The coastal Georgian city of Savannah is a hub of industry and commercial development. Simultaneously, being the oldest city in Georgia, Savannah provides attractions related to history, art, and good eats for curious travelers. Plus, this coastal city has no shortage of classic southern charm! Being only a couple of hours away from Atlanta, Savannah is a great destination to celebrate the upcoming fall season. From its picturesque landscape of moss-draped trees to its rich historical heritage, here are ten festive ways to celebrate fall in Savannah.
10 Stay At The 17Hundred90 Inn And Restaurant
Being the oldest hotel in Savannah, the 17Hundred90 Inn and Restaurant resides inside a building constructed around the 1820s, formerly owned by the Power Family until the late 1880s. Besides its rich history, avid believers in the paranormal will be delighted to know it’s haunted. The inn is said to be haunted by three resident ghosts: Anna and Thaddeus are friendly spirits who greet visitors around the inn’s restaurant and rooms (specifically, room 204). Meanwhile, a third ghost—haunts the kitchen—is said to be a little less welcoming to guests and kitchen staff.
9 Visit Forsyth Park
Relax and experience fall in Savannah at the famous Forsyth Park. Take a selfie in front of the park’s most photographed fountain (which is over 150 years old!) or watch the world go sitting on one of the park benches. There is no shortage of activities at Forsyth Park, as it’s a popular locale for weddings, photo shoots, live music, and, occasionally, free concerts. Bring the kids here, too—there are tons of spaces to run around, including a spacious playground!
8 Visit The Bonaventure Cemetery
Many people picture Savannah as a charming Southern city decorated with massive oak trees draped with Spanish moss. Luckily, the Bonaventure Cemetery fulfills that very fantasy. In hindsight, visiting a cemetery may seem peculiar, but this well-known Savannah cemetery exudes a southern “Gothic” charm that has inspired countless artists through the centuries. Enjoy the crisp autumn weather while exploring this famous yet peaceful cemetery by the Wilmington River. Guided tours are also available to help visitors navigate the hundreds of acres of property at the Bonaventure Cemetery!
7 Eat (And Stay) At The Wilkes House
A trip to Savannah would not be complete without eating at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. When doors open at 11 AM, this locally loved restaurant gets busy serving homemade classics like okra gumbo, corn muffins, sweet potato souffle, and crispy fried chicken. Warm the cockles of one’s heart by enjoying a meal at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room this fall. Visitors can also stay nearby at the Wilkes Collection, a historic piece of Savannah.
6 Visit Tybee Island For The Pirate Fest
Savannah’s beach town of Tybee Island may seem like a great summer destination. However, visitors can venture to Tybee for the annual Pirate Fest during the first week of October. Since 2005, Tybee Island has hosted the Pirate Fest to attract tourists during the city’s “off-season.” However, almost 17 years later, the Pirate Fest successfully attracts pirate enthusiasts every year from all corners of the globe. Bring out the inner pirate and venture to Tybee Island for the ultimate family- and kid-friendly event in Savannah!
5 Bike Through Savannah’s Historic District
Cycling is not only a fall affair! Feel the refreshing fall breeze and bike through Savannah’s Historic District, equipped with dozens of historic and heritage buildings from different times. Cycle through Jones Street, reportedly the most beautiful street in the country. Additionally, fans of Forrest Gump can visit Chippewa Square, home of the same bench where Forrest sat! Alternatively, travelers can still explore Savannah’s Historic District by foot or take the touristy path and embark on a trolley tour.
4 Take A Haunted Ghost Tour
Feel the creepy and ghostly vibes this fall and take a ghost tour in Savannah. With numerous operators offering a spooky experience in the city this season, travelers have plenty of opportunities to scare themselves with stories of haunted sites around the city, including (but not limited to) the Mercer-Williams House, Colonial Park Cemetery, and the Sorrel-Weed House.
|NOTE: Some tours are not kid-friendly, so please double-check the tour details before booking any tickets or reservations!|
3 Catch A Flick At The SCAD Savannah Film Festival
Besides viewing the fall foliage or visiting Savannah’s historic sites this fall, cinephiles will love attending the Savannah Film Festival, organized by the Savannah College Art and Design (SCAD). This internationally acclaimed film festival is one of the biggest in North America, attracting over 63,000 attendees worldwide, including notable celebrities and film professionals. To attend this film festival, be sure to visit Savannah during the last week of October!
2 Shop Along River Street And City Market
Known for a range of boutiques and local shops, a visit to River Street and City Market is a great activity for travelers who love shopping! City Market is blessed with four blocks of shops and eateries, giving travelers many shopping (and dining) options. Additionally, don’t forget to visit the Plant Riverside District this fall to see the newest entertainment district in Savannah.
1 Visit The Wormsloe State Historic Site
Formerly known as the Wormsloe Plantation, the Wormsloe State Historic Site is blessed with miles of oak trees covered in Spanish moss, making for a picturesque stroll. While enjoying the scenic fall scape, learn about the storied history of the property, which spans centuries. Wormsloe also includes landmarks like grave sites, Tabby Ruins, an on-site museum, picnic areas, a gift shop, and pet-friendly trails.
|NOTE: Though the Wormsloe State Historic Site has some dog-friendly trails, owners must always keep their pets on a leash. Additionally, they are prohibited from entering buildings.|