The Best of Savannah Bucket List: History, Art and Riverboats

The Best of Savannah Bucket List

The oldest city in the state of Georgia is Savannah. Spend a few days on vacation here and you can walk down cobblestone streets under a canopy of trees, ride a trolley, marvel at the city’s urban design, eat delectable meals at fine dining restaurants, view unique art, get scared and relive history.

In other words, you’ll never run out of things to do in Savannah.

Savannah Squares

In 1773 James Oglethorpe built Johnson Square, Wright Square, Ellis Square and Telfair Square. Three years later Oglethorpe Square and Reynolds Square were built. During the 18th and 19th centuries 18 more squares would be added. The squares were to be used as places of commerce and meeting. These public squares were the heart of Savannah—and their design was unlike anything else in populated cities. Bus and shuttle tours make stops at most of the 24 Savannah Squares.

Historic Savannah Trolley Tour

Fully narrated 90-minute tours will take you to all the points of interest within the city. Unlimited on and off privileges allow you to leave the trolley and spend time sightseeing at your leisure—then get back on when the trolley passes by.

Culture, History & Art

Creativity thrives in this trendy city known for its galleries, artists of all ages and museums and historical landmarks. Be sure to visit the A.T. Hun Art Gallery to see the work of local and international contemporary artists. Savannah College of Art & Deign (SCAD) is one of the country’s top teaching museums with professional works of art on exhibit plus artwork that showcases the creative talents of students.

River StreetRiver Street Marketplace

Here, you’ll find souvenirs, bargains and more. River Street Marketplace is an open-air shopping area features 50 stalls and looks just the same as it did in the 1800s. Mingle with merchants selling items from Ireland, Costa Rica, Japan Peru, Australia and, of course, the south.

Savannah Riverboat Cruises

Embark on a Savannah Riverboat Cruises adventure for an evening filled with sightseeing, delicious dinner service, live entertainment and moonlit ambiance. Refreshing breezes and an attentive staff accompany every cruise.

Tybee Island

This barrier island is a recreational haven. Watch the sunrise then take a bike ride along the coast. Soak up some sun on of miles of beaches, rub elbows with the movie stars who call this island home or walk right up to a wandering sea turtle.

The Olde Pink House

Southern hospitality and casual sophistication are always on the menu in Savannah’s only 18th century mansion turned restaurant. The Olde Pink House restaurant offers delectable dining options like crispy fried lobster tails, blue crab beignets, mac and cheese poppers and bourbon molasses grilled pork tenderloin.

Vic’s on the River

During the Civil War, General Sherman’s officers used this building for meetings and planning. Today, Vic’s on the River is a popular Savannah restaurant serving up local products like shrimp and smoked cheddar stone ground grits, southern meatloaf, fried chicken liver sliders, pecan crusted flounder, praline cheesecake and pumpkin spice martinis.

The Lady & SonsThe Lady & Sons

The lady in this restaurant just happens to be Paula Deen. Her sons are Jamie and Bobby. Menu items include friend green tomatoes with Vidalia onion relish and roasted red pepper sauce, black-eyed peas, southern fried chicken, crab stuffed Portobello, peach BBQ grouper, collard greens, asparagus sandwich and pecan pie.

The Historic Savannah Theatre

Take a seat and enjoy a show at the oldest continually operating theater in the country. Open since 1818, the theatre has played host to many popular performers including W.C. Fields, Edwin Booth and Oscar Wilde.

Savannah Derby Devils

Jam with the “pack” and enjoy a night of flat-track roller derby at the Savannah Civic Center. This is one of the fastest growing sports in the country and the ladies of Savannah Derby Devils skate to entertain.

Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos

Double your fun with a pair dueling pianists ready to do musical battle. Located in the heart of the Historic District, this fun-filled establishment definitely takes song requests. Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos is a great place to host events or just hang out with your friends and family.

Savannah Ghost Tours

Scare up a good time driving through one of America’s most haunted cities—in the back of a hearse. Savannah Ghost Tours provides hair-raising rides that will take you to the spooky side of town, into cemeteries and past things that go bump in the night, if you dare…

Savannah Cotton ExchangeMercer-Williams House

The Mercer-Williams House was made famous in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. But it’s much more than a big-screen legend. The once vacant house was completely restored and is now home to a private collection of 17th and 18th century art and furniture plus porcelain imported from China.

Savannah Cotton Exchange

For a truly historic experience, visit the Savannah Cotton Exchange. This landmark dates back to 1887 when Savannah was the leading cotton seaport on the Atlantic, shipping more than two million bales of cotton per year.

Forsyth Park

Covering more than 30 acres, Forsyth Park is the largest park in Savannah’s historic district. This destination is popular with both locals and tourists and is a great place to spend a few hours. Numerous benches can be found throughout Forsyth Park making it easy to relax with a book, people watch or catch a few rays of sunshine. Of course, the center of attention is the fountain. This amazing structure resembles designs found in Paris and Peru and makes the perfect spot to take a picture.

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

The soaring steeples of The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist make it one of the most recognizable structures in Savannah. The cathedral was dedicated at its current site on April 30, 1876. In 1898, a fire destroyed almost the entire structure. It was restored in 1900 to highlight amazing architecture and remains a house of worship. Self-guided tours of this iconic cathedral are available Monday through Friday 9 am – 11:45 am and 12:45 pm – 5 pm. Donations in the amount of $2 per adult are appreciated.