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Things To Do In The Summer In Savannah

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Cool Things To Do In Savannah During The Summer

Enjoy the warm southern hospitality that Savannah is famous for – but do it while beating the summer heat. There are so many cool things to do in Georgia’s first city, including exquisite architecture, historic points of interest, attractions and tons of natural beauty. You can see many of the city’s most popular places while staying cool this summer.

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American Prohibition Museum & Speakeasy

Located in Savannah’s popular City Market, the American Prohibition Museum is the first and only museum in the United States dedicated to the history of Prohibition. Highlighting an era of gangsters, rum runners, and flappers, the museum brings the Roaring Twenties to life with over 20 intoxicating exhibits and an authentic speakeasy. Featuring 21st century technology and immersive displays, the museum takes guests on a journey through the past to the early 1900s when anti-alcohol rallies swept the nation and America’s struggle with alcohol was brought to light.

  • Not Your Average “Dry” Museum – step back in time to a wild era of flappers, bootlegging, and gangsters.
  • Learn the history behind the iconic V8 and how it led to the birth of NASCAR.
  • Explore the stories of Al Capone, Scarface, and the other historical gangsters of Prohibition.
  • View confiscated items from mobsters and 200+ Prohibition-Era artifacts.
  • Discover why Savannah was referred to as the “Bootleg Spigot of the South.”
  • Slip into our Speakeasy to enjoy authentic craft cocktails.
  • Zagat rated Congress Street Up Speakeasy “One Of The Hottest Bars In Savannah.”

 

Take a Trolley Tour

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. Plus, you’re not driving around in your car, looking for parking and getting in and out of your car at dozens of different attractions. 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. The tour also allows you to get off and on and linger at any of its 16 stops as long and as much as you want.

Telfair Museums

Located in the historic district, this Museum is actually three different ones and an excellent way to spend the day while in Savannah. The museums include the Telfair Museum of Art, the Owens-Thomas House, and the Jepson Center for the Arts. Art enthusiasts, history buffs and anyone who enjoys observing great works of art will enjoy all of these museums. The Telfair is home to more than 4,500 works of art from US and international artists, fine arts, period furniture, decorative arts and more. The Jepson is one of the most modern facilities of its kind – showcasing photography, unique exhibitions and various artistic displays.

Tour all the Telfair Museums to stay cool while viewing extraordinary displays.

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Sorrel-Weed House

Considered one of the most haunted places in Savannah, the Sorrel-Weed House was built in 1840 and is a state landmark. It is a beautiful example of Greek Revival architecture and one of the many that can be seen throughout the city. You can take a tour of this historic building and learn about its intriguing past while you’re staying cool from the summer sun.

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Georgia State Railroad Museum

This is a great place for both kids and adults to enjoy. It is the oldest and largest existing 19th century railroad operations complex in the nation, with construction dating back to the 1850’s. There are permanent exhibits and a roundhouse with an operating turntable. You’ll also see steam and diesel locomotives, rail cars, steam powered machinery, model railroads and much more.

Cocktail Classes At Congress Street Up

Cocktail culture was born during the American Prohibition when alcohol was so potent and hair-raising that bartenders and home brewers began combining mixers, simply to make it more palatable. The American Prohibition Museum’s speakeasy, Congress Street Up, follows the tradition of the early mixologists to concoct the proper Prohibition Era style cocktail. If you’re looking for a unique yet intimate thing to do this summer, learn to mix just like a 1920’s bartender in Savannah! Congress Street Up’s certified bartenders will teach you how to make classic cocktails, while also exploring the rich history behind each dink. Learn new skills, enjoy your creations, and show off your newly acquired talents!

Brewery Tours

The warm summer weather is a perfect excuse to enjoy an ice cold drink! Lucky for you, Savannah is home to many incredible beer breweries. Each brewery offers their own fun and unique tour of the facilities, including a sample of their own cold beers to learn about the intricate process that goes into each beverage. Start out sipping a cold one at the Southbound Brewing Company, established in 2013. Then move onto the Moon River Brewing company and enjoy their famous craft beer flight sampler, but make sure to save room for their delectable house bites. Or if you’re a bit more adventurous and eager to try all local brews, take part in the Savannah brewery tour. They hit all the Savannah craft breweries around town and do all the driving for you in a comfortable, air-conditioned tour bus. This local favorite is one of the best things to do during the summer.

Summer Sweets

A hot Savannah day is the perfect excuse for a cold sweet treat, from two of Savannah’s favorites! Grab a scoop of Tutti Frutti from Leopold’s Ice Cream, named one of the Top 10 ice-cream parlors in the world. From handcrafted, old-fashioned soda fountain favorites to Hollywood movie memorabilia, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this summertime hotspot. Next grab an ice cold popsicle at Savannah Square Pops. Their delicious square pops are named after the 22 squares in Savannah. With distinctive and original flavors, it’ll be impossible not to go back for a second, third, and fourth visit!

 

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Jazz’d Tapas Bar

Located in Savannah’s Historic District, Jazz’d has been described as a “swank, sexy and sultry,” the perfect description for this unique tapas-style restaurant. Located in the basement of the historic Kress building, this underground gem features a serpentine bar and a drink menu, filled with a variety of wines and more than 25 types of martinis. Topping the list: the Chocolate Martini, Cookies and Cream Martini and El Diablo – made with Mexico Select Blue Agave, Marie Brizard cassis, lime juice and ginger beer. Those in search of a late-night snack can choose from the “Americanized” tapas menu featuring selections from chorizo sliders, to truffle frites and Cuban quesadillas. Enjoy the live music six nights a week, showcasing local blues, swing, jazz and classical artists. There are few better things to do in the summertime than enjoy some live music and delicious food with friends and family.

Visit Tybee Island

For the perfect family vacation, couples looking for romantic getaways, avid beach-goers or you’re simply looking for something new to do during the summer, Tybee Island is just 18 miles away from Savannah. Less than an hour away, this hidden treasure is consistently named one of the top rated beaches in the United States. Search for seashells along the shoreline or tour Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse. If you don’t want to remain on land all day, watch for dolphins playing in their natural habitat on a water tour or book a fishing charter and catch the big one. No matter what type of activity you’re looking for, this exquisite barrier island has got you covered.

tybee island lighthouse

Keep your cool in Savannah this summer!

Whether you choose to take a tour, hit the museums or visit some of the historic houses in the city, there is something for everyone in Savannah. Even when it’s hot outside, Savannah is still one of the coolest places to visit.

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