Walk + Shoot Savannah’s resident shutterbugs, Jessica and Drew, each earned BFAs in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Today, they meld their expertise with Drew’s experience as a licensed tour guide to create memorable walking tours throughout their home city. During outings, which include tours designed for families, photographers, and nighttime revelers, the duo takes candid photos of the group that serve as souvenirs.
The opening scene of Forrest Gump follows a feather as it floats above Savannah's rooftops, a view seen from the Sorrel-Weed House, where the scene was filmed. Completed between 1839 and 1840, the now-iconic building was distinguished as a state landmark in 1954—only the second house in Georgia to receive that honor. Today, during historic tours, guests patter down the same corridors where onetime houseguest General Robert E. Lee once practiced hacky sack, or track spirits during ghostly explorations of the home's creepy quarters. Southern history pervades each visit as guests catch glimpses of the house’s antique decor and Greek revival architecture.
First opening its doors in 1818, the Savannah Theatre hosts a plethora of productions upon its well-seasoned stage. June's shows include Country Star Revue, a two-hour mosey through the past half-century of country-music hits. The festive performance features the twangy tunes of Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Rascal Flatts, and Taylor Swift, belted out by a septet of denim-clad vocalists accompanied by a live band and a chorus of tap-dancing cowboy hats. Alternatively, audiences may take a tuneful trip in the wayback machine with The Beat Goes On. From the Age of Aquarius through the age of acid-washed jeans, this musical visits the memorable melodies from the '60s, '70s, '80s, and a few spots outside the space-time continuum. Check the schedule for performance dates and times.
Stu and Donald Card didn?t always have time to meander down low-country roads, stopping to snack on barbecue and pralines and chat with the local bullfrogs. One brother was a partner at a national law firm, the other a media coordinator for NFL championships and international sporting events. But they found that something was missing from their fast-paced careers?something delicious. Deciding to make culinary pleasure their business, they founded tour company Savannah Taste Experience on a tripod of family, food, and friends. Their flagship tour showcases Savannah?s unique contributions to the culinary world?such as shrimp and grits, fried oysters, and the gourmet honeys of the Savannah Bee Company?through the town?s historic squares, while other routes travel off the beaten path to favorite local hangouts.
Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery sprawls across more than 100 acres?and on 6th Sense World's tour of the legendary burial grounds, guides share tales of its happenings and legendary residents, including novelist Conrad Aiken, Little Gracie, and Johnny Mercer. Other popular walking tours of Savannah cover topics such as poltergeists, exorcisms, and missing cemeteries on treks that are typically one-half mile to one mile long.
Historian, curator, and classic-car buff Tanya Bailey-Smith opened the Great Savannah Races Museum as an homage to the cultural significance of the Great Savannah Races of 1908, 1910, and 1911. Her facility doubles as a micromuseum and gift shop with media and fine-art items on display and a collection from the Automobile Club of America, whose members chose Savannah to host the first American Grand Prix.