There’s more to Savannah, Georgia than manicured squares
and mossy oak-lined streets.
As one of America’s oldest cities, Savannah serves as the Hostess City of the South and offers much to do. Whether you’re visiting for Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah race weekend, work or play, there’s plenty of adventure that awaits.
Kick start your planning with these 5 Reasons to Love Savannah and discover the special sights and places worth visiting.
BYRD’S FAMOUS COOKIES
Byrd’s Famous Cookies began with Ben. Byrd, Senior making small batches of cookies in his Savannah bakery and delivering them to neighborhood markets. The cookies quickly gained popularity to become known as “Byrd’s Famous Cookies.” Two family generations and 103 years later, Byrd’s cookies are still a famous Savannah staple. Today the cookies are still made in small batches with the highest quality ingredients to deliver locals, visitors, and now the online world, an impressive variety of tasty gourmet cookies.
City Market has been a meeting and gathering place for Savannahians since the 1700s, where locals could source groceries, goods and other services. The market survived the Civil War, two fires and several hurricanes. Today the open air market sits in the Historic District filled with the cities popular restaurants, art galleries and boutiques separated by a shady courtyard between two historic squares of Ellis and Franklin.
LEOPOLD’S ICE CREAM
A visit to Leopold’s Ice Cream is a must on your trip to Savannah. The gourmet ice cream shop has been operating since 1919, making it 98-years old! For nearly a century Leopold’s has been home to award-winning, homemade, premium ice cream, a recipe that hasn’t been modified since 1919. Although you shouldn’t visit Leopold’s without trying their ice cream, the eatery also offers soups, sandwiches, salads and fresh baked goods.
OLD TOWN TROLLEY TOURS
In a city with a history that spans more than 284 years, there’s lots to learn about the peoples and cultures that created this coastal empire. Old Town Trolley Tours of Savannah is one of the most popular activities and best options for taking in all the city has to offer. These narrated tours wind through the city offering guests details accounts of cultures, inspirations, peoples, secrets and more that culminate in what we know as Savannah today.
The most popular option is the hop on, hop off tour, allowing riders to hop right off the trolley line to explore different stops along the way, then catch the next trolley that comes around. It’s transportation and entertainment all in one.
Savannah is home to the oldest public art museum in the South, Telfair Museums. Founded in 1883, the museum was established at the request of late eminent local philanthropist Mary Telfair. Telfair donated her home and belongings to the Georgia Historical Society, which was to be opened as a museum upon her passing. Today, Telfair Museums consists of three buildings: the Telfair Academy, the Owens-Thomas House, and the Jepson Center. Each of the buildings is symbolic of an innovative expression of it’s time and houses collections of that corresponding era. Visitors can encounter collections of art and architecture that range from the late eighteenth century through the art of today.