For someone who resides just four hours away in Atlanta, I don't get to Savannah, Georgia nearly enough as I'd like. It's an amazing place to spend time: whether it's just a few hours on your way to Florida, or for a much longer stay. You can easily fill your time just with shops and restaurants, but for those looking for things to do in Savannah Georgia, you'll want to check out my super structured itinerary below.
Back in August, Rich and I took a quick getaway to Savannah for the long weekend. His fav was the kayaks, mine was (obvi) the Segway tour…which is quickly becoming a tradition of ours in each place we visit.
Things to Do In Savannah Georgia – Our Long Weekend Itinerary
Day 1 – (Friday) “History Day”
Breakfast – Goose Feathers Cafe – SO, so good and really laid back. Rich's favorite breakfast spot. We ate there two days in a row (no judgements!) If you want a trendier brunch try Cotton & Rye.
AM – To soak up the most of the city's history I recommend a guided tour. We did this 90 minute Segway tour. (Highly recommend. Go in the morning when it is not as hot. The guides are fun and FULL of trivia about Savannah.) There's also the full day “hop on, hop off” Savannah Trolley Tour. It covers many of the places we visited on our Segways, but of course you can go inside. Be sure to check out:
- Bonaventure Cemetery
- Owens Thomas House
- Juliette Gordon Lowe Birthplace
- Mercer Williams House
Snack – We typically don't eat lunch on vacation. Instead, we'll do a big, late breakfast and then dinner at our normal time. I'm a big snacker though, so we hit up world famous Leopold's Ice Cream. There's often a line out the door, but when we visited it wasn't too bad.
PM – Shopping on Broughton Street and visiting Antique Stores.
Dinner – We got dressed up and went to dinner at the Olde Pink House. The food is great, but it's also cool to walk around in all of the rooms in this 200+ year old mansion. In December 2018 there was a fire so it's closed as of this article posting, but there are plans for it to reopen in Spring 2019. (Try Elizabeth's on 37th for a similar fine dining experience!)
Post-Dinner – We did a Ghost Tour. I won't say which one since it wasn't that great, but there are more options here. It was fun in a campy way, but I think I really wanted to be genuinely scared. Do they even still do tours like that any more? Then after the tour we enjoyed decadent, dessert-like martinis as Jen's and Friends.
Saturday – “Chill Day”
Coffee – The Sentient Bean. More coffee suggestions on the city of Savannah's own website here.
Early Lunch – Line up early (like before 11 AM) for family-style dining at Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room.
PM – We grabbed beers (for Rich) at Moon River Brewing then we ventured over the Lighthouse on Tybee Island for the epic views. It was a cute (not to mention budget friendly) excursion.
Dinner – I never would've thought one of the BEST Italian meals I've ever had would be in Savannah, Georgia but here we are. Bella Napoli Bistro (on State Street) is billed as a Pizzeria, but it's got classic Italian dishes that rival many of the ones we had when we were actually in Italy. I think there are few things better than when a meal you plan on being mediocre ends up far surpassing all your expectations.
Post Dinner – After dinner drinks at The Alley Cat Lounge.
Sunday – “Nature Day”
AM – We only had the half day before heading back to Atlanta, so we got up early and did a kayak tour with Moon River Kayak Tour. We saw dolphins! Actual dolphins and lots of other birds and wildlife. Bring water and sunscreen as this outfit provides just the gear and the guide. The weather was perfect and this is just the right amount of time (activity-wise) to really soak up the last of Savannah before you depart.
Afternoon – Head home.
Savannah, Georgia: FAQs
What is Savannah, Georgia best known for?
Savannah is best known for being the birthplace of the founder of Girl Scouts of American, Juliette Gordon Low. As for the city itself, it’s best known for its antebellum architecture and hospitality.
It is also one of the OLDEST CITIES IN AMERICA.
How far is Savannah from a beach?
Savannah is a port town, so it’s close to several beaches within driving distance. Some of the nearest beaches include Tybee Island and Hilton Head Island. Tybee is the closest beach to Savannah, about 30-40 minutes outside of downtown and it feels like an old school beach town.
Some compare it to Georgia's version of Coney Island. The historic lighthouse also provides a great view of the nearby Atlantic Ocean.
Is it safe to travel to Savannah, Georgia?
I've visited Savannah several times throughout my life and have always felt safe, even walking around the downtown area during the evening. Savannah is about as safe as any other major city. Because Savannah is like New Orleans in that you can have open containers of alcohol while walking the streets, you need to be more on guard if you're drinking and out at night, but I feel it's perfectly safe.
As always, practice caution while walking and perform common-sense safety measures to keep yourself protected. Don't walk alone, travel in pairs on well-lit streets.
What is the best time to visit Savannah, Georgia?
The south is so, so hot in the Summer. Seriously, it's almost unbearable. Unless you're doing the beach, I'd still to Fall/Spring.
The best time of year to visit Savannah is in the spring when the weather is starting to warm up, but it isn’t too hot yet. Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year when everything is in bloom, and many of the city’s most popular festivals are held at this time of year.
Savannah, Georgia also has a large presence for St. Patricks Day, and this is a popular time for many to visit the downtown Savannah area.
What is the best way to get around Savannah, Georgia?
I didn't know this until I started writing this article, but Savannah’s historic district is relatively compact, taking up only 22 squares. This means anyone will be able to get around easily on foot or by car, depending on where you want to visit. You can also bike around the city (or segway) for easy traveling between gardens and city squares.
There's also always Uber as an option. You don't need to rent a car to get around the downtown area. If you bring your own car, be sure to bring enough to cover parking costs.
Where do tourists stay in Savannah, Georgia?
Most people stay in the downtown historic district of Savannah. This is where most of the attractions and city events take place. Staying right in this district allows you to walk out of your hotel and get right in on the action without having to coordinate additional travel.
Historic hotels and riverfront view rooms offer some of the most magnificent views and give you the greatest sights of the city without leaving the comfort of your hotel. There's also a thriving bed and breakfast and Airbnb scene in Savannah, too.
What should I wear in Savannah, Georgia?
Depending on when you visit, your clothing options will change. Savannah springtime and summers are hot and humid, so you’ll want to bring shorts, skirts, and lightweight cotton-based items. Autumn and winter will require you to think about layering, as the weather can become colder and more unpredictable.
It never gets too cold, or below freezing really (that's rare.) So leave the heavy winter coat at home and opt for layers.
Also, since the city is largely walkable, only bring comfortable shoes.
What should I pack for Savannah, Georgia?
Along with your clothing necessities, you’ll want to bring bug spray, deodorant for dealing with hot weather, and sunscreen. Don’t forget your sunglasses and a hat, so you can travel around town without straining your eyes.
It's a very casual city, very coastal in its “vibe” so you don't have to worry about dressing up too much.
Additional Restaurants & Things to Do in Savannah Georgia
- Tubby's Seafood
- The Grey
- Zunzi's Takeout and Catering
- More activities