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A collection of model ships and maritime paintings fills this museum dedicated to the sea. Even the building has a nautical history. The William Scarborough House was built in 1819 for the president of the Savannah Steamship Company, who was responsible for building the SS Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. A model of the Savannah is on display, as is one of a sinking Titanic and many more ships. Be sure to stroll through the beautiful garden that spans 2 acres (0.81 hectares) in area.
Situated in a renovated building that was once home to the City Hotel, Moon River Brewing Company is a restaurant, bar and Savannah's only microbrewery. A varied menu includes quite a few vegetarian options. Imaginative appetizers such as Oysters with Pecan Pesto and Ginger Cured Salmon with Wasabi are worth a try. Fried sweet potato chips are a house specialty. And of course, your server will insist you try one of Moon River's micro-brewed beers with your meal.
River Street runs through the historic district and the riverfront. If you walk down the street you can get to know the different districts while admiring the historical buildings and landmarks. The cobblestone River Street in the riverfront district is also the home of the St. Patrick's Day Parade and the monthly First Saturday Arts and Crafts Festival. This street also provides great shopping stores and restaurants.
Want to see Savannah from a different view? Take a cruise on the Savannah River Queen, a replica 19th century stern-wheel riverboat. Daily one-hour sightseeing cruises are offered from River Street. Lunch, Sunday brunch, and dinner cruises are offered nightly. Some evening cruises have special themes, such as the gospel cruise that features live music, or the murder mystery cruise. The boat is also available for group events. No reservations are needed for the sightseeing cruise.
This stunning home is where the Juliette Low founded the Girl Scouts and held many early Girl Scout meetings and training. Dating to 1821, the house is an interesting blend of Regency architecture and Victorian-style additions. The tour includes a memorial to Julliette Gordon Low and a Girl Scouts museum.
The Savannah History Museum, located in the Savannah Visitor Information Center, offers a taste of the city's rich history. An open atmosphere invites visitors to wander through the varied exhibits in no particular order and at no particular pace. The park bench from the movie Forrest Gump is here, as is a steam locomotive from the Central of Georgia Railroad. Do not miss the exhibit on fashion and history with a display of women's evening gowns from the late 1800s to the 1960s.
Since 1992, Savannah's Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences has pursued an effort to preserve and completely restore The Owens-Thomas House, circa 1819. The granddaughter of longtime Congressman and Savannah Mayor George Welshman Owens donated the house and its contents to the art museum in 1951. Now, as a gallery of period art and furnishings and classic architecture, The Owens-Thomas House is open for visitors to explore.
Savannah Children’s Museum is located in Tricentennial Park and is the ideal place to bring your kids for a day of education and fun. Entirely outdoors, the museum boasts more than a dozen exhibits that will amuse the little ones, including an exploration maze, sensory garden, and reading nook. Expert educators are always present and in charge of creating the interesting daily programming.
Completed in 1820, this handsome building on Columbia Square is one of the city's finest examples of Federal architecture. Its proposed destruction in 1953 caused such a public outcry that seven local women raised over $20,000 to prevent it. The first, second and third floors of this American Federal-style house has since been restored and has opened as a museum since 1963, featuring artifacts that will educate and enrich visitors’ knowledge of Savannah and its community.
Visit the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, for it is not only a religious marvel, but also has a rich history behind it. It is a breathtaking experience to see for yourself as the church bathed in white from the outside and as you venture in, you admire the intricacy of the stained glass windows. With its French-Gothic style of columns and minarets, this church is an architectural masterpiece. The atmosphere inside is generally calm and serene, but one can attend the Sunday mass if looking for a great spiritual experience. Also, do not miss the beautiful choir gallery.
Opened in the late 1980s, the Savannah Botanical Garden offers a serene oasis that feels far away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Savannah. The grounds include gorgeously curated formal gardens, as well as more natural arrangements that focus on the local flora of the area. Visitors can wander the parks trails, check out an archaeology site, and peek into the windows of the 19th-Century Reinhard House that sits to one side of the gardens. Other highlights include the bog garden, David Austin English rose garden, and the magical fern garden.
Wormsloe Plantation is worth a visit if only to see the welcoming mile-long driveway lined with huge live oak trees. Located approximately 10 miles (16 miles) southeast of downtown Savannah, the plantation was established in 1737 by Noble Jones, one of the first British colonists who arrived in Georgia with General James E. Oglethorpe. A plantation house built in 1828 stands at the site, as does the remains of the original house built by Noble. A museum displays artifacts.