Savannah is one of the most historically relevant towns in the U.S., and it also has a thriving midtown district that is filled with both historical references and modern conveniences. A visitor to Savannah might choose to focus on leisure activities, such as the beach, or an exploration of the city’s past. To truly soak in the flavor of the local culture, however, it is best to incorporate a bit of everything into your trip.
1. Entertainment, Art, Shopping and Dining in one Amazing Location
Visitors to Savannah should not miss the opportunity to explore the City Market. Filled with unique local shops, fine dining, casual cafes, a jam-packed entertainment schedule and galleries representing over 50 local artists, the City Market is the perfect place to learn about the local culture while acquiring one-of-a kind mementos and gifts. Several of the hotels in midtown Savannah are located nearby, so you will not have to travel far to drop off your latest treasures.
Tybee Island presents visitors with five miles of beaches to choose from. South Beach is the most popular, but Mid Beach is the location that most locals choose in order to avoid some of the crowds. If you want an opportunity to see dolphins, you should head to North Beach or Savannah River Beach. Due to its difficult to access location, the most secluded option is the Back River Beach. The views from Back River are glorious, however, so it is worth the effort.
3. History Comes to Life
Savannah was the first city in Georgia, and it has survived two wars, multiple fires and the 1950s boom of the building industry. Many of the buildings in midtown Savannah have historical significance, and a trip to this beautiful town would not be complete without visiting at least one or two of them. Highlights include several architectural gems such as the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist and the Masonic Temple. Other places of note include The Olde Pink House, the First African Baptist Church and the Fort Pulaski National Monument.
The historic midtown district is also home to a diverse group of museums. If wandering from museum to museum is your idea of a perfect trip, then you will want to book into one of the centrally located hotels in midtown Savannah. The Owens-Thomas House and Museum is a historically significant Regency mansion. Visitors will be able to visit the carriage house to see the original furnishings and housing for the mansion’s pre-Civil War era slaves. The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum depicts the entire history of civil rights, starting with segregation and ending with the Civil Rights Movement. The Jepson Center for the Arts is one of the most modern looking buildings in the midtown area, and it features photographs, paintings, decorative arts and sculptures from the 18th through the 20th centuries.
Due to Savannah’s diverse and high-quality tourism options, it is important to make a list of which attractions are on your must-see list. Make sure to provide some free time for wandering around, however, as that is the best way to appreciate the beauty of this historic area.
Anthony Joseph is a frequent traveler to Savannah and knows the area well. He is also a contributing writer for the Marriott’s Fairfield Inn, one of the most convenient hotels in Midtown Savannah – where you can be close to all that this charming historical town has to offer, including the museums, markets, beaches and more!