So you’re headed to Savannah, GA. Lucky you! Savannah is home to beautiful live oak trees, cobblestone roads, and gorgeous marshland. However, it’s easy to get sucked into the tourist traps and not see the true personality of the city. Thankfully, I (@lrfrd) lived there for four years and can share exactly what to do during your weekend in Savannah. Looking for a weekend guide in Savannah? You’ve come to the right place!
Quick Tips: Weekend Guide in Savannah
First, to get some housekeeping underway. I’d highly suggest avoiding Savannah travel between May-August. The heat combined with our constant 90% humidity makes outdoor activities less magical (unless you choose to stay on the beach all day, which is a great option too).
Also, Savannah has an open alcohol carry all throughout its historic district. So don’t forget to ask for a to-go cup for your drink. Lastly, many think that Savannah is a beach city, but it’s actually a thirty minute drive to our beach Tybee Island. Maybe think about renting a car if you plan to hop between the port city and our island beach. But enough with the nitty gritty, let’s figure out what you’re doing!
Friday: Let’s Kick-off the Morning
- Start off strong with breakfast at Little Duck Diner. Best breakfast game in town.
- Head down Broughton St. to get your shopping on. I wouldn’t miss stores like The Edition, The Paris Market, and Avalon (thrift).
- See what’s playing at the Savannah Theatre, view the Jepson or SCAD art museum, or tour the Sorrel Weed House. These are great activities to escape the heat of the day!
- Go for drinks at The Peregrin. This is the best view of Savannah hands down. Its a chill and beautiful environment to take a break during the day.
- Eat dinner at The Wyld, a farm to table restaurant located right on the marsh (even boats can dock there!). The views are gorgeous so I’d highly suggest planning your dinner around sunset. My personal favorite is their key lime pie.
- On the way to dinner drive down the Wormsloe Historic Site. Breathtaking.
- Go for a cocktail at Savoy, a local favorite for groovy vibes and great drinks.
- Head to Forsyth park for a brunch and coffee at Collins Quarter. You’ll need to make reservations to eat, but they have a walk up coffee window if that’s more your speed.
- Browse through the Farmers Market within Forsyth to try locally grown peaches, candied pecans, and create a flower bouquet.
- If it’s a sunny day, drive out to Tybee Island. There’s lots to keep you occupied from ice cream stands and kayaking trips, to the beach shops. Pro tip: Don’t try and find parking on the main road. Go down to 19th street, ‘Tybee Island South,’ and pitch camp there. It’s much less crowded.
- Try and see if low tide is at a time you can be at the beach. The tide leaves a long strip where you can walk and spot wildlife left in the pools of water. I’ve seen crabs, manta rays, small sharks, fish, and horseshoe crabs before.
- Eat at The Deck. You can walk directly up from the beach and get a killer cocktail.
- Make reservations at The Old Pink House for the ultimate southern charm experience. Don’t leave without checking out their basement bar which usually has fantastic live music.
- Don’t miss one of Savannah’s greatest attractions – Leopolds ice cream. Around since 1919, it is life changing.
- Head out to Liberty street for morning coffee and sightseeing. Franklin’s and Mirabelle are the top spots for breakfast, & both are great options. The old and intricately beautiful Cathedral is off Liberty street, and is open to the public. Definitely check out the indoors.
- By 11am most of the small businesses are open like Mamie Ruth, Satchel, Red Clover, East and Up, and Shop SCAD. If you are in the shopping mood, continue walking into the artist district (Where Whitaker & Jones intersect).
- Walk down Jones street and be prepared with your camera! This is one of the oldest and most beautiful residential streets in the city.
- Head on over to river street to stroll along the river. Grab a sweet at River Street Sweets and step inside the JW Marriott to check out all the gorgeous fossils and rocks they have on display. Truly larger than life.
- Try out lunch spots like Flock to the Wok, The Grove, or Treylor Park
- Grab a bite at The Grey (you’ll need reservations)
- Get your cowgirl boots on and dive into the Savannah style country western bar Saddlebags. Ride the bull or dance to live country music.
- In the same area is Electric Moon, also a great place to have a few drinks at. The views are great, and there are plenty of group games.
Your weekend guide in Savannah is complete! There’s so much to do; you can’t go wrong with just lacing up your sneakers and walking around the city. Enjoy the historical beauty, artsy culture, and killer eats. Wishing you great weather and safe travels… I’m jealous I’m not coming with you!