Things to Do in Savannah GA
Escape to a city with a rich history, strong art culture, gorgeous architecture, and a world-class food scene! Savannah, Georgia is quickly becoming known as one of the best vacation destinations in America. You’ll understand why when you tour the city on foot, strolling down the sidewalks still lined with ancient oak trees covered in Spanish moss. Despite the many years, our city has maintained its antebellum charm and Southern elegance. When you stay at the Inn on West Liberty, you’ll be in the heart of the historic district within walking distance to some of the best things to do in Savannah, GA.
Savannah is full of year-round activities and beautiful architecture spread throughout the city. You can take a trolley tour of the city or a self-guided walking tour at your own leisure. Some of the city’s most notable landmarks include Pulaski Square, a variety of historic homes and churches, Forsyth Park, and the Civil War forts. Whether you’re coming for a leisurely trip full of shopping and food or to learn more about the area’s history, there are so many things to do in Savannah for families, couples and solo travelers.
Remember to download our free Vacation Guide for even more local recommendations! We’ve listed our picks for the best restaurants, museums, golf courses, beaches, and more. No matter the reason for your visit, our Vacation Guide will help you plan the trip of a lifetime!
Things to do in Savannah, GA
Tour the City
Want to get an overview of the city? Consider taking one of the local tours! We’ve listed some great options, but there are even more in out Vacation Guide.
- Savannah’s Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour: Without a doubt, this is one of the more popular options for tours of Savannah’s historic district. With your one-day ticket, you can visit 15 of Savannah’s most popular spots at your own pace.
- Segway of Savannah: If you’d rather take a guided tour of the city, book one of Segway of Savannah’s packages. They offer a 60-minute historical tour, as well as a Bonaventure and a Colonial Park cemetery tour.
- Savannah Ghost Tours: Experience the spookier side of Savannah with a ghost tour! Savannah Ghost Tours offers four packages, including a haunted pub crawl. Learn about our city’s most infamous residents.
- Savannah’s Historic District Walking Food Tour: Savannah is quickly becoming one of the country’s premier food cities. Get the inside scoop on the best places around town by taking a food tour! You’ll learn about Savannah’s history and get to sample some delicious local foods.
You could spend your entire vacation exploring the many museums and historic sites in the area. Want even more great suggestions? Remember to check out our free vacation guide!
General Savannah & American History
- Savannah History Museum: If you’re looking for a general overview of Savannah’s historic achievements, stop by the Savannah History Museum!
- Massie Heritage Center: The center built in the 1850’s, is one of Savannah’s earliest schools which was created to provide an education for the children of poor whites. The Massie School was established through the benefaction of Peter Massie, a Scottish immigrant who had made his fortune in Georgia as a planter and slave owner. The exhibits and gardens at the Massie Heritage Center are set up for self-guided tours however, guided tours may be requested.
- American Prohibition Museum: The American Prohibition Museum located in Savannah’s City Market is the first and only museum in the United States dedicated to the history of Prohibition. “Relive the intoxicating history of Temperance and Prohibition from the “Alcohol Argument” between the Wets and the Dries to the Unintended Consequences of the 18th Amendment.”
- Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum: Named in honor of the father of Savannah’s modern-day Civil Rights Movement and the NAACP, this site covers the history of segregation and the fight for civil rights in Savannah. It’s just a 10-minute walk from Inn on West Liberty.
- King-Tisdell Cottage: Step back into history when you visit the King-Tisdell Cottage. This Victorian center-hall cottage has been meticulously restored and gives modern visitors an in-depth look at the history of African-American lives and labor in Savannah. It’s just one mile from our front steps.
- Pin Point Heritage Museum: This site is about a 20-minute drive from the Inn on West Liberty, but it well worth the journey. It outlines the history of Savannah’s Gullah-Geechee community of Pin Point, which centered around the seafood processing industry.
- Webb Military Museum: Gary Webb started this museum to pay tribute to those who sacrificed so much for this country. On display is his extensive collection of military artifacts and uniforms from the Civil War onwards. It’s a 13-minute walk from our inn.
- Mighty Eighth Air Force: Located in Pooler, GA, only 20 minutes from the inn, the Museum features over 90,000 square feet of exhibits, interactive displays, historical artifacts and a magnificent collection of aviation art. See a visually realistic mission experience, a world renowned research Center and beautiful Memorial Garden.
- Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum: Learn about Savannah’s maritime history, with model ships and other naval artifacts on display at this awesome site. It’s just a 13-minute walk from our bed and breakfast!
- Georgia State Railroad Museum: This is thought to be the largest and most complete Antebellum railroad repair facility that is still in existence. Today, visitors can learn about the legacy of the railroad in Savannah. It’s less than a 10-minute walk from Inn on West Liberty!
Historic House Museums
Savannah has an unusually large number and variety of historic house museums for a city of its size. Most of them date from the early to mid-19th century and are restored to reflect that period. We’ve just listed a few of our favorites below, but there is so much more to enjoy! Remember to download our free Vacation Guide to get the complete list.
- Harper Fowlkes House: This gorgeous Greek Revival mansion was once the home of Savannah’s leading preservationists. Best of all, it’s just around the corner from us!
- Juliette Gordan Low Birthplace: Learn all about the remarkable woman who started the Girl Scouts of America. This home is just a six-minute walk from our inn.
- The Mercer Williams House Museum: You’ll probably recognize this historic home from works like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Today, you can tour this stunning home and see the antiques from the 17th-century onward. This home is just a seven-minute walk from our inn.
- Davenport House: The 1820 Federal-style dwelling was built by Isaiah Davenport and his crew for his growing household. It was his family home until his death in 1827 when his wife, Sarah Clark Davenport, converted it into a boarding house. She lived in the residence until 1840 when she sold it to the Baynard family of South Carolina. The house remained in their hands for the next 109 years. Time passed and the once stately home became a rundown rooming house in a seedy part of town. Threatened with demolition in 1955, a group of community-spirited citizens joined forces to purchase the Davenport House. This was the first act of the Historic Savannah Foundation, which has gone on to save hundreds of buildings in this historic city.
- Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home: Visit famous author Flannery O’Connor’s childhood home during your stay! It’s just eight minutes from our inn!
Art is everywhere in Savannah. From The Savannah College of Art and Design to the dozens of galleries and art museums, it’s no wonder so many visitors leave our beautiful city with a new piece (or two).
- SCAD Museum of Art: Considered one of the best contemporary art museums in the county, SCAD Museum of Art is a must for any visitors. It’s located in a historic former railroad building, a nine-minute walk from our inn.
- Telfair Academy: This art museum, which is part of the Telfair Museum family of attractions, displays traditional art in a William Jay-designed Antebellum mansion. It’s just a seven-minute walk from Inn on West Liberty!
- Jepson Center: Also part of the Telfair Museums, the Jepson Center serves as a contemporary complement to the previous site. It’s six minutes from our inn.
Parks & Outdoor Fun
Savannah is small enough to be walkable but large enough to have a full range of attractions, festivals and cultural events thus being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. In addition, the city is just minutes from Tybee Island, the beaches, and Skidaway Island State Park. With trails for hiking, biking, and birding and facilities for camping, Skidaway Island State Park provides a picturesque setting for exploring Georgia’s maritime forest and salt marshes.
- Crosswinds Golf Club: This unique par 72 course layout features five par 5′s and several par 3′s — designed to provide an exceptional golf experience. A choice of five different tee combinations, undulating greens and rolling well-bunkered Bermuda fairways make the course both enjoyable and highly challenging for all levels of play.
- Wormsloe Plantation and Isle of Hope Tour: A breathtaking avenue sheltered by live oaks and Spanish moss leads to the tabby ruins of Wormsloe, the colonial estate of Noble Jones, a humble carpenter, who arrived in Georgia in 1733 with James Oglethorpe and the first group of settlers from England. Wormsloe’s tabby ruin is the oldest standing structure in Savannah. Visitors can interact with costumed interpreters during programs and events, view museum artifacts unearthed at Wormsloe, and walk along the nature trail which leads past the tabby ruins on the marsh to the colonial life area.
- Forsyth Park: This 30-acre park is the largest in the historic district, and is most well-known for the large fountain, which dates back to 1858. The Park is a hub of social interaction. concerts, recreation sports, people watching, sun bathing, reading, and relaxing. On Saturdays there is a fabulous farmer’s market from 9am to 1pm rain or shine.
- Tybee Island: Head to nearby Tybee Island for a day of sun, surf, and sand! You will find beautiful wide beaches and gorgeous sunsets. Need a little adventure? Try kayaking with Sea Kayak Georgia or rent bikes from Tim’s Bike and Beach Gear to explore the many bike friendly roads and scenic trails on Tybee. Or climb Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse, Tybee Light Station, which dates back to 1736. You may also want to visit Fort Pulaski National Monument where the Union Army forced the Confederate garrison inside Fort Pulaski to surrender during the American Civil War. So many things to experience on Tybee Island, just a short 30-minute drive from the Inn on West Liberty.
The inn is near several universities, perfect for families to attend orientation, parents weekend, and graduations or even guest lecturers and visiting professors.
- SCAD – Savannah College of Art and Design
- Savannah State University
- Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus
- South University
- Savannah Law School
Stay with The Inn on West Liberty
Are you ready to experience the beauty of Savannah for yourself? Then book a room with The Inn on West Liberty and start planning your trip today with our free Savannah, GA Travel Guide!