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.
Even if it had not served as the most memorable setting in the 1994 novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, this remarkable graveyard would still draw the curious. The moss-covered graves and monuments in this storied cemetery date back over two centuries, and mark the resting places of soldiers, generals, plantation owners and Savannah families of note. Don't come looking for the famous Bird Girl statue, however. This signature icon of Midnight Madness was relocated to the Telfair Museum.
Opened in the late 19th century, Savannah Theater is one of the oldest and consistently functioning theaters in America. With a refurbished outlook and state-of-the-art technical facilities, the theater still manages to maintain its historical charm. With a range of diverse theatrical performances in store, the venue is one of the most happening places in the cultural backdrop of the city.
Built in 1847, Fort Pulaski was considered a state-of-the-art defense system, though it fell to the Union troops during the Civil War. The fort has been well preserved, and visitors may roam through its protective brick walls. A video presentation exhibit offers historical visuals while park rangers share details on the history of the monument and its importance. The monument consists of 5,623 acres (2275.54 hectares) including nature trails, picnic areas and spectacular views of the salt marshes.
In conjunction with the 1500-seat Savannah Community Theatre, this children's theatrical venue not only “inspires, educates and entertains”, but also encourages children to participate in plays and musicals, or join field trips. Productions have included Seussical, Snow White, Pirates of Penzance, Shakespeare in the Park and Babes in Toyland. Classes are also available to ages 4 and up such as Boot Camp for Singers, Creative Adventures and Creative Dramatics. “Camp On with the Show” is a summer program that culminates in a full scale musical production of a classic children's story. Price of show tickets and children's programs vary.
This aquarium serves as a resource for educators, students and the public on coastal Georgia marine ecosystems. Featuring exhibits on tidal creek, salt marsh, ocean environments and 14 tanks containing native species, the center is the only saltwater aquarium open to the public in Georgia. Kids can climb aboard a model shrimp boat that is part of an exhibit on the shrimp industry. Take a hike on two trails through forest and along the marsh.
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.
It all began in 1755 when farmers and fishermen came downtown along the Savannah River to sell their seafood and produce to the locals. Today, it's referred to as the "Art and Soul of Savannah," a popular four-block destination that offers promenades and shady trees, quaint shops, art galleries, live entertainment and a wide variety of casual restaurants. A great place to spend a few hours, many carriage rides begin here. For parking there's metered street spots or garage parking. For those staying at nearby hotels, it's only a short walk. The market opens daily at 7am.
The Kobo Gallery is located in Savannah's gorgeous downtown Historic District and features groundbreaking work from the local artisans of Georgia. From painting and photography to woodwork and jewelry are included in the gallery's repertoire of artwork. This charming avenue is the place to go to if you are looking for art pieces of all price ranges. Staffed by artists themselves, you will undoubtedly be in good hands at Kobo Gallery.
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.
Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, Jepson Center for the Arts is a state-of the-art museum building that is nothing short of an architectural marvel! The building features about 14,000 square-feet of exhibition space, two outdoor terraces, a 200-seat auditorium, library, cafe and a store. An expansion of Telfair Museum of Art, the art center has galleries dedicated to African-American art, traveling exhibitions, an education center and much more. Located near the Telfair Square and connected to the main museum through two glass bridges, the Center is a major tourist attraction.