The Savannah Historic District is one of the major highlights of the city and the city’s layout beckons visitors to walk through its lovely squares and neighborhoods.
The walk outlined below is an approximately 3 mile long walk that can be done in a day, or, broken up in segments over several days while visiting Savannah. It is a round-trip tour starting and ending at the Savannah River. The walk includes scenic city squares, historic sites, beautiful architecture, worthwhile destinations, and recommended dining.
Start your walk on River Street along the Savannah River. Stroll by the water and watch the enormous ships sail by.
Walk up Bull Street heading south toward Forsyth Park. On your walk you will pass through five of the 24 squares that make up the city of Savannah. Along the way you will pass the Juliette Gordon Low Girl Scout National Center, First Baptist Church, the Savannah Theater, Green-Meldrim House, and the Mickve Israel Synagogue.
Walk through Forsyth Park and take pictures of the fountain that is a long-standing symbol of Savannah. See the beautiful homes on Whitaker, directly across the street from the west side of the park.
From the north end of the park, walk one block on Gaston to Abercorn Street. Follow Abercorn Street north back toward the river. You will pass through another four squares on your return walk. Along the way, you will pass the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, the Colonia Park Cemetery, the Owens-Thomas House Museum, and the Lucas Theater. End your walk back on River Street where you started.
The Ideal Trip Recommendations
- Narrated Tour
If you are looking for more detailed information on the Savannah sites following your up-close and personal walking tour, consider a small bus narrated tour. A recommended narrated tour is the “Experience Savannah” tour offered by Old Savannah Tours.
To round out your visit, consider several great dining options in Savannah. Recommended dining includes:
- 17Hundred90 --Historic building with great ambiance; near the Owens-Thomas House Museum; try the shrimp and grits
- Sushi Zen—Delicious sushi; near the City Market
- Corleone’s Trattoria—Great pastas; good for couples, families, and groups; near the City Market
- Crystal Beer Palace—Great menu; where the local’s eat
- Wild Wing Cafe—Casual southern chain with great wings and other favorites; located in City Market
- Leopold's Ice Cream—Well-known and popular local ice cream parlor