Best Savannah Weekend Walking Tour
Updated: Aug 15, 2019
You’ve come to the right place to plan your weekend trip to Savannah, Georgia. Your time is precious… this walking guide covers many of our favorites and avoids the tourist traps. We’ve packed this all into a downloadable google map. Just download to your phone and get going!
We’ve tried not to pack too much into each day… Savannah is best when savored! You will notice that we route your path through Savannah’s historic Squares whenever practical. These Historic Squares are the crown jewels of Downtown Savannah and you’d do well to hit as many as possible (there are 22).
Savannah is best experienced on foot, so pack your walking shoes!
*Note that advance reservations or tickets are recommended for some stops.*
Day 1 Morning
1. We’re starting out at our recommended downtown condo on W Broughton St., but if you’re not staying there just make your way downtown.
2. The Coffee Fox (Next door to downtown condo): Fuel up at one of our favorite quick breakfast spots. We love getting coffee and a treat to go and eating them at our next stop.
3. Johnson Square (2 blocks from The Coffee Fox): and this is one of the four originals. Find a shady bench near one of the fountains, enjoy your breakfast, and plan out your day.
4. Take the scenic route to the Owens-Thomas House, passing through Reynolds Square and Oglethorpe Square.
5. Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters (4 blocks from Johnson Square): Built in 1819, this is one of the nation’s finest English Regency style houses. Visitors may take guided tours exploring the house, gardens, carriage house, slave quarters, and the tragic history that surrounds them all. View stunning decorative arts, interactive exhibits for all ages, and storied-filled period rooms and spaces. ($20 admission, but this also gets you into the Jepsen Center and Telfair Academy, so save your ticket!)
6. Square Hopping: In this case, the journey is the destination. Take a stroll from Oglethorpe Square (in front of the Owens-Thomas House) west to Wright Square, then south on Bull St, passing through Chippewa and Madison Squares.
7. Lunch at Gryphon (adjacent to Madison Square): Take a break and have lunch in this unique setting, run by the Savannah College of Art and Design. They also have a fabulous tea service!
Day 1 Afternoon
8. Head south toward Monterrey Square. Pause at Historic Jones St to soak up the cobblestone street, gorgeous architecture, and the shade of the oak trees. Don’t worry; you’ll spend more time here tomorrow.
9. Mercer Williams House Museum (2.5 blocks from Gryphon): Tour the house made famous by the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Note that the entrance is at the back of the house. Advance tickets are recommended ($12.50).
10. Forsyth Park Fountain (2 blocks from Mercer Williams House): No visit to Savannah would be completed without your photo taken in front of this iconic fountain. Then take a stroll around the park… rest on a bench, visit the garden, take photos of the lovely Victorian Houses on west and north sides of the park, pet a doggie.
11. Local 11ten (1 block from Forsyth Park): If you make it all the way to the south end of Forsyth Park, you’ve more than earned a drink and a snack!
Day 1 Night
13. Rocks on the Roof (3 blocks from W Broughton St condo in Bohemian Hotel): The views of the river and bridge are magnificent from this rooftop bar. Try to time your pre-dinner drinks here so you can get photos of the sun setting behind the bridge. #instagramenvy
14. Dinner at The Olde Pink House (4 blocks from Rocks on the Roof): Enjoy a sumptuous dinner at this iconic restaurant. Advance reservations are strongly recommended!
15. Dessert at Leopold’s Ice Cream (2 blocks from Olde Pink House): Dig into their award-winning, homemade, super-premium ice cream, unchanged since 1919.
16. Drinks at Alley Cat Lounge (4 blocks from Leopold’s Ice Cream): Our favorite cocktail bar in Savannah. Try the artillery punch… but fair warning that it’s more potent than it tastes!
17. Sleep at your W Broughton St. condo (2 blocks from City Market and Alley Cat). This is where staying downtown really pays off!
Day 2 Morning
1. Maple Street Biscuits (1.5 blocks from downtown condo): What you need is comfort food to kill that hangover. We warned you about that artillery punch was potent!
2. Telfair Academy (2 blocks from Maple Street Biscuits): Visit the first public art museum in the South housing nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and European art including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and decorative arts. (Free with your Owen-Thomas House ticket; $20 otherwise)
3. The Ordinary Pub (2 blocks from Telfair Academy): Brunch with bottomless mimosas. No additional instruction needed.
Day 2 Afternoon
4. Take your last mimosa to go and let’s go for a walk. Head south through Orleans Square, Pulaski Square, until you reach Jones Street.
5. Jones Street (1 block from Pulaski Square): This is our favorite street in all of Savannah. Stroll down the cobblestone street under the shade of the oak trees and back in time. #instagramworthy
6. Lafayette Square (1 block from Jones St): Turn left when you get to Abercorn St and take a rest in the square.
7. Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (Adjacent to Lafayette Square): Once you see this beautiful building, you’ll understand why it’s one of the most photographed in Savannah.
8. Colonial Park Cemetery (2 blocks from the Cathedral): Savannah is a very haunted city, so no visit would be complete without a visit to this historic cemetery.
9. Davenport House Museum (2 blocks from the cemetery): This was the first historic house saved by the Savannah Historic Foundation in 1955. We have this group to thank for the way historic Savannah looks the way it does today. ($9 admission)
10. Savannah Seafood Shack (3.5 blocks from Davenport House Museum): You’ve earned a break! Have a beer and share the Low Country Boil with friends. But save room… dinner is going to be delicious!
11. River Street (4 blocks from Savannah Seafood Shack): Nearly everything on River Street is super-touristy but it’s still worth a stroll for the views.
12. Top Deck (on River St in Cotton Sail Hotel): Here’s a second chance to get instagramable photos of the river and bridge. Order a round of drinks and watch the sun go down.
13. Head back to your W Broughton St. condo to freshen up before dinner (2 blocks from River St.).
Day 2 Night
14. Colonial Park Cemetery (5 blocks from downtown condo): Yes, you had a leisurely stroll through during daylight, but do you have the guts to visit this haunted cemetery after nightfall? Note: Closes at 8pm.
15. The Public Kitchen and Bar (4 blocks from cemetery): This is our favorite restaurant in Savannah. Farm-to-table cuisine, an upscale-casual vibe, and a panoramic view of Liberty St.
17. Take one last stroll up Bull St, through Chippewa and Wright Squares. Sleep at your W Broughton St. condo (7 blocks from Artillery).
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