As we acclimate to a new normal, we are having to think differently about things we have always done. This time, you can kick back because we have done the thinking for you! Delve deeper into Savannah’s history and wild places with these 5 ideas for adventures suited to the current climate. Or, log them away for the next time you plan to visit!
1. Savannah’s Historic District
Savannah on foot is a revelation. The buildings of Savannah’s Historic District provide a lovely backdrop, and we marvel at them as we walk or drive by them on our way to other destinations. But have you really explored one of Savannah’s greatest treasures? Savannah’s Historic District is the largest National Historic Landmark District in the U.S. and a feast for the discerning eye. The colors, architectural details, and landscaping alone will justify a full morning of sightseeing in this area. Don’t miss Jones Street, considered one of the prettiest streets in the country. Want to learn something new while you’re at it? Download a walking tour and share headphones with someone you love.
2. Skidaway State Park
Let nature absorb your attention for a while as you wind through salt marshes and maritime forest, over white sand, red pine straw and boardwalk, past observation towers and shell rings. These trails are alive with fiddler crabs, a wide variety of birds and the occasional deer or alligator. Looking for a change of scene? This is also a place you can rent a cabin, pitch a tent, or park your RV. Protective and social distancing measures are now in place to protect park staff and visitors, so be sure to call ahead for current details. Park: 912-598-2300, Reservations: 800-864-7275.
3. Starland Yard
Lovingly called Savannah’s 25th Square, Starland Yard is a family-friendly, dog-friendly, food truck park fashioned from recycled ship containers! This outdoor venue gets consistently high marks for its top-notch food and clever payment system, which eliminates the need for multiple transactions. Occasional movies or live entertainment and a full bar make Starland Yard a ton of fun. Don’t miss venturing into the surrounding “Thomas Square” neighborhood, part of the Starland District, which was just named the #1 Best Neighborhood in the South by Southern Living.
4. Bonaventure Cemetery
Savannah’s cemeteries are as well-known as any of its attractions. But have you taken the time to really get to know them? Spend a morning walking or biking through Savannah’s past while maintaining plenty of social distance at the city’s most famous cemetery. Take a left just before the entrance of Bonaventure to find miles of trails tracing Savannah’s history. This rural cemetery overlooks the Wilmington River, has grassy fields and picnic benches, is often completely deserted, and is just an incredibly peaceful place to be. Open daily from 8 am-5 pm, but call 912-651-6843 for details.
5. Morrell Park
There’s more to do on River Street than you think! Beat the crowds and catch the maritime mists on the water by making this an early morning adventure. Soak up the charm of the old buildings and cobblestones as you stroll from one end to the other, taking in the view of the Talmadge Bridge. Grab a bench in the shade at Morrell Park and enjoy the breeze and the fabulous views of the Savannah River. Other points of interest at Savannah’s only riverside park are the Waving Girl Statue and the 1996 Olympic Cauldron, lit for the yachting events on the river. This is also the perfect starting point for a walk down beautiful Bull Street. Grab a chilly, specialty coffee from the to-go window at The Collins Quarter and end your trek at the wide, open spaces of the famous Forsyth Park!