Savannah takes pride in its rich tableaux of culture, history, the Arts, and activities that can only be seen and experienced here in the South's Hostess city.
From century old moss-covered oak trees, cobblestone pavements, the historic Savannah River, and a lot more, Savannah plays an important role in Georgia's booming tourism sector - the city's many historical attractions are one of the many things residents are proud of. For example, Savannah played a major role during the civil war, it's the city that gave birth to and continues to inspire poets, artist, and movie makers. I cannot think of any other state that incorporates art on a daily basis and in everything that we do.
Being a native of Savannah, I wanted to show everyone the passion and love that I feel for this place and show you how lucky we are to experience the beauty of Savannah on a daily basis. We compiled the activities that you can ONLY DO in Savannah. Enjoy!
1. Drive under 400 Oak trees covered in Spanish moss.
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Where: Wormsloe State Historic Site
You cannot miss this otherworldly and beautiful site! How often can you drive or stroll under perfectly lined oak trees covered in Spanish moss in one of Savannah's historic district? The 400 oak trees in Wormsloe State Historic Site provides a picturesque view and shade to everyone who visits the Wormsloe State Historic Site. It's definitely a "walk to remember" with your special somebody, even on your own.
2. Visit the "Bird Girl" Statue
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The "Bird girl" statue became well known after it was used on the cover of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1994) by John Berendt. There were 4 statues of the bird girl and the most popular "Bird Girl" statue was named "Little Wendy" by the family who bought her and placed her in their plot in the Bonaventure Cemetery. You can find "Little Wendy" at Telfair Museums' Jepson Center for the Arts.
3. Honey Tasting at Savannah Bee Company
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Have you tried Honey tasting? Rest assured that you are not going to taste the honey directly from the queen bee's hive - though that'll be cool! This may sound new or different to others, but here in Savannah, there are other delicacies, products, and places you can go to widen your culinary experience. Visit the Savannah Bee Company and explore the world of honey!
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Mary Flannery O'Connor plays an important role in American literature. She published two novels and several short stories during her time. Flannery O'Connor wrote the Wise Blood in 1952 and The Violent Bear It Away in 1960. Mary Flannery O'Connor's writing style was described as 'southern gothic' with disturbed and shady characters in a not so ideal / depressing situation. You can read more at www.flanneryoconnorhome.org.
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Channeling your inner Ghost Buster? The company Hearse Ghost Tour offers this memorable experience, hear ghost stories, and learn Savannah's haunted past for only $17 per adult and $10 per child. Visit their Facebook page to learn more. It's a fun experience that you will never forget!
6. Visit Bonaventure Cemetery
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While you are on a ghost tour, don't forget to visit the Bonaventure Cemetery. It may not be the oldest cemetery in Savannah, but it offers the tourist a glimpse of how the people view death during the Victorian era. You will find the southern gothic style eerily beautiful, something that will inspire an artist's creativity, ignite the poets within us, and hopefully, or not chance on some ghostly sightings. Warning: don't go alone after dark and most importantly, don't take pictures of a woman in a black gown if ever you see one. She might go home with you, YIKES!
7. Open a box of chocolates at the Forrest Gump Bench
I personally believe that Savannah is a haven for aspiring filmmakers, artist, and poets. The southern charm of Savannah and the beauty of this place is truly inspiring. No wonder a lot of films are being produced here. One of the most iconic and popular movies in the history of filmmaking is the Forrest Gump Film (1994). It has garnered multiple awards, nominations, and not to mention the gross of $677 million worldwide. The bench shot was filmed at the Chippewa Square and the bench prop that was used during this film is now one of the hottest collector's item there is.
8. Explore the Creative side of Savannah
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From street arts, crafts, and novelty items, there are tons of stores, galleries, and street art to inspire you for your next creative project. You can always find something that will represent who you are and reflect your personality. Visit the Starland district, named after the Starland Dairy building. It's a neighborhood that has been restored and is still being developed. You can find some vintage items, colorful street arts, dining, and galleries, etc. Since Starland district is still being developed, expect that there is always something new in this area. Bring some extra cash if you are looking to do some shopping. You'll always find something cool to complete your collection.
9. Board the Savannah Steam Engine Train
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For the train enthusiast out there, you will love the Georgia State Railroad Museum. The only museum in the whole world that has a complete Antebellum railroad repair facility that is still in existence. For $10 (adult) and $6 (kids), you can explore the historic railcars, experience the handcar, and a site tour by train on a historic steam or diesel locomotive! For more information visit http://chsgeorgia.org.
10. Find Post-Hatched Turtle Nests in Tybee
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Aside from swimming, kayaking, and sunbathing, experience the gift of life on Tybee beach. Tybee Island is a favorite nesting ground for the Loggerhead sea turtles. Join the volunteers who are scouting the Tybee Beach for some post-hatched eggs and turtle crawls. If you are lucky enough, you might find the newly hatched sea turtles crawling towards the water. The nesting season lasts until October 31st and we would love if everyone can help to protect this sea turtles by following their program “Lights Out on Tybee.” You may find out more about the Loggerhead sea turtles and "Lights Out on Tybee" at www.tybeeisland.com.
There are hundreds of activities that you can only do in Savannah and it's up to you to create your own list and happy memories every day here in Savannah.
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