Welcome to Savannah, where the weather is beautiful most all the time (assuming you can take the heat)! Check out some of our favorite spots to get out, get active, and see some of the most beautifully unique places in the country!
Fort Pulaski National Park
US Hwy 80
Set on Cockspur Island on the road to Tybee, this historic fort is dog friendly (they’ll even give your pup a treat at the gate!), assuming your dog doesn’t mind (or you can avoid) their daily canon firing! Whether you’re a history buff or nature lover, Fort Pulaski is definitely worth checking out. Explore the historic fort or take a stroll through a variety of trails, one of which leads to an old lighthouse set over a mound of oyster shells! If that isn’t enough, there’s picnic areas, a historic cemetery, and ruins scattered about, perfect for a day of exploring! As a special bonus: dogs aren’t typically allowed on Georgia’s beaches, but head to the left of the lighthouse trail and find a dog friendly beach on the shore of the Savannah River!
Skidaway Island State Park
52 Diamond Causeway
We love this dog friendly state park! 6 miles of beautiful trails wind their way through the forest, marsh, beach and river (but you don’t have to do all 6!) Different routes are available for shorter or longer hikes, or combine all four! We prefer to take the Sandpiper Loop through the forest, over salt flats and tidal creeks, and then connect with the Avian Loop, which swings by the Intracoastal waterway! If you’re feeling especially well rested, you can take the Connector Trail from the Sandpiper and Avian Loops over to the Big Ferry Trail for a hike totaling 6 miles!
330 Bonaventure Road
If you’re thinking this name sounds familiar you may remember it from a few key scenes in The Book (that’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil to y’all non-Savannians) or you may have noticed that here at Bon & Venture we have a serious devotion to his beautiful historic cemetery! While a stroll among gravestones may not sound like a relaxing way to spend your time, trust us when we tell you it’s not to be missed! Situated on the water, Spanish moss hangs heavy over ornate gravestones, crypts and monuments dating to 1907, and in the spring azaleas fill every corner. If you need more convincing, look no further than the words of naturalist John Muir: “…called a graveyard, a town of the dead, but the few graves are powerless in such a depth of life. The rippling of living waters, the song of birds, the joyous confidence of flowers, the calm, undisturbable grandeur of the oaks, mark this place of graves as one of the Lord’s most favored abodes of life and light.”
Forsyth Farmers Market
13 E Park Avenue
The Forsyth Farmer’s Market is a staple of many a downtowner’s Saturday morning ritual, with a commitment to local, sustainable, and environmentally conscious farmers and vendors. Every week this market is packed with unique local flavor, and we’ve never met a vendor or a product we didn’t like! Stopping for a baked good from Unforgettable or Spouses is a must, and be sure to grab a cold brew from Perc as you check out the produce! We love Alake’s Georgia Pecans (every flavor, really!), the goat based cheeses from Bootleg farm (more than just your average goat cheese!), and the microgreens from Ebenezer, Vertu and Living Greens! In addition to supplying all the fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses you could ever want, this market is committed to community outreach, working to make fresh, local food financially and physically accessible to all!
Savannah Cultural Arts Center
201 Montgomery Street
The new Cultural Arts Center downtown is super amazing and jam packed with workshops, classes, and events! We love practicing yoga in their beautiful space and can’t wait to take a few salsa or tango classes! Want to learn to make jewelry or take a pottery class? They’ve got that, and more! With five different studios, dedicated to metal, glass work, and more, the center lets you explore your creative potential, while the auditorium and theater let you bask in the creativity of others with film screenings, plays, musicals and recitals! Check out their website for all of the great things they have to offer!