23 Free and Cheap Things to do in Savannah, Georgia

Girl and dog stand on Spanish Moss covered sidewalk in Forsyth Park, Savannah, Georgia

Welcome to our guide on the best free and cheap things to do in the charming city of Savannah, Georgia! This historic Southern city, renowned for its picturesque squares, Spanish moss-draped trees, and rich colonial history, has a wealth of enjoyable experiences that won't break the bank. Whether you're a history buff, a nature lover, or a foodie, Savannah has something unique to offer. So grab your walking shoes and let's explore Savannah's abundance of affordable gems!

Why we love Savannah, Georgia

Savannah is one of the most beautiful towns in the country. If you haven’t been before, you’re in for a treat! With art, history, delicious food scene, beaches, and more, you’re sure to stay busy for as long as your visit lasts. While there’s plenty of paid activities that could quickly run your budget up, there are plenty of family friendly activities that are free or cheap in town.

While this blogpost is focusing strictly on free and cheap things to do in Savannah, Georgia, we have another blog post that serves as a better overview of the city complete information about getting to Savannah, where to stay, and more which you can find here: Savannah, Georgia: What to know before you go

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Where is Savannah, Georgia?

Savannah, Georgia is located on the southeastern coast of the United States. It is Georgia's oldest city, founded in 1733 on the Savannah River. Known for its manicured parks, horse-drawn carriages, and antebellum architecture, Savannah is a significant port city and an economic and industrial hub of Georgia. Its alluring Southern charm, rich history, and vibrant arts scene make it a must-visit destination.

Savannah, Georgia: Google Maps

Atlanta, GA to Savannah, GA: 248 mi | 3 hr 47 min | Google Maps

Charleston, SC to Savannah, GA: 108 mi | 2 hr 6 min | Google Maps

Jacksonville, FL to Savannah, GA: 139 mi | 2 hr 2 min | Google Maps

Savannah Georgia view from the Savannah River

Is Savannah, Georgia safe?

Like any city, safety in Savannah, Georgia can depend on the area and time of day. Generally, Savannah is considered a safe destination for tourists. Its downtown area, where most of the attractions are located, is well-policed and generally secure both day and night. However, as with any city, it's always important to stay aware of your surroundings, particularly at night, and stick to well-lit, populated areas. It's advisable to do a bit of research on the areas you plan to visit and talk to locals or hotel staff about any areas to avoid.

What is there to do in Savannah?

Savannah, Georgia, is brimming with a variety of activities to suit every kind of traveler. History buffs will relish exploring the city's historic districts, punctuated by picturesque squares and stunning antebellum architecture. The Savannah Historic District, in particular, offers a snapshot of the city's rich past. Art enthusiasts will find plenty to admire at the world-class Savannah College of Art and Design Museum. Outdoor lovers can soak in the beauty of nature at Forsyth Park, or take a leisurely stroll along River Street, savoring the scenic views along the Savannah River. For those enamored by the supernatural, Savannah's reputation as one of the most haunted cities in America offers a wealth of ghost tours and haunted house visits. And let's not forget the food - from traditional Southern fare to cutting-edge cuisine, the city's food scene is sure to delight your taste buds. Whether you're a history enthusiast, an art lover, a nature buff, or a foodie, Savannah has something for you. Don't worry, we'll cover all of these spots and more later in this travel guide so keep reading!

Theatre in downtown Savannah
Theatre in downtown Savannah

Where to stay in Savannah, Georgia

Choosing the right neighborhood and accommodation for your stay in Savannah, Georgia, can enhance your experience of this charming city. Whether you prefer to stay in a historic hotel, a cozy Airbnb, or a modern city apartment, Savannah has something to suit your preferences. The Historic District is a highly recommended neighborhood for tourists, brimming with antebellum charm, close to many attractions, and offering a wide array of stylish boutique hotels. For a more modern and chic experience, consider staying in the up-and-coming Starland District, where you can find numerous contemporary Airbnbs and vacation rentals. The neighborhood of Victorian District, true to its name, hosts beautiful Victorian homes, many of which have been converted into charming bed-and-breakfast accommodations. If you're looking for luxury, the River Street neighborhood offers high-end hotels with stunning views of the Savannah River. No matter where you choose to stay, each neighborhood in Savannah, Georgia, offers unique charm and character that will make your visit unforgettable.

What is Savannah best known for?

Savannah is most known for its rich history, beautiful architecture, and picturesque cityscape. It's home to one of the largest National Historic Landmark districts in the United States, which includes the Savannah Historic District, the Savannah Victorian Historic District, and 22 park-like squares. The city is renowned for its antebellum architecture, cobblestone streets, and the iconic Spanish moss that drapes the southern live oak trees. Savannah is also famous for its St. Patrick's Day celebration, one of the largest in the world. Its cultural scene is vibrant, thanks to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), which brings in an artistic and youthful vibe. Savannah's culinary scene is another point of attraction, offering a mix of succulent southern traditional meals and innovative gastronomy. Lastly, Savannah's close proximity to the coast offers easy access to Tybee Island, known for its wide, sandy beaches and historic lighthouse.

Horse and buggy ride in Savannah
Horse and buggy ride in Savannah

What is the weather like?

Savannah, Georgia, experiences a subtropical climate with distinctive seasonal variations.


Spring in Savannah, from March to May, is a delightful season with temperatures ranging between 60°F to 80°F. The city is in full bloom, with vibrant azaleas painting the cityscape in hues of pink and lavender. However, it's also Savannah's rainiest season, so carrying an umbrella is recommended.


Running from June to August, summers in Savannah can be quite hot and humid with average high temperatures often exceeding 90°F. Afternoons often see brief, heavy rain showers, providing some respite from the heat. Despite the high temperatures, it's a perfect time to hit the nearby Tybee Island beaches.


Fall, from September to November, brings milder temperatures ranging from 70°F to 85°F. The humidity levels drop, and the city embraces brilliant autumn colors. This period also experiences less rainfall, making it an excellent time for outdoor activities.


Winter in Savannah, from December to February, is relatively mild compared to other parts of the United States. Average high temperatures hover around 60°F, while lows seldom drop below 40°F. Snowfall is rare, making it a great winter getaway for those looking to escape harsher climates.

Infographic provided by NOAA

Parking and driving in Savannah, Georgia

Parking in Savannah, Georgia, can be found in various garages, lots, and on-street meters throughout the city. The most convenient option for visitors is likely the City of Savannah's public parking, which includes several parking garages and lots located strategically near major tourist attractions. The city also operates metered on-street parking, available from Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 8 pm. Rates vary depending on proximity to popular areas. It's important to note that on-street parking is free on Sundays and city holidays, as well as after 8 pm on other days. Additionally, the Historic District of Savannah has free on-street parking available outside the main tourist area, though it might require a bit of a walk. Some hotels offer parking for their guests, so it's worth checking with your accommodations ahead of your visit.

Year-round free and cheap things to do in Savannah, Georgia

Let's delve into some of Savannah's best attractions that won't break the bank. These activities are available year-round, letting you experience the charm of Savannah no matter when you visit. So grab your adventure spirit, and prepare to explore - Savannah style!

Visitor Center (FREE)

I know this doesn’t sound exciting, but stick with me because the visitor center is the first thing you should do in Savannah, Georgia. We always recommend starting any trip at the local visitor center for a couple of reasons. Grab some brochures (sometimes coupons are available for area attractions, too!) and talk to the locals at the counter who likely have the inside scoop of what’s good in town. The Savannah Visitor Center is also home to free exhibits that give a brief overview of the city’s history making it a great introduction to your time in Savannah.

Hours: Everyday 9:00 am-4:00 pm

How to get there: 303 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA | Google Maps

Tybee Island (FREE)

Tybee Island is located just 25 minutes east of downtown Savannah and is the perfect place to spend a relaxing day in the sun. Grab your sunscreen and swimsuit and get out there! While you’re on the island we recommend checking out the Tybee Beach Pier (FREE) at the southern end, and the Tybee Island Lighthouse at the north end of the island (lighthouse is not free, see below). If you're traveling on a budget, time on Tybee Island is one of the best cheap things to do in Savannah, Georgia!

How to get there: Google Maps

Tybee Island sunrise
Tybee Island at sunrise

Tybee Island Lighthouse 

Standing at 145 feet tall, the Tybee Island Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in the state of Georgia and a wonderful option to add to your list of things to do in Savannah. With history stretching back to 1736, the grounds the lighthouse is on still hosts the cottages of the three lighthouse keepers, as well as the Tybee Island Museum housed in the 1899 Military Battery. “Tickets include admission to the complete Light Station, a Tybee Raised Cottage, and the Tybee Museum in Battery Garland” (source).

How to get there: 30 Meddin Dr, Tybee Island, GA | Google Maps

Hours: Wednesday-Monday 9:00 am-4:30 pm, closed Tuesday

Admission: Adults: $10, Seniors (62+): $8, Children (6-17): $8, Children (5 and under): Free, Groups (10 people or more) with a reservation: $8, Military (Must present ID): $8, Coast Guard (Must present ID): FREE

Tybee Island Lighthouse, Georgia
Tybee Island Lighthouse

River Street (FREE)

River Street, nestled along the Savannah River, is a lively, cobblestoned stretch known for its stunning waterfront views, historic buildings, and vibrant atmosphere. This bustling area offers a myriad of shopping, dining, and entertainment options - all housed in beautifully restored century-old warehouses. Whether you're interested in browsing unique souvenirs, tasting local cuisine, or enjoying a tranquil riverside stroll, River Street caters to every inclination. Its old-world charm and scenic beauty make it an essential stop on any Savannah itinerary.

How to get there: River St, Savannah, GA | Google Maps

River Street in Savannah, Georgia on a sunny day
River Street in Savannah, Georgia

Savannah Botanical Gardens (FREE)

The Savannah Botanical Gardens is a tranquil sanctuary showcasing a vibrant array of plant species, charming nature trails, and a stunning rose garden. It's an ideal spot for nature lovers, gardening enthusiasts, and those seeking serene escape from the city's hustle. The site also houses historic structures, including a charming 19th-century farmhouse turned museum. Whether you're looking to learn, relax, or simply enjoy the natural beauty, the Savannah Botanical Gardens should not be missed. The best part? Admission is absolutely free!

How to get there: 1388 Eisenhower Dr, Savannah, GA | Google Maps

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 8:00 am-8:00 pm, Sunday: 8:00 am-8:45 pm

Map of Savannah Botanical Gardens, Georgia
Map of Savannah Botanical Garden - Photo courtesy of Savannah Botanical Garden

Forsyth Park (FREE)

Forsyth Park is a must-visit when in Savannah, Georgia, serving as a green oasis right in the heart of the Historic District. With its expansive 30 acres, it offers a refreshing space to relax, have a picnic, or take a pleasant stroll. Its most recognizable feature, the beautiful ornate white fountain, is a popular spot for photos. The park also hosts a variety of festivals and concerts throughout the year, making it a hub of cultural activity. Whether you're seeking a peaceful retreat or a vibrant local event, Forsyth Park never disappoints.

NOTE: Savannah gets very hot and very humid in the summer months, and the shaded parks in town like Forsyth are the perfect place to dodge the harsh heat.

If you’re planning on spending an extended period of time in Forsyth park, or you’re just looking for an iced latte to cool off with during your walk, stop by Collins Quarter location in the park. This Australian inspired cafe is open daily from 9:00am-3:00pm and serves a menu of brunch dishes, various espresso and tea drinks, as well as wine and beer.

How to get there: 2 W Gaston St, Savannah, GA | Google Maps

Girl and dog by fountain in Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia
Sara and Kramer by fountain in Forsyth Park

Forsyth Farmers Market (FREE)

If you’re going to be in town on a Saturday, we highly recommend combining your trip to Forsyth Park on a Saturday during the year around Forsyth Farmers Market. Personally, we love finding a good farmers market when we travel! It’s a great way to get a feel for the city, meet some of the locals while also supporting the local economy. Grab some fresh produce or some coffee from Perc and enjoy a stroll from the park.

Hours: Saturdays 9:00am-1:00pm

How to get there: 13 E Park Ave, Savannah, GA | Google Maps

Cemeteries (FREE)

Savannah's cemeteries are a treasure trove of history, offering a unique perspective of the city's rich past. Particularly, the Bonaventure Cemetery, with its hauntingly beautiful sculptures, epitaphs and moss-draped oaks, is an iconic spot that's featured in many films and books. Colonial Park Cemetery, located in the heart of the Historic District, houses some of Savannah's earliest settlers and offers guided tours filled with fascinating tales. These cemeteries are more than final resting places; they are historical landmarks that provide a glimpse into the soul of Savannah. Visiting these sites, and paying respect to those who came before us, is an essential, albeit unconventional, part of the Savannah experience.

How to get to Bonaventure Cemetery: 330 Bonaventure Rd, Thunderbolt, GA | Google Maps

How to get to Colonial Park Cemetery: 200 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA | Google Maps

Walk Jones Street (FREE)

One of my favorite things to do in Savannah, Georgia is to walk and see the beautiful historic homes along the oak and Spanish moss lined streets. Jones Street is the most famous of all the historic neighborhoods with colorful, unique homes lining the brick sidewalks for several blocks. Bonus: Jones Street makes for a great photo opportunity. Really any of the streets around Jones Street are great options for a casual (and historic) walk while in Savannah.

NOTE: Be careful walking the sidewalks! With historic streets comes uneven sidewalks so watch your step!

How to get there: Jones Street, Savannah, GA | Google Maps

Homes on Jones Street in Savannah, Georgia
Homes on Jones Street in Savannah, Georgia

Enjoy the 24 City Squares (FREE)

In the original plans for the city of Savannah were 24 city squares/parks. Of those 24, 22 still remain today and are beloved by both locals and tourists alike and visiting these famous squares is one of our most recommended things to do when visiting Savannah. While there are lots of streets that touch the park's perimeters, I recommend walking Johnson Square south down Bull Street until you reach Forsyth Park. Walk the city squares is a must on our list of cheap things to do in Savannah, Georgia!

Note: If you plan on taking a walk down Jones Street, keep in mind that Jones Street and Bull Street intersect (Google Maps link to intersection) so it might be worth your time to combine these two activities.

Johnson Square to Forsyth Park route: Google Maps

Park square in Savannah, Georgia
One of the 28 square parks in Savannah

SCAD Museum of Art

Did you know that Savannah is home to one of the most prestigious art schools in the world? SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) sprawls all across the city and gives the entire town a young, vibrant flare you might not expect in a southern, historic city. On top of a regular list of scheduled events the school hosts throughout the city, Savannah is also home to their art museum, the SCAD Museum of Art, which is well worth a visit. While it’s not free, they do have a wonderful collection of art including rotating exhibits and admission is affordable placing it on this list of cheap things to do in Savannah. It's a great place to cool off in the AC and a way to support the local art scene.

How to get there: 601 Turner Blvd, Savannah, GA | Google Maps

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Thursday: 10:00 am-8:00 pm, Sunday: 12:00-5:00 pm, closed Monday

Admission: General Admission: $10, Senior/Military: $8, College and High School Students : $5, Family (three or more): $20, SCAD alumni: $5

Kayak the Intracoastal Waterways

Embarking on a kayaking adventure with Savannah Canoe and Kayak along Savannah's Intracoastal Waterways is a fantastic way to witness the area's rich wildlife and stunning landscapes. As you navigate the calm waters, you'll be enveloped by a serene environment, offering an escape from the city's hustle and bustle. This reasonably priced activity is a must-try for nature enthusiasts visiting Savannah, Georgia.

How to get there: 25 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA | Google Maps

Hours: Tours available daily. Check their website for schedule and prices.

Visit the Historic Churches (FREE)

Savannah has a number of historic churches, but the most famous would be Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist. This beautiful church allows self-guided tours Monday-Saturday except during mass or other religious events. Docent-led tours are also available but you must call and schedule those in advance ((912) 233-4709). Both the self-guided tours and the docent-led tours are free.

How to get to there: 222 E Harris St, Savannah, GA | Google Maps

Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, Savanna, Georgia
Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, Savanna, Georgia

Fort Pulaski

Like much of the south, Savannah is steeped in Civil War history. Fort Pulaski National Monument stands as one of Savannah’s best preserved civil war landmarks. While there is an admission cost to the monument, it is free if you have an America the Beautiful Pass. At the Fort you can find guided tours, bird watching, and walking trails including the McQueen Island Rails to Trails (see below).

How to get there: 101 Fort Pulaski Rd, Savannah, GA | Google Maps

Hours: Visitor Center: 9:00am-4:30pm, Fort: 9:00am-5:00pm, Bridge: 9:00am-4:45pm

Admission: General admission (16 and over): $10 (*Free if you have the America the Beautiful Pass)

McQueen Island Rails to Trails (FREE)

I mentioned this just above when talking about Fort Pulaski, but McQueen Island Rails to Trails is worth mentioning separately because it’s truly a gem! Standing at 6 miles in length, this packed travel trail is great for walking, running, or cycling. While the trail is accessible from Fort Pulaski, the trail itself is free to use. We're always looking for things to do in Savannah, Georgia that get us moving because we tend to eat a lot of good southern food when we're in town.

How to get here: Google Maps

McQueen Island Rails to Trails - Photo courtesy of Explore Georgia

Flannery O’Connor’s Childhood Home

Visiting Flannery O'Connor's Childhood Home is like stepping into a piece of literary history. A renowned American writer, O'Connor is celebrated for her distinctive prose and insightful explorations of Southern Gothic themes. Her compelling narratives, filled with complex characters and moral dilemmas, have secured her place in American literature. This affordable visit to her childhood home provides an intimate glimpse into the early life of this remarkable writer, making it an essential stop for literature enthusiasts exploring Savannah, Georgia.

How to get there: 207 E Charlton St, Savannah, GA 31401 | Google Maps

Hours: Thursday-Sunday: 10:00 am-5:00pm, closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Admission: General admission (ages 10+): $12, Children under 10: Free

Self-Guided Walking Tour (FREE)

Self-guided walking tours are a wonderful option for every vacation, regardless of whether you’re on a budget or not. We typically prefer self-guided to a group tour because of the freedom to change your route, linger longer at your favorite stops, or take a coffee/food break along the way. For a free self-guided walking tour itinerary we recommend checking out these Free Tours By Foot. Savannah is a relatively small town and you can often walk between the different things to do in Savannah and can take in a walking tour getting from one activity on this list to another.

Historic Scottish Rite Temple with horse and buggy out front in Savannah
Historic Scottish Rite Temple in Savannah

Tricentennial Park

Located directly across from the Savannah Visitor Center, the Tricentennial Park consists of three museums and Battlefield Memorial Park, all great options for things to do in Savannah, Georgia. While the museums aren’t free, the battlefield is available for guests to enjoy without the cost of admission. We recommend reading about the Battle of Savannah before walking through the park. The three museums onsite include the Savannah History Museum, Georgia State Railroad Museum, and the Savannah Children’s Museum. If you have children traveling with you, the kids museum is an especially great place to visit!

How to get there: MLK Jr Blvd @, Louisville Rd, Savannah, GA | Google Maps

Wormsloe State Historic Site

Wormsloe State Historic Site might be the most famous plantation in the country and the most popular thing to do in Savannah, Georgia. With it’s oak and Spanish moss lined driveway, this place is enough to take your breath away! The property contains the oldest standing structures in Savannah, and while it’s not free to drive the driveway or explore the property, it’s well worth the cost of admission (one of the most worthwhile cheap things to do in Savannah). It should also be noted that if all you want is to catch a glimpse of the famous driveway, there is a parking area at the entrance of the property where you can hop out and grab a picture for free

How to get there: 7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, GA | Google Maps

Hours: Monday - Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm

Admission: Adults (18–61): $11.25, Seniors (62+): $8.50, Youth (6–17): $5.00, Children (under 6): $2.50

Wormsloe State Historic Site, Savannah, Georgia
Wormsloe State Historic Site

Events and seasonal free and cheap things to do in Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia is a city that showcases a unique charm in each season. Springtime is adorned with vibrant azaleas and pleasant temperatures, making it a perfect time for garden tours and outdoor festivals. The summer heat is well complemented by the coolness of the city's waterways, where you can indulge in boating, fishing, or simply lounging by the river. Fall brings a magical transformation, with the city's many parks and squares showcasing a riot of colors - an ideal backdrop for Halloween and harvest-themed activities. Winter in Savannah is mild, providing an opportunity for comfortable sightseeing, and the city lights up beautifully during the holiday season with festive decorations and events. Each season brings a distinct feel and offers different ways to explore all the fun and cheap things to do in Savannah, Georgia.

Savannah Bananas Baseball Game

While the Savannah Bananas are a newer team, they instantly gained national recognition not just for their success as a skilled baseball team, but largely for the experience visitors have while watching a game. This city loves their baseball team and spending an afternoon or evening at Grayson Stadium is one of the best ways to enjoy the summer months. You can check their schedule HERE and purchase tickets to a game HERE. A Savannah Bananas game is one of the absolute best cheap things to do in Savannah!

How to get there: 1401 E Victory Dr, Savannah, GA 31404 | Google Maps

SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival (FREE)

Every spring the students and faculty of the Savannah College of Art and Design take to the sidewalks of Forsyth Park and turn them into works of art. The event is free to attend and is a wonderful way to enjoy the warmer, sunnier days of spring. It's definitely one of the best things to do in Savannah in April.

How to get there: 2 W Gaston St, Savannah, GA | Google Maps

SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival
SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival - Photo courtesy of SCAD.edu

St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade

One of the most exciting events in Savannah, Georgia is the annual St. Patrick's Day Festival and Parade. This charming southern city is known for hosting one of the largest St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the United States. The festive parade features magnificent floats, marching bands, and participants proudly dressed in green, bringing the streets to life with Irish cheer. It's an unforgettable spectacle and truly one of the best things to do in Savannah, Georgia.

Be sure to check the latest information for the Savannah St. Patrick's Day celebration on the official website.

St. Patrick's Day Parade in Savannah, Georgia - Photo courtesy of SavannahGA.gov

Savannah Jazz Festival

The best thing to do in Savannah, Georgia in September is to attend the Coastal Jazz Association's week long FREE music festival called the Savannah Jazz Festival. This event attracts some of the most talented jazz musicians in the world and is open to all to attend. This is one event I would plan my trip to south Georgia for because it's such a fun event and one of the best things to do in Savannah, Georgia.

Final thoughts

In conclusion, Savannah, Georgia, is a treasure trove of activities that cater to all ages, interests, and budgets. Its rich history, vibrant arts scene, and exciting sports and seasonal events provide both locals and visitors with a plethora of free and budget-friendly options to explore and enjoy. This charming city, with its Southern hospitality, picturesque scenery, and dynamic cultural offerings, truly has something for everyone. So, whether you're planning a family vacation, a romantic getaway, or a solo adventure, Savannah is sure to create memorable experiences without breaking the bank.

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