We all know that vacations are important for our well-being. Taking time off work to relax and spend time with friends and loved ones can leave us with a lifetime of wonderful memories. But between travel fees, dining, and adequate lodging, vacationing can often be just too expensive! Instead of cutting corners on fun, look for affordable (or better yet, free) activities for you and the family to enjoy. Here are some of the best free things to do in Savannah that will make your trip unforgettable.
For more information on free things to do in Savannah, GA, be sure to request a copy of our free vacation guide. It’s full of recommendations for activities and attractions near the Presidents’ Quarters Inn!
6 Free Things to Do in Savannah
1. Visit Bonaventure Cemetery
Located on a scenic bluff overlooking the Wilmington River, Bonaventure Cemetery is Savannah’s most famous cemetery. Several famous figures are buried here, including poet Conrad Aiken, Academy Award winner Johnny Mercer, and Georgia’s first governor, Edward Telfair. Guests can take a self-guided walking tour of the cemetery or join free guided tours every second Sunday. The cemetery is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
2. Admire the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is an iconic symbol of Savannah. It’s the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Georgia and features towering steeples and incredible stained-glass windows. Take a few minutes to admire the architecture, then walk inside and view the impressive murals, altar, and choir area. The church is open for free tours Monday through Saturday.
3. Stroll the City Market
Did you know that the Savannah City Market has been the commercial and social center of the city since the early 1700s? The historic four-block area boasts a wide range of restored warehouses and storefronts for entertainment, shopping, and dining. Most of the goods are affordable, but if you’re tight on cash, feel free to window shop or spend the day people watching.
4. Enjoy First Friday Fireworks
Rousakis Riverfront Plaza is the place to be on the first Friday of every month. Visitors can enjoy live music, great food, and a spectacular fireworks display right on the water. It’s perfect for an inexpensive night out with the family!
5. Take a Ferry Ride
For a scenic view of the Savannah River, catch a free ride with the Savannah Belles Ferry on River Street. (You can also catch it on the other side of the Savannah River at the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort). You’ll enjoy beautiful views of the riverfront as well as the Talmadge Memorial Bridge and the Waving Girl Statue. The ferry departs every 15-20 minutes from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.
6. Explore the Historic District
Just steps from our inn, Savannah’s famous historic district offers endless opportunities for some free fun. In addition to world-class restaurants and bars, you’ll find beautiful squares, historic homes, and plenty of fascinating museums. For a truly unique adventure, try visiting all 22 squares and learning their stories. Each is named after a different person, place, or historical event, and no two squares look the same!
Book Your Stay at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn
When it’s time to find lodging in Savannah, don’t settle just because you’re on a budget. Make a reservation at our bed and breakfast and enjoy top-notch accommodations and amenities that will make your wallet happy. Your stay includes curbside luggage assistance, wine hour, a nightly turndown service, and a complimentary breakfast each morning. We even offer vacation specials and packages to help you save on your trip! To book your room, simply check our availability or give us a call at (800) 233-1776. We look forward to having you!