Now, why would you travel miles and miles to Savannah, Georgia only to see what you could see and do what you could do just as easily back home? Scroll through this list to find information about local arts and entertainment, museums, stuff to do on the cheap, and outdoor activities.
Here are some links to help you get started. These sources will help you learn a little about Savannah and her people.
- City of Savannah Website
- The City's official website, with information for visitors.
- The Savannah Morning News
- Our local newspaper.
- Connect Savannah
- An arts and entertainment weekly, available for free at stands all over town. Look here for information about local goings-on such as art exhibitions, live music, and local theatre.
- Creative Coast Alliance
- This is a great source for information about local businesses, festivals, farmers' markets, etc.
- WRHQ 105.3- Savannah's Local Radio Station
- Do Savannah
- The arts and entertainment section of the Savannah Morning News
- The Coastal Heritage Society
- Savannah Scene
- Savannah Waterfront Association
- There are festivities on River Street all the time, and most of them free to attend. Take a look at the events calendar while you're in town.
- Visit Savannah
- Georgia Historical Society
- The place to begin your historical research, but also to find about about lectures and festivals sponsored by the GHS.
Arts, Entertainment, and Culture
I'll bet you didn't know we have a world-class symphony or a roller derby or a house that many acknowledge as the "the most beautiful house in America". Don't let anyone tell you there isn't enough to do here in Savannah. Here's a list to get you started.
special annual tours
- The Annual Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens
- The NOGS Tour of Homes and Hidden Gardens
- The Annual Holiday Tour of Homes
- The Shoestring Theatre Company
- The Collective Face Theatre Enemble
- Savannah's first repertory theatre company performs an edgier variety of plays as well as live script readings.
- Savannah Children's Theatre
- These kids stay busy and there is always something going on, whether it's one of their smaller class projects or a full-on mainstage musical. Their big shows include a mix of adults and children and you are likely to be surprised by the high caliber of their productions.
- Asbury Memorial Theatre Company of Savannah
- Yes, I know Asbury Memorial is a Methodist Church, but they are the favorite church of actors in Savannah and they do two stellar musical productions a year. Check their schedule and see if you can catch one while in town.
- City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs
- Check here to find out what shows or exhibitions the City is sponsoring.
- The Savannah Theatre
- This is the oldest continuously operating theatre in America, having been built in 1818 by William Jay. It was rebuilt after a fire in 1948 in the Art Deco style and has a permanently running professional show which is popular with residents and tourists alike. If you like song, dance, and comedy, this is the place for you!
- Savannah Repertory Theatre
- Bay Street Theatre
- For a few years running now, these guys have put on spectacular productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and The Rocky Horror Show Live. If you're up for something exciting, check this out.
- Tybee Post Theatre
- Savannah Comedy Revue
- Presenting local as well as nationally known stand-up comedians, usually at the Bay Street Theatre.
- All Walks of Life- a dynamic organization that focuses on developing the minds and abilities of Savannah's at-risk youth. These guys have done poetry readings, staged full productions, adapted Shakespeare into hip-hop, and cut albums featuring local talent.
- The Savannah Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
- We lost our orchestra years ago, but conductor Peter Shannon must be Jesus because he brought it back from the dead. Enjoy classical music and world-class soloists.
- The Lucas Theatre for the Arts
- This beautifully restored 1921 movie palace is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10am-4pm for self-guided tours and is now offering guided tours for $4/person. Come ogle the incredible Adam style interior and learn about the theatre's history and restoration. Don't forget to drop a dollar in the donation box.
- The Savannah Civic Center
- A large venue where you can catch national touring companies, stand-up comedians, and concerts.
- The Savannah Derby Devils
- Who doesn't love to cheer on a bunch of women as they race around a track and beat up on each other?
- The Savannah Bananas
- Hang out at historic Grayson Stadium and enjoy watching this local college level baseball team. Very family friendly, affordable, and tons of fun!
- The Savannah Sabers
- An all-female full-tackle football team
- Angela Beasley's Puppet People
- Want to plan something really special for your group? Send them to a puppet show!
- I Cantori
- In the mood for something classy? Try "Savannah's premier choral ensemble."
- McIntosh County Shouters
- "A ring shout deeply rooted in African origins"
- The Goliards, An Ancient Music Ensemble
- I didn't realize until I looked at their website that we have a Savannah Traditional and Early Music Network.
- Abeni Cultural Arts Performing Dance Studio
- This is a local African American dance troupe that performs around town throughout the year.
- The Savannah Folk Music Society
- Aside from concerts and the festival and whatnot, you can enjoy folk music super cheap every first Friday of the month.
- Coastal Jazz Association
- The Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue
- The Downtown Delilahs
- House of Gunt
- The Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences
- The Jepson Center for the Arts
- The Owens-Thomas House
- The afore-mentioned "most beautiful house in America." If you have time to visit only one house museum while you're in town, this should be the one. It's an English Regency mansion built by William Jay.
- The Davenport House
- Just around the corner from the Owens-Thomas House, the Davenport, built about the same time, is a fine example of Federal style.
- The Green-Meldrim House
- This Gothic Revival antebellum mansion, built by John Norris, was the headquarters of General William T. Sherman when he marched into Savannah in December of 1864.
- Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
- This is the place to go for people who want to know about Savannah's seafaring history. It has two beautiful gardens, both of which are open to the public during the museum's operating hours.
- Roundhouse Railroad Museum
- "The Roundhouse Railroad Museum is believed to be the largest and most complete Antebellum railroad repair facility still in existence in the world!" Like trains? Got a kid who likes trains? Here you go! They even have train rides scheduled throughout the year.
- The Andrew Low House
- Another fine antebellum mansion, this is where Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts of America.
- The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
- Juliette's home prior to her marriage into the Low family, now owned by the Girl Scouts of America.
- Flannery O'Connor's Childhood Home
- Mercer House
- A mansion begun before the Civil War by the great grandfather of Johnny Mercer, who was born and raised in this city. Also the last house restored by Jim Williams, it was prominently featured in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
- The Old Sorrel-Weed House
- The Harper-Fowlkes House
- Synagogue Mickve Israel
- Unbeknownst to many people, Savannah is home to the third oldest Jewish congregation in America and the only Gothic style synagogue in the country. Drop by their museum to learn more about our Jewish history.
- First African Baptist Church
- Savannah also has the oldest black Baptist congregation in the country and this church on Franklin Square was built by the slaves of the city in 1855.
- The Savannah History Museum and Visitors Center
- A good starting point for grasping the basics of Savannah's history.
- Savannah Children's Museum
- Read this Connect Savannah article by Jessica Leigh Lebos to learn more about this new, interactive museum: Adventures in Museum Land.
- Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum
- It does not have its own website, but you should find their Facebook useful.
- The Massie School
- Built in 1856, this was the first public school in Georgia. It now serves as a museum of Savannah's history and architecture. They recently completed a million-dollar renovation.
- King-Tisdell Cottage
- The Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center
- SCAD Museum of Art (SCAD MOA)
- Admission to their lovely, lovely outdoor space doesn't cost a thing! At least I hope not, considering the number of times I've ambled right in there....
- American Prohibition Museum
- Savannah African Art Museum
The price is right
There are plenty of things to do in this city that don't cost an arm and a leg and some don't cost anything at all! Here's the place to find fun, history, and culture on the cheap.
Visit the cemeteries
- Colonial Park
- Located right in the middle of the Historic District, Colonial Park Cemetery is open in the summer from 8am-8pm and in the winter from 8am-5pm. This is where most Savannahians were buried from 1750 until 1853. You will find many of our local Revolutionary War heroes buried here.
- This is a beautiful Victorian Gothic cemetery, the most famous in the area. Itis the final resting place of many noteworthy Georgians. Take advantage of the free tours they offer every second Sunday of the month if you're in town at the right time or just drive out there and stroll around on your own. Open 8am-5pm every day.
- Laurel Grove
visit these spaces, which are open to the public at certain times
- Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
- Definitely not to be missed while you're in Savannah. This is one of the most beautiful churches in America.
- Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension
- Christ Church Episcopal
- This is the mother church of Georgia, the oldest congregation in the state. The church is sometimes open for visitors during the day. If you are in Johnson Square and notice the doors of Christ Church are open, poke your head inside and see if they are welcoming visitors.
- Lucas Theatre for the Arts
- This gloriously restored 1921 movies palace is open for self-guided tours Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm and offers guided tours for only $4.
- Historic Savannah Theatre
- The lobby is open to the public every day and has a display about the history of the theatre, which has been in continuous operation since it was built in 1818.
- City Hall
- The city archivist conducts free tours of our City Hall every first Tuesday of the month at noon. No cost, but you do need to reserve a spot.
- Odd Lot Productions
- Every Monday night (with some exceptions) local actors and comedians play improv games for your enjoyment. The troupe also does On the Spot Murder Mysteries each Friday at Savannah Coffee Roasters. It's an improvised murder mystery, plus a meal!
- SCAD Cinema Circle
- Experience classic, foreign, and exciting films on the big screen and on the cheap. These viewings include pre-screening commentary from the SCAD film department and post-screening Q&A.
- Lucas Theatre for the Arts
- Featuring film screenings and a variety of live performances throughout the year.
take the kids to the playground
- Forsyth Park
- There are two playgrounds in Forsyth Park, located at the southern end of the Historic District. We also have a brand new fountain with interactive spray jets to cool down your cranky toddlers.
- Ellis Square
- While not exactly equipped with a playground, Ellis Squarealso has an interactive fountain sure to keep your kids squealing and cavorting with delight while you relax with a drink and a snack from one of the nearby restaurants. There's also plenty of open space in the middle where your wee ones can race off some of their energy.
- Colonial Park Cemetery
- Well, not in the cemetery exactly. There is a nice playground outside the gate on the south end of the cemetery.
Outside the Landmark Historic District
What? There's more to do than tour the Historic District? You mean, there's more to the city than that? Well, gee, tell me more!
- Fort Pulaski
- A great place to visit if you're into Civil War history.
- Old Fort Jackson
- Located only a couple of miles to the east, it's a very quick drive here from downtown Savannah.
- Wormsloe Plantation
- This is the only surviving antebellum plantation site in the area and it dates all the way back to the founding of Georgia in the 1730s.
- Savannah-Ogeechee Canal
- This is a wonderfully preserved and restored section of the old canal that once linked the Savannah and Ogeechee Rivers. It's also a great place to take a little hike and get a look at the water.
- Fort McAllister Historic Park
- Come visit this dirt fort on the Ogeechee River that somehow withstood every attack until Sherman threw his whole army at it.
- Pin Point Heritage Museum
- Learn about one of Savannah's oldest Black communities at our newest museum.
Nature preserves and outdoor activities
- Ossabaw Island
- Jekyll Island
- Skidaway Island
- Oatland Island Wildlife Center
- Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
- Wilderness Southeast
- Sea Island Indigo