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Things to do in Savannah's Waterfront

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Savannah: Ghosts and Gravestones Tour with Low House Entry

1. Savannah: Ghosts and Gravestones Tour with Low House Entry

Board the “Trolley of the Doomed” in Savannah for a guided sightseeing trolleybus around America's most haunted city. Look out for ghoulish creatures and venture inside both the haunted Andrew Low House and the haunted 19th Century shipping warehouse Perkins and Sons Ship Chandlery. Old Town Trolley Tours invites you to explore Savannah’s darker side mixed in with a good dose of humor. Hear tales no other tours will dare tell you, as the shadows play gentle tricks with your mind. Journey through time, and hear ghoulish legends of murder and intrigue. The tour starts down on the Savannah Waterfront and travels though the many historic squares located in the heavily haunted Savannah Historic District, such as Columbia Square, Wright Square, Telfair Square & Lafayette Square. Naturally there are also stories relating to the Colonial Park Cemetery. A highlight of the tour is entry into the haunted home of one of the most prestigious Savannah families – the Andrew Low House. Here you will learn tales of the unrest still in the home, as well as personal experiences of both staff and guests. Another highlight is a visit inside Perkins and Sons Ship Chandlery, a haunted 19th Century shipping warehouse restored from an era long past. Here you will experience the stories and legends of the Savannah Waterfront and River Street over the centuries. Other sites you will pass and hear spine-chilling stories about are the Olde Harbour Inn, the Pirate’s House, the 1790 Inn, the Hamilton-Turner Inn, and the Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Savannah: Old Town Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

2. Savannah: Old Town Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

Explore Savannah with a 1 or 2-day ticket to the hop-on hop-off old town trolley tour. See Reynolds Square, Juliette Gordon Low Historic District, and Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens while listening to the conductors provide a fascinating narrative filled with information about the historic city. Drive down avenues lined with magnolia trees draped in Spanish moss. See stunning architecture, learn about the city from friendly conductor guides, and enjoy the warm southern hospitality that lures millions of visitors to Savannah each year. Hop aboard one of the charming trolleys and experience Transportainment, a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment. Informed conductors narrate the tour with a fun mix of trivia, facts, and humorous stories. Jump off to visit the bamboo collection at Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens to explore the historic homes of the Juliette Gordon Low Historic District. Gaze out the window at moss-draped oaks, magnolia trees, and stately mansions as you drive down cobblestone streets. Stop at locations like Reynolds Square where you can see the statue of John Wesley. Enjoy stops at regular intervals and have the freedom to stop at the sights that interest you. With its quaint country squares and historical spots, there is much to see and do in Georgia’s first city. There are 15 stops conveniently located close to many of the places of interest in Savannah, these are: 1)301 MLK Blvd: The Savannah Visitor Center 2)214 West Boundary: Old Town Trolley Welcome Center 3)200 West Bryan Street: Ellis Square 4)6 West Harris Street: Madison Square 5)622 Drayton Street: Forsyth Park 6)207 East Gordon Street: Calhoun Square 7)222 Harris Street: Cathedral of St. John Baptist 8)234 MLK Blvd: Trolley Barn 9)217 West Julian Street: City Market 10)32 Abercorn Street: Lucas Theatre 11)301 East River Street: River Street 12)531 River Street: The Waving Girl 13)324 East State Street: The Davenport House 14)201 Abercorn Street: Colonial Park Cemetery 15)10 East Oglethorpe Ave: Bull Street Corridor

Savannah: History and Sightseeing Trolley Tour

3. Savannah: History and Sightseeing Trolley Tour

This 90-minute trolley bus tour is one of the most entertaining ways to get to know the beautiful city of Savannah. Get a fully narrated sightseeing tour, by costumed guides, of one of the largest National Urban Historic Landmarked Districts in the United States. Be guided through more than 270 years of American history, as you journey through Savannah’s historic districts. Ride along cobblestone streets, beneath moss-draped oaks, and experience the Old South with her stately mansions, beautiful squares, romantic riverfront, and abundance of artifacts. The tour departs daily, 7 days a week, every 15-20 minutes from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, giving you plenty of options of when to take your tour.

Historic Downtown Savannah: Guided Segway Tour

4. Historic Downtown Savannah: Guided Segway Tour

Glide along the streets of Savannah on a guided tour for either 60 or 90 minutes, seeing some of the city’s most beautiful and mystifying historical sites. Receive training on operating the Segway, get fitted with a helmet and radio, and then head out on the tour route with an experienced guide. Visit sites where Union soldiers fought and see the home where General William T. Sherman stayed while in Savannah on his march to the sea. Experience the rich history of Savannah while also getting to see the fun and modern side. See the bench where Forrest Gump shared his box of chocolates. Put yourself into the famous bus scene from Forrest Gump and learn a few Hollywood secrets that only the locals know about. Ride around the sites from other movies including Something to Talk About, and The Conspirator. See the lovely Mercer-Williams home from the famous book, and later the movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and hear the true story of Mr. Jim Williams. Savannah is known as one of the most haunted cities in America. Ride past some of the haunted homes and hear the stories of their ghostly residents. Continue on past a cemetery as your guide entertains you with stories and reveals which significant historic figure is buried there. The Segway allows you an effortless way to see the Spanish moss hanging from the majestic live oaks, and some of the ironwork found all around the city, such as iron street signs, banisters, and even a beautiful wrought iron sunflower door. Admire the original antebellum architecture, the monuments, war cannons, and fountains that grace the beautiful squares throughout the city. The 90-minute tour option includes a visit to either the Harper Fowlkes House or the Webb Military Museum.

Savannah: Pub Crawl and Ghost Tour

5. Savannah: Pub Crawl and Ghost Tour

The Haunted Savannah Pub Crawl meets at 7:30 pm in Madison Square. To begin, this walking tour takes you through the Historic District of Savannah. Savannah is considered to be one of the most haunted cities in the country, and this tour takes you in many directions to understand the twists and turns that make up the oddities that happen here on a daily basis. As you begin the tour you will stop off for a beverage of your choice at a local pub and, since Savannah has an open container law, you are able to walk the streets with any type of beverage. Stay hydrated and enjoy the evening tales of this city.

Savannah: Historical Panoramic City Tour

6. Savannah: Historical Panoramic City Tour

Enjoy a 360-degree panoramic tour of historic Savannah from the comfort of a convertible Mercedes Sprinter. Whether the roof is open or closed, you’ll enjoy a full view of the city’s beauty from side to side and above. The 360-degree view is perfect to admire the many church steeples and oak trees of Savannah's Old Town. The adventure tells the colorful story of the city’s past, and the route will take you to the city's main squares. Listen as your guide shares stories of the colorful characters that have made the city so inviting to visitors from all over the world. James Oglethorpe, Johnny Mercer, Juliette Low, Tomochichi, and many others have left their footprint around the squares of Savannah. Mansions, churches, parks, monuments, as well as City Market and River Street will all be viewed comfortably from the bucket seats of the Mercedes panoramic touring coach. Savannah’s Starland District is also included in this tour.

Savannah: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Walk

7. Savannah: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Walk

Who would have thought that a story about characters in a sleepy Southern enclave would have created the stir that John Berendt did with his non-fiction novel "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"? Even the rumors whispered beneath dripping Spanish moss are enough to make a man blush, and it's all true! Just another day in this eccentric city? Savannah Walks is proud to present A Walk through Midnight, a saunter through the pages of Berendt's runaway 1994 bestseller, which Clint Eastwood made into a film in 1997. Guides offer personal insights and observations, as well as recently unearthed stories about the characters in what the people of Savannah have come to call "the book." Some of the guides were even extras in the movie! The guides also have special items of interest to show you along the way. Who knows? On some days you might even see some of the actual characters strolling about the city! No other "book tour" gets you as close as this!

Savannah's Urban Forest: the Gates and Gardens Tour

8. Savannah's Urban Forest: the Gates and Gardens Tour

Savannah's legacy as a garden city is firmly rooted in her humble beginnings as a novel agrarian experiment. Today, massive oaks shade stately squares and handcrafted iron gates grace elegant courtyards. This unique walking tour shows you what lies behind the gates of some of Savannah's finest homes. It lets you explore the fauna of this lush forest city. John Berendt, author of the bestseller “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” described walking through Savannah this way: "With twenty-two luscious green squares it is like strolling through the rooms of an elegant open air mansion.” Walking Magazine has rated Savannah "one of the 10 Best Walking Cities in America." The tree-lined streets, beautiful squares, magnificent parks and slow Southern pace make it an ideal location for the leisurely yet intimate feel that only a walking tour can provide.

Savannah: City Highlights Tour with River Cruise & Transfer

9. Savannah: City Highlights Tour with River Cruise & Transfer

Discover the best of Savannah on a fascinating combo activity, with a driving tour and a riverboat cruise. Enjoy a hole transfer, then allow your guide to bring you to the city's main landmarks. Learn about local history as you explore each of them and end your adventure with a scenic boat trip. Start the day with a pickup service from your hotel before heading out on your tour. Come across incredible points of interest, like Bull Street, the Cathedral of Saint John, the Owens-Thomas House, City Hall, River Street, Mercer-Williams House, Telfair House, Georgia Port, and The Olde Pink House. Bask in the magical 30-acre park named after Georgia’s 33rd governor: Forsyth Park. Witness the most famous fountain in the city, first installed in 1858. See locals strolling through the park, art students sketching their surroundings, and maybe even local artisans working. Visit the historic Wormsloe State Park, with a stunning oak tree and Spanish moss-sheltered avenue, pulling visitors toward the historic site. Be led to the tabby ruins of Wormsloe, the colonial estate of Noble Jones, and the oldest standing structure in Savannah. Take in one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world: Bonaventure Cemetery. Established on 70 acres of the original Bonaventure Plantation, enjoy the traditional Victorian design, with its curving pathways, trees, and grassy areas. Step into the heart of Savannah, dating to the 1700s. Explore Savannah City Market, which used to be a place for locals to gather for groceries, services, and other goods. Discover the preserved site, featuring some of the historic district’s most popular restaurants, art galleries, and shops. Hop aboard a boat to take an enchanting tour of the city from the water. View the charm of Savannah on an impressive riverboat, donned with traditional red, white, and blue colors. Leave the dock next to the exact location where General Oglethorpe first landed on the riverfront. Continue upriver into the Port of Savannah, then turn back and head under the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge and past the historic riverfront. Pass the world-famous Waving Girl, Florence Martus, the shipyards, and the tip of Hutchinson Island and Old Fort Jackson. After docking, be transported safely back to your hotel or arranged destination.

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We met up with Gregg and a couple other people in the park. Gregg was very friendly, and knowledgeable. He made the whole tour very interesting, and it felt like he was telling a story. The history on these historical buildings is amazing. I wish this had been the way my history classes were taught in school. I would have retained a lot more. I highly recommend this tour! My husband and I had great time!

Enjoyed the narration, ride was comfortable & period stops with actors renditions were a real plus.

Very cool ! Gregg our Guide was awesome ! Knew a lot about the history! Would recommend!

Awesome tour. Neil was great. Thanks for a great evening.

the guid/driver was very enthusiastic in doing her job.