Savannah on Foot
In the 1730s, General James Oglethorpe was thinking hard about how to build and sustain a family-based farm economy, with ample green spaces for conducting commerce and gathering as a community. Nearly 300 years later, this legacy can still be felt with easy, scenic strolls that wind seamlessly among local, artisanal shops into atmospheric lunch spots and friendly pubs, weaving in and out of lush green spaces and past rows of stunning homes and impressive public buildings.
Green Spaces for All
At 30 acres, Forsyth Park alone is enough to wow visitors in any season. The park’s enchanting paths, gorgeous fountain, Spring explosion of azaleas and wide-open fields have something for everyone. Its proximity to Brighter Day and the Sentient Bean and line-up of community and family-friendly events throughout the year make it a destination in itself. But Savannah has mini green spaces everywhere you look, and each of them has their own special reason to visit. Sometimes it’s the colossal oak with branches perfect for climbing, or the little playground and benches happily situated in the shade, the patch of green overlooking the river, or the monument that helps to bring to life the stories of how our city came to be.
Even longtime locals will never be able to take in every bit of the city’s incredibly unique and impressive architecture. How could they? Details that draw the eye persist from one street to the next, all the way through one of the country’s largest historic landmarks. And the wide variety of styles as evidenced by the Mickve Israel Synagogue and the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist (Gothic Revival), The Olde Pink House (Georgian), The Davenport House (Federal), The Telfair Museum (Regency), the Mercer Williams House (Italianate) and many others will amaze and challenge the most dedicated architecture buff.
Savannah is one of the oldest cities in America and it is also widely considered to be its most haunted. From the die-hard, late-night ghost hunts and rowdy pub crawls to the history-heavy excursions and morning ghost walks, the city offers ghost encounters for every kind. In Savannah, the very ground beneath your feet tingles with the presence of spirits, so if you have any interest in the supernatural, don’t miss it!
Proximity to Tybee
Briefly called “Savannah Beach” in the 60s, Tybee Island actually feels nothing like Savannah. To drive past the Thunderbolt Marina and over the endless green marshes under open skies is to enter a portal to another place and time—amazing considering that the distance is a mere 18 miles! For those looking for a laid-back island vacation vibe and breezy, tranquil beaches, a trip out to Tybee makes for a perfect day or even half-day trip from Savannah!
Article by Dani Ray