Savannah Slow Ride packs up to 15 pedal-pushers on its custom-designed, eco-friendly bicycles as they coast at a leisurely gait along the historic downtown milieu. Invite five friends or two-and-a-half horses onboard for an uninterrupted sightsee of the city's scenery that doubles as a mild lower-body workout. An employee bike captain steers the vessel while up to 10 strong-calved cycle-sailors man the foot-oars along pedals attached to their seats. The remaining riders can unpack home-brought feasts along the bike's wooden countertops or pour plastic cups of Gatorade as "Eye of the Tiger" loops from the bike's speaker set.
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.
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.
Each Wednesday–Saturday, erudite guides steer group and private tours along Savannah's cobblestone streets as they dispense factoids about the city's history—both haunted and not—since its founding in 1733. Departing from Telfair Square, two-hour historical strolls cover up to 1.5 miles as visitors hear tales of famous areas and historical homes while passing sites such as The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist and Chippewa Square, where portions of Forrest Gump were filmed. Meanwhile, the Savannah Spirits tours spends 90 minutes exploring haunted locales such as Colonial Park Cemetery as guides relay tales of voodoo, ghost sightings and demons exorcised from peaches. Lastly, 90-minute Savannah Haunted Pubs excursions traipse through story-clad drinking establishments such as Molly MacPherson's Scottish Pubs, where patrons 21 and older can down spirits before learning about the other kind.
In 1820, an upwardly mobile carpenter named Isaiah Davenport designed a 6,800-square-foot Federal-style home to live in with his wife, children, and slaves. After his death, Davenport’s wife turned the stately brick house into a boarding house, though it later devolved into a run-down tenement—until the Historic Savannah Foundation saved the landmark when it was threatened with demolition in 1955. The organization’s award-winning preservation, their very first effort, jumpstarted an organized preservation movement that spread across the entire port city.
Today, the Davenport House Museum’s rooms are filled with antique furniture from the 1820s, acquired after careful research relying on estate inventories and detailed artist renderings of long-ago games of musical chairs. These period-accurate tables and chairs join ceramics, textiles, and books to form the museum’s collection of about 500 historical items. Behind the home, where a carriage house, garden, and privy once stood, a garden designed by renowned landscape artist Penelope Hobhouse flourishes. After walking among its flowers, visitors can drop by the museum shop to pick up jams and jellies, books about Savannah, and reproductions of early 19th-century items.