During our visit we found several fun and free things to explore that even our teen daughters enjoyed! Savannah Georgia has some much charm and history. You honestly could several weeks here and not spend a dime on an attraction. Now parking.. that will cost you but we will save that for another time.
1. Savannah City Market
While technically free.. this one could cost you money. The Savannah City Market. This is a historical site that has been the market of Savannah since the 1700’s, development has encroached on it. At one point in the 1950’s a parking garage was constructed but moved underground in 2006 in order to store the public space. Today it is alive and bustling with live music in the courtyard, open air restaurants, shopping, museums and much more. You could spend hours just browsing. You can get more details by clicking HERE.
Byrd’s Famous Cookies offers a free cookie sample bar! BEWARE.. once you try the peach cookie, you will buy them!
2. The Waving Girl Statue on River Street
River Street is full of many awesome free things to explore. Situated directly on the Savannah River, which is the border between Georgia and South Carolina, you can see the Talmadge Memorial Bridge. However, My favorite attraction is The Waving Girl Statue, located at end of River Street. It commemorates the life of Florence Martus, who made herself the greeter of all ships that entered and left the Port of Savannah between 1887 and 1931 from Elba Island. By day she would wave a handkerchief and by night a lantern. Legend has it she fell in love with a sailor as a young and wanted to be sure he would see her when he returned home to Savannah. He never returned. The Historical marker was placed on the site 1958 and the statue added in 2016. Also in 1999 the City of Savannah named on of it ferries after Florence.
You can find more information by clicking HERE.
3. The Savannah Police Barracks
Located at the corner of Habersham and Olgethorpe and built around 1869-70. It is now the Savannah Police Department Headquarters. The building itself has amazing architecture. We visited outside the barracks where they have a display of old police cars. They also have a taxi/police cruiser called “Choice Your Ride.” It lays out the financial consequences of a DUI. Pretty neat… My girls used it as a prop to arrest each other.
You can get more information by clicking HERE.
4. Forrest Gump Filming location – Chippewa Square
Chippewa Square is where Forrest Gump waits for the number 9 bus for most of the movie. The actual spot where the bench was, is the Hull street side on the north side of the square. The bench was a movie prop, there is no bench there. You can still see it in the Savannah History Museum which is only a 10 minute walk away from the park. There are many recognizable landmarks however like the statue that is behind him of General James Olgethorpe, the founder of the colony of Georgia. The park and square itself was laid out in 1815 to honor the battle Chippewa in 1812.
You can get more information on Chippewa Square by clicking HERE.
5. Stop and Admire the Churches.
In the last couple of years photography old churches has become a hobby for me. Every where we visit I seek one out. It seemed every corner had another old beautiful church.
These are my 2 favorites:
The Catherdal of St. John the Baptist
Christ Church – The Mother Church of Georgia.
You can find 8 more charming church to find by clicking HERE.