7 Fun Things to Do in Savannah Without a Car
By AAA Travel Editor Sherry Mims | June 01, 2023
Encompassing 2.2 miles, the Savannah Historic District is compact and easy to navigate whether by foot or by wheel. To travel Savannah like a local, consider walking, bicycling or taking a pedicab around the district, which ranges from River to Gaston streets and East Broad Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Whitaker St. & Drayton St.
Don’t miss this 30-acre park. With graceful oaks and a photogenic fountain, this large open area offers many diversions, including a playground and fields to explore. If you aren’t up for a stroll, sit on a bench by the fountain and watch passersby in the park.
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
10 E. Oglethorpe Ave.
The elegant house museum offers 40-minute tours about the life and times of Juliette Gordon Low and the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, the renowned youth organization she founded circa 1912. Book tickets in advance if you plan to visit during school holidays or the summer, as those times are popular for Girl Scouts and their families.
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Mansion on Forsyth Park
700 Drayton St.
Regal is the word for this Savannah hotel, which is arguably one of the best hotels in Savannah. The property features 126 rooms, a restful pool area, a cooking school, and a lounge and gallery filled with art. (There is even a historical hat collection.) If you’re hungry, then walk next door to 700 Drayton, the hotel’s upscale restaurant.
Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room
107 W. Jones St.
Bring cash and your patience; visiting the one-time boarding house, which the late proprietor Sema Wilkes guided from the 1940s until her death in 2002, is worth it. Would-be customers start a line early in the morning to sit at one of the three tables of ten in the dining room—still run by members of the family. Home-style fare includes fried chicken, biscuits, okra gumbo, green beans and other Southern favorites.
The Olde Pink House
23 Abercorn St.
Don’t miss one of the best restaurants in Savannah. Locals and tourists alike come to the pink-colored mansion on Reynolds Square. The 18th-century structure—rumored to be haunted—serves Southern specialties, such as smothered fried chicken and “Southern sushi,” also known as shrimp and grits, with a twist.
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Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters
124 Abercorn St.
Revolutionary War hero Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de LaFayette, stayed at this circa 1819 Regency mansion designed by William Jay. The property also includes intact slave quarters that are said to contain America’s largest example of “haint blue”—a color thought to protect from evil—on the ceilings. Guided tours reflect on the history of the house and people who lived there, including the role of slavery.
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