Savannah Georgia is a city overflowing with incredible stories. There are so many things to do and see. On the flip side, there are a ton of different ways to do and see it all. The method depends on how creative and adventurous you want to be.
With that in mind, I’ve pulled together ten possible options. Most of these options I have done myself. A few were referred by friends. All options allow you to view the city a little differently.
First up is walking. This is definitely the cheapest way to see the city. Because there are a lot of hills and uneven pavement (cobblestone), it’s also not the easiest.
My recommendation is to walk along River Street and try some of the other options to see the rest of the city.
Depending upon where you stay, River Street can be a bit tough to traverse. Because they are oftentimes original (meaning old), the steps are pretty steep.
Then there are the cobblestone paths. And those usually involve a pretty steep hill.
But it is well worth it once you have made your way to the main strip.
There really is a lot to see along River Street. Many of these things you can’t do by car or Trolley.
And then there are the shops. What is a trip to Savannah without a stop at River Street Sweets for one of their famous pralines?
Another great way to see River Street and other things that you just can’t see from the street is via the water. We took a tour on the Savannah River via the Georgia Queen paddle-boat.
This was a fun tour as they gave a great rundown of the history of things that happened around Savannah via the waterways.
They also went into how the waters are used today.
Guided tours are a huge thing for getting some of the detailed histories of the city. One of the tours we took and loved was through Genteel and Bard. This family-owned and run tour group work very hard to give their customers good, quality experiences. The details of their stories are amazing. I love the headsets they use so that everyone on the tour feels like the guide is speaking directly to them.
I didn’t get many pictures on the tour because I was so wrapped up in the stories TC (owner and guide) shared. We loved this so much we will definitely be taking some of their other tours on our next trip.
Another great guided tour we recommend is a haunted pub crawl. For a grown-up, the idea of a walking tour around Savannah at night while stopping at various old and haunted pubs is a huge draw. The highlight is grabbing a drink to sip while listening to the guide explain the historic happenings at each location.
We really did like all the stories that we heard about each of the various pubs.
I have to add here that we had a lot of fun on this tour because of the multiple stops at the pubs. But the other Ghost Tour with Genteel and Bard had much more entertaining stories.
I have to say, the thirteen miles (Rock 'N' Roll half marathon) we ran last November in Savannah was one of the best and unique ways we have seen the city. They literally had us running across bridges and through neighborhoods we had not seen before.
This really was a fun tour, but we didn’t get to stop and take many pictures. :)
Right after the race, we took a bicycle Pedicab to a local restaurant to grab a bite to eat before heading back to our room for a quick nap. After the thirteen mile run, we really couldn’t run another step (plus, my feet were killing me…). This was actually a fun trek because the bicyclist gave us some hints on restaurants that we had not heard of before.
picture credit to PediCab website
Full disclosure, I have not ridden on one of these. We have not been to Savannah with more than one other couple and we weren’t sure how much fun this would be with a bunch of strangers. Although with all the stops they do at the various pubs, we might enjoy learning about some of their personal stories
Talk about one of the best tours! The Segway Movie Tour that we took was AMAZING! It was our first segway ride and the company was super great at making sure we were good to go (and comfortable) on the segways before they let us drive.
We had a great time! Because we were in the back, my husband would go super slow until we were all ahead of him and then he would speed up so he could go super fast to catch up with us. We had a great time!
The trolley tour was another favorite for us. Every time we travel out of town, we try to do a bus tour of some kind. The reason for this is these tours are a great way for us to see things around a city that we may not have heard about before.
With the Trolley tours, the driver usually gives a speech about the various things happening around town. But on this trip, they had an actress in period clothing there to make the experience so much more memorable.
The great thing about taking one of these tours is that you can use it as a taxi to take you to different places around town. This tour allows you to get off at the various stops around town and get back on when one of the next trolleys come by. As long as we are back to our starting point (for our car) by the time they end their route for the day, you can get on and off as many times as you like.
Another great thing was that we were able to see different places we would not have realized were there. Such as this restaurant used as the street front in the movie, Something To Talk About.
Doesn’t this place look like it could be the location for Midnight Through the Garden of Good and Evil?
Another way to see Savannah is to just get in your car and drive. Unless you have done your research and checked out the on-line sites for where everything is, you might not see everything or even realize what you are seeing. But by taking our car, we were able to travel to Forsyth Park and get out when and where we wanted.
Because we were able to control where and when we arrived, we were able to check out the famous Forsyth Fountain when there were very few people around. I think this was one of my best opportunities to take pictures at this location.
Bonus: A Friend recently reminded me of an 11th way - - horse-drawn carriage. I have not utilized this option, although I have seen them. For some reason, I just did not have any pictures. I will definitely have to rectify that on my very next trip to Savannah. :)
As you can tell from this post there are so many things to see and do and so many ways you can see and do them here in Savannah. For us, we have taken multiple trips at various times throughout the year. Because of this, we have been able try most of the touring options above. I highly recommend at least one or more of the tours if you are traveling to Savannah only once. You will definitely get to see a lot more than if you try to do it on your own.
You covered so much ground in your sightseeing. I would love to do a haunted pub crawl. It sounds cool and interesting.
Hey Paige! Yes, the Haunted Pub Crawl was one of my favorites. Not only because we got to enjoy a drink while listening, but because it was a pretty easy stroll. I’ve been on a few tours where you don’t even have time to take pictures. I hope you get a chance to take one. 🙂
Great article, Camping somewhere near or in Savannah has been on my bucket list for awhile. You have remotivated me to get that planned!! Thank you for that!!!
Hi Lori! I haven’t done the camping thing yet (did a lot growing up), but I like the idea of it. There are some super cool places just outside of Savannah, too. I have a post on that coming in the future. But I know you would totally enjoy it. 🙂
I’m from Georgia, so of course LOVE Savannah. I haven’t done the pedal pub ride though it’s on my list! And you can’t visit Savannah without doing at least one ghost tour!
Hi Jordan! I hear ya. We are definitely going to give the pedal pub a try. Just hoping to get to Savannah with more people to fill one with our group. The next ghost tour I am looking to try is one in the cemetery itself. A friend of mine just did a night tour there and LOVED it! It is definitely going on the list. 🙂
I went to Savannah years ago for just a short trip and have wanted to go back ever since. I would definitely like to do a ghost tour.
Hi Kristen! I did the short day trip for my first one and it was years before I was able to make it back. But definitely try to fit some time in, if you can. It is sooooo worth it. Also, they have a hearse tour where they take you around town in an open-top hearse. It looks like it might be a fun trip. 🙂
I love Savannah! We had the opportunity to visit while my son was at Hunter Air Base. Such a beautiful city with lots of history. Definitely will have to take the Trolley and do the ghost tour on our next trip.
Hey Carol! We golfed close to Hunter Air Base. It’s a pretty nice area. The Trolley tour is definitely a must-do. The history they share is incredible. You even hear about the water downspouts on the houses and why they are shaped like fish or whatever. Seriously cool information. 🙂
Thank you for sharing. Although I have visited some of the places via walking, I’ve never taken a tour. I can’t wait to return and experience some of the activities you mentioned.
Hi Jean! We’ve been there a few times with people who couldn’t do the walking, so the tours are a huge benefit for them. Plus, you get to go out and see some of the areas that my husband and I wouldn’t have realized were there. That’s what I loved about it.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know if you get back there and try any of the tours I mentioned (or even some of the others – I’m always looking for a good tour!).
My husband and I did the trolley tour of Savannah about ten years ago. It was amazing! We learned all kinds of things we didn’t know before, like why the doors are all that odd color of aqua/greenish. Great post!
Hi Ceilon! I forgot about that! You are totally right. I definitely need to take another one and catch some of those things I didn’t catch the first time. You should have seen me weeding through tons of pictures trying to pick just a few. There is just so much beauty in that city. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by!