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5 Reasons to Visit Savannah’s Moon River District

Venture only 20 minutes outside of downtown Savannah, and you’ll discover Savannah’s Moon River District. This little known Savannah neighborhood is home to salt marshes, forest trails, a historic Gullah Geechee oystering community and so much more. Keep reading for our list of Moon River must-dos!

Photo Credit: Pin Point Heritage Museum

Photo Credit: Pin Point Heritage Museum

Pin Point Heritage Museum  

Once upon a time, this building was home to the A.S. Varn & Son oyster and crab factory. Today, the factory is dedicated to celebrating the life, work and history of this Gullah/Geechee community that calls Pin Point home.

Photo Credit: Atlanta Trails (

Photo Credit: Atlanta Trails (

Skidaway Island State Park

Located near historic Savannah, this park borders Skidaway narrows, a part of Georgia’s intracoastal waterway. Trails wind through maritime forest and past salt marsh, leading to a boardwalk and observation tower.

Photo Credit: Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

Photo Credit: Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

Ossabaw Island State Heritage Preserve

At approximately 26,000 acres, Ossabaw Island is Georgia’s third largest barrier island. Ossabaw Island State Heritage Preserve serves to protect, conserve and preserve the natural and cultural resources of this island for the benefit of present and future generations. Click here for details on island access.

The tree-lined road at Wormsloe Historic Site Photo by @tidewatersales | Instagram

Photo Credit: @tidewatersales via Instagram

Wormsloe Historic Site

Drive through a canopy of Spanish moss and explore one of Georgia’s oldest Southern plantations at this historic site. We especially recommend a trip to Wormsloe Historic Site if you’re a photographer — the breathtaking tunnel of live oaks is extremely photogenic!

Photo Credit: University of Georgia

Photo Credit: University of Georgia

University of Georgia Aquarium 

Explore exhibits displaying marine animals typical of the habitats found along the Georgia coast. Sixteen exhibit tanks house live animals that represent numerous species of fish, turtles and invertebrates.

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15 Responses to “5 Reasons to Visit Savannah’s Moon River District”

  1. Elizabeth Comer Homans says:

    Savannah was my home town, and even though I have been living in Be’er-Sheva Israel for32 years, the warm southern hospitality and gentleness of Savannah lives on in my heart.
    Thank you for this opportunity to be back in Savannah again!

  2. Alice Myers Latonik says:

    I am so proud to say I am born and raised in Savannah, now living in Florida but I get back as often as possible. It makes me young again, playing in te “Big Park” and running up and down Liberty street with my friends. As I got older en;joying we friends riding up and down Broughton St looking for the boys and Victory Drive, A wonderful time and place to live and grow up. The beauty is breath taking 🙂

  3. Jeff says:

    And don’t forget Sandfly Barbecue!

  4. William says:

    Oatland Island Wildlife Preserve near Thunderbolt is a fun family walk, viewing local wildlife and domestic animals. An easy walk, some along marsh boardwalks.

  5. Justin says:

    And don’t forget Redrum fishing charter that’s down there as well, had a blast out there on the water.

  6. Justin says:

    Comment for details about the charter

  7. L.P. says:

    Please, someone help with Ossabaw Islands website! It needs a major overhaul and attention. I’m sad about it because I love my hometown area and I’d love to visit this island. It would be nice to have a SCAD student to revamp it!

  8. Sarona says:

    Grow up on Ferguson Ave!
    My family still lives in Isle of Hope/ Norwood/ Ferguson/ Sandfly area.
    ❤ Savannah

  9. helmut karsten says:

    Living in Atlanta since 1983 – it took me until 2010 to discover Savannah. Unbelievable, how could I missed this for so many years. I felt ‘at home’ the minute I got out of the car. Ever since, I be there, any chance I get. Never fails to find new and exiting places. Love Savannah ! 2 Weeks and I’m on my way again.

  10. Mary Kistler says:

    I have visited Savannah three times and love it more each time. See new things with every trip. Food , sights, people, all just wonderful.

  11. Robin Gunn (Ossabaw Island Foundation) says:

    Hi L.P.,

    You are right, it is time for our website to be overhauled. That project is under way now. A splash page is going up in the next few days and the full website will be completed later this summer.

    Meanwhile, please join our Facebook Group “Ossabaw Island Lovers” or visit our store site,, for the latest information on scheduled Ossabaw trips.

    To sign up for our e-newsletter, text OSSABAW to 22828 and then follow the prompts.

    Thank you for commenting, hope to see you soon on Ossabaw Island.

    –Robin Gunn, Project Coordinator, Ossabaw Island Foundation

  12. Tina Brennan says:

    Although I am a native born Floridian, I have researched family history and know I had relatives in Savannah before the Civil war. Perhaps that is why I always felt a connection and at home there. I have been visiting for over 30 yrs now, seen the changes… some good , some not so good, but still consider Savannah the most beautiful and friendly city I have ever visited. It took me 30 yrs to finally own a place that we use as a vacation rental and it is now my pleasure to help others explore and see the beauty of this city. My car has a “I ‘d rather be in Savannah” tag holder that surrounds my Fla. plate… if I didn’t have such an adorable Grandson here in Fla. I would be living there full time as it is truly my “Happy Place”

  13. Caralee says:

    Moved to Savannah in 2001 from California,,,hated moving and leaving everyone,,,but it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with Savannah,,,downtown with all it has to offer – history, beauty, great food and shopping; ,skidaway island ( where I lived) with its enormous beauty; tybee with its fun activities, warm water and laid back attitude. Truly Savannah is a little bit of paradise.

  14. Marian Harris Wyckoff says:

    My family of 8 moved to Savannah, Ga from Germany in 1975. First time in the sultry south and fell in love with this beautiful city. Now 40 years later it is still beautiful as ever and a great atmosphere for a day, a quick weekend getaway or a lifetime!!! Love River street, the beautiful homes nestled amoungest beautiful moss filled trees. You can enjoy the parks or the beaches. Lots of good memories were made!!!

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