Few cities in America offer such a charming and rich historical travel experience than that of Savannah. With today’s new normal, it’s important to find social distancing approved activities around the breathtaking city, worth exploring. Luckily, Savannah has plenty of options available to enjoy. Here are just a few of the exciting options around Savannah that are open right now.
Top 10 Activities & Attractions
Located in the Victorian District of Savannah, Forsyth Park is a must visit during any season and is open right now to visit. The 30-acre park is a gathering place, bustling with activity throughout the year. From concerts and recreational sports to a variety of events, there is always something happening. Be sure to see the famous Forsyth Park Fountain, which sits at the north end of the park and was built in the mid 1800s. Lovely benches surround the fountain and make for a great spot to sit and people watch. Check out the Confederate Monument, a large bronze sculpture that has been in the park since 1879. It is a lasting tribute to all of the men who fought in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Take advantage of the park’s picturesque scenery for great vacation photos.
Art-lovers have a friend in Savannah. Fueled by the presence of the Savannah School of Art & Design (SCAD) that has made its home here since 1979, the scene in this small coastal city offers big-city options to satiate your every artistic desire. Head over to historic downtown every second Saturday of the month and take an inspired stroll to the many small and vibrant galleries during the Savannah Art Walk. If you like funky, whimsical pop-art, visit A.T. Hun to view one of the most eclectic collections in City Market. For colorful, homegrown artwork depicting Savannah itself, you’ll want to check out Gouse. Gallery gawking is practiced and encouraged by locals and visitors alike so get out there and discover the next big thing in the art world!
Load up the convoy and head over to historic Fort Jackson, open now in Savannah. Old Fort Jackson was named after James Jackson, one-time governor of Georgia and promises an afternoon of adventure for the whole family. Located along the Savannah River, this massive structure was built between 1808 and 1812 and is the oldest brick fort still standing in Georgia. The kids get a real kick out of the cannon-firings and touring this National Historic Landmark. Amazing views of the riverfront skyline are a beautiful bonus.
Outdoor plays and concerts often take place in Forsyth Park. Venture to the northwest corner for Hodgson Hall, a 19th-century Italianate Greek-revival building that houses the Georgia Historical Society.
Founded in 1839, the Georgia Historical Society is the oldest cultural institution in the state and one of the oldest historical organizations in the country. The society’s permanent collection contains more than four million manuscripts, 100,000 photographs, 30,000 architectural drawings, 15,000 rare and non-rare books and thousands of maps, portraits and artifacts.
Located just south of the city on the banks of the Ogeechee River, this historic park showcases the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy. Here you can see cannons, a furnace, barracks, palisades and a Civil War Museum displaying artifacts from the Civil War era. The park offers various programs and tours throughout the year including Civil War infantry and weapons demonstrations. Fort McAllister is also a place of great natural beauty, with giant live oaks, Spanish moss and salt marsh. Those who love the outdoors can enjoy camping, fishing, boating, kayaking and a quiet picnic.
This historic cemetery is open now in Savannah and it’s magnificent beauty has beckoned writers, artists, poets, photographers and filmmakers for more than 150 years. It became famous when it was featured in the 1994 novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. A visit here is one that will treat you to extraordinary natural beauty and the opportunity to see the final resting place of many prominent and well-known Georgians. Among the buried here are award-winning singer and songwriter Johnny Mercer and Georgia’s first governor Edward Telfair. There are several monuments and areas designated for different groups of people including the American Legion Field, the Order of Railroad Conductors site, the Holocaust Memorial and the veterans of the Spanish American War of 1898. When you visit, stop in at the Visitors Center for their special guide to the cemetery, which will help you find all the important spots on the property.
Climb onboard the Georgia Queen Riverboat for an afternoon or evening of sightseeing from the scenic Savannah River. The boat is a replica of a 19th century riverboat with several decks and perfect views for everyone. The decks are spacious so the kids can walk around and see everything – including the famous Waving Girl statue. Tours are about an hour and are a relaxing way to enjoy the river views, learning about the city’s history and the balmy breezes. Other tours offer dinner cruises and snacks, soft drinks and bar drinks. If you take the Old Town Trolley Tour, you can get off at River Street and take the cruise from there.
Situated in the heart of the city, Riverwalk in Savannah is one of the area’s most popular attractions for visitors & locals alike and is the perfect spot to enjoy your vacation, open now in Savannah. Cobblestone streets lead to exceptional dining experiences, unique shops and a variety of entertainment. Be sure to check out Factors Walk and the Cotton Exchange as well as the many other historic buildings in the area. Of course, take some time to gaze out at the river – a gorgeous sight at any time of the year.
The brainchild of Georgia’s founder Colonel James Oglethorpe, the original four squares in the city were laid out beginning in 1769. They were meant to provide open spaces for the colonists to perform military exercises, but as time went on, the city expanded and today there are 24 squares in Savannah. Each was named after someone of historical importance to the United States or Georgia, including presidents and military leaders. A visit to any of Savannah’s charming squares is certainly a must do. Many of them have monuments, statues, plaques and fountains, offering a peaceful retreat among natural beauty in the heart of the historic district.
Open right now in Savannah, Old Town Trolley has been entertaining visitors to Savannah for over 30 years, and while you’re aboard their open-air trolley, the breezes keep you cool. Old Town Trolley Tours Savannah is not currently social distancing on tours. The tour is one of the most comprehensive sightseeing excursions available, showing you more than 100 of Savannah’s best points of interest including the Andrew Low House, the Cathedral of St. John, the Kehoe House, Forsyth Park, River Street and more. The onboard guides are funny and knowledgeable so you learn a lot about the city’s history while being entertained.
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