Fort Pulaski National Monument

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Fort Pulaski National Monument
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1 Cokesbury Island

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Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 4.5Atmosphere

Named for Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski, it was here that General Robert E. Lee was first assigned after graduating from West Point. Today, you can explore the fort's colossal ramparts, intimidating stone towers, drawbridges and moats. Frequent re-enactments allow you to see what life in the fort was like back in its heyday. After you've gotten your fill of Pulaski, head to the nearby Tybee Lighthouse (situated about 5 miles east of the fort) for some fantastic views of the coast and a stroll along the barrier island's 5-mile-long beach. 

Recent visitors said the fort is a must-visit for history buffs and strongly recommended taking one of the ranger-led tours. Fort tours, which usually last 45 minutes to an hour, are offered daily 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. If you're unable to tag along on a ranger-led tour, you should make time for the 20-minute introductory film, "The Battle for Fort Pulaski," which is shown in the fort's visitor center and museum. Travelers said watching this short movie prior to touring the fort made a visit to the grounds more meaningful.

The Fort Pulaski National Monument is located on Cockspur Island about 15 miles east of central Savannah along U.S. 80. The fort is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., although hours may vary slightly depending on the season. A $7 entrance fee, which covers all areas of the fort, is required for all visitors 16 and older. For more information, check out the National Park Service website.

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Go to this 30-acre park in the heart of Savannah's Historic District to relax after a long day of sightseeing. Keep your camera ready, though, as there is plenty to see here as well. Stroll past the stunning white-stone Forsyth Fountain, memorials dedicated to the Confederacy and the Spanish-American War, the Fragrant Garden for the visually impaired and the 300-year-old Candler Oak tree. From the park, you can see several historic sites within walking distance, including Hodgson Hall (home to the Georgia Historical Society) and the old Poor House and Hospital, which was used to treat wounded soldiers during the Civil War.

Recent visitors noted the park's urban cosmopolitan vibe, with locals and tourists alike picnicking, dog walking and even painting. They also say that street parking nearby the park is free on Sundays.

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