Best Parks in Savannah Offer Recreation, Nature and History

Savannah’s parks run the gamut, from recreational areas perfect for a day of frolicking to historic sites that feature fascinating relics and spectacular views of the river. Many of Savannah’s parks are free and open to the public, while some require small admission fees.

Savannah’s ultimate recreational area is Forsyth Park, 30 acres of green space in the city’s Historic District. The stunning park features a café, playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts and large fields, along with monuments and a magnificent two-tiered, white cast-iron fountain. Other popular recreational parks in Savannah include Daffin Park and Lake Mayer.

The city’s forts, including Fort Pulaski National Monument, Old Fort Jackson and Fort McAllister Historic Park, are popular destinations for history buffs and those who appreciate nature. Tricentennial Park, a series of historic sites in Downtown Savannah, is a great place to walk the land and learn about the city’s early history.

Skidaway Island State Park is a true gem, whether you choose to camp out or just visit for the day. The Ogeechee Canal and Museum, located just outside of Savannah, boasts 200 acres of swamp and woodlands, plus walking trails and a museum. 

Animal lovers will enjoy spending the day at Oatland Island Wildlife Center, which features animals such as bald eagles, wolves, bison and cougar, plus walking trails that take visitors through a maritime forest.   



This 75-acre park features a freshwater lake surrounded by a one-and-a-half-mile paved jogging/bicycle track with a fitness course. The lake is stocked with fish and has a fishing pier and a boat ramp. In addition, Lake Mayer has a...  Read More



Conveniently located on the east side of Savannah off of Victory Drive, Daffin Park is an 80-acre recreational park designed in 1907 by landscape architect John Nolen. Nolen designed the park in a formal Beaux Arts style with two circular nodes...  Read More



Located on the banks of the Ogeechee River in Richmond Hill just South of Savannah, this historic park features the Confederacy's best-preserved earthwork fortification. The site includes barracks, palisades, cannons, a Civil War museum and...  Read More

Historic District


Old Fort Jackson, a National Historic Landmark, is the oldest standing brick fortification in Georgia and one of only eight Second System fortifications (a series of forts built prior to the War of 1812) still standing in the United States....  Read More



The Savannah-Ogeechee Barge Canal is a historic canal that begins with a tidal lock at the Savannah River and continues for more than 16 miles through four lift locks, eventually making its way to another tidal lock at the Ogeechee River....  Read More

Historic District


Tricentennial Park is a group of historic sites in West Savannah managed by the Coastal Heritage Society. The sites include Battlefield Memorial Park, an outdoor memorial to the soldiers who fought in the second bloodiest battle of the American...  Read More



At Oatland Island Wildlife Center, the intimate wildlife experience of a zoo meets the untamed beauty of nature, creating an unforgettable outdoor adventure for all ages. Along a two-mile trail through tranquil marshes and maritime forests,...  Read More



This 19th-century fort, which was occupied by the Confederate Army during the Civil War, is a must-see for history buffs. Only a 15-minute drive from Downtown Savannah, Fort Pulaski was designed by Napoleon's engineer, and though it fell during...  Read More



Among the most picturesque places in Savannah, this peaceful 588-acre park borders Skidaway Narrows, part of Georgia's Intracoastal Waterway. Its soaring palms and live oaks are dripping with Spanish moss and veil an abundance of wildlife,...  Read More



This 30-acre park at the southern edge of the Historic District has a little bit of something for everyone. The park's magnificent two-tiered, white cast-iron fountain, which was made famous in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, is a...  Read More


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