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Things to do in Savannah Historic District

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Savannah: Riverboat Cruise & City Tour Combo

1. Savannah: Riverboat Cruise & City Tour Combo

See Savannah by land and water on a guided city trolley tour followed by a sightseeing river cruise. Admire city highlights, including Old Fort Jackson, and enjoy insightful commentary from your guide and captain. After meeting your guide at Savannah’s Visitor Center, hop into the trolley to begin your tour through the city. As the wind blows through your hair, admire the lush foliage and Victorian mansions as you cruise around town. With an expert guide to take you through the cultural significance of each site, you’ll gain local insight into the city’s history, stretching back to the 18th century. Following your trolley tour of historic Savannah, embark on a sightseeing cruise down the Savannah River. During the cruise, experience the river that was – and remains – the lifeblood of Savannah. Hear the Captain’s intriguing tales and historic facts about Savannah’s modern port and the ships that visit from all over the world. Then it's downriver to Old Fort Jackson, home to one of the largest and oldest original artillery pieces in the country. Take advantage of the great photo opportunities of Savannah’s historic riverfront and skyline. Snacks and drinks are available onboard at the Riverboat Snack Shop. After the tour, cruise back to the dock, enriched by the wide range of beautiful and historical sights that Savannah has to offer. Additionally, the tour has drop-off options to suit your needs, with transportation available to Historic District hotels, City Market, or the Savannah Visitor's Center.

Savannah: Ghosts and Gravestones Tour with Low House Entry

2. Savannah: Ghosts and Gravestones Tour with Low House Entry

Board the “Trolley of the Doomed” in Savannah for a guided sightseeing trolleybus around America's most haunted city. Look out for ghoulish creatures and venture inside both the haunted Andrew Low House and the haunted 19th Century shipping warehouse Perkins and Sons Ship Chandlery. Old Town Trolley Tours invites you to explore Savannah’s darker side mixed in with a good dose of humor. Hear tales no other tours will dare tell you, as the shadows play gentle tricks with your mind. Journey through time, and hear ghoulish legends of murder and intrigue. The tour starts down on the Savannah Waterfront and travels though the many historic squares located in the heavily haunted Savannah Historic District, such as Columbia Square, Wright Square, Telfair Square & Lafayette Square. Naturally there are also stories relating to the Colonial Park Cemetery. A highlight of the tour is entry into the haunted home of one of the most prestigious Savannah families – the Andrew Low House. Here you will learn tales of the unrest still in the home, as well as personal experiences of both staff and guests. Another highlight is a visit inside Perkins and Sons Ship Chandlery, a haunted 19th Century shipping warehouse restored from an era long past. Here you will experience the stories and legends of the Savannah Waterfront and River Street over the centuries. Other sites you will pass and hear spine-chilling stories about are the Olde Harbour Inn, the Pirate’s House, the 1790 Inn, the Hamilton-Turner Inn, and the Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Savannah: Old Town Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

3. Savannah: Old Town Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

Explore Savannah with a 1 or 2-day ticket to the hop-on hop-off old town trolley tour. See Reynolds Square, Juliette Gordon Low Historic District, and Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens while listening to the conductors provide a fascinating narrative filled with information about the historic city. Drive down avenues lined with magnolia trees draped in Spanish moss. See stunning architecture, learn about the city from friendly conductor guides, and enjoy the warm southern hospitality that lures millions of visitors to Savannah each year. Hop aboard one of the charming trolleys and experience Transportainment, a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment. Informed conductors narrate the tour with a fun mix of trivia, facts, and humorous stories. Jump off to visit the bamboo collection at Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens to explore the historic homes of the Juliette Gordon Low Historic District. Gaze out the window at moss-draped oaks, magnolia trees, and stately mansions as you drive down cobblestone streets. Stop at locations like Reynolds Square where you can see the statue of John Wesley. Enjoy stops at regular intervals and have the freedom to stop at the sights that interest you. With its quaint country squares and historical spots, there is much to see and do in Georgia’s first city. There are 15 stops conveniently located close to many of the places of interest in Savannah, these are: 1)301 MLK Blvd: The Savannah Visitor Center 2)214 West Boundary: Old Town Trolley Welcome Center 3)200 West Bryan Street: Ellis Square 4)6 West Harris Street: Madison Square 5)622 Drayton Street: Forsyth Park 6)207 East Gordon Street: Calhoun Square 7)222 Harris Street: Cathedral of St. John Baptist 8)234 MLK Blvd: Trolley Barn 9)217 West Julian Street: City Market 10)32 Abercorn Street: Lucas Theatre 11)301 East River Street: River Street 12)531 River Street: The Waving Girl 13)324 East State Street: The Davenport House 14)201 Abercorn Street: Colonial Park Cemetery 15)10 East Oglethorpe Ave: Bull Street Corridor

Savannah: Buffet Dinner Cruise with Live Entertainment

4. Savannah: Buffet Dinner Cruise with Live Entertainment

This two-hour dinner cruise is a wonderful way to unwind from a long work week, full travel schedule, hectic convention, or a busy day of sightseeing in Savannah. Sit back and relax on board in one of a beautifully appointed ballroom while the Riverboat slowly glides down the Savannah River. Enjoy a specially prepared buffet style dinner made with the freshest, local ingredients that has something to satisfy everyone’s palate! Menu selections include: Our Signature Savannah Shrimp and Grits, tender Beef Carving Station, Fresh Catch of the Day, Lemon & Artichoke Chicken with Spinach, Potatoes au Gratin, Squash Casserole, Seasonal Fresh Vegetables, Fresh Garden Greens with Dressings and Toppings, and much more! After dinner, snap your fingers and tap your feet or get up and dance to tunes from the 50’s through today’s hits performed by one of our own riverboat entertainers. Venture up to our top deck and enjoy the calm Savannah evenings and the amazing sights and sounds of the historic city of Savannah. Sails year-round Sunday-Friday; call for schedule Boarding at 6:00 p.m., Sailing at 7:00 p.m., Returning at 9:00 p.m.,

Savannah: History and Sightseeing Trolley Tour

5. Savannah: History and Sightseeing Trolley Tour

This 90-minute trolley bus tour is one of the most entertaining ways to get to know the beautiful city of Savannah. Get a fully narrated sightseeing tour, by costumed guides, of one of the largest National Urban Historic Landmarked Districts in the United States. Be guided through more than 270 years of American history, as you journey through Savannah’s historic districts. Ride along cobblestone streets, beneath moss-draped oaks, and experience the Old South with her stately mansions, beautiful squares, romantic riverfront, and abundance of artifacts. The tour departs daily, 7 days a week, every 15-20 minutes from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, giving you plenty of options of when to take your tour.

Savannah: Riverboat Sunset Cruise

6. Savannah: Riverboat Sunset Cruise

Make your way down the mighty Savannah River on a riverboat cruise. Enjoy the refreshing evening breeze and see the beautiful sunset from the open-air top deck patio. Marvel at the views of historic Savannah from the water and take in the beautiful surroundings. Sit back and relax, or get up and dance to music by entertainers on the boat. Purchase a drink or something to eat at the onboard bar and grill and watch the Savannah waterfront float past.

Hilton Head Island: Scenic Helicopter Tour

7. Hilton Head Island: Scenic Helicopter Tour

Marvel at breathtaking views only seen by helicopter. Spot a range of wildlife from dolphins and sharks to sea turtles and manta rays. See Hilton Head, Daufuskie, Tybee Island, and downtown Savannah by air. Choose between 3 options: Ocean View – 3 minutes Get views of Folly Field Beach and the Port Royal Sound on an 8-mile loop around the northeast corner of the island. This flight is designed as a discovery flight to experience what it is like to fly in a helicopter. Beach Cruiser – 6 minutes Fly right over the sandy shores of Hilton Head. Depart out of the Hilton Head Airport and head east, right down the busiest beaches on the island. This tour offers great views of Folly Field Beach, Broad Creek, Port Royal Sound, and Shelter Cove. Beach Bum – 10 minutes A combination of the Ocean View and Beach Cruiser tours, this tour takes you along the most active stretch of beaches to Coligny Beach, Hilton Head's most popular beach park. Keep an eye out for marine life as you fly low along the beach. As you turn around you will begin to climb high in the sky giving you the best view of the island along with Parris Island and Downtown Savannah.

Savannah: Pub Crawl and Ghost Tour

8. Savannah: Pub Crawl and Ghost Tour

The Haunted Savannah Pub Crawl meets at 7:30 pm in Madison Square. To begin, this walking tour takes you through the Historic District of Savannah. Savannah is considered to be one of the most haunted cities in the country, and this tour takes you in many directions to understand the twists and turns that make up the oddities that happen here on a daily basis. As you begin the tour you will stop off for a beverage of your choice at a local pub and, since Savannah has an open container law, you are able to walk the streets with any type of beverage. Stay hydrated and enjoy the evening tales of this city.

Savannah: Hop-On Hop-Off Historic Trolley Tour

9. Savannah: Hop-On Hop-Off Historic Trolley Tour

Spend the day exploring Savannah with a hop-on hop-off trolley bus tour and get to know the city via a lively narration from costumed guides. Discover one of the largest National Urban Historic Landmarked Districts in the United States. The full-day sightseeing tour is the expanded version of the Overview Tour, and in addition to the informative narration by your tour guide, you will be able to explore the Historic District at your own pace by utilizing the 15 trolley stops throughout the day. Each stop is conveniently located near points of interest, such as the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, City Market, and River Street. See unique shops and boutiques, as well as dozens of fabulous restaurants. This touring option is ideal for those who want to see Savannah in its full and finest glory. The tour departs daily, 7 days a week, from 09:00 AM and every 15-20 minutes until 4:30 PM, giving you plenty of options of when to take your tour.

Savannah: Famous and Secret East Side Food Tour

10. Savannah: Famous and Secret East Side Food Tour

Meet your local guide and small tour group in Savannah's Historic District. Meander through the tranquil, elegant squares on the district's east side, you'll learn about Savannah's southern culture and rich history as you walk past many examples of the city's elegant architecture on the 1-mile (1.6 km) walk. At each of the subsequent stops, taste bites like chicken sandwiches en papillote, fried green tomatoes, and famous ice cream. Possible locations include Broughton Common, Leopold's Ice Cream, Cha bella, and B&D Burgers on Broughton. The food and conversation add up to a tour that's both gastronomically and intellectually satisfying. Your culinary exploration of Savannah ends only a few blocks from the starting location. You'll depart with a map that makes it easy to go back to your favorites later.

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This was our first helicopter ride. Family owned business. Everyone was friendly, courteous and answered any questions we had. The pilot was also all of the above and has a good sense of humor which was nice. We chose the 6 minute tour this time, we will be back for a longer flight in the not too distant future. If you visit the Hilton Head Island, I recommend you take a helicopter ride with Hilton Head Helicopter Tours at the airport.

We met up with Gregg and a couple other people in the park. Gregg was very friendly, and knowledgeable. He made the whole tour very interesting, and it felt like he was telling a story. The history on these historical buildings is amazing. I wish this had been the way my history classes were taught in school. I would have retained a lot more. I highly recommend this tour! My husband and I had great time!

Ours was a small group, which made it really cool. Tour guide, Martin was very entertaining and knowledgeable. He said he’s been giving the tour for 8 years! You could tell. He was very thorough and could answer every question we had. The only thing that would make this tour better was if the tour could include going inside the houses/sites.

The Historic Trolley Ride was our first activity in Savannah. We wanted to get the lay of the land and learn about the city. It did not disappoint. Our guide was knowledgeable and humorous. We came away with a list of sites we wanted to see.

Enjoyed the narration, ride was comfortable & period stops with actors renditions were a real plus.