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River Street

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Free
24/7 daily; individual stores, shops and eater...

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Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Running alongside the Savannah River in the Waterfront district is River Street, a lively area perfect for afternoon strolls. According to recent visitors, this area has renounced its seedy identity from 30 years ago; once a hot spot for cruising sailors and unruly teens, the cobblestone street is now lined with more than 75 souvenir shops, galleries, restaurants and pubs housed in old cotton warehouses. However, River Street is still the place to go for pub crawls, making it attractive to party-seekers and slightly less family-friendly after dark. Plus, the area comes alive with street musicians after the sun sets.

Recent visitors recommended spending a few hours here for the gorgeous river views and excellent people-watching, though they do warn that you shouldn't expect much from the shops as most are filled with kitschy souvenirs. 

Unlike City Market, River Street does welcome cars, but it's best to explore on foot due to large crowds and limited parking. You can also hop on the free dot Express Shuttle or CAT bus routes Nos. 11 and 14 to reach River Street. For more information on River Street sites, shops, eateries and events, check out the official 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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