constructed in 1732. The structure was rebuilt several times over the years but it’s still full of historic features. Visitors can go inside the lighthouse incline is 178 step, and see the impressive nine-foot-tall First Order Fresnel lens. One of the best things to do there is enjoy the perfect view of the island and Atlantic Ocean. Tybee Island Light Station sits on a 5 acre property that was once a fort during the Spanish-American war. The lighthouse is also a venue for events. It’s perfect for weddings of all sizes because it’s not just beautiful, but a romantic and unique place.

Opening hour: W-M 9 am- 5:30 pm

Watch out for: the accompanying museum

Address & telephone number: Tybee Island Light Station, 30 Meddin Dr., Tybee Island, GA, USA, +1 912 786- 5801

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Georgia State Railroad Museum

Natural historic landmark

This is one of Georgia’s fan favorites. It’s considered the largest and most complete antebellum railroad repair facility still in existence. Visitors have the chance to enjoy a peaceful lunch in a restored dining car before going across the street to the museum. There they’ll find beautifully restored antique locomotives and model trains. There’s also a working round house and old-fashioned repair shop. Visitors are able to take a tour of the luxurious presidential cars, a 1913 steam locomotive or 1947 diesel locomotive. They’re even allowed to operate a vintage hand car.

Opening hour: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Watch out for: the model trains

Address & telephone number: Georgia State Railroad Museum, 655 Louisville Rd, Savannah, GA, USA, +1 912 651-6823