An Insider's Guide to Savannah, Georgia
Whether you’re new to the Savannah area or just want to explore different spots, here’s some places you may not have heard of. Areas you MUST go to fully get the Savannah experience are the Savannah Historic District, Downtown Savannah, Tybee Island, and River Street—where there are more than 75 places to shop and eat. If you enjoy wildlife and want to get out of the everyday bustle, some places to check out are Forsyth Park, Wormsloe Historic Site, and Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. Two non-typical museums that Savannah houses are the SCAD Museum of Art and the American Prohibition Museum. The Savannah Bananas, the most interesting baseball team in the Coastal Plain League, are also a must see. Their focus on making games an enjoyable experience for all is paying off in a big way as they sold out their games three seasons in a row.
As you may know, Savannah is one of the most haunted cities in America. Along with that comes some fun options for ghost tours including walking tours, hearse tours, and even a ghost pub tour. Even if you’re not a believer of the supernatural you will get an interesting history lesson of the city.
But what about the food? Savannah has a large variety of food options with the most famous spots being The Olde Pink House, Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, Lady and Sons – Paula Deen’s Informal Southern Kitchen, and of course Leopold’s Ice Cream. If you were to only go to one of these places, make sure it’s Leopold’s (but also make sure you have time to wait in line).
Here’s a list of some of my great places to eat:
- The Olde Pink House – An amazing dining experience in an 18th century mansion that is haunted
- Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room – Be prepared to wait in line and don’t be afraid to sit next to strangers!
- Lady and Sons—Paula Deen cooking, be prepared for that butter!
- Leopold’s Ice Cream – Since 1919, the best ice cream around
- The Grey – Modern Southern food in a refurbished greyhound bus depot
- Goose Feathers – Great place to grab a breakfast sandwich to go and eat in one of the close squares
- Little Duck Diner – Cute diner with a vintage feel
- Rocks on the Roof – Rooftop bar overlooking River Street, has an infamous $99 margarita.
- Collins Quarter—This is the place to be for Sunday Brunch. Every Sunday they ring a bell at noon signaling it is now legal to drink.
Food Festivals are no stranger to Savannah including but not limited to the Savannah Restaurant Week, Savannah Veg Fest, Gourmet Seafood & Spirits Festival, Pin Point Seafood Festival, Oktoberfest, Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival, Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival, and Savannah Food and Wine Festival.
Other fun and family friendly Festivals in Savannah throughout the year include SCAD Sidewalk Art Festival, Tybee Island Pirate Fest, and the infamous St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which Savannah prides itself on and is a huge tourist draw.
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