Savannah is full of great summer activities, from exploring the historic downtown to wandering through century old cemeteries. With so many things to choose from, it can be difficult deciding which ones are worth your time! Come stay at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn and check out 6 awesome activities you must experience in Savannah. You won’t be disappointed!
1. Bonaventure Cemetery
The idea of wandering through a cemetery may sound a little morbid; however, recent visitors agree that a visit to Bonaventure Cemetery is a must. As you wander through the cemetery, keep your eyes open for the tombstones of such celebrities as poet Conrad Aiken. On the eastern edge of Savannah, Bonaventure Cemetery features striking monuments, elaborate burial vaults and grand live oak trees.
As you explore the gravesites, you will notice many of them date back to the mid-19th century. The charming site rests on a scenic bluff on the Wilmington River and was original purchased for a private cemetery in 1846. Later, in 1907, the site became a public cemetery. The elegant sculptures nestled between the grand trees and glistening riverside make Bonaventure a wonderful experience. The main section of the cemetery has plenty to keep you occupied for an afternoon. Before starting your journey around Bonaventure’s 100 acres, stop by the Visitors Center and pick up a copy of the 16-page “Historical Society Guide” which will give you a brief history of the property.
2. Tybee Island
A quaint beach town on the Atlantic Ocean, Tybee Island, is the perfect place for those wanting a quieter afternoon to relax on the beach. Tybee is known for its laid-back vibe, natural sand dunes and close proximity to Savannah. Only 20 minutes from Downtown Savannah, Tybee Island offers a warm sandy beach, a classic lighthouse, and true southern food. Rich in both history and natural beauty, the Island is fantastic for an afternoon away from the main strip. Children and adults alike will enjoy exploring the island’s three miles of white-sandy beach. Pack a picnic and find your spot on the beautiful beach of Tybee Island. If you enjoy fishing, this charming Island offers fishing piers, and off shore and deep-sea charters, or you can fish right in the surf.
The Island also offers an array of delicious dining options. A Tybee Island gem is the Sundae Café. Causal by day and romantic by night, the Café features an extensive lunch menu, with everything from island inspired spicy tuna tacos and fried oysters to more traditional fare such as fresh club sandwiches, crispy chicken fingers and juicy burgers. Desserts, displayed in the glass case at the front, are mouthwatering, from key lime pie to Reese’s peanut butter pie. Be sure to try a side of thick sweet potato fries with your lunch.
3. Forsyth Park
Thirty acres of lush green grass and grand oaks, Forsyth Park has a little bit of something for everyone. The park’s marvelous two-tiered, white cast-iron fountain is a visual masterpiece. Two large areas of grass are perfect for visitors to kick a soccer ball, throw the Frisbee, or have a picnic. The park features two playgrounds, one for younger kids and one for older ones, giving children an opportunity to burn off some energy. Stroll through this picturesque park and enjoy the cool later afternoon.
4. Savannah River Street
River Street is a glittering gem along the wide Savannah River. River Street, lined with souvenir shops, sidewalk cafes and seafood restaurants, is a lively area for an afternoon stroll or a cup of Jo. The century old buildings, once cotton warehouses, have been transformed into antique shops, fantastic galleries, charming boutiques, divine restaurants, unique nightspots, and more.
River Street’s cobblestone, brick-lined road offers a unique glimpse into Savannah’s past. The Oglethorpe Landing monument marks the exact spot where General James Edward Oglethorpe landed in the port of Savannah in 1733, and the Steamship Savannah Marker recognizes the SS Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic. Both can be found along this charming street.
5. Leopold’s Ice Cream
Slurp on a rum-based Tutti Frutti cone studded with Georgia pecans in this 1930’s ice cream joint. Three brothers from Greece, George, Peter and Basil Leopold, founded Leopold’s Ice Cream in 1919. They learned and perfected the art of candy and dessert from an uncle who had already settled in America. Generations of people have enjoyed Leopold’s ice cream and other tasty treats such as hamburgers and a classic, pimento cheese sandwiches. The classic ice cream parlor is located on downtown Savannah’s bustling Broughton Street. The absolutely one-of-a-kind ice cream features classics flavors from chocolate to vanilla and seasonal flavors from Guinness to Eggnog. Hop on a bar stool and enjoy your favorite flavor!
6. Stay at a Savannah Boutique Hotel
After enjoying all the amazing things to do in Savannah, there is nothing like resting your head at a classic Southern bed and breakfast. The President’s Quarters Inn offers a selection of lovely rooms and suites, which are all elegantly decorated to match the southern charm of the city. Your stay comes with a full delicious breakfast each morning so your days will start off on a bright note. Complete your list of things you must do in Savannah with a stay at the Presidents Quarters’ Inn. We can’t wait to see you this summer!