Feb. 17, 2016 | By Chantel Baul
7 Ways to Have Fun at Forsyth Park
When most think of Savannah’s beautiful Forsyth Park, the picturesque fountain is often the first image that comes to mind. And while the fountain is a certainly a top photo op and a wonderful wedding destination, it’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of all that Forsyth has to offer.
Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, some friendly competition, a good show or even local foods – Forsyth Park has everything to keep you coming back time and time again. Here’s some fun opportunities you can take advantage of at Forsyth.
Energize your day with a run around Forsyth’s scenic trail.
Forsyth Park is a beloved running destination featuring one of the most scenic trails Savannah has to offer. The one mile loop takes you past historic mansions and landmarks, moss-dripped trees and memorable park sites like the fountain and the Confederate monument. Its wide, paved pathways and flat landscape make it a great trail for walkers and dogs, too.
Stop and smell the roses in the Fragrant Garden
Initially created as a sensory experience for the blind, the Fragrant Garden is a must during your visit to Forsyth Park. The garden makes for a lasting olfactory encounter featuring aromatic plant life like lavender and rosemary herbs, blossoming magnolias and azaleas as well as dogwood trees among many others. Having been updated and opened to the public just a few years ago, this perfumed oasis sits abreast Whitaker Street just off of the Confederate Monument.
Get a game going in the sports courts.
Busy bodies shooting hoops and playing heated tennis matches can be found at Forsyth’s south end. Get in on the action by getting in the courts. The basketball and tennis courts are located across from each other just off of the south end parking lot. Stop just across the street to Brighter Day Natural Foods beforehand to stock up on bottled alkaline water and electrolyte-filled drinks, then let the games begin. And FYI, in addition to the courts, Forsyth has large open fields that are popular sites for other games like soccer, Frisbee and flag football, so all sports junkies are more than welcome at the park.
Have a play-filled day with the family.
Forsyth Park is great for families. With a fun and vibrant playground beside the Forsyth Park Café, your little ones will play and explore while making new friends within the community. They definitely won’t want to leave and chances are, you won’t either!
See what’s coming to stage at the amphitheater.
At the northern side of the park on the back of the Forsyth Park Café, you’ll find the amphitheater, which plays host to local talents all year long. You’re always in for a good show at the amphitheater. Local singer/songwriters, dance groups, musicians, comedians and lecturers grace the stage often, so make sure to stay tuned to find out when events are happening. And of course, the amphitheater is always busy during popular park festivals. Click here to see the Visit Savannah calendar of events which features events held in Forsyth Park.
Mark your calendars for annual festivals in the park.
Did I mention Forsyth’s popular park festivals? Forsyth is a gracious host to some of Savannah’s most well-attended annual festivals. Forsyth just held the MLK 5K and Festival last month, and it was a hit. This spring, look forward to the favored SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival. And each fall, the Savannah Jazz Festival brings world-class musicians to the amphitheater stage. And the best part, these are just a small preview of the Forsyth fests to come this year!
Find local fares at the Forsyth Farmers’ Market.
Each Saturday 9 am to 1 pm at the south end of the park, you’ll find vendors from the Forsyth Farmers’ Market setting up shop, selling locally-sourced, sustainable and natural fares. Perfect for a quick picnic in the park, or a palatable handmade meal at home, wholesome foods from FFM are definitely a reason to visit Forsyth on a Saturday morning in Savannah.
Chantel Baul is a Savannah native with a knack for writing and a passion for food, fun and people. She recently received her BA in English and Professional Communications from Armstrong State University, and when she’s not writing she’s serving in the US Army Reserves as a Human Resources Officer. She loves NPR and is interested in food justice, sustainability, travel and international affairs.