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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.

Spring afternoons taking a jaunt through the squares of Savannah.

Spring afternoons taking a jaunt through the squares of Savannah.

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.

    Many people don't realize that it's free to explore Bonaventure Cemetery, made famous by Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil.

Many people don’t realize that it’s free to explore Bonaventure Cemetery, made famous by Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil.

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.

Splash in the fountains at Ellis Square! Photo: Andy961/Flickr

Splash in the fountains at Ellis Square!

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!

There are so many fun things to do in Forsyth Park!

There are so many fun things to do in Forsyth Park!

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.

It is free to tour Savannah's historic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

It is free to tour Savannah’s historic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

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.

Fishing, strolling, taking photos or relaxing - the Tybee Island Pier is a great place to spend some time.

Fishing, strolling, taking photos or relaxing – the Tybee Island Pier is a great place to spend some time.

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!

Head to the Starland District every First Friday of the month for Art March in Savannah, GA

Head to the Starland District every First Friday of the month for Art March in Savannah, GA

 

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!

Nothing like a free ferry ride to excite the little ones while visiting Savannah!

Nothing like a free ferry ride to excite the little ones while visiting Savannah!

 

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.

Pralines! Bear Claws! Fudge! Your sweet tooth will thank you.

Pralines! Bear Claws! Fudge! Your sweet tooth will thank you.

 

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20 Responses to “Free Things to Do in Savannah”

  1. Janell Brinson says:

    Thank you. Your blog was helpful. This is my second visit from Central Florida in less than two months, if that!!!

  2. Patricia Krosschell says:

    Beautiful and amazing places to visit. Looking forward to having a wonderful time!

  3. kristen says:

    Thanks for the tips! Plan on visiting with my family in 3wks and this will be helpful!!

  4. Judy Wright says:

    Want more info on things to see and do for couples (60+age)…….Thanks!

  5. sandy thrasher says:

    I love Savannah Wildlife, go thru several times on my visits.

  6. Gloria says:

    The only problem with that “free praline sample” is that, as soon as you turn around, you’ve got to have another one! Next thing you know, you have a $20 bag of pralines for your free ferry ride!

  7. Beverly Lones says:

    Go to Spankys and get chicken fingers and spuds! Great, on River front.

  8. Shelby Bell says:

    Visit One Eyed Lizzy’s and have some delicious fresh seafood, on fun, quaint River Street!

  9. Arnot McDonald says:

    Super page. we are flying over from Scotland on 12/26/15 so will definitely follow these up and be looking out for more ideas.

  10. Lucy says:

    Will restaurants and stores be open Easter Sunday 2016 in the historic district?

    • Lauren Cleland says:

      Hi Lucy! There will be many restaurants open on Easter Sunday. However, to be safe, we highly recommend reaching out to the restaurant prior to visiting for hours of operation.

  11. Rose says:

    We will be visiting next week on a GA Studies Tour with a group of fifth graders.

    • Lauren Cleland says:

      That is wonderful news, Rose! We’ll see you next week! Be sure to peruse our website for Savannah travel tips.

  12. Debby says:

    we will be visiting in September. So many options for transportation from airport to historic district. What is the cheapest public transportation for four people from airport?

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