Savannah, Georgia offers many attractions, museums and places of interest for visitors. While you might choose to start your vacation by taking a sightseeing tour of the city, such as the fully-narrated Old Town Trolley Tour, you’ll also want to explore off the beaten path attractions for people of all ages. Read on to discover the hidden gems and unique experiences in store during your trip to Savannah.
The American Prohibition Museum is a new, interactive museum experience that takes you through 40 years of history, the events that lead up to Prohibition and everything that occurred as a result. The museum is 6,000 square feet of exhibition space that holds 13 galleries, four vintage cars and live actors that help bring the stories to life. If all the alcohol talk leaves you thirsty, you’re in luck. After your museum tour, you can visit the fully-stocked speakeasy, just remember the password to get in!
Fort Pulaski is located between the city of Savannah and Tybee Island. During the American Civil War, the Union Army successfully tested a rifled cannon here, ushering in significant military advances. While many boasted that the fort was impenetrable due to its 11′ thick walls, the Union Army’s direct land assault using the rifled cannon proved to be its downfall. The loss of Fort Pulaski crippled the Confederate effort during the Civil War. Since its reconstruction, the fort has been featured in several films, including Robert Redford’s The Conspirator, and is a historical treasure in Savannah.
The Gryphon Tea Room in Savannah is known for its unique breakfast, lunch and dessert options along with its distinctive décor. Sit down at the bar counter, order a pot of southern style tea and catch your breath after touring around the city. Owned and staffed by the Savannah College of Art and Design, the Tea Room’s elegance and artistic ambiance are not to be missed. This is the height of southern style and an off the beaten path must-do for Savannah visitors.
The Savannah Gas Company Globe is located near the intersection of White Bluff Road and DeRenne Avenue in Savannah. The globe was first used as a storage tank by the Savannah Gas Company, but soon after its construction, the structure was re-imagined to resemble the Earth. Interestingly, it was painted again in 1998 to include Hurricane Floyd as it headed toward Savannah. The Savannah Gas Company Globe is accompanied by a mailbox in the shape of the Moon, and both are stunning, one-of-a-kind additions to the city’s landscape.
The Oatland Island Wildlife Center is a fun and engaging way to learn more about Savannah’s animal inhabitants. It’s also affordable at only $5 per person, so you can do more in the city while spending less. There are three primary exhibits at the center including Wolf Wilderness, Predators of Georgia and Birds of Prey. Between these three areas, visitors can see gray wolves, southern flying squirrels, nine-banded armadillos, cougars, bobcats and many other animals in their natural environments. If you’re visiting Savannah on a Tuesday, you might also be interested in taking your family to Toddler Tuesday, where young children are introduced to the animals through a program specifically designed for them.
Located about 30 minutes outside of Savannah, Tybee Island is a southern gem. Tybee’s beautiful beaches, iconic Tybee Lighthouse and unique shopping and dining options make a special day trip for visitors to the Savannah area. Famous visitors to Tybee Island include John Travolta, Robert Downey Jr., Christina Applegate and Miley Cyrus while they filmed movies such as The General’s Daughter, The Gingerbread Man and The Last Song. Take some time to relax on the beach and soak up sun and Savannah history.