It’s no surprise that Savannah has been named one of the top destinations in the Southern U.S. Since it was established in 1733 by General James Oglethorpe, this historic city has been welcoming visitors by the millions every year. Today, River Street in Savannah, GA is lined with century-old buildings that house art galleries, world-renowned restaurants, bars and pubs, and one-of-a-kind shops. The working harbor also offers horse-drawn carriage rides and sightseeing cruises. Just half a mile from the Presidents’ Quarters Inn, visitors can spend hours – or even days – exploring endless attractions right on the water. Here are some of our favorites.
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What You’ll See on River Street in Savannah, GA
Tucked away at the end of River Street is Morrell Park, the only Savannah park located right on the water. This public park is home to two famous landmarks: the Waving Girl statue and the Olympic Torch sculpture. The Waving Girl statue pays tribute to Florence Martus, who greeted every ship entering the Savannah port for 44 years. The Olympic Torch is the same caldron that was lit for the 1996 Olympic yachting events in Savannah. The park’s mossy stone walls and blooming trees make it a calming spot to explore away from the busyness of the market area.
Stores & Shops
The Savannah Riverfront boasts 17 locally-owned shops and boutiques. Here, you’ll find everything from jewelry and clothing to Civil War memorabilia and cigars. Be sure to stop by the River Street Market Place, an open-air flea market that features more than 70 vendor booths selling local art, gifts, and souvenirs. Or stop by River Street Sweets, Savannah’s oldest candy shop, for a free sample. Yum!
Restaurants & Bars
With more than 20 eateries to choose from, Savannah riverfront restaurants have something for everyone. Guests can indulge in a variety of menu items including fresh seafood, steaks, sandwiches, and baked goods. The abundant outdoor seating is also a plus as it allows you to enjoy your meal while watching the ships go by. Once the sun goes down, the area’s many pubs and bars offer excellent nightlife.
Another great way to eat your way through Savannah is by taking the Savannah Taste Experience Tour. It’s perfect for first-time visitors and gives you the chance to sample foods at seven different restaurants and food stores.
A stroll along Rousakis Riverfront Plaza provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the Savannah River. Make your way to the plaza at sunset and relax as huge cargo ships and sailboats come in and out of the port. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife like dolphins and alligators!
First Fridays on River Street
In addition to many festivals and events offered throughout the year, the riverfront comes alive on the first Friday of every month. Visitors can head to Rousakis Riverfront Plaza at 9:30 p.m. and enjoy a dazzling fireworks show courtesy of Wet Willie’s. It’s the perfect way to kick off the weekend in Savannah!
Book Your Stay at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn
After a wonderful afternoon on the water, head back to our historic bed and breakfast and unwind. Our 16 guest rooms and suites are all elegantly decorated to match the charm of the city. Each morning begins with a homemade Southern breakfast, and we offer a delicious spread of wine and hors d’oeuvres in the afternoon. Our inn is also within walking distance of River Street and many other attractions that have made Savannah famous. We can’t wait to hear about your adventures!
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