8 Reasons to Visit Savannah,Georgia

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There are so many wonderful reasons to visit Savannah, Georgia. As a definitive Northerner I’ve seldom had the opportunity to explore some of the best places the South has to offer. But before Covid, before the pandemic, before our world stood still, my youngest sons and I took a tour of Savannah. We were delighted. We were enamored. We still talk about it all the time. So in light of our amazing visit and the potential for most to start traveling again, I’ve shared our top 8 reasons to visit Savannah, Georgia. 

#8- Owens Thomas House

Owens Thomas House

Our biggest takeaway from visiting the Owens-Thomas house, a historic home built in 1819, might not be what you might anticipate. Instead of focusing on Civil War era turmoil our time visiting this mansion was focused on learning about the life of Lafayette and his unique stance on slavery during the post-Revolutionary War era. A stanch abolitionist during his day, Lafayette provides a unique perspective on heroism compared to his contemporaries. He visited the city in 1825 and stayed at the Owen-Thomas house during his stay. 

Lafayette visits Savannah

Owens Thomas House

Staircase of Owens-Thomas House

Beyond the surprising display of history surrounding Lafayette, this historic home is a place to attempt to understand the immense wealth some Southerns held at the expense of owning others.  The property, inclusive of slave quarters, attempts to uncover the sometimes lost histories of those that are enslaved. 

#7 -Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park Fountain Savannah

Undoubtedly one of the most iconic places in Savannah, Forsyth Park is immense and another peaceful, beautiful spot in the city. The famous fountain might receive all the glory, but the park is also a modern day get-away for city dwellers with basketball courts, tennis courts, rugby fields and much more. 

Savannah trip for Northerners

Forsyth Park in Savannah

Forsyth Park

#6- The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the BaptistSt. John's Church Savannah Georgia

St Johns Church Savannah

Sitting stately next to Lafayette Square, The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist has been a part of the Savannah skyline since 1839. This active church in the French Gothic style is simply stunning. Take a quick walk through the inside to glimpse the impressive sanctuary. 

Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Savannah

#5- Wormsloe Plantation

Wormsloe Plantation

Wormsloe Planation in Savannah

Don’t expect a stately mansion to behold, the mansion is long gone. However, visit Wormsloe for the live oak lined avenue. Obviously Instagram worthy this beautiful Spanish moss infused site is something that is worth experiencing. We just don’t have trees like this in Minnesota! We took a tour of the grounds and our guide was one of the best we had during our time in Savannah. Don’t just take the photo, my advice is to take the time to understand the history behind the image. 

It is so hot in Savannah, just dripping, heaviness. It was a lot for us. Make sure to have plenty of water handy, try not to visit places during noon to 4pm, and make sure to take it slow! 

#4 – Leopold’s Ice Cream

Leopolds in Savannah

Speaking of the heat, one of the best ways to cool off is with some ice cream! My boys fell in love with this 50’s style ice cream parlor. Be warned this place is popular. Each time we visited we had to wait outside in line for our turn, but it is worth it! Visiting Leopold’s is like taking a step back into a quaint old memory of the past with a comforting dose of creamy goodness. 

Leopolds in Savannah Georgia

#3- Historic Homes of Savannah

Savannah is full of historic homes

This reason to visit Savannah is pretty obvious, historic homes. They are everywhere!! Walk around Savannah, visit the squares, walk to the parks, you’ll see historic buildings galore. 

As a former history teacher and an architecture buff, I was amazed by the grandeur of the past all around me. There is so much history everywhere! 

Some homes are privately owned, others are museums, while some are used for offices. Whatever the case may be the fact that these timely buildings are being maintained and preserved for future generations and visitors to Savannah is important. 

#2- Bonaventure Cemetery

It’s unlike any other cemetery you’ve probably ever been to! With Spanish moss hanging down off the trees and gothic haunting tombstones Bonaventure Cemetery might not be for the faint of heart. Made famous by the book and movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, the cemetery is outside of the main city of Savannah and requires a short drive. That all being said, this destination is a quintessential requirement for a visit to Savannah. 

#1- Historic Squares

Amazing Images from Savannah Georgia

The founder of the Georgia colony, James Oglethorpe, designed the city layout that intertwines homes and businesses with open natural spaces. These small, historic squares have been gathering places for the citizens of Savannah for hundreds of years, originally laid out in 1733. Full of trees, benches and a welcoming feel these squares give such life to the city. There are currently 22 squares within the city of varying sizes and noteworthiness. Learn more about the history of the area by reading the plaques and monuments that can be found in some. 

Savannah Georgia

We felt like such Northerners touring the South during our time in Savannah, but it was so much fun. We will undoubtedly visit again so that my oldest son, a fan of historic hauntings, can soak up all the creepy goodness of Savannah! 

Have you visited Savannah? What place/places would you recommend? Please feel free to leave a comment with your recommendations! 

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