With squares and streets made for strolling, it’s no surprise that Savannah, Georgia is an outdoor-minded city. However, when summertime rolls around, enjoying Savannah’s beauty can become an ordeal. High temperatures, humidity, and frequent afternoon thunderstorms are almost guaranteed! Luckily, there are plenty of fun things to do in Savannah when it rains. From relaxing at our inn to touring historic homes, museums, and churches, you can plan a fun vacation no matter what Mother Nature has in store. Here are some of our favorite rainy-day activities.
Top 5 Things to Do in Savannah When It Rains
Visit the Mercer Williams House Museum
Less than a mile from our bed and breakfast is the world-famous Mercer Williams House, an 1860’s mansion that was designed by New York architect John Norris. It was built for General Hugh W. Mercer and was restored by Jim Williams in 1969. Today, the home is a great place to relish in historic artwork and antique furnishings. We suggest taking a guided tour and visiting the gardens if weather permits.
Fun Fact: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was filmed in the Mercer Williams House. Don’t forget to watch the movie before you go!
Visit the Owens-Thomas House
The Owens-Thomas House is another great place to explore. It was built in 1819 and is considered one of the finest illustrations of English Regency architecture in America. Now a National Historic Landmark, the home boasts a decorative arts collection, Owens family furnishings, and American and European objects dating back to the 1700s. Tours of the Owens-Thomas House are available daily.
Learn About the Telfair Academy
If you’ve ever been to Savannah (or anywhere near it), you’ve probably heard the Telfair name. This family played an integral role in Georgia’s history and is responsible for opening the oldest public art museum in the South. The Academy, which was built in 1818 as a mansion for Alexander Telfair, now houses the family’s impressive collection of American and European paintings. It’s a wonderful place to admire antique furniture, sculptures, works on paper, and more.
Check Out the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
The Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum is perfect for a rainy day. Situated in the historic William Scarbrough House, this museum houses nine exhibits of model ships, paintings, and antiques. You’ll learn about some the most important vessels in maritime history! Feel free to bring a history buff and spend the afternoon exploring the museum’s galleries and gift shop.
Admire the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
An iconic symbol of Savannah, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is best described in one word: stunning. 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 tours Monday through Saturday.
Book Your Stay at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn
Savannah is a beautiful city that has as much to enjoy indoors as it does out. Whether you’re visiting in the winter, spring, summer, or fall, you’ll never have to worry about the weather! Plus, our historic bed and breakfast offers easy access to all the activities listed above. Simply check our availability and reserve one of our luxurious guest rooms today. We look forward to having you!
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