- Telfair Museum of Art
The oldest art museum in the South, the Telfair Museum is housed inside a classical Regency mansion, designed by an English architect and purchased by the son of the Georgian governor.
The home was completed in 1819, and it stayed within the same family until 1875, when the last surviving member of the Telfair family left the home and all of its furnishings to the Georgia Historical Society.
The structure was enlarged just eight short years later, adding a sculpture gallery and rotunda.
The grand opening was a superb affair, attracting famous faces such as Jefferson Davis.
Now, when you visit, you’ll see carefully restored interior rooms, paintings from German Impressionists and the American French, period furniture, silver and other items.
Additionally, the museum houses the largest public collection of paintings by Kahlil Gibran, more than 80
- Adult ticket $25 One ticket for all three museums
- Hours 10-5 daily
- The Historic Savannah Theatre
The oldest continually operating theatre in the United States, The Historic Savannah Theatre was built in 1818, opening in December with a comedy.
Now, the square where it sits, Chippewa Square has become a huge part of Savannah nightlife and entertainment, mostly because of the theatre.
Now, while the theatre does offer nightly shows, it also offers something else for cinema geeks.
Right outside, sits a bench where several scenes of the movie Forrest Gump was shot.
This is a hugely popular spot for photos, now, as you can probably imagine
- Featuring Mama Mia 2/10-2/25
- Ticket prices vary depending on seat selections
- Old Fort Jackson
Old Fort Jackson is the oldest standing brick fort within Georgia, built in 1808. It attracts 50,000 visitors each and every year, and for good reason.
The fort is named after a Georgian governor who freed Savannah from the British rule, and it was at one time one of the strongest fortifications in the entire United States, as it was built entirely of earth, then faced with brick and then topped off with a wooden platform.
Additions were made to the fort during the War of 1812, and it looks much the same today as it did at that time.
Self-guided tours are available, and you can enjoy views of the Savannah River from the top.
Stick around long enough to hear the cannons shot!
- $10 per adult
- Hours of operation 9:00-4:00 daily
- Fort Pulaski
Built in the 1800s, Fort Pulaski stands on an island in the river, between Savannah and Tybee Island.
It was the first Confederate masonry fort to fall under Union cannon fire, which marked a turning point in military history.
There’s lots to do and see beyond the actual monument and fort, though.
- Hours of operation 9:00-5:00 daily
- $10 per person valid for 7 days
There are trails, such as the North Pier Trail, which goes through the original construction building and passes a 19th-century battery.
There’s a lighthouse, a historic dike system, bike paths and more.
- University of Georgia Aquarium
This marine education center and aquarium is located on Skidaway Island, near downtown Savannah.
There are lots of exhibits on the marine animals that live nearest the state, but there are also lots of other exhibits, that show off interesting things, and not even always marine animals.
There are also exhibits on things like wooly mammoths and mastodons, as both of the ancient creatures once upon a time lived within the area.
- Hours of operation 9:00-4:00 M-F
- Ages 13-54 $7, Seniors and Military are $5
- Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace,
A house museum created specifically for girls, and celebrating the woman who founded the American Girl Scouts.
Juliette was born in the home, now owned by the Girl Scouts of the USA, in 1860, and it was there, in 1912, that she kicked off the creation of the Girl Scouts.
Forty-minute guided tours are available Monday through Saturday, and online ticket purchases are recommended in advance.
- Hours of operation Friday – Tuesday 10:00-4:00
- Guided tour $10-$15
- Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
This museum, where you can see all kinds of memorabilia revolving around the ships of the 1700s and 1800s.
The home where the museum is housed? It was once the home of the same man who owned the very first steamship to successfully cross the Atlantic Ocean.
Even if you’re not up for all the boat stuff, the museum is also unique in that it has one of the largest gardens in Savannah’s historic district.
- $10 admission
- Hours of operation 10:00-5:00 Tuesday- Sunday
- Hearse Ghost Tours
If a regular trolley tour isn’t really your style, maybe a ghost tour will be more up your alley? Maybe even a ghost tour that takes place in a hearse? That’s right, this ghost tour begins by picking you and your travel companions up from your hotel in a real hearse that was used for real funerals for more than 15 years.
You’ll see much of the city’s history, but also hear about its darker side, as you take it all in.
It’s definitely not your average outing.
- Prices can vary depending on the type of tour you choose
- $22.50 or $225.00
Here you’ll find three different museums — the Savannah History Museum and Battlefield Memorial Park, the Georgia State Railroad Museum and the Savannah Children’s Museum.
The historic district of Savannah is beautiful enough all on its own, but Forsyth Park definitely adds to the charm.
A beautiful, green, lush landscape, it’s popular with both tourists and locals alike, and you’ll find 30 acres of trees, flowers and other foliage.
There’s also nearly always something going on here, from the open air concerts, to a farmer’s market that’s open every Saturday.
Forsyth Park is also home to one of the most photographed spots in all of Savannah — the huge, gorgeous fountain is totally Instagram-worthy.
You won’t want to miss it.
- Free admission
- Hours of operation 7:00am-11:00pm
- The Mercer-Williams House
Literature fans out there will want to add this particular house tour to their itinerary.
The stately mansion was once home to lyricist Johnny Mercer, but also Jim Williams, straight from the pages of John Berendt’s “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Williams is known as the only individual in the state to have ever been tried four times for the same crime — a grisly murder that took place right within the house.
While you can’t see the supposed murder site, you can explore the rest of the house, including the furnishings dating back to the 1700s.
- Admission $12.50
- Closed Tuesday and Wednesday