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Budget Friendly Savannah

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By AAA Travel Editor Sherry Mims
March 12, 2019
Visiting Savannah on a budget is easy with historic landmarks and riverside amenities in one walkable area. After you see some affordable museums, make sure to explore the public squares and parks around Savannah, which won’t cost you a cent.
This is where cotton brokers, aka cotton factors, priced cotton by the Savannah River.
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Factors Walk
100 E. Bay Street
(912) 644-6400
This eye-catching area used to be where cotton brokers—also known as cotton factors—priced the commodity. Now restaurants, inns and stores of all kinds fill the old red brick buildings on a bluff above the Savannah River. Be sure to look at the exteriors, even if you don’t go inside. (Stairs as well as ramps down to the river walk below can be steep and uneven due to cobblestones, so be careful.)
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Two people walk to Savannah's Forsyth Park fountain while artist paints landscape.
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Forsyth Park
Whitaker St. & Drayton St.
(912) 525-1633
Don’t forget to take pictures in front of this impressive fountain before you leave the Savannah historic district. (Despite the fountain’s custom look, it originally came from a catalog.) The park also is the place to stroll under shady oak trees and watch passers-by. For kids, the large playground beckons with a seesaw, slides and climbing structures.
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Ferries and ships still travel the Savannah River. In the distance, a vessel goes toward Savannah Westin Harbor Golf Resort & Spa and the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center on Hutchinson Island. One of the Savannah Belles Ferries also can be seen at City Hall Landing.
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Savannah Belles
1 International Dr.
(912) 233-5767
Named for Girl Scout founder Juliet Gordon Low and other notable Southern women, these complimentary ferries travel from historic Savannah to Hutchinson Island on the Savannah River. (Start from Savannah's Waving Girl Landing in order to also see the renowned statue.) You can board one just for fun. Passengers disembark by Savannah Westin Harbor Golf Resort & Spa and the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center.
Tricentennial Park, which honors the siege of Savannah, includes several museums, including the Georgia State Railroad Museum and Savannah Children's Museum.
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Tricentennial Park
655 Louisville Rd.
(912) 651-6823
This park honors Savannah’s history from 1733 onward. In addition to the free Battlefield Memorial Park, located at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Louisville Road, there are several affiliated properties, such as the Savannah History Museum, Georgia State Railroad Museum and Savannah Children’s Museum. Others are a short drive away and include Fort Jackson and Pinpoint Heritage Museum. Save money when you buy a three-park combination pass.
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North Beach on Tybee Island is a great place to relax. The Tybee Island Lighthouse is in the background.
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Tybee Island, Georgia
(912) 786-5444
Are you looking to enjoy a short drive from Savannah? Beaches offer one of the best fun things to do on a budget. Though there is a nominal fee for parking on the barrier island, you can make this a budget-friendly day. Plan to bring beach towels and a picnic meal to North Beach, which offers an ideal beach-and-lighthouse view.