Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could see an entire city in one day? Not just experience the surface, but live like the locals? Well, here’s your chance. Established in 1733, Georgia’s oldest city has nearly three centuries of history. From historic landmarks and antebellum architecture to world-class shopping and farm-to-table restaurants, Savannah has a bit of something for everyone, complete with Southern charm. Here’s how to take it all in.
The early bird gets the worm. Rest is for the weary. You get the point. Grab some brew at one of Savannah’s can’t-miss coffeehouses. Foxy Loxy Café, Gallery Espresso, The Coffee Fox and The Sentient Bean are all excellent options.
Easily the best way to take in “The Hostess City of the South” like the locals is via an Old Town Trolley sightseeing tour. With 15 stops and more than 100 points of interest, the trolley is an experience not to be missed. Service begins at 8 a.m. and includes pick-up and drop-off service every 20 minutes at each stop.
So where should you go? Keep reading for a step-by-step rundown of the top Savannah attractions to hit in one day.
Enjoy the rest of your coffee and pastry in Forsyth Park, a 30-acre historic city park located in the Victorian District. Home to Georgia Historical Society, Forsyth Fountain, the Victorian District and Confederate and Spanish-American War Memorials, Forsyth Park is the perfect way to reflect on the colorful history of the South’s past and the fun-filled day you have ahead of you.
Continue on your endeavor towards cultural enlightenment with a stop at the Massie Heritage Museum, Mercer House and Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church. Just a few trolley stops from your initial decent, Massie Heritage Museum features kid-friendly exhibits highlighting Savannah’s architecture, public education system and culture as well as the only exhibit considering our significant Native American Heritage in the city. In addition, be sure you don’t miss the one and only American Prohibition Museum where you can learn all about the famous era in a fun, interactive way!
It’s no doubt nearing lunchtime and the crew is getting restless for some proper Southern fare. Head over to Broughton Street, a quaint section of town chock-full of boutiques and restaurants. Venture just off of Broughton Street to find many more places to shop and dine, including Paula Deen’s World Famous “The Lady and Sons” and the Goose Feathers Café.
Now that everyone has food in their bellies, it’s time to hop back on the trolley for a little exploration. A few stops over is Ellis Square, located on Barnard between Bryan and Congress Streets. Ellis Square was named after Henry Ellis, second Royal Governor of the Georgia colony. Once known as Marketplace Square, this unique section of Savannah boasts hours of consideration including, within walking distance, Telfair Museum of Art, First African Baptist Church and Ships of the Sea Museum.
After hours of exploring, it’s time to sit down and recharge. Backtrack a bit to City Market, one of the first stops on the trolley tour. Since the early 1700s, City Market has been the commercial and social center of historic Savannah. It’s also a great place to end the day with a glass of wine, craft beer or farm-to-bottle cocktail. Check out great restaurants like Belford’s, a seafood and steak institution, and Vinnie Van Go-Go’s featuring hearty crust pizza called “Neapolitan.” Also be sure to visit the newest attraction in the city, The American Prohibition Museum Experience and Speakeasy. After all, you deserve it.