General James Oglethorpe discovered Savannah Port in 1733. The southern state of Georgia experienced plenty of battles during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Savannah, known as the "The Hostess City of the South", is located in Chatham County along the Savannah River. Downtown Savannah is proud to be a National Historic Landmark District. The city attracts millions of tourists who enjoy the historic architecture found here.
Savannah cruise passengers can visit the two outdoor plazas of City Market to buy souvenirs, antiques, and food. The 1960s-created Abercorn Common provides an interesting environment with plenty of willow trees, palm trees, and pampas grasses. It is recognized as the premier US retailer awarded for efficiency and design; it is LEED-certified. Oglethorpe Mall and Savannah Mall are elite places to shop. Uniquely-styled storefronts make the village-like Abercorn Walk a great place for shopping and strolling. The horseshoe-shaped Twelve Oaks du Marché began in 1984.
Things to See
From the Savannah cruise port, visitors may start a tour of Savannah along River Street; it is a lovely place for gazing at the ships that arrive from around the world. Tybee Island Light Station, the first lighthouse in Southern US, is found on tiny Tybee Island where Savannahians go for a getaway. Thunderbolt is a picturesque shrimping village.
The Savannah Theatre is a premier entertainment venue for professional choreography and popular music performances. "Broadway Style Musical Productions" including Hooray for Hollywood, The Beat Goes On, Return to the 50's, and A Christmas Tradition are examples of the performances held here. At least 100 places of interest along with 15 stops are included in a narrated sightseeing tour by Old Town Trolley.
Vernonburg and Beaulieu were originally summer resort communities transformed into residential areas. Annually, at least 900 performances are featured at Savannah Civic Center. Christians continue to gather at Christ Church since it began in 1733. Andrew Bryan created the African-American First Bryan Baptist Church back in 1788. Chippewa Square contains the First Baptist Church regarded as Savannah’s oldest. In 1775, the Independent Presbyterian Church was founded.
In 1966, the Savannah Historic District became a National Historic Landmark District; including 21 squares. It includes Juliette Gordon Low’s (USA Girl Scouts founder) birthplace, the First African Baptist Church, the complex of Central of Georgia Railway, the US’s third biggest synagogue Temple Mickve Israel, and a pioneering public museum Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Restaurants and Bars
A riverboat dinner cruise can be experienced on the River Queen Riverboat restaurant. Entertainment is provided while you eat. In the romantic setting of Tangerine Fusion!, Pan-Asian and Thai food are savored. Fun dining awaits you at Wild Wing Café where homemade dips and dressings, Grade A lean ground beef, exotic spices, and creative sauces are used.
Across the Savannah River, the Snapper Hemingway, slow roasted Prime Rib, Shrimp Fresca, Hot Chocolate Lava Cake, fine wine, and whiskeys make you tongue-tied for the delicious selections at the Savannah Chart House Restaurant; all found inside the oldest masonry building. Originally a nineteenth century mansion, 700 Drayton, is a restaurant that is famous for its artistic, relaxing, and vibrant ambiance and traditional American cuisine.
Forsyth Park can be seen from Casimir’s Lounge; it is found on the marble rooftop patio of the mansion. The night is lively at this new hotspot. At least 120 Single Malt Whiskeys are offered at Molly MacPherson's Scottish Pub & Grill.