Savannah is a city where the pace is slower, the flowers smell sweeter and you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. All this and more make this charming city the perfect destination to bring your family along for a relaxing getaway.
As you stroll down the quaint streets of Savannah, the antebellum architecture, twisting oak trees and friendly locals greet you at every turn. Where history and beauty are abundant and the slow pace of life is a breath of fresh air, there’s no better destination for families to refuel and refresh together. Read on for our top ten reasons why we love the city of Savannah, Georgia.
1. Southern hospitality
In the South, friendliness isn’t just a personality trait, it’s a way of life. Don’t be surprised if strangers strike up a conversation with you in the coffee line, go out of their way to lend a hand, or let you in on their secret spots around town without asking. The residents of Savannah are proud of their city and are excited to take your stay from good to amazing with their help.
2. Stay in a historic house or inn
Nearly overflowing with delightful and well-maintained historic homes, renting a house or a room at an old-fashioned inn is the best way to experience the city in all of its beautiful glory.
Photo: Meghan in Savannah for Flytographer
4. Open container laws
The open container laws don’t just mean crazy nights out on the street. With kids in tow, you may not be able to sneak away for a romantic evening in a candlelit bar, but feel free to take a more casual approach with a picnic outside. Indulge guilt-free in your favourite adult beverage while enjoying the weather and sunshine.
3. Parks, trees and squares
Savannah is covered with stunning, towering oak trees dripping in Spanish moss and a subtle air of romance. With 22 squares scattered across the city decorated with statues, fountains and walking paths, walking to your next destination is an activity in itself. You’ll recognize Chippewa Square from the movie Forrest Gump, and Forsyth Park is the city’s most famous park, where you could easily spend an entire day enjoying the weather.
Photo: Kathleen in Savannah for Flytographer
5. Walking city
The historic district is covered in well-preserved homes that make the perfect photo backdrops, and history lovers can even take a walking tour to learn the stories behind each location. Alternatively, wander the streets at your own pace and feel free to get lost. As a relatively small city, you’re never too far from a new adventure.
6. Shop local treasures
From morning until night, City Market is the spot to be; featuring local galleries, tasty bistros, street musicians and quirky shops, everyone in the family will enjoy this buzzy center. River Street overlooking the Savannah River is another exciting spot, with more than 75+ businesses and restaurants housed in former cotton warehouses. Take a Savannah Riverboat Cruise on a majestic boat for unique views of the city.
For kids and kids at heart, the Savannah Children’s Museum, the Georgia Aquarium and Fort Pulanski are perfect for rainy days or when you’re looking to roll fun, education and convenience into one trip.
8. Old-timey trolley tour
The Old Town Trolley Tours guarantee fun for all, and they’re the perfect alternative to a car when you’re looking to get around town with less walking (because tired feet are no fun for anyone!). Book a 1- or 2-day pass to hop on and off all day, and maximize your time in Savannah. All tours are led by trained guides and presented live, so that one history buff in the family who always has questions can ask away!
Photo: Amia in Savannah for Flytographer