Savannah's Haunting Beauty, Haunted Hideaways and Favorite Haunts
Savannah is all about attitude and atmosphere. Slow, sultry and steeped in history, the city is a visual feast, with storybook live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, magnificent 18th- and 19th-century architecture and miles of untouched marshland. The Historic District’s 22 squares are the perfect place to learn about Savannah’s past and experience the historic beauty that has made the city world famous. Visitors looking for a good scare will have plenty to do in what many call America’s most haunted city. Savannah’s numerous historic cemeteries and buildings claim frequent ghost sightings, and there are even haunted ghost... Read more »
- Type: Family Friendly, Historic Sites, Parks, Public Spaces, Romantic, Sightseeing
- Neighborhood: Historic District
Local Expert Tip: "Short on time? Start at Monterey Square at Bull and Taylor streets and walk north through Madison, Chippewa, Wright and Johnson squares. You'll get a taste for Savannah's squares without having to put in the extra hours."
Local Expert Tip: "Visit Forsyth Park in mid-March when the azaleas are in full bloom. The red, pink and white floral explosion usually coincides with the annual greening of the fountain for St. Patrick's Day."
Local Expert Tip: "After soaking up the rays, head on over to the Sugar Shack, a longtime Tybee favorite, for a scoop or two of ice cream."
Local Expert Tip: "Plan to visit on a Saturday to see one of three daily cannon firings at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m."
Local Expert Tip: "If you're not up for navigating Bonaventure on your own, take a tour of the cemetery with Shannon Scott Tours. The company's daytime and evening tours give a fascinating glimpse into the cemetery's history and folklore."
Local Expert Tip: "Take advantage of your tour guide's knowledge of Savannah and ask about their favorite restaurants and places to visit in Savannah."
Local Expert Tip: "Want a reason to spend time in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist without having to attend mass? Check out the Savannah Philharmonic's seasonal schedule at www.savannahphilharmonic.org. The orchestra performs several events a year in the magnificent cathedral."
Local Expert Tip: "While visiting the museum, plan to eat at the Jepson Center's Café Zeum, which serves much better fare than your average museum café. The proprietors, who also own the popular Savannah eatery the Starland Café, offer a mouth-watering selection of Paninis, biscuit sandwiches, salads and more. "
Local Expert Tip: "Bring your appetite. A few small plates may not seem like a lot, but by the end of the tour, it's almost impossible to finish those last few bites."
- Type: Art & Culture, Family Friendly, Historic Sites, Outdoor Activities, Public Spaces, Romantic
- Neighborhood: Riverfront
Local Expert Tip: "Don't leave River Street without stopping by River Street Sweets, Savannah's oldest candy store. The store always has free samples of its famous pralines, and kids will enjoy watching the gooey taffy being made in house. It's also the perfect place to pick up a gift for your friends and family back home."
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