Savannah in One Afternoon

A guide to touring Savannah by hearse or by foot

Though the city of Savannah is famed as the end-point for General Sherman’s March to the Sea—an event that left the town in shambles and which helped bring about the end of the Civil War—today travelers from all over the world march themselves south to Savannah for good food, historic charm and some coastal fun.

Likewise, if you ever find yourself heading down I-95 to Florida, take a break to enjoy this historic town. You can pack a lot of interest into a little time in “The Hostess City of the South.” In one afternoon, with this list of things to do, you can see why Savannah is as famous for its history and hauntings as it is for its hospitality.

The Distillery

The Distillery has stood in Savannah since 1904, making it a true institution. It has stayed true to its history, with vintage décor that provides a welcoming atmosphere. Its craft beers also separate The Distillery from many of the other restaurants populating Savannah. They pride themselves on serving anything but your usual. Savannah is known for it’s fresh seafood, and The Distillery is no exception. You can indulge in fried crab cakes, or try one of its unique burgers if you don’t have a taste for seafood. Save room for a deep-fried Moonpie to top off your southern feast.

Patrons enter The Distillery, a local Savannah restaurant.
Patrons enter The Distillery, a local Savannah restaurant. (©Ed Cabic/Flickr, Creative Commons)

River Street

A trip to Savannah is not complete until you visit River Street. No other outdoor market can boast a view of the Savannah River as striking as the one you’ll find here. You are sure to meet some characters as you enjoy the sights and sounds of this famous street. This is the place to grab those souvenirs or charming southern gifts. You will be dragged into River Sweets simply by the smell of homemade candy wafting out of the doors. Among the many shops you will find a few treasures, a few laughs, and a heck of a good time. River Street looks beautiful and offers enjoyment at any time of the day or night. Enjoy shopping, people watching or site-seeing at one of the most beautiful places in Savannah.

Savannah Sand Gnats

If you need an excuse to watch some baseball while scarfing down some peanuts and beer, look no further than historic Grayson Stadium. Grayson Stadium has been a fixture for Savannah baseball since 1926 and is home to the Savannah Sand Gnats, which is the Class-A affiliate for the New York Mets. Fans that want to escape the summer heat can enjoy the Southern Comfort Station, which provides umbrella seating and serves refreshments at the Congress Street Social Club Sky Bar. Legends like Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Jackie Robinson have all graced the field of Grayson Stadium, as it stands as one of the few remaining historic stadiums in the South.

Patrons exit the hearse used for Hearse Ghost Tour rides in Savannah, Georgia.
Patrons exit the hearse used for Hearse Ghost Tour rides in Savannah, Georgia. (©Rod Herrea/Flickr, Creative Commons)

Hearse Ghost Tour

There’s nothing spookier than listening to ghost stories while riding in a car made for the dead. These real hearses have had thousands of dead bodies in them, making this ghost tour different from any other ghost tour you can choose. It’s easy to see why the Hearse Ghost Tour is rated as one of the best ghost tours in the United States, as it is affordable and fun. If you are lucky enough, you just might see some paranormal activity along the ride.