Despite living in Georgia for most of our lives and having traveled to dozens of other countries, Drew and I had never visited Savannah, Ga. However, we recently had the opportunity to visit in August to celebrate our friend’s 30th birthday–and we loved it! The city is beautiful and rich with history and there’s so much to see and do. Here are a few ideas on how to spend your time in Savannah:
Wormsloe Historic Site. This colonial estate is home to one of Forrest Gump’s more famous scenes (“Run, Forrest, run!”), but it’s also a beautiful place to visit. There are a few walking trails around the property and a nice area overlooking the marsh area. While we were there, there were a few couples and families taking portraits, and I suggest you do the same!
Forsyth Park. This 30 acre park in the heart of downtown Savannah is a great spot for recreation and people-watching. Be sure to swing by the large, ornate fountain at the north end of the park–it’s a beauty!
Leopold’s. Leopold’s is a Savannah institution. The ice cream parlor opened in 1919 and has been opened continuously for 99 years. Serving award-winning ice cream, Leopold’s is a great spot to visit on a humid, summer day.
Moon River Brewing. A fun spot just one street away from the river with tasty pub food and good beer selection. Order a flight so you can try more of their diverse beer offerings.
Bonaventure Cemetery. This public cemetery located on the Wilmington River rose to fame following the publication of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evils in the 90s. You can book ghost tours or segway tours of the cemetery, or you can just walk the grounds on your own like we did.
Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. If you’re walking down River Street and have hankering for something sweet, then make your way to Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. Not only do they offer free samples of pralines, but they have fudge and special sweets that are to die for. I had a hard time choosing!
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. I was raised Catholic and enjoy visiting churches while traveling–they’re typically so beautiful! If you’re wandering around Savannah and need a reprieve from the heat, maybe pop into Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The exterior is impressive, but the interior is even more breathtaking.
Square hopping. I absolutely loved the quaint squares located throughout the city of Savannah. There are currently 22 squares and each square is unique with different monuments, fountains, and landscaping. Go for a stroll and check a few out–they’re great spots to relax and unwind!