I’ve already mentioned the inherent awesomeness of Savannah, Georgia, in detail. A beautiful, historic city steeped in Southern culture, antebellum charm, and one hell of a liquor stash, this place is essentially always ready to have a good time. It’s basically you in your best dress, ready to hit the town.
That said, there are a few things that should ALWAYS be on your to-do list when you’re in this fabulous city: Spending time at City Market, hitting up Tybee Island, and strolling down Jones Road, which was voted the most beautiful road in the country. (Yes, for real). There are also some notable summer activities you should give a go while the weather is hot and the city’s calendar is totally full. Are you ready?
Murder Mystery and Dinner
The well known Savannah comedy team the Odd Lot helps put on this shin dig in conjunction with a bunch of really awesome chefs, creating the ultimate experience. Comedy? Gourmet food? Yes, please.
Like all murder mystery soirees, there is a problem to solve complete with a winning prize. A three-course meal plus all the best libations are on the menu, all of which goes down at Savannah Coffee Roasters. It’s a good idea to make reservations, as this event is, naturally, quite popular. There’s good news, though: It’s a recurring event that lasts all summer long!
Savannah Live is, in essence, a showcase of every form of performance art there is. Singing? Check. Broadway? Check. Comedy, dancing, and jazz? Check, check, check. It’s held at the Savannah Theatre every weekend, so you’ll be able to make it at least once. (Although if you went three or six times, no one would blame you.)
Sure, trolley tours might seem a bit touristy, but they’re fun, OK? In all seriousness, summer is the perfect time to hop in a trolley and peruse the streets of Savannah, and you never have to park your car. Things you’ll see along the way include the Andrew Low House, Forsyth Park, River Street, Telfair Museums and more. It’s being a tourist for the day– for lazy people.
The Lady & Sons
This is Paula Dean’s restaurant, and I feel that is goes without saying you must visit if you haven’t already. And, OK, it might not be a summer-specific activity, but the restaurant DOES have air conditioning. On the menu, you’ll find:
An entire Southern buffet.
Fried green tomatoes.
Shrimp and grits.
Key lime pie.
It’s Southern comfort on steroids, and I’m not even a little bit sorry about it.
So “seafood” is perhaps not an activity, but it should be one. Savannah is located incredibly close to the Atlantic Ocean, meaning there are all kinds of fresh fish to chow down on this summer. The Crab Shack on Tybee Island is a classic stop, but you literally can’t go wrong in a city like Savannah.
Take a Hearse Ghost Tour
Yes, you heard that right. In Savannah, you can take a ghost tour. In a hearse. A hearse that really used to be use to carry dead people. So, you know. There’s that.
You can do a few things on River Street, and among them are shopping and watching ships. Studios, art galleries, restaurants, pubs, and more all line these nine blocks, making this street an ideal place to spend a summer day– and spend that well-earned paycheck.
Forsyth Park (Round Two)
You’ve undoubtedly already been to Forsyth Park, the 30-acre mega park that’s a favorite among all dog owners and walking enthusiasts. It’s OK if you don’t have a dog and you’re not a big walker, though– you can do a cornucopia of lazy summer things, like lie in the grass, work on your tan, have a picnic, or simply stare at the fountain. (No really– it’s that pretty.)
Last but CERTAINLY not least is Bacon Fest, an event that goes down all weekend starting September 4th on the Savannah waterfront. It’s just as mouthwatering as it sounds, too: Think every major restaurant in town showcasing its own take on this magical, grease-laden treat.
You’ll find more than food at this event, though. There will also be a fireworks show and merchandise from local artists. And I don’t know about you, but I’ve always dreamed of chowing down on warm, delicious bacon while fireworks exploded overhead.
Savannah is fabulous at every time of the year, truth be told. But there’s something special about summer activities– probably due to the wonderful weather and the fact that everyone is high on Vitamin D and endorphins. And that bacon, man. Probably the bacon.
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