Savannah for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Here's where to get outside and play in Savannah.

Savannah is known for its Southern charm, its history and its bustling nightlife. But its location on the Georgia coast means there are tons of opportunities to be at one with nature, and outdoor enthusiasts will find a wealth of activities and areas to explore.

Where to Play

Tybee Island: Sunseekers will want to spend a day exploring Savannah's beachfront. Cool off with an ice cream or margarita in the pavilion, or dip into a restaurant or one of the nearby shops for beach clothing or decór. For a more remote experience, kayak over to Little Tybee Island—inaccessible by land—and spend the day exploring, or camp overnight.

Riverboat Cruises: See Savannah from the river aboard one of the Savannah Riverboat Cruises. Lunch/brunch, dinner and sunset cruises are available, as are narrated harbor cruises—you'll learn all about Savannah's nautical history.

Bike at Skidaway Island
(©Paul Luffel/Flickr, Creative Commons)

Savannah Bike Tours: Tours of this beautiful city are available by foot, trolley, or even carriage. But for a unique experience, see Savannah by bike. A tour guide shares the sites and history, as well the city's modern vibe, along at least nine historic squares while guests get a workout. Bonus: the guide will also point out the best places to eat, drink and shop along the way.

Eco Tours: Take a kayak tour of the marshes, swamps and creeks along the coast, or a boat tour to Wassaw or Ossabaw islands, both accessible only by boat. 

Skidaway Island: This 588-acre state park on the Intracoastal Waterway is a haven for marsh wildlife and local flora. Hike several marked trails and snap photos of wildlife such as deer, fiddler crabs, raccoon, egrets and other animals. 

Moss in trees at Skidaway Island
Skidaway Island (G. Dawson/Flickr, Creatvie Commons)

Where to Rest

Tybee Vacation Rentals: Stay on the island for close access to coastal activities. Tybee is loaded with beach homes, inns and B&Bs available for rent. If you're feeling like a baller, Sandra Bullock's four-bedroom hideaway is available on the less-crowded North Beach.

Cotton Sail Hotel: This boutique hotel in the Historic District is not only within walking distance to all the downtown attractions, it features a rooftop bar with a stunning view of the river.

Platter of seafood
The Crab Shack (©Ryan Lintelman/Flickr, Creative Commons)

Where to Fuel Up 

The Crab Shack: This laid-back Tybee Island seafood restaurant is almost worth the trip by itself. Guests are seated—quickly, despite the number of patrons—under a canopy of moss-draped oak trees. Huge platters of crab legs are served up along with stunning sunsets over Chimney Creek.     

Pearl's Saltwater Grille: Take a break from exploring Skidaway Island to enjoy the freshest seafood of the day at Pearl's Saltwater Grille. Sample its signature swordfish, mahi mahi or rainbow trout paired with a glass from the full wine list and served up with gorgeous marsh views. 

Lizzy's Tequila Bar & Grill: Grab a balcony seat—if you can—and enjoy views of the river and River Street while munching on tasty shrimp tacos or the signature two-handed burritos.  

Savannah Riverboat Cruise
Svannah Riverboat Cruise (©Tom Driggers/Flickr, Creative Commons)

Where to Stock Up

Tanger Outlets: Many people think of City Market or Broughton Street for shopping in Savannah, but Tanger opened a new outlet mall in 2015 just 15 minutes away from downtown. Find everything from a new dress for dinner to new hiking boots. 

Savannah Mall: Savannah Mall is one of two malls in Savannah, but this one has the mecca of sporting goods stores, Bass Pro Shops. It also boasts Hibbett Sports and Champs, so if you need anything for your next adventure, it's probably here.