13 Best Things To Do In Savannah, Georgia (2024)

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Want to know all the best things to do in Savannah, Georgia? We’ve got you covered with everything you need to know!

Savannah, Georgia is a small, historic, coastal town near the border of Georgia and South Carolina.

Here you can see a variety of historic sites, small town charm, local haunts, and even the famous park bench scene from Forrest Gump.

We spent a long weekend exploring everything in and around town that could while we were on a larger road trip around the US.

At this point, we had just traveled to Savannah from New Orleans and then we were on our way up the coast to Charleston.

You can see all that we experienced on our trip to Savannah in this video on our YouTube Channel.

Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia

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Best Things To Do In Savannah, Georgia

There are so many fun things to do in Savannah, Georgia and here are the ones we most recommend, especially if you only have a day or two to explore.

1. Old Town Trolley

These trolleys operate in a handful of cities around the US.

We had taken it around San Diego before, so we knew this would be the best way to see as much of Savannah as possible in just one day.

The tickets are a little pricey, especially for a whole family, but for us it was worth it for the convenience and the short amount of time we had.

It’s really the best way to get acquainted with a new city.

Old Town Trolley in Savannah, Georgia

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2. Forrest Gump Bench (Former Site)

This was the site of the Forrest Gump bench where he was waiting at the bus stop telling his life stories.

Forrest Gump has always been one of my all time favorite movies, so this was cool to see the setting of the movie in real life.

We later saw the bench when we toured Paramount Pictures in LA.

Forrest Gump bench site in Savannah, Georgia

3. Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park is the site of the fountain that you always see in photos from Savannah.

This place is huge and busy on weekends.

People were having picnics, weddings, lunch at the restaurant, and just taking leisurely strolls.

Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia

4. Oldest Tree in Savannah

Nestled within the enchanting cityscape of Savannah, Georgia, lies a living testament to the passage of time—the oldest tree in the area.

Known as the majestic ‘Grandfather Oak,’ this ancient giant has stood witness to centuries of history and witnessed the city’s evolution.

Estimated to be over 500 years old, a visit to the Grandfather Oak is a journey back in time, a chance to connect with nature and ponder the profound legacy of this remarkable living relic.

oldest tree in Savannah, Georgia

5. Our Favorite Houses

The trolley tours take you around most of the squares/parks throughout town and they’re all surrounded by these old mansions.

We loved all of them, but here are some we were able to get photos of!

6. Wormsloe State Historic Site

The drive in to the Wormsloe State Historic Site is lined with something like 400 trees that create a tunnel over the road.

Once you’re in, you can take various trails around the park to different sites.

We went to the ruins of the first house built on the property and we saw the surrounding swamp/marsh area just on the other side of the trees.

We also saw the original burial sites on property (which have now been moved), and visited the replica village set up with a blacksmith shop, house, etc.

Wormsloe State Historic Site in Savannah, Georgia - replica village

It’s all on a pretty flat surface.

Sometimes you’re walking on dirt, sometimes it’s a boardwalk.

I did this with my grandparents who are in their 70s and they had no issues.

We spent roughly an hour walking the entire loop.

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7. Old Fort Jackson

This was a surprisingly more fun stop than I thought it would be.

I wanted to see it just because old forts are usually cool to roam around.

But this one had music, a campfire, and lots of tunnels to explore!

I even got locked in a jail cell.

Old Fort Jackson in Savannah, Georgia - jail cell

I took a lot more videos than photos, so make sure to watch the YouTube video at the top of this post to see more from Old Fort Jackson!

8. Savannah Riverboat Sightseeing Cruise

See the city from a whole new perspective out on the water.

This narrated cruise will tell you the history and lore of Savannah, while also cruising by Old Fort Jackson.

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9. Guided Savannah Civil War History Walking Tour

This 2 hour tour will take you to important places in Civil War history like Sherman’s headquarters and the Antebellum District.

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Best Places To Eat In Savannah, Georgia

Savannah has a great mix of classic Southern comfort food and fresh coastal cuisine.

There are several popular places to eat right in town and in the outskirts.

10. Belford’s

Belford’s is located in the City Market district of Savannah.

After looking at the menu we ended up doing a mixture of brunch and lunch.

They had biscuits with butter and jam to start, then we shared the Southern Dew cocktail.

Southern Dew is made up of Sugar Island Coconut Rum, Ghost Coast Tiki Spiced Rum, melon liqueur, pineapple juice, and fresh squeezed lemon juice.

Belford's in Savannah, Georgia - biscuits with butter and jam, Southern Dew cocktail

For our entrees we tried the Seafood Frittata (crab meat, shrimp, sweet Georgia corn, cheddar & Swiss cheeses, onions, roasted green & red peppers, and fresh seasonal fruit), Fish n Chips, and a Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with Mac n Cheese.

For dessert we tried the Bread Pudding and whatever the Cheesecake of the Day was.

11. Driftaway Cafe

Just outside of the Wormsloe Historic Site, we saw this cafe as we were driving in.

We had Cuban Sandwiches and a Reuben Sandwich.

This cafe is super cute and had a lot of great menu options.

I definitely recommend it if you’re visiting this part of town.

12. Six Pence Pub

During our trolley tour they had mentioned Six Pence Pub as being famous for being featured in the movie Something to Talk About with Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid!

Six Pence Pub in Savannah, Georgia

For drinks, we had a Guinness and a Cider.

To snack, we shared a Charcuterie Plate.

Then we finished our night with some chocolate cake.

Where To Stay In Savannah, Georgia

If you can swing it and it’s available, staying in any of the historic properties in the city is a great experience.

If you’re looking for something more affordable or in a quieter area, then we have a place we recommend just outside of town.

13. Staybridge Suites Savannah Airport – Pooler

It’s quite a bit cheaper to stay a few minutes outside of town and it was more convenient when visiting the places in the surrounding area, so we stayed in Pooler.

The Staybridge Suites in Pooler is great because it has a kitchen and a separate bedroom from the living area.

It’s also close to a ton of restaurants and shopping.

Check out a complete walk-through room tour of our room at Staybridge Suites on our YouTube Channel.

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Resources For Planning Your Trip To Savannah

If you need help planning your trip to Savannah, check out our Tips For Planning A Trip To Anywhere (A Step-By-Step Guide).

Also, read our Best Tips For Staying Safe When Traveling During Extreme Weather if you’re traveling during the extreme heat in Summer or during hurricane season.

Also check out our Best Tips For Staying Well While You Travel if you’re prone to getting colds or allergies when you travel or have other ailments.

Lastly, if you’re traveling on a budget, read up on our Best Tips For Traveling On A Budget: Your Guide To Planning An Affordable Trip.

Conclusion: Best Things To Do In Savannah, Georgia

There are so many great things to do in Savannah, Georgia whether you’re a history buff or just there for the aesthetic.

Savannah is one of our favorite historic towns we’ve visited on our US road trip travels so far.