Things to do in Savannah

Its charming soul and Antebellum architecture make Georgia’s oldest city a must for any trip to the Deep South.

Our most recommended things to do in Savannah

Savannah: Ghosts and Gravestones Tour with Low House Entry

1. Savannah: Ghosts and Gravestones Tour with Low House Entry

Board the “Trolley of the Doomed” in Savannah for a guided sightseeing trolleybus around America's most haunted city. Look out for ghoulish creatures and venture inside both the haunted Andrew Low House and the haunted 19th Century shipping warehouse Perkins and Sons Ship Chandlery. Old Town Trolley Tours invites you to explore Savannah’s darker side mixed in with a good dose of humor. Hear tales no other tours will dare tell you, as the shadows play gentle tricks with your mind. Journey through time, and hear ghoulish legends of murder and intrigue. The tour starts down on the Savannah Waterfront and travels though the many historic squares located in the heavily haunted Savannah Historic District, such as Columbia Square, Wright Square, Telfair Square & Lafayette Square. Naturally there are also stories relating to the Colonial Park Cemetery. A highlight of the tour is entry into the haunted home of one of the most prestigious Savannah families – the Andrew Low House. Here you will learn tales of the unrest still in the home, as well as personal experiences of both staff and guests. Another highlight is a visit inside Perkins and Sons Ship Chandlery, a haunted 19th Century shipping warehouse restored from an era long past. Here you will experience the stories and legends of the Savannah Waterfront and River Street over the centuries. Other sites you will pass and hear spine-chilling stories about are the Olde Harbour Inn, the Pirate’s House, the 1790 Inn, the Hamilton-Turner Inn, and the Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Savannah: Holiday Lights and Sights Trolley Tour

2. Savannah: Holiday Lights and Sights Trolley Tour

Join one of Savannah’s most beloved holiday traditions during the most wonderful time of the year on this Christmas sightseeing trolley tour. Experience the magic of the holidays in the warm and cozy comfort of a trolley. Whisk past the city’s historic homes and city squares, all dressed in their holiday best, as carolers enliven the night with songs. Stop and go inside the Isaiah Davenport House where you will time-travel back to the 1820s and see how Savannah’s earliest residents experienced the spirit of the season while enjoying some holiday treats. Make another stop at the new Plant Riverside District, where you can enjoy a truly magical winter wonderland at a local Christmas market and even say hello to St. Nick himself.

Savannah: Riverboat Cruise & City Tour Combo

3. Savannah: Riverboat Cruise & City Tour Combo

See Savannah by land and water on a guided city trolley tour followed by a sightseeing river cruise. Admire city highlights, including Old Fort Jackson, and enjoy insightful commentary from your guide and captain. After meeting your guide at Savannah’s Visitor Center, hop into the trolley to begin your tour through the city. As the wind blows through your hair, admire the lush foliage and Victorian mansions as you cruise around town. With an expert guide to take you through the cultural significance of each site, you’ll gain local insight into the city’s history, stretching back to the 18th century. Following your trolley tour of historic Savannah, embark on a sightseeing cruise down the Savannah River. During the cruise, experience the river that was – and remains – the lifeblood of Savannah. Hear the Captain’s intriguing tales and historic facts about Savannah’s modern port and the ships that visit from all over the world. Then it's downriver to Old Fort Jackson, home to one of the largest and oldest original artillery pieces in the country. Take advantage of the great photo opportunities of Savannah’s historic riverfront and skyline. Snacks and drinks are available onboard at the Riverboat Snack Shop. After the tour, cruise back to the dock, enriched by the wide range of beautiful and historical sights that Savannah has to offer. Additionally, the tour has drop-off options to suit your needs, with transportation available to Historic District hotels, City Market, or the Savannah Visitor's Center.

Savannah: Riverboat Narrated Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

4. Savannah: Riverboat Narrated Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

During this new 1 ½ hour cruise you can experience the river that was – and remains – the lifeblood of Savannah! Hear our Captain’s intriguing tales and historic facts about the modern port and the ships that visit from all over the world. Then make your way down river to Old Fort Jackson, home of one of the largest and oldest original artillery pieces in the country! Take advantage of the great photo opportunities of Savannah’s historic riverfront and skyline. Bar & Grille items are available for purchase. *This cruise does not include the lunch buffet* Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to sailing time.

Savannah: Hop-On Hop-Off Historic Trolley Tour

5. Savannah: Hop-On Hop-Off Historic Trolley Tour

Spend the day exploring Savannah with a hop-on hop-off trolley bus tour and get to know the city via a lively narration from costumed guides. Discover one of the largest National Urban Historic Landmarked Districts in the United States. The full-day sightseeing tour is the expanded version of the Overview Tour, and in addition to the informative narration by your tour guide, you will be able to explore the Historic District at your own pace by utilizing the 15 trolley stops throughout the day. Each stop is conveniently located near points of interest, such as the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, City Market, and River Street. See unique shops and boutiques, as well as dozens of fabulous restaurants. This touring option is ideal for those who want to see Savannah in its full and finest glory. The tour departs daily, 7 days a week, from 09:00 AM and every 15-20 minutes until 4:30 PM, giving you plenty of options of when to take your tour.

Savannah: Old Town Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

6. Savannah: Old Town Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

Explore Savannah with a 1 or 2-day ticket to the hop-on hop-off old town trolley tour. See Reynolds Square, Juliette Gordon Low Historic District, and Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens while listening to the conductors provide a fascinating narrative filled with information about the historic city. Drive down avenues lined with magnolia trees draped in Spanish moss. See stunning architecture, learn about the city from friendly conductor guides, and enjoy the warm southern hospitality that lures millions of visitors to Savannah each year. Hop aboard one of the charming trolleys and experience Transportainment, a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment. Informed conductors narrate the tour with a fun mix of trivia, facts, and humorous stories. Jump off to visit the bamboo collection at Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens to explore the historic homes of the Juliette Gordon Low Historic District. Gaze out the window at moss-draped oaks, magnolia trees, and stately mansions as you drive down cobblestone streets. Stop at locations like Reynolds Square where you can see the statue of John Wesley. Enjoy stops at regular intervals and have the freedom to stop at the sights that interest you. With its quaint country squares and historical spots, there is much to see and do in Georgia’s first city. There are 15 stops conveniently located close to many of the places of interest in Savannah, these are: 1)301 MLK Blvd: The Savannah Visitor Center 2)214 West Boundary: Old Town Trolley Welcome Center 3)200 West Bryan Street: Ellis Square 4)6 West Harris Street: Madison Square 5)622 Drayton Street: Forsyth Park 6)207 East Gordon Street: Calhoun Square 7)222 Harris Street: Cathedral of St. John Baptist 8)234 MLK Blvd: Trolley Barn 9)217 West Julian Street: City Market 10)32 Abercorn Street: Lucas Theatre 11)301 East River Street: River Street 12)531 River Street: The Waving Girl 13)324 East State Street: The Davenport House 14)201 Abercorn Street: Colonial Park Cemetery 15)10 East Oglethorpe Ave: Bull Street Corridor

Savannah: Bonaventure Cemetery with Shannon Scott

7. Savannah: Bonaventure Cemetery with Shannon Scott

Enjoy a 2-hour cultural and historical tour of Bonaventure, a more than 200-acre land which one can freely wander but better explore with an exceptional guide at the helm.  On this tour with Shannon Scott or one of his incredible guides, you will come to see the important aspects of the cemetery and understand Bonaventure’s many layers, from the 18th-century plantation era, and the Victorian cemetery, to all of the art and traditions of the place. Stroll around the live oak avenues of the Cotton Boom yesteryear and hear about the people that made all of those buildings and squares in town so infamous and colorful.  Some of the characters, such as "Crooner of 1500 Songs" Johnny Mercer and writer Conrad Aiken, are world-renowned, while others you will come to love were famous only in their hometown Savannah. Other characters consist of photographers, painters, scientists, soldiers, industrialists, and duelists. Bonaventure is characterized by great sculpture and here you will see the works of some of the greatest artists of their period.  The cemetery is a visual playground of symbols pertaining to everything from the Masonic Lodge mentioned in Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code to the Bible, Ancient Egypt, and everything symbolizing the religious, fraternal, and eternal.  From angels to cherubs to lifelike figures of the people buried there, you'll get to see them all.

Savannah: Wormsloe Plantation and Bonaventure Cemetery Tour

8. Savannah: Wormsloe Plantation and Bonaventure Cemetery Tour

Your day begins with a tour of Bonaventure Cemetery to learn about the lives of notable inhabitants such as, Academy Award-winning songwriter Johnny Mercer, Georgia’s first governor Edward Telfair, philanthropist Mary Telfair, as well as the tragic tales of poet Conrad Aiken and Gracie Watson. The Cemetery walking tour meanders under moss-draped oaks and along the bluff of the Wilmington River. Bonaventure Cemetery, dating back to 1846, is one of the most beautiful cemeteries. Following the cemetery tour, you will have lunch on your own at a favorite local restaurant. After lunch, the day continues to Wormsloe Historic site and a drive through the picturesque Isle of Hope Historic District. Your visit to Wormsloe includes a breathtaking drive down the famous live oak tree-lined drive. You will take a short walk to see the Plantation Tabby Ruins that date to the 18th Century and visit the museum of the Georgia State Park Historic Site. After Wormsloe, you will drive down Bluff Dr to view the Intercoastal waterway and the magnificent houses that range in style from Greek Revival to Craftsman Bungalows. After this drive along the bluff, the thought of looking for a Realtor will come to mind. Finally, a stop is scheduled at the Famous Savannah Byrd Cookie Company headquarters for shopping and tastings of Byrd’s Famous Cookies. Key Lime, Bennie Bits and Cheddar Cheese are just of few of the favorites.

Savannah: 3-Hour First Squares Food Tour

9. Savannah: 3-Hour First Squares Food Tour

This 3-hour food tour takes you on a leisurely walk through the bustling center of Savannah's Historic District. After a meet and greet with your guide you’ll head out on a flavorful and fun adventure, covering around 1.5 miles. Visit 6 area venues, including specialty food stores and restaurants, to sample the fresh flavors of local cuisine. The tasting includes shrimp and grits, shepherd’s pie, pork belly sliders, sausage rolls, and gourmet honey. Some of the establishments that may be on the itinerary are the Savannah Bee Company, Molly MacPherson's Scottish Pub and Grill, Pie Society and The Ordinary Pub. The tour ends near the City Market, the commercial and social center of historic Savannah since the early 1700s. Explore this 4-block area of restored warehouses and storefronts adjacent to Ellis Square. It’s a perfect stop for shopping, dining or just relaxing the rest of the day away.

Savannah: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Tour

10. Savannah: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Tour

Discover the city of Savannah through John Berendt’s best-selling novel, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and its 1997 movie adaptation by Clint Eastwood. Walk in a small group with a journalist guide, who is a long-time downtown Savannah resident. Get an up-close look at landmarks that play key roles in the story as you set off from Reynolds Square in the Savannah Historic District and make your way towards the fountain in Forsyth Park. Stop at the city's oldest public plaza to admire the magnificent buildings on Johnson Square. Continue through Wright Square, graced with an impressive memorial to William Washington Gordon, and then be captivated by the beauty of Hamilton-Turner Inn. Walk down Jones Street and find a quiet oasis in Monterey Square. Admire some of the elegant mansion houses, such as Mercer Williams House and Armstrong House along the way.

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What people are saying about Savannah

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 5,171 reviews

J Deveraux was fabulous!! She was so much fun and made all of us feel so welcomed! Very dramatic yet very down to earth! She talked to all the people on the street that we passed on our crawl! Super friendly with a great sense of humor and style. Her sparkling red lipstick was the bomb!! We highly recommend this pub crawl for a fantastic time with so much fun and a lot of laughs!!

The guide was very informative. Even though it was a drizzly day the stops were still worth getting off to visit.

Enjoyable cruise! A lot of history! Narrator was excellent! Would definitely do it again!

it was great! we had the grinch as our guide and he was awesome

Lots of great information. Lots of great food. Fun time.