Jan. 10, 2015 | By Amy Brock
Free Things to Do in Savannah
Did you know Savannah has lots to offer in the way of free things to do around town? Here’s a list to help you navigate your way through the Hostess City while keeping your budget in check!
Walk Through Each of Savannah’s 22 Squares
Originally designed with 24 squares, 22 remain today to be enjoyed by the millions who grace their grassy utopias every year. No two are the same! You’ll have a great time discovering the different historical monuments and stories behind each one.
Tour Bonaventure Cemetery
Though not Savannah’s oldest cemetery, Bonaventure is certainly its most famous and hauntingly beautiful. Quintessentially Southern Gothic, it has captured the imaginations of writers, poets, naturalists, photographers and filmmakers for more than 150 years. Part natural cathedral, part sculptural garden, Bonaventure transcends time.
The Splash Fountains at Ellis Square
The kids will love taking off their shoes and running through the dancing fountains! Mom and dad will enjoy resting on the benches and stairs watching the action and listening to the band from nearby City Market.
Visit Forsyth Park
Take a walk around picturesque Forsyth Park (it’s an even mile around, you know!) There are two fantastic playgrounds for the kids, plenty of sunny and shady spots that are perfect for frisbee throwing or a quiet picnic. The Fragrant Garden for the Blind is a unique gated garden within the Park that is filled with flowers, herbs and peaceful corners to sit. Stop in to the Cafe for an affordable lunch, coffee or afternoon snack! Take a photo in front of the Fountain while you’re there!
Tour the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
You can’t miss the spires standing tall in Savannah’s skyline. For more than a century, this beautiful edifice has been a sacred place for prayer. song, celebration and reconciliation for the people of south Georgia and visitors from all over the world. The Cathedral is open daily for tours, except during times of worship. Non-members are invited to Mass.
Tybee Island Pier
Take a drive out to Savannah’s beach, Tybee Island! Enjoy a walk along the sand and surf or bring your picnic out on the Pier at sunset – plenty of tables! Bring your fishing gear and trade stories with the local fishermen or just sit back, relax and take in the views of the Atlantic.
Explore Art Galleries
Savannah is filled to the brim with galleries and most of them are free to tour! The First Friday Art March (held on the first Friday of each month) in the Starland Area is a must if you’re in town. The Galleries and Studios in Savannah’s City Market are filled with more than 50 working artists who are eager to share their work with visitors. The Savannah College of Art & Design’s galleries are free to tour and there are many private galleries spread throughout Savannah that are open to the public!
Take the Ferry
Enjoy unique views of Savannah from the water by taking the free Belles Ferry across the River to Hutchinson Island and back! If you have young children, this is a fun and free activity they will love!
Sample a Praline
Here in the South, we take great pride in our candied confections! Walk into one of our candy shops and enjoy watching the taffy being pulled and the pralines being created. Try a sample of one our famous pralines and enjoy while strolling along the Riverfront.