There are plenty of reasons why so many people choose to move to Savannah retirement communities when they reach the point of retirement. From the heavenly year-round climate to the exciting restaurant scene to the abundance of shopping, there is so much to experience in the Savannah area that life here never gets boring.
Of course, Savannah is also home to a tremendous array of attractions that can make living here even more exciting, interesting, and satisfying. Here are ten of the very best attractions in Savannah GA to look forward to.
#1: Savannah’s Food Scene
Although it’s not actually an “attraction” in the sense of a landmark or theme park, the food scene in Savannah is certainly a major fixture within the community. And, there are dozens of Foodie Tours throughout the city where you can get a taste of Savannah’s culinary heritage as well as its future. It’s a great way to enjoy a day out.
#2: Savannah Riverfront
The Savannah Riverfront is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike because it features some of the best antique shops in the city. The Riverfront area includes River Street, Factors Walk, Bay Street, and Hutchinson Island. And, its cobblestone-and brick-lined streets and century-old buildings provide a peek into Savannah’s past. The Oglethorpe Landing monument is also located here and on Hutchinson Island, which is accessible via the ferry service or the Talmadge Bridge, is where you’ll find even more restaurants and shops.
#3: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Whether you’re religious or you just love gothic architecture, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is a must-see. The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist was built in 1799, making it the oldest Catholic Church in Georgia. It is also the Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Savannah. From its impressive twin spires to its 1904 stained-glass windows from Austria to its large carved wooden Stations of the Cross from Munich, Germany to its 2,081-lb Noack pipe organ, this cathedral is as visually stunning as it is enlightening.
#4: Bonaventure Cemetery
Savannah has a lot to offer to history buffs and one of its star attractions in Bonaventure Cemetery, which for more than 150 years has captured the imagination of writers, poets, photographers, and filmmakers. The nearly 100-acre grounds became a public cemetery in 1907 and since then, it has become the final resting place of many of Savannah’s more prominent residents. The cemetery is so revered; it was named to the National Registry of Historic Places in 2001.
#5: Telfair Museums
Savannah’s Telfair Museums feature three unique art venues. The Telfair Academy is the oldest public art museum in the South and it contains an awe-inspiring collection of 19th and 20th-century paintings and sculptures. The Jepson Center, a modern art museum, is located across the street and it has a permanent collection of paintings by such artists such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Roy Lichtenstein as well as the child-friendly ArtZeum gallery. The third venue is the Owens-Thomas House, an early 19th-century mansion that was converted into museum. It houses one of Savannah’s most esteemed decorative arts collections.
#6: Fort Pulaski National Monument
Another one for the history buffs, the Fort Pulaski National Monument commemorates the 19th century Confederate Army fort. Construction of the fort ran from 1827 to 1847 and it was overseen by, future Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The fort eventually was taken by the Union Army and it served as a Union prison, one time holding more than 500 Confederate prisoners, who came to be known as the “immortal 600.”
#7: Savannah Carriage Tours
There’s no better way to see and experience the beauty of Savannah than by carriage. This time-honored tradition allows you to sit back and relax to gentle sway of the carriage and the clip-clop of horses’ hooves, all while your coachman spins tantalizing tales about the city proper.
#8: Tybee Island Beach
Tybee Island was once known as the “playground of the southeast.” And, with its beautiful landscape, soft sands, mild waves, and a host of restaurants, shops, and other amenities, it’s not hard to see why. Tybee Lighthouse is a photographer’s dream and the Tybee Marine Science Center and the Tybee Island Light Station and Museum are two standout attractions on the island. The island also plays host to several family-friendly festivals throughout the year, like the Beach Bum Parade and the Pirates Fest.
#9: Forsyth Park
Forsyth Park is a 30-acre park just off the Historic District. This is where you’ll find the most photographed attraction in all of Savannah, the famous two-tiered, white cast-iron fountain which was featured in the film, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” The park also hosts a farmer’s market on Saturdays, two playgrounds for kids, and a café for enjoying breakfast or lunch.
#10: Savannah’s Squares
Savannah’s Squares is a network of 24 squares, which are actually 24 beautiful parks throughout the city that are famous for their canopies of live oaks, dogwoods, and magnolias and their monuments. Johnson Square is the oldest, built by Gen. James Oglethorpe in 1733. It is home to the monument to Revolutionary War hero Gen. Nathanael Greene, who was actually re-buried under the obelisk in 1901. In Wright Square, you’ll find the burial site of Tomochichi, a leader of the Creek nation and ally of Oglethorpe. Whether you visit them one at a time or you take a tour of them in one venture, Savannah’s Squares offer an experience that you won’t soon forget.
If You’re Looking at Savannah Retirement Communities, Visit The Marshes
If you are looking at Savannah retirement communities for yourself or a loved one, then do yourself a favor and visit The Marshes of Skidaway Island. Our resort-like campus is situated right off the coast of Savannah and all throughout the year, we offer our residents plenty of opportunities to take in the sights and attractions of Savannah and its surrounding cities.
If you’re interested in visiting our life plan community, simply give us a call today at 800-889-6238 to schedule a visit. At The Marshes, you can live the relaxing life you have always dreamed about.