Ahh, one of the most anticipated blog posts many of you have been waiting to read all about- fun things to do in Savannah, GA for adults! I’ve been meaning to write this post for some time now and finally getting around to it.
We waited two-plus whole years before we stepped foot out of the state of Florida. During those two years, we frequented Gainesville, FL (my old stomping grounds, go Gators) and visited other family members in Florida but that’s about it.
Savannah was our first road trip in a long time and I have to say it was worth the wait! We had a few pit stops along the way but once we arrived, experiencing the historic city of Savannah was surreal.
If you’re looking for fun things to do in Savannah, GA for couples, many of these activities would be great for date night or a fun day out with your significant other! And if you’re traveling solo, don’t worry- most of these can easily be done alone as well
Here are some fun things we enjoyed during our stay:
-Checked out River Street and ate at Huey’s On The River
–Booked a bike tour with Savannah On Wheels
-Stayed the remaining nights at The Present Hotel
–The sighting of The Owen’s Thomas House and the Beach Institue
–Enjoyed doing some yoga and stretching at Forsyth Park
-Ate at some delicious restaurants like The Olde Pink House, PJ’s Thai, Clary’s, and Peach Cobbler Factory!
-Had a blast exploring the Wormsloe Historic Site
Historic Savannah Ga
My grandfather was born and raised in Savannah, Ga. When he became of age and was experiencing some of the dark histories of Savannah, he decided to move further south to Florida. Even though he moved, he always held a strong connection to his roots in Savannah.
When my husband and I told my mom we were going to Savannah, she felt excited for us but also wished she had formed those Savannah connections to our family history. Even if you don’t have family ties to the area, exploring the historic city of Savannah is humbling.
There is so much to learn about this bible belt state like taking a moment to reflect at the African American monument Savannah, Ga, or visiting the first African Baptist Church. You can also take a stroll through the Historic District and see all the beautiful mansions that have withstood the test of time.
One Night In Savannah At The Aloft Hotel
We intentionally chose the aloft hotel due to its convenient location and our familiarity with the aloft rooms. When we arrived, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful in providing advice on things to do during our stay.
The room itself was clean and comfortable with a fun, modern vibe. We would definitely recommend staying here if you’re looking for a fun, central hotel in Savannah! Near the hotel is the highly talked about restaurant, The Grey. We, unfortunately, did not get a chance to go but it’s definitely on our list for next time!
Delicious Food on River Street That Takes You To Huey’s On The River
We had our sights set on one restaurant and one restaurant only on this trip and that was Huey’s on the River. We were not disappointed! The Louisiana-inspired food was outstanding, the service was great, and the views were even better.
If you go, definitely get the crawfish etouffee and the French onion soup! After dinner, we walked around River Street a bit to catch live music from a local trumpet player and to take in the views of the river.
If you’re looking for fun things to do in Savannah, GA at night, I would recommend checking out River Street! There are plenty of places to eat, drink, and listen to live music.
Bike Tour With Savannah On Wheels
If you’re already following me on Instagram, you have an inkling of how much my husband and I enjoyed ourselves on this bike tour. If not, let me just tell you- it was better than we hoped!
This is definitely on that list of “things to do in Savannah, Georgia for couples or with a group of friends,” and it was one of my favorite outdoor activities in savannah, Ga has to offer.
Not only did we get to see some of the most popular landmarks, like the squares in Savannah but we also got a little workout in and some fresh air. The day we booked our tour, the temperatures were in the mid-’40s but our tour guide, Linda, was fantastic. She was fun, and knowledgeable, and made sure we felt comfortable the entire time.
2nd Place To Stay: The Present Hotel
The absolute most stylish yet full of southern charm hotel around in my humble opinion. The booking page had me at, “instagramable bathrooms”.
The Present Hotel did not disappoint. With fun, unique room decor, like dainty vases and a desk to plan content for the blog, it’s hard not to feel inspired while staying here.
One unique qualifier about this hotel was the way to get in was via code sent to your email/phone. No need for a key- card which was fun and different! There isn’t an official place on-site to check in, everything is done through your phone.
The best part about the hotel, in my opinion, was the location. It’s right in the heart of historic Savannah which made exploring a breeze!
If you’re looking for a beautiful place to stay in Savannah, GA, I would highly recommend booking a stay at The Present Hotel.
Savannah, Georgia History: The Owen’s Thomas House
During our bike tour, our tour guide pointed our attention to Owens House. Something about it made my husband stop and do further research about the house on our own time.
The Owen’s Thomas House is a historic house in Savannah that was built in 1819 and was home to two generations of the Owens family, who were prominent citizens in early Savannah history but also home to freedom-deprived slaves who tended to the Owens family every need.
As we stood a few feet away from the home, my husband and I listened to a documentary describing the lives of enslaved people as doing “24-hour labor” with no days off. Learning about this was extremely hard to listen to but definitely eye-opening to the dark history of Savannah, Georgia.
A visit to the Owens House is free and open to the public Tuesday- Saturday from 11 AM- 430PM.
The Beach Institute
Nearby, is also the Beach Institute which was built in 1856 as a school for children of former slaves. The building now serves as an African American cultural center and houses a small museum.
It’s owned by the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation, founder W.W. Law who was a crusader for African American rights, NAACP president of Savannah, and the first African American to serve on the Chatham County Board of Commissioners.
The Beach Institute is free and open to the public Tuesday- Saturday from 12NOON- 5 PM.
I gotta admit, I was a little hesitant to include Forsyth Park on this list because it seems like such an obvious choice when thinking of fun things to do in Savannah, GA. But, it truly is a beautiful park and worthy of a visit!
Forsyth Park is 30 acres and is one of the largest parks in Savannah. Its most notable feature is the large fountain in the center of the park which was built in 1858.
Surprisingly enough, that’s not what drew me into the park. It was their oak trees and the ease of finding a plot of grass to sit on and enjoy an impromptu picnic, yoga class, or just some good ole people-watching.
Forsyth Park is free and open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset. If you are creating an itinerary now, spending time at this park is one of the best things to do in the morning before the peak of the sun and it offers one of the best photo shots in Savannah, Ga.
The Olde Pink House
I intentionally talked about this restaurant towards the tail end of the blog post because although the food definitely embodies southern charm cuisine, I want to emphasize to anyone planning a trip to book your reservations at least 6 weeks in advance.
When we arrived at the restaurant, we were told that there would be a 2-hour wait and that there was no seating in the main dining area and that the only dining room available that would take us after waiting 2 hours was the tavern which is a dining room in the basement and the archway-which is to the side of the restaurant.
We decided on the archway because it had a little more light and had its own entrance. The food was nothing short of amazing, I had southern fried chicken, macaroni, and greens, delish!
A delicious Thai restaurant located in the heart of Savannah, Georgia on Abercorn St. The service was great and our waiter was attentive and answered all of our questions about the menu.
I ordered the spicy drunken noodles with chicken while my husband had the chicken pad thai and it did not disappoint! To drink, I had this yummy-tasting pink thai drink that tasted like there was a trace of strawberry and coconut milk.
PJ’s Thai is open Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM-8:30 and open on Saturday from 4:30 PM-8:30 PM.
Clary’s cafe nestled on the famous street of Abercorn and Jones in Savannah, Georgia is a must-visit when in the area. The cafe opened in 1903 and not much has changed since then! They are most known for their large portions of southern food at a reasonable price.
The cafe had an old-fashioned feel to it which was a plus for me. It felt like I had stepped into a time machine and been transported back to the early 1900s!. I ordered a stack of pancakes, eggs, and bacon and my husband had the corned beef and hash with a biscuit on the side.
Everything was absolutely delicious, we opted for outside seating and got a glimpse of the tour buses and walking tours taking place while we enjoyed our food.
Clary’s cafe is open every day from 8 AM-2 PM.
Best Peach Cobbler In Savannah Georgia
Towards the tail end of our trip, we discovered what some may argue was the best peach cobbler in Savannah, Georgia that recently opened up in the area.
Peach Cobbler Factory isn’t native to Savannah but it sure was a fun little stop while doing some downtown savannah shopping!
I ordered the mango and peach cobbler and each bite fulfilled my sweet tooth craving. The dough was soft, yet had a little crunch to it and the mangoes and peaches were perfectly ripe.
The Peach Cobbler Factory is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday from 12 PM-8 PM and on Thursdays and Fridays from 11 AM-10 PM.
Wormsloe Historic Site
On one of our last stops heading home, we stopped by Wormsloe Historic Site which is about a 20-minute drive outside of Savannah. The views of Wormsloe are breathtaking- just driving through the site looks like something out of the movies.
Wormsloe was the estate of Noble Jones who was one of the original settlers of Georgia. The site includes a Visitor’s Center, a picnic area, and miles of walking trails through live oak trees that are draped in Spanish moss.
I even discovered what appeared to be one of the tallest magnolia trees my eyes ever landed on, I wish I would’ve gotten a picture of this.
Black Owned Restaurants In Savannah, Ga
When thinking of ideas like “what to do in savannah at night or on the weekend”, supporting black-owned restaurants was on that list.
I guess we weren’t the only ones wanting to support the black-owned head chef and owner of The Grey restaurant, Mashama Bailey. Just like The Olde Pink House, you need to book your reservations way in advance. I mean, like 2-3 months in advance.
The other black-owned business I was disappointed in not trying was Back in The Day bakery. They are operated and run on the weekend only so plan accordingly.
Things To Do As A Couple In Savannah Ga
All in all, we had a blast visiting Savannah and would definitely recommend it as a fun and romantic getaway for couples! The best time to visit Savannah, Ga is any time of the year just book dinner reservations in advance and pay close attention to the business hours of operation.
If you’re looking for things to do in Savannah, be sure to check out some of the places we mentioned above. You won’t be disappointed!
P.S. If you’re looking for more things to do in the area that wasn’t featured, be sure to send me a quick DM.
I would be more than happy to brainstorm with you. Thanks for reading! 🙂