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Top 10 Free Things to do in Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA is a beautiful place to visit in the south and even better it’s budget friendly! There are many things to do in this city that charge admission but there is plenty to do in the town for FREE. This city is more for people who like to walk to explore than driving because of the layout of the city. Below you will find the top 10 things to do for free. To check out where to go, what to eat, how to get there – visit way.com.

1. River Street

River Street is a good place to start as it is one of the busiest streets due to tourism. It’s a nice walk and it is full of shops, bars and restaurants with a lot of historic features to enjoy. Another view of this street is from riding the FREE ferry that goes from River Street to Hutchinson Island. The Ferry runs about every 30 minutes every day between 7 AM and 12:30 AM.

2. Cathedral of St. John The Baptist

The Cathedral represents not only historical architecture but it also has over a century of faith and civic traditions in Savannah. It remains in the top 10 historic places to visit in the U.S. This building is absolutely stunning and it is open for self guided tours Monday – Saturday 9 AM to 11:30 AM and 12:45 PM to 5 PM. To be on the safe side you can check their calendar to be sure there are no special events that cause the building to be closed to tourists. They do appreciate at least a small donation of $3 per adult but it’s not mandatory. They are also wheelchair accessible via an elevator!

3. City Hall

The City Hall of Savannah offers FREE tours to learn about it’s history, art and architecture. To get a free tour at the City Hall you must register online or you can call at 912-651-4212 as they have limited availability. Their tours are on the first Tuesday of each month at 12 PM. If you don’t have time for the tour or you’re not in town at a time they offer the tour, you can still visit the first floor to view the beautiful stained glass dome and the “Art in the Rotunda” exhibit.


4. Forsyth Park

The Forsyth Park was named after the GA Governor in 1851, John Forsyth. This park is roughly over 30 acres of the confederate Memorial, tennis and basketball courts, two playgrounds, a half shell theatre, and space for events or just relaxation. Every Saturday in the park you can find the Farmer’s Market. The famous spot in the park to visit is the beautiful Forsyth fountain. This is perfect place to go for events, to relax with a book, or have a pick-nick with the family.

5. Savannah’s Squares

Savannah, GA has many many squares that you can visit and they are each equally unique and full of history. When the city was being built, it was built around squares which then became the backbone of Savannah. The General at the time thought it made sense to layout the city this way so it was easy to navigate. They were once used to practice and drill for the militia, but today it is nothing but great history. The most popular Square in Savannah is the Ellis Square- here you can find the fountains and the Johnny Mercer Statue.

  • Calhoun Square
  • Chatham Square
  • Chippewa Square
  • Columbia Square
  • Crawford Square
  • Ellis Square
  • Franklin Square
  • Greene Square
  • Johnson Square
  • Lafayette Square
  • Madison Square
  • Monterey Square
  • Oglethorpe Square
  • Orleans Square
  • Pulaski Square
  • Reynolds Square
  • Telfair Square
  • Troup Square
  • Warren Square
  • Washington Square
  • Whitefield Square
  • Wright Square

6. Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery was built on a scenic bluff of the Wilmington River on the site of Bonaventure Plantation. This has been a popular tourist destination for over 150 years now. The historic cemetery is full of old tree-lined roadways, unique sculptures and architecture.  The main office is at the entrance to the cemetery and there you can find a map of the place. It is open to the public every day 8 AM to 5 PM and it located at 330 Bonaventure Rd.


7. Tybee Island

Need to get out of the city and enjoy the beach? Just 20 minutes from downtown Savannah you can find Tybee Island which has about 5 miles of public beaches. The south end pier offers the perfect spot for pictures! Bring all of your beach essentials and enjoy the day by the Atlantic Ocean. Tybee Island has one of the nation’s oldest lighthouse, Tybee Lighthouse. It was built in 1736 and you can find a beautiful view from the top of the lighthouse.

8. National Wildlife Refuge

The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge has over 30,000 acres of land that was established to provide a home for migratory waterfowl and other birds as well as a nature and forest preserve for conservation purposes. The Savannah River is the lifeblood on the Refuge as it provides rich habitats that support a number of wildlife. The visitor center is open Monday-Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM. Here you will see a 10 minute orientation video that talks about the history and current practices with the Refuge. This is a cool place to visit because there is so much to see such as: gallery of exhibits, The Gator Hole, The Beech Hill Trial, a pollinator garden, and a bird sanctuary.

9. Savannah Botanical Gardens

The Savannah Botanical Gardens is absolutely breathe-taking. Here they have self-guided tours that is suitable for all ages. The garden has formal and naturalistic plantings along with a 2 acre pond, amphitheater, nature trials, archaeological exhibit and the Reinhard house. The garden center is a farmhouse that dates back to the 1840’s and it is full of roses, herbs, perennials and seasonal blossoms. It is open Monday-Saturday 8 AM to 8 PM and Sunday is 8 AM to 9 PM and they are located at 1388 Eisenhower Dr.

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