When General James Edward Oglethorpe landed on the bluff of Savannah in 1733, he had plans to create a colony that would welcome the poor with open arms and serve as a haven for imprisoned debtors. Oglethorpe’s plan may not have come to fruition, but his compassion for those operating on a smaller budget lives on in 21st century Savannah. You simply don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a good time in Savannah.
Savannah’s 22 public squares are the city’s ultimate free attraction. Be sure to check out the soaring monument of General Casimir Pulaski in Monterey Square, learn about the fascinating history of Native American Chief Tomochichi at his gravesite in Wright Square, and sit on one of the benches in Chippewa Square where Tom Hanks filmed Forrest Gump. Other great free attractions in Downtown Savannah include Forsyth Park, River Street, City Market and the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.
If you have transportation and are willing to travel outside the Historic District, you can enjoy the sun and surf at Tybee Island Beach, explore the flora at the Savannah Botanical Gardens and visit the gravesites of famous Savannahians at Bonaventure Cemetery, the city’s most beautiful final resting place.
Savannah also hosts a number of annual festivals that don’t require admission and that offer free entertainment and other perks. Among the most popular annual events are the St. Patrick’s Day parade in March, the Sidewalk Arts Festival in the spring and the Children’s Book Festival in the fall.