Free Things to Do in Savannah, Georgia

Beautiful City with Many Tourist Destinations

Visitors arriving at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport immediately feel the hospitality and charm of this beautiful Southern city. Staff members at the airport’s Visitor Information Center offer ground transportation and hotel advice and give area maps and sightseeing brochures to arriving passengers.

Absorb History — Stay in Savannah’s Historic District

General James A. Oglethorpe, founder of the British colony of Georgia, drew the plans for Savannah in 1733. Oglethorpe’s plans included a grid pattern, with buildings constructed on the borders of the garden-filled squares. Savannah’s Historic District has many buildings dating to the 18th and 19th centuries — museums, restaurants, shops, and cheap Savannah hotels.

Affordable Hotel in Savannah’s Historic District

Staying in a hotel in Savannah’s Historic District makes exploring this downtown area that much easier. Holiday Inn Express Historic District has room rates starting at less than $150 per night. Hotel amenities include a rooftop swimming pool, fitness center, and free breakfast.

Free Things to Do

The travel section of U.S. News & World Report offers a list of the best things to do in Savannah. Of special note to budget-minded travelers is that many of the items listed are free. Among the free places to visit are Bonaventure Cemetery, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, City Market, Forsyth Park, and River Street.

Bonaventure Cemetery

In 1867, Scottish-born naturalist John Muir began a walk of nearly 1000 miles from Indiana to Florida. Muir spent six nights of his trek sleeping on graves in Bonaventure Cemetery, stating that it was the cheapest accommodation he could find. Muir included a chapter about the cemetery in his book “A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf,” describing the beauty of Long Moss and the live oak and other trees.

John Berendt featured Bonaventure Cemetery in his 1994 book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Clint Eastwood directed a film based upon the book. The cemetery is home to many bald eagles, the national bird of the United States.

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Savannah’s first French colonists built the cathedral in 1799. A larger stone cathedral replaced the original building at the end of the 19th century. That building features an Italian marble altar, stained-glass windows, and gold-leaf designs.

City Market

City Market is a mixed-use four-block area within the Historic District in downtown Savannah. A project to rehabilitate the area began in 1985. It is now home to apartments, artist studios, entertainment venues, offices, restaurants, and shops. Residents and visitors alike spend a lot of time here.

Forsyth Park

Created in the 1940s, this public park in Savannah’s Historic District includes walking paths, a fountain reminiscent of those found in France, basketball courts, tennis courts, a soccer field, and a Frisbee field. Of special note is the Fragrant Garden for the blind.

River Street

The aptly named River Street in Savannah’s Waterfront district runs along the Savannah River. It’s filled with seafood restaurants, cafés, and souvenir shops.

Share Your Savannah Stories

What are your favorite free things to do in Savannah? What do you enjoy about them?

Daisy Mariposa is a freelance travel writer who has worked with clients such as Hipmunk. She has Occupational Certificates in both Travel Management and International Business and has worked as a travel agent. Daisy has traveled to half the states in the United States and more than 33 countries, island nations, and island dependencies. She has certifications as both a Specialty Travel Writer and Travel Copy Writer from one organization and Industry Elite status in Travel from another.


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