Savannah, Georgia is one of the most beautiful cities in America. It's southern charm and the classic activities brings tourism crowds from all over the United States. Savannah is also known for it's history, bars, and nightlife. We were able to visit Savannah, Georgia to compile a detailed list of places you should visit and things you should see in Savannah.
Don't miss these things to do in Savannah, Georgia. Park along Price Street and walk to our five favorite places. While you're at it, if you have additional places you love to visit, add it in our comments section. We love to explore new and exciting places and your input will help others in the process.
1. VISIT THE CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist became a cathedral in 1850 by immigrants who fled France and Haiti. In 1876 it was dedicated to the site where it now sits. On February 6, 1898 parts of the cathedral were destroyed in a fire. This stopped mass for a while as repairs to the church were mandatory. In 1912 repairs to the interior artwork began to go underway. Today, the stained glass windows and murals found in the cathedral can be directly attributed to the hard work done in 1912.
If you're thinking about visiting this cathedral be prepared to visit during times when mass is not going on.
Mass times are Saturdays at noon and 5:30 pm EST. On Sunday mass is at 8:00 am, 10:00 am, and 11:30 am EST. Self-guided tours are FREE but the congregation does ask for $3.00 donations per person. Self-guided tours are allowed to take place Monday-Saturday between the hours of 9:00 am and 11:30 am EST and then again at 12:45 to 5:00 pm EST.
The congregation is closed for touring on holy days.
Address: 222 East Harris Street , Savannah, GA 31401
2. TOUR FORSYTH PARK
Forsyth Park was created by William Brown Hodgson. The park was first only 10-acres of land. Hodgson wanted the park to be Savannah's first recreational park. The park was named after the former Governor of Georgia: John Forsyth who died in 1841. In the 1850's the park expanded to include walkways, benches, and fencing. The park is now over 30-acres of land.
This is a great place to have a picnic, lay in the grass, or get married. This park is known for it's amazing gatherings and free concerts. The park has open grass, an amphitheater, two parks for children to play, as well as tennis and basketball areas. The park has a beautiful fountain which was erected in 1858.
Fun fact: The fountain in this park is dyed green every year for St. Patrick's Day! It's a must-see fountain.
Address: 2 W Gaston St, Savannah, GA 31401
3. eXPLORE THE SQUARE'S OF SAVANNAH
Savannah has a total of 22 squares. When it was originally created, there were a total of 24 squares in the tourist district of Savannah, Georgia. Each square has it's own perks to it but our favorite has to be Lafayette Square because of it's historical significance. Lafayette Square was designed in 1873 in respect to Haitian: Marquis de Lafayette. In 1775, Haitian's came to America to help us during the Revolutionary War. The Revolutionary War ended on September 3, 1783 and fought against taxation without representation against Great Britain. Lafayette was one of the soldiers who came to America to assist during the war.
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is located on the Lafayette Square.
4. WALK UP AND DOWN BROUGHTON STREET
Broughton Street is one of the most popular streets in Savannah for shopping. This street is full of amazing shops, places to eat, and great people. This street is named after Thomas Broughton, the Governor of South Carolina from May 5, 1735 through November 22, 1737. If you're looking for different types of food to eat ranging from sea food to pizza to burgers, this street has everything you'll need.
5. SEE THE CITY MARKET
The City Market of Savannah is full of bars and restaurants. If you're someone who enjoys night life, this is the perfect place for you to go. This street also has underground bars as well which is extremely cool.
Interesting fact- Today the City Market is known for it's charm and night life but in the 1800's and early 1900's on the third floor of 202 West Julian Street African American slaves were sold. The place they were sold in was called the Negro Mart.
Address: 219 W Bryan St, Savannah, GA 31401
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