Savannah, Georgia is one of the best-loved cities in the South. There are endless choices of history and haunted tours, eclectic shopping spots, and fine dining. The good news for visitors is there’s a also a lot of things things you can do here that won’t cost you a penny. Here are some recommendations from a concierge at The Marshall House. Want more tips and suggestions from a local in-the-know? Book your stay directly with us, and you’ll have immediate access to all the concierge assistance you need to plan the perfect Savannah stay.
Five Fun and Free Things to do in Savannah
by Ann Van Epps, Marshall House concierge
River Street viewed from Hutchinson Island
1. RIVER STREET:
River Street is a mecca for shops and restaurants on the beautiful waterfront. Take a free trolley ride from end-to-end to see everything they have to offer, or enjoy a free ferry ride across the water. Meeting at the Waving Girl Statue, the ferry will take you to the Convention Center on Hutchinson Island. Hop off to see the view the settlers saw when arriving in Savannah 200 years ago. And, First Friday on River Street means free fireworks starting at 9:15 pm at Rousakis Riverfront Plaza.
2. CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST:
St. John the Baptist Cathedral is a popular trolley and carriage stop, and is one of the most beautiful, ornate buildings in Savannah. Positioned in front of Lafayette Square, it is also across the street from Mirabelle’s, a cozy coffee and waffle shop.
3. TAKE A WALK THROUGH SAVANNAH’S SQUARES:
Savannah has 22 squares that provide locals and visitors alike with a little greenery amid all the businesses and historic houses. At one time there was 24 squares, but two were lost due to city development. The squares here are surrounded by beautiful churches, homes, museums and are all shaded by huge live oak trees. One of the most popular routes is to stroll down Bull Street through the squares until you hit Forsyth Park.
4. BONAVENTURE CEMETERY:
Venture out of the Savannah Historic District just 3 miles away to see Bonaventure Cemetery. Stop your car where ever you like and explore this historic, lush gem located right on the water. Buried here are many notable people including photographer Jack Leigh, singer/songwriter Johnny Mercer; Civil War Officer and Confederate General, Hugh Mercer; and novelist and poet, Conrad Aiken.
5. THE BEACHES OF TYBEE ISLAND
Tybee Island is about a 25-30 minute drive from the historic district. North Beach is the hidden side of Tybee, off the main drag near the lighthouse and old fort ruins. A sizeable parking lot near the water, as well as additional parking in front of and behind the lighthouse, make it an easy walk to the beach. There are also clean public restrooms, changing rooms and showers available. For a leisurely lunch with a beautiful view, also check out locally owned North Beach Grill for barbecue, burgers and amazing shrimp salad. South Beach is the main drag of Tybee with beach shops and seafood restaurants, as well as bars and the pier for fishing or just taking in the view.
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