Things to do in Savannah GA
Top 15 Part 2/3
Welcome back to our series of must-see places to visit in historic Savannah! If you haven’t yet read our first post on the top 15 things to do in Savannah, you can read that here. And, here is part two, sharing five more engaging ways to visit our beautiful city.
#6: Up-Close and Personal Aquarium
Skidaway Island is part of Savannah – and is home to the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium, Georgia’s first saltwater aquarium. Species of marine life are typically caught by staff and brought to 16 exhibit tanks to show visitors Georgia’s wide variety of marine creatures. This includes a “public touch tank” where you can get “up close and personal” with snails, crabs and other marine invertebrates.
The center also includes:
• educational exhibits
• an auditorium
• two teaching laboratories
• an art lab
• a computer lab
• a dormitory (for out-of-town groups)
• a dining room (for out-of-town groups)
• outside picnic tables along the river
• a boardwalk over the salt marsh
The UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium is located at 30 Ocean Science Circle.
#7: While in the Island State of Mind . . .
Also take advantage of the Tybee Island Marine Science Center Walks, Talks & Treks, located on another nearby island. These walks last an hour and are family friendly, appropriate for all ages. There are numerous walks available, overall, including:
• Beach Walk: North
• Beach Walk: South
• Coastal Georgia Gallery
• Jelly Jive
• Marsh Trek
• Sift & Seine
• Shark Jaw
• Turtle Talk
• Whale Tale
You can visit the site to get descriptions of each walk and it’s recommended that you check availability of each walk and reserve your space (912-786-5917) because “tides, staffing, and weather can impact programming.” You can also request a program and, if an educator is available, staff will arrange for that walk.
Here’s a glimpse of the “eclectic place” of Tybee Island:
#8: Enjoy a Rousing Good Lunch at the Pirates House
Located at 20 E. Broad Street, just one block from the Savannah River, the Pirate’s House has been a beacon of welcome to visitors to historic Savannah since 1753. The Pirate’s House “first opened as an inn for seafarers, and fast became a rendezvous for blood-thirsty pirates and sailors from the Seven Seas. Here seamen drank their grog and discoursed, sailor fashion, on their exotic high seas adventures from Singapore to Bombay and from London to Port Said.”
The restaurant consists of 15 different dining rooms. Cuisine is southern, significantly but not exclusively consisting of seafood, and attire is casual. Come as you are!
Here is one of the 800+ reviews of the restaurant found at Yelp.com:
The Pirate House was great! The individual dining rooms were so cool – we ate in “The Oldest House in Georgia”! The Crabcake sandwich was one of the best meals I had in Savannah. The service was great, food was served quick and delicious, and make sure you ask for a tour! Our pirate showed us the tunnel, the optical illusion staircase and other cool parts! He really knew his pirate history. Super cool restaurant, a cool gift shop upstairs, and the bar had all kinds of pirate themed cocktails – some served in a skull grog! That’s what I’m talking about. Thank you, Savannah!
And, of course, any building that’s been part of historic Savannah for hundreds of years must be haunted, right?
#9: Tour Iconic Symbol of Historic Savannah: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
“The Cathedral represents historically noteworthy architecture as well as over a century of faith and civic traditions in Savannah.”
This stunningly majestic church located at 222 East Harris Street is known as the Sistine of the South, its steeples seeming to reach the sky.
The church is available for self-guided tours. Times are typically on Monday through Sunday from 9:00-11:45 a.m. and then from 12:45-5:00 p.m., but it is recommended that you check the church calendar for exceptions to the rule before planning your visit, such as weddings and funerals; the church is also closed for tours on most holy days. If you’d like a guided tour, you can request one.
Below the image is a video that describes what it’s like to visit this cathedral for the first time:
The church was originally dedicated on April 30, 1876, but was largely destroyed in a February 1898 fire; a headline in a newspaper read: The Magnificent Cathedral of St. I John, the Baptist, Lies a Mass of Ruins. Rebuilt quickly, it was opened again in 1900.
Here, you can get a glimpse of the magnificent murals inside the church:
#10: Head out for an Incredible Evening: Savannah’s Best Tales and Spirits
After a wonderful day touring the sites of Savannah, end it with an amazing haunted pub tour where you’ll hear fascinating stories of the ghosts, pirates and more that are part of historic Savannah’s 300 years of history. Your engaging guide will take you to at least three of our city’s most haunted pubs, where you can choose to order drinks at your own expense and discretion. This tour is for adults aged 21 and older (no exceptions!).
Advanced reservations are required, so we suggest that you book your haunted pub tour at Cool Savannah online at least 24 hours ahead of time. You can also call us at (912) 231-3571 or just stop by 42 E. Bay St to make your reservations. Same day reservations may be available, but it’s always best to plan ahead. On the day of your tour, be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour and give yourself some extra time to check out the unique items in our store.
Watch for Even More Things to Do in Savannah
This is only part two of our three-part series on things to do in Savannah, so watch our blog for upcoming posts!