What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Savannah, Georgia? Perhaps you think of horse-drawn carriages, spooky cemeteries, or the arching oak trees that line the city streets. If you’re planning a trip to Savannah and want to find inexpensive things to do, here are both free things to do and unique things to see throughout Georgia’s charming Savannah neighborhoods.
Fun Fact: Did you know that Savannah is one of the original 13 colonies? Savannah has been an incorporated city for more than 300 years and it is also the second oldest city in Georgia.
Affordable Things to Do in Savannah
Tips for Experiencing Savannah on a Budget
Savannah Belles Ferry Ride
If you love a gorgeous view, then taking a free ferry ride in Savannah is a treat. Although Savannah is certainly a walkable city, another great way to sightsee is by ferry.
For one of the best views of Savannah’s historic district, enjoy a short ferry ride on Savannah Belles Ferry. This free ferry takes you across the Savannah River to Hutchinson Island and the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center seven days a week.
Also, when it comes to public transportation in Savannah, the DOT or downtown transportation system is free. DOT includes the Savannah Belles Ferry, the Express Shuttle (which helps people get around downtown), and the River Street Car which operates on the weekends.
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is the oldest Catholic Church in Georgia and it is one of Savannah’s iconic places of worship. It resembles many of the cathedrals in Europe.
Welcoming thousands of visitors every year, you can tour the cathedral on your own or join a guided tour. Built in 1876, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is known for its intricate designs, stained glass, and large pipe organ. Although admission is free during the weekdays, donations are encouraged.
Tybee Island Beach
Nicknamed “Savannah’s Beach,” Tybee Island Beach is a quick getaway for tourists and locals alike. Only 20 minutes from downtown Savannah, enjoy 5 miles of Georgia’s soft sand coast and take in the sparkling views of the Atlantic Ocean while sunbathing or swimming. Some of the other fun things to do at Tybee Island Beach include biking, kayaking, sailing, dolphin tours, and fishing.
Tybee Island Beach has three ocean fronts – South Beach, Mid-Beach, and North Beach. South Beach is the busiest of the beaches with lots of restaurants, concerts, and festivals while Mid-Beach and North Beach are quieter with a more laid-back vibe.
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Parks and Squares
When is the best time to visit Savannah?
Spring is one of the best times to visit Savannah. Between March and June, you can see flowers blooming all over Savannah’s parks and squares. Forsyth Park is known for its beautiful white fountain and fragrant garden and there are many squares scattered throughout the city.
Overall, Savannah is an affordable travel destination and there are plenty of free things to do so pack your bags and get ready to experience the warmth of Savannah’s Southern hospitality and charm!
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Danielle is a travel finance strategist, writer, speaker and podcaster. She paid off $63,000 of student loan debt in 4 years, bought a house at 27 and has traveled to 26 countries. She refuses to let her financial responsibilities hold her back from living life on her own terms.