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Things to Do in Savannah in January 2016

Savannah, Georgia skyline

12 million+ people visit annually. Why not you?

More than 12 million people visit Savannah, Georgia each year, which is an astonishing number for a city of 108.69 square miles and a year-round population of 144,352 people. And, there’s only one logical explanation: that there are plenty of fascinating things to see and do here! In fact, Conventions South Magazine named our city #2 in the Top 10 Hot Spots for Winter Events Award so, if you’re tired of hibernating this winter, head to Savannah for year-round attractions.

Annual Savannah Attraction: PULSE Art + Technology Festival

From January 27-31, 216, enjoy the tenth anniversary of the festival, an “all-ages celebration of the creative uses of technology by artists and designers from around the world.” Featured artists will include:

  • Daniel Rozin, “whose ingenious mechanical mirrors have attracted worldwide acclaim”
  • Lisa Park, who is giving attendees the chance to control pools of water with brainwaves via EEG-reading headsets

Youth can learn about HTML coding, video game creation, and sound art. Many of these programs are free, with funding provided by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Hargray Communications. The event averages more than 4,000 attendees annually and you can find more than 100 photos of last year’s event here.

Historic Savannah Cotton Exchange

While visiting, be sure to see the Historic Savannah Cotton Exchange. This is one of the most popular places to visit, a “grand reminder of cotton’s influence on this city,” and is said to be the most photographed building in Savannah. The original structure was built in 1872 when Georgia was the country’s leading cotton producer, and export revenue nationwide was $40 million. By the 1880s, the area was known as the “Wall Street of the South” because Savannah was a major Atlantic Ocean seaport for cotton.

The current structure was built in 1886. “Built of red brick with a terra cotta façade, iron window lintels and copper finials and copings, the building is one of the best surviving examples of the Romantic Revival period.”

Savannah Sightseeing Tours: In January – and Year Round

Savannah haunted pub tour

No matter what month it is, it’s a great month to go on a guided tour of the city. Cool Savannah offers walking tours of Savannah, including the:

Book your Savannah sightseeing tour online now (at least 24 hours in advance, please!) or call us at 912-231-3571. Cool Savannah is located in the heart of the historic district, next to the Cotton Exchange at 42 E. Bay Street. Enjoy one of Savannah’s coolest tours! And also feel free to contact us if you need help planning your stay. We’ve got lots to recommend!

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