Savannah serves up her best weather in the spring, and with great weather comes even greater events. With all that’s going on, it’s hard to find a reason to stay indoors! Whether you’re traveling with friends and family or going solo, our list of the top 10 things to do this spring has something for everyone to experience in Georgia’s First City.
1. Relax on a Riverboat Cruise
Find your sea legs on the Savannah River with a luxurious riverboat cruise. Enjoy fresh seafood and southern staples for brunch or dinner aboard the Georgia Queen and Savannah River Queen. With live music, dancing and dazzling views of the city at sunset, it’s guaranteed to start your vacation right!
2. Take in the Local Art Scene
Savannah’s cobblestone streets and Spanish moss have inspired artists of every medium for years. If you’re itching to stay outdoors, join Savannah Art Walk’s Second Saturday Art Walk for cocktails and a tour of galleries. No matter where or how you the take in the art, it’s guaranteed to leave an impact on you the way it has on our incredible local artists.
3. Have Fun at Festivals
Out of all of the spring festivals and events, none is more famous than our St. Patrick’s Day festivities. At the end of April, the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Sidewalk Arts Festival takes over the scenic Forsyth Park to showcase the university’s talent with colorful chalk-art masterpieces. For foodies, there’s no better time to indulge in the freshest seafood in the area than at the River Street Seafood Festival.
4. Stop & Smell the Flowers
When peak bloom hits right before or after St. Patrick’s Day, Savannah’s squares and streets come to life with stunning azalea and camellia blossoms. Take a trip to the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden and Savannah Botanical Garden to admire the most beautiful flower gardens in town. Or take it easy in the Historic District with a relaxing picnic lunch on the lawn in Forsyth Park.
5. Search for Spirits on a Ghost Tour
Here in one of America’s most haunted cities, there’s no shortage of tours to guide you through the ghosts and ghouls of Savannah by foot, trolley or even in the back of an out-of-service hearse. No matter how you search for spirits, you’re sure to get spooked.
6. Find Fresh Food at the Farmers Market
Avoid the crowds at the grocery store and head to the Forsyth Farmer’s Market for an abundance of fresh local produce. Every Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., the market is a great opportunity to meet and support the people who grow the freshest food in the area. The fruits and vegetables are best for packing a picnic for lunch or cooking up a storm for a gourmet dinner!
7. Take a Trip to Tybee Island
For beach-goers, Tybee Island is less than an hour away. Search for seashells along the shoreline or tour Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse. If you don’t want to remain landlocked, watch for dolphins playing in their natural habitat on a water tour or book a fishing charter and catch the big one!
8. Treasure Hunt for Antiques
Stroll through time and pick up a new keepsake from any of our historic antique shops. Explore rooms full of gorgeous furniture and home decor dating from the 18th, 10th and 20th centuries at Alex Raskin Antiques, or search for unique jewelry and mementos at Golden Realm.
9. Reconnect with Nature
Take advantage of the mild spring weather and step into nature on one of our many walking trails. With nearly 30,000 acres of freshwater marshes and bottomland forests, the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is home to all sorts of wildlife. From alligators to bobcats, the trails promise incredible animal and landscape sightings. Or head over to the Wormsloe Plantation site to explore historic trails and ruins.
10. Make Time for Music
There’s nothing like kicking back and enjoying live music. Amid the bars and shops of Savannah’s City Market, there’s no better place to take your to-go cup and dance the night away after a day of exploring and shopping.