Savannah, GA, is one of the most beautiful (yet interesting!) cities I’ve ever visited. If you are looking to visit a place with southern charm, delicious food, and exciting history—there are plenty of things to do in Savannah that you’ll absolutely love!
Savannah wasn’t always on my radar or travel bucket list. However, after searching for safe locations to travel for our anniversary during the Covid pandemic, my husband and I decided to spend a weekend in Savannah as part of our Southeastern U.S. road trip from Charleston to Asheville.
I’ll be honest—I expected Savannah to be my least favorite city we visited on our road trip—but it turned out to be my favorite. There are so many fun things to do in Savannah! Out of all the fun things to do in Savannah, I fell in love with the city’s charm and became engrossed in the unique, spooky history.
I created this guide to help you discover the best things to do in Savannah for a memorable weekend trip. So, without further ado, let’s get started!
Tips for Your Weekend in Savannah, GA
Before we get into all the best things to do in Savannah, here are some general things you should know:
Don’t Rent a Car
If you stay in Savannah’s Historic District, you will not need a car to see the city’s main attractions. All of the best things to do in Savannah, from one side of the town to the other, shouldn’t be more than a 20-minute walk!
When to Visit
Aside from the hot, humid summer months (July-September), Savannah’s weather is enjoyable year-round. However, the most beautiful time to visit Savannah is in April when the flowers are in full bloom!
Partner Your Weekend in Savannah with Charleston
Add a few days in Charleston to your weekend in Savannah for a week-long trip!
Read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Before exploring all the best things to do in Savannah, read (or watch!) Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil to get a small taste of Savannah’s charm and history!
Where to Stay in Savannah, GA
Savannah has no shortage of charming and comfortable accommodations to host you during your visit—from haunted historic hotels to cozy bed and breakfast stays.
We found a killer deal on Booking.com to stay at The DeSoto Savannah for three nights during our weekend in Savannah. We are so glad that we stayed at this charming hotel with close access to all the best things to do in Savannah!
1. The DeSoto Savannah
I would highly recommend The DeSoto to anyone staying in Savannah. Here’s why!
- The hotel is in a perfect location with easy access to all the best things to do in Savannah.
- The lobby is charming, with gorgeous chandeliers, a coffee shop, and a beautiful ambiance.
- The views from the top floors of the hotel are incredible. I would argue it’s the best view in Savannah!
- You can enjoy relaxing at the rooftop pool, which offers a spectacular view of the city.
Even though I would personally recommend The DeSoto, here are some other fantastic options for accommodations:
2. Hamilton-Turner Inn
The Hamilton-Turner Inn is a bed & breakfast is located in charming Lafayette Square. It is speculated to be the inspiration for Disney’s Haunted Mansion!
3. Marshall House
The Marshall House is Savannah’s oldest and most haunted hotel. Travel & Leisure’s named the Marshall House one of the “13 Most Haunted Hotels in America” in 2020, and USA Today ranked the Marshal House the 8th most haunted hotel in the world.
No matter where you stay in Savannah, it’s vital for your home base to be located in Savannah’s Downtown Historic District, especially if you plan to forgo a car.
For close access to all the best things to do in Savannah, choose accommodations that are:
- North of Gaston Street
- South of Bay Street
- East of Montgomery Street
- West of Price Street
If you’re looking for a peaceful, romantic stay, I recommend staying south of Liberty Street. If you are looking to be near the action, stay north of Liberty Street. If you stay within these streets, all the places in this guide will be no further than a 20-minute walk, no matter which direction you are coming from!
How to Get to Savannah, GA
There are several ways to get to Savannah, GA. If you are flying, the closest airport to Savannah is the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, which is located just 30 minutes from Historic Downtown Savannah.
If you’re driving to Savannah, you’ll likely arrive via the I-26 or I-95. Some of the closest major cities to Savannah are:
- Charleston, SC—107 miles
- Jacksonville, FL—139 miles
- Atlanta, GA—248 miles
- Charlotte, NC—252 miles
Unless you drive your own car to Savannah, I would highly recommend forgoing a vehicle in the city. Parking in Savannah can be expensive. Unless you plan to take a day trip to Charleston, Hilton Head Island, or Tybee Island during your weekend in Savannah, everywhere in Downtown Historic Savannah (and on this guide!) is walkable.
12 Best Things to Do in Savannah, GA
There’s no shortage of fun things to do in Savannah! Here are 12 things to do in Savannah that you can’t miss during your time in the city.
1. Dine at The Olde Pink House
During your ghost tour, you might stop by The Olde Pink House—one of Savannah’s most iconic (and haunted!) restaurants. Dining at The Olde Pink House is a must during your weekend in Savannah—trust me!
The Olde Pink House is the perfect location for an upscale dinner, a romantic date night, or a fancy celebration. My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary here, and we couldn’t have chosen a better location for an unforgettable evening. The staff is fantastic, and the food is excellent!
The Olde Pink House also has a fascinating history. The home was built in 1771 as a private residence and held secret meetings to secure the thirteen colonies’ independence from England. The house didn’t become a restaurant until the 1920s after a woman transformed the home into a tea room. She painted the home pink—and the color stuck!
This restaurant is one of the most popular in Savannah, so don’t forget to make a reservation before your weekend in Savannah. We made our reservations on OpenTable.
If you miss the chance to make a reservation, don’t worry—there are tons of awesome restaurants in Savannah. Check out my list of the best places to eat in Savannah for more recommendations!
2. Explore Savannah’s 22 Squares
You might be surprised that one of the best things to do in Savannah is simply walking around the city.
Historic Savannah is built around 22 picturesque squares and parks, perfect for strolling through or relaxing in. Most squares also include a monument or plaque, so it’s a great way to learn more about Savannah’s history!
If I had to choose, my five favorite squares and parks are:
- Lafayette Square
- Calhoun Square
- Monterey Square
- Forsyth Park
- Chippewa Square
Of course, you’ll have to decide your favorites after visiting!
3. Enjoy Ice Cream at Leopold’s
Leopold’s Ice Cream is undoubtedly Savanah’s most iconic dessert spot and one of the best things to do in Savannah. This ice cream shop has been around since 1919 and is a Savannah tradition.
The store has authentic, vintage touches—the black marble soda fountain, wooden back bar, and telephone booth were all transferred from the original location!
The most popular flavors are Lemon Custard, Rum Bisque, and Tutti Frutti—rum ice cream with candied fruit and Georgia pecans. I got the Savannah Socialite—chocolate ice cream with toasted Georgia pecans and swirled with bourbon caramel—and I thought it was delicious!
4. Walk Down River Street
Savannah was built along—well, you guessed it—the Savannah River!
When Savannah was constructed in the 1600s, the river was used for fishing, transportation, and trade. Now, the Savannah River is situated beside River Street—one of the most popular places in Historic Savannah to walk around, shop, or grab a drink.
When you walk down to River Street, you feel like you are stepping back in time! The streets are lined with cobblestones, steamboats are chugging down the river, and the shops and restaurants look like you would imagine they have for decades.
Here are the best things to do in Savannah along River Street:
- Enjoy a Savannah Riverboat Dinner Cruise
- Stop by Huey’s for some delicious beignets (the best I’ve ever had!).
- Check out the unique vendors at the River Street Market Place.
- Visit Savannah’s Candy Kitchen for a massive assortment of candy, along with homemade caramel apples, popcorn, and fudge.
- Peruse A Christmas On the River to find a Christmas tree ornament (or to get in the holiday spirit!).
5. Go on a Spooky Ghost Tour
Did you know that Savannah is haunted? Like, really haunted? I knew Savannah has a haunted history before visiting but fell in love with learning about the city’s interesting, spooky ghost stories during our weekend in Savannah.
One of the best ways to learn more about haunted Savannah is to take a ghost tour during your time in the city. We went on The Beyond Good and Evil Ghost Tour by Ghost City Tours, and it was fantastic—our tour guide was so informative!
Here are some other unique ghost tours in Savannah:
- Savannah Trolley Tour by Ghosts and Gravestones of Savannah
- Haunted Pub Crawl and Walking Ghost Tour by Spooky Savannah Ghost Tours
- “Dead of Night” Walking Tour by Ghost City Tours
Before your visit, check out my blog post about six haunted places in Savannah that you can’t miss during your weekend in Savannah!
6. Peruse E. Shaver’s Booksellers
I’ve always been a sucker for quaint, cozy local bookstores. So naturally, I was over-the-moon excited when we stumbled upon E. Shaver’s Booksellers in Madison Square. It easily became one of my favorite things to do in Savannah, GA!
E. Shavers Booksellers is a full-service independent bookstore that is in an old house. The décor is warm and welcoming, and the staff is so friendly—even the resident cats. They have a vast selection of books to choose from, and to my delight, a whole section dedicated to the Young Adult genre.
You could spend hours exploring the adorable nooks and crannies of this bookstore. After spending about an hour there, my husband and I each bought a book to read on our plane ride home.
Check out E. Shavers during your weekend in Savannah! And please buy a book while you are there—in the age of Amazon, local bookstores need our support more than ever.
7. Walk in Forsyth Park
Visiting Forsyth Park is by far one of the most popular things to do in Savannah, GA. The park spans over 30 acres and is most easily recognized by the city’s most famous fountain—modeled after the French fountains at Place de la Concorde in Paris.
During your weekend in Savannah, stroll through the mossy oaks that line Forsyth Park to snap a picture with the fountain, or grab a bite to eat at the Collins Quarter at Forsyth Park!
8. Visit the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist
The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist is hard to miss. At nearly 215 feet tall—it stands as one of Savannah’s most prominent landmarks in Lafayette Square.
The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist is a 19th-century Roman Catholic church and an example of neo-gothic architecture. The church reminded me of many of the stunning Gothic cathedrals and churches we saw during our trip to Europe, like Sainte Chapelle!
We were lucky to arrive during a guided tour to learn interesting facts about the building’s history, architecture, and traditions that we would have missed otherwise. Admission to the Basilica is free, but the church requests a $3 donation per adult to upkeep the beautiful space for decades to come.
Tip: After visiting the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, walk across the street to Mirabelle Savannah to enjoy a fantastic liege-style waffle (I recommend the peach cobbler waffle!).
9. Tour a Historic Home
During your weekend in Savannah, you can’t miss a chance to tour one of Savannah’s many historic homes—one of the most popular things to do in Savannah.
Here are a few of the most popular options:
1. Juliette Gordan Low Birthplace
Home where the founder of Girl Scouts of America was born & raised.
2. Mercer-Williams House
The famous, historic mansion where the murder takes place in the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. If you are interested in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, check out this walking tour that visits all of the most famous spots in the book and movie! This is also a great way to become acquainted with Savannah’s most popular attractions. However, do note that this tour excludes entrance into the Mercer-Williams House.
3. Owens Thomas House and Slave Quarters
Most well-known for being a boarding home and where Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette gave a speech during his time in Savannah. Check out this tour for admission into the Owen-Thomas House, Jepson Center Art Museum, and Telfair Academy for only $21 per person!
4. Sorrel-Weed House
This beautiful antebellum home once hosted Confederate General Robert E. Lee and is best known for its dark, haunted history. Other popular museums to tour include the Telfair Academy and Jepson Center. You can read about them here!
10. Shop at the City Market
City Market is located just west of Ellis Square and is one of the most fun things to do in Savannah. There are tons of places to shop at City Market. Some of my favorite places to visit here are:
- The American Prohibition Museum—From smuggling to speakeasies, this adults-only museum offers brings the history of the Prohibition Era to life. After the tour, visit the speakeasy attached to the museum to enjoy Prohibition-style drinks!
- The Georgia Tasting Room—Enjoy six wine tastings for only $3 at the Georgia Tasting Room! Check out my Savannah Food Guide for more information about the Georgia Tasting Room.
11. Walk Down Jones Street
Did you know Jones Street is considered the prettiest street in America? And for a great reason! The gorgeous mossy oaks and beautifully decorated homes make a beautiful stroll on this street one of the best things to do in Savannah.
Fun Fact: This street is also suspected to be where the phrase “keeping up with the Jones’s” originated. Who knew, right?
12. Relax at the Paris Market
The Paris Market is one of my favorite things to do in Savannah! This adorable boutique sells high-end furniture, stylish gifts, and antique Parisian treasures.
The best part of the Paris Market is the Paris Market Café. This quaint café is tucked away in the boutique and serves espresso, tea, wine, champagne, and pastries. The café is chic and charming—in fact, the founder modeled the space after one of her favorite spots in Paris!
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Tip: After visiting the Paris Market, walk down the street to the Savannah Bee Company—another one of Savannah’s cutest stores where you can sample honey & mead!
Enjoy the Best Things to Do in Savannah for the Perfect Weekend Trip
Well, there you have it—all the best things to do in Savannah for the perfect weekend trip! Which of these awesome things to do in Savannah sounds the most fun to you? Let me know in the comments!
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Savannah sounds like a great home base for many day trips, as well as to explore right there! And the DeSoto sounds so charming 🙂
I spent a weekend in Savannah a couple of years ago and there was torrential rain and I didn’t get to see all I wanted to. This post definitely reminded me I need to get back there sometime.
Oh no! I hope that you get to go back soon and take advantage of all that the city has to offer 🙂
I have been dying to go to Savannah! Great post, so many great tips, and advice. Definitely adding dining at a haunted restaurant to my savannah to-do list!
It’s such an amazing place! I hope these tips help you to have a really fun trip! 🙂
Looks like it was a fun trip! Savannah is so romantic- great choice to celebrate an anniversary!
Yes, it was the perfect place!
I can’t decide if I want to start off with food, books or ghosts. So many great options. I feel like I’ll leave Savannah 10lb heavier but I’ll be so happy it doesn’t matter. What a great guide to a lovely looking city
Right, there are so many wonderful things to do there!! And haha, if you don’t leave Savannah a few pounds heavier, you’re doing it wrong! 😉
Lovely post Brit! I had no idea that Savannah was so full of beautiful squares and parks! It seems like a Southern European city if it is really so walkable with so many public spaces.
I love that you included so much tasty food too! Om nom nom…
Thank you, Josy! Yes, there’s so much to explore in Savannah. It reminded me a lot of being in Europe, as well!
I want to do everything in your 12 things to do in Savannah article! I love southern charm and history. I especially find the ghost tours fascinating. Haha. My husband and I are antsy to take a road trip this year and I would love to swing through Savannah. Saving your post for our trip!
Thank you, Ashlee! There are so many things to do here. I hope you and your husband have a wonderful time in Savannah!
I really love the way you have laid out this post. I think it would make it much easier to plan a trip to Savannah. Great and clear photos too.
Thank you so much, Cassie! I appreciate that! 🙂
I love Savannah and I love your post! It has been a few years that I haven’t been and your post helped to refresh some things I have done, and some things I still need to do. Beautiful pictures!
Thank you so much, Paula! I hope this guide can help you have a really fun trip your second time around!
Wowowow I am in love! I don’t know a lot about US geography and have never actually heard of Savannah before – but it seems like such a beautiful, exciting place to visit!
Thanks for reading, Amy! It’s a really fun place, I hope you have the chance to visit one day!
Ahh I’ve been dying to go to Savannah! It definitely looks so charming and look like there’s lots of delicious food as well (my kinda place!). Definitely saving this for when I go!
Oh my gosh, Savannah is the most delicious city I’ve ever visited, haha. I hope you have tons of fun when you get the chance to visit!
Savannah always looks like such a quaint place and the architecture is so pretty! Plus I can’t resist a spooky ghost walk and a good bookshop! Thanks for the great guide!
Thank you, Hannah! Savannah is such a fun place. The spooky history makes it so fun to walk around because you are constantly learning new things about the city!
I went to Savannah when I was very young, and I’ve wanted to go back so badly the past few years! I don’t remember much about it, so reading and seeing your pictures helped. Hopefully I’ll make it back soon!
It’s such a fun place! I hope you get to return and enjoy it as an adult. Thank you for reading my guide! 🙂
Savannah looks beautiful, I have always wanted to visit! This is a great guide 🙂
Thank you, Sydney! It’s a gorgeous place. I hope you get to visit soon!
It looks like there are a lot of really fun and unique things to do in Savannah to keep you busy for the weekend!
There really are! I hope you get to visit someday, Krista!
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Savannah looks like a wonderful city for a weekend trip. I would really love to visit it. One thing I would absolutely not miss there is taking the ghost tour! Sounds like a lot of fun 😀
It’s so much fun! The ghost tours there are amazing. The best I’ve ever been on! 🙂
Ah I loved Savannah when I visited in November 2019. It is absolutely charming and the food was incredible! 🙂
I agree with both of the statements! I’m glad you had a great trip!
I’ve been to Savannah so many times and I had never known about the “Jones” street! Plus you gave me some nice extra things to do next time we visit. Thanks.
Thank you, Margie! I hope you have a wonderful time the next time you visit! 🙂
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Love it!! I’ve been to Savannah once and coupled it with Charleston. Both so charming. I did eat at the Old Pink House and it was lovely. The St. John the Baptist church was beautiful. Loved the squares and Forsyth park, as well.
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Wow this is a beautiful post on Savannah. I’ve not visited, but will have to follow your list when I go!
Thank you for reading! You’ll love Savannah when you get the chance to visit. It’s gorgeous!
Savanah looks gorgeous! Between those trees, the architecture, and the food- this is definitely going on my lost to visit! So many great recs here!
Savannah is a stunning city! You’ll love visiting when you get the chance 🙂
This is the second Savannah post I’ve read today, and I think that’s a serendipitous sign that it’s time for me to get back to that beautiful city! Love all of your suggestions.
Haha, yes! You need to go back and experience all the magical charm that is known as Savannah. Thanks for reading, Cris! 🙂
Love this! A few years ago we were supposed to drive from Florida to DC and had everything planned to stay in Savannah and Charleston, but a big hurricane stopped us and we had to re-route. We haven’t had a chance to get back to the states. Savannah just sounds magical through your eyes.
Oh man, that’s such a bummer! I hope you have a wonderful time when you get the chance to visit again 🙂
I have been to Savannah once and I loved it. Next time I go, I will follow this guide!
Yay! Have so much fun when you go back! 🙂
Thanks for sharing this! All I have to do now is look for some cheap hotels in Savannah GA so I can finalize my vacation! Thanks to this fun ideas on what to do there, I already have a picture in my mind of how much I’ll be enjoying there!
Yay! I’m so glad you found this post helpful, Don! Savannah truly is a wonderful spot. Have fun on your vacation! I also have a list of the best places to eat in Savannah, if you’re interested: http://www.travelbybrit.com/the-best-places-to-eat-in-savannah-ga/
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looks like an awesome trip!
It sure was!
Tybee Island is a fun place to visit, too! I’m sure you’ll enjoy your stay there as we do.
These 12 things to do in Savannah will certainly make this coming weekend a treat for me and the family!
Great job, Brit! Savannah seems like an authentic gem to discover and this guide is perfect to discover it! Hope I can visit it! Thanks for this article!
It’s such a cute place to visit. I hope you get the chance to visit soon! 🙂
I love Savannah and you captured its essence well, in your post. I agree that walking around the historic area and seeing the mossy trees, old mansions and fountains is the best way to spend your time. The food in Savannah is also amazing. Many great restaurants!
Isn’t it such a beautiful city? I agree, the food is truly amazing! I’m ready to go back!
Savannah has never been on my radar but it looks absolutely stunning! Nice that it is such a walkable place as well I definitely prefer exploring on foot.
It’s truly such a cute city! There’s so much to see and do, and the food is amazing!
Loved this article. I’m very interested in the ghosts tour..looks like fun!
The ghost tour is so fun! I feel like I learned so much spooky history about Savannah, too.
Your blog on interesting things to do in Savannah, Georgia is fantastic! I’m even planning my trip based on your blog. Thank you once again!
Thank you, Edward. Have a great trip!