Things To Do in Savannah, Georgia
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There’s never a bad time to visit Savannah, but we’ve found Georgia’s low country to be the perfect family retreat for ringing in the new year. It’s a destination made for slowing down, exploring Savannah’s cobblestoned squares, strolling the beaches of the Golden Isles and indulging in Southern comfort food. Great for a couple’s getaway or a multigeneration family vacation, you can truly choose your own adventure in Savannah.
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Where to stay in Savannah, Georgia
The Drayton Hotel
Stylish Savannah hotel with luxury accommodations, an intimate cocktail lounge, a seafood restaurant inspired by the Lowcountry and southern traditions and unmatched city views from its vibrant rooftop bar.
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Kimpton Brice Hotel
Savannah’s undisputed hotspot in the historic district, with stylish guestrooms overlooking the garden pool and Washington Square.
Andaz Savannah - a Concept by Hyatt
Noted for its locally inspired experiences and urban vibe, Andaz Savannah is on Ellis Square—steps from City Market, River Street, and great shopping and dining.
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Things to do in Savannah, Georgia
Dive Into History
As Georgia’s oldest city, Savannah is ripe with history to explore. From the Historic Landmark District to Bonaventure Cemetery to one of the many museums, there are plenty of significant historic sights to fill your itinerary. If you like a little ghost hunting with your history, definitely make time for a tour of the Sorrel-Weed House.
Savannah’s Broughton Street is lined with boutiques, galleries and some well-known retail brands. We usually visit The Paris Market, The Spice & Tea Exchange of Savannah and Savannah Bee Company. Other notable shops include shopSCAD Savannah for locally-made original art and E. Shaver, Booksellers which is Savannah’s oldest bookstore.
Take a Beach Day
Just a 30-min drive from downtown Savannah, Tybee Island’s three miles of beaches are perfect for strolling, sunbathing and shelling. You can easily spend a day on Tybee visiting the Tybee Island Lighthouse and walking along the Pier. Further south of Savannah, within 1.5-hour drive, lie the Golden Isles: St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, Little St. Simon’s Island and Brunswick, each with its own appeal. Hit all of them if you can, but if you can only squeeze in one, the picturesque Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island is our favorite.
Go Shrimpin’ in the Marshes
Drive bout 1.5 hours south of Savannah to Brunswick and board the Lady Jane shrimp trawler for an excursion fun for all ages. Over a two-hour cruise through the marshlands, Lady Jane’s captain and crew trawl the waters netting all kinds of sea life. Sorting through the nets, an onboard marine biologist pulls out creatures and explains their roles in the local ecosystem. If you’re brave, you may get a chance to hold some of the small sharks, fish and shrimp before they are tossed back into the waters.
Places to eat & drink in Savannah, Georgia
Fox and Fig Café: A plant-based brunch that even your hardiest meat-eater will want to repeat again and again! This cute little café sits across from one of Savannah’s historic squares. You can’t go wrong with ordering a Fox Burger.
Husk Restaurant: The Husk family of restaurants consistently top best of lists for its regionally and seasonally ingredient-based menu, and they live up to the hype. Reservations are hard to come by, but a Saturday or Sunday brunch reservation may be easier to score than a dinner reservation.
Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room: A Savannah institution for which locals and visitors alike line up for a traditional Southern family-style meal. Know before you go: tables are shared and it’s cash-only.
The Original Crab Shack: You cannot leave Georgia’s low country without gorging yourself on a good ol’ Low Country Boil at Tybee’s The Original Crab Shack. This casual, dock-side restaurant is known for fresh seafood and shareable-sized portions.
Vic’s On the River: Located on River Street overlooking the Savannah River, Vic’s offers fine-dining with a Southern flair. Be sure to ask for a table facing the water so you can watch the cargo ships float down the river.
The Grey: Located in a former Greyhound bus station, The Grey’s menu is an innovative take on and inspired by Georgia’s local harvests and cuisine. The restaurant has been featured on an episode of Chef’s Table, and it’s definitely worth watching, even if you don’t eat there. A reservation is absolutely a must.
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