Explore the National Historic District of Downtown Savannah
Dating back to 1733, the heart of "America's First Planned City" is truly a sight to behold. Strolling the tree-lined streets of the Historic Savannah District transports visitors to another time, when a park-filled city on a grid was revolutionary. Today, this blueprint remains an inspiration, preserved here as a national treasure. Self-guided walking tours of the area's ornate 18th and 19th century architecture are available, with maps at the Visitor Center (301 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd).
Full of farmers and traders since the 1700s, this exciting four-block open air market is a top attraction in Historic Savannah. The market offers a unique collection of shopping, dining and entertainment where you can view local art, peruse fine goods, taste delectable dishes and experience special events, perfect for visitors of all types.
Head over to River Street for non-stop waterfront excitement. This section of town is home to boutique shops, top restaurants and bars. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the scenic waterfront where you can rent paddle bats and watch the cargo ships come and go. River Street is also home to famed waterfront festivals and firework displays.
As the largest park in the Historic District, this green urban getaway spans over 30 acres. Bring the whole family for an outing and soak in the sunshine with recreational sports and plenty of space for relaxing. The park features Forsyth Park Fountain and The Confederate Monument, honoring Savannah's Civil War history.
FREE to wander!
Visitor Center Hours
Saturday & Sunday: 9am-5pm
First Fridays & Saturdays on the River
Savannah Music Festival
Savannah Film Festival
What are some of the major attractions to see in Historic Savannah?
The Historic District's spirit is embodied in all the architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries, such as the Spencer Woodbridge House on Habersham Street, and the Owens-Thomas House at Oglethorpe Square.
Who was James Oglethorpe?
General James E. Oglethorpe was the founder of the British colony of Georgia, and the mind behind "America's First Planned City." Laid out on a grid, his vision for the town that today makes up Savannah's Historic District featured an unparalleled balance of wide streets, public squares, and park spaces.