Sightseeing in Savannah


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  • Davenport House Museum
    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.
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    324 E State St.
    Savannah, GA US
  • Savannah Bike Tours
    Mounted atop a fleet of two-wheeled city seers, Savannah Bike Tours' groups glide past scenery on two-hour guided tours. Cruising at an easy pace through Savannah's quiet side streets, broad boulevards, and picturesque historic district, city-licensed guides answer questions and expound upon architecture, botany, local history, and glory tales of the bicycle's predecessor—the gravy train with biscuit wheels. As the tour rolls by points of interest, such as the emerald landscape of Forsyth Park, stops are made to accommodate the numerous photo opportunities that present themselves. Helmets and bicycles are included in the cost of the tour, though tourers can choose to bring their own pedal-powered two-wheeler and hollowed-out coconut shell.
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    41 Habersham Street
    Savannah, GA US
  • Capturing Savannah
    As charmingly anachronistic as trolleys may be, they move too fast for Pablo Aguilar, one of Capturing Savannah’s co-founders. So to capture the colors, lines, and ornamentation of Savannah’s 19th-century architectural wonders, he prefers to walk, leading groups on tours that blend the historical entertainment of a city tour with the skill set of a photography safari. While ducking into 200-year-old nooks along Factors Walk, a onetime commerce area, Pablo and co-founder Brittany Nelson teach aspiring shutterbugs to take photos with “a clear purpose behind the shot.” The pair coach tour members to find aesthetically pleasing angles and to thoughtfully compose their images before shooting. Along with technique, they try to instill “a sense of nostalgia” in each photographer. “It’s all about the feeling,” Pablo says, “expressing the same feeling they felt [when they took] the photograph.” Pablo and Britt previously lived in New York, Chicago, Austin, New England, and the Middle East, but both have fallen for the vibrancy and artistry Savannah draws from its history. For a glimpse of the city as seen through a lens at foot-speed, Capturing Savannah offers a gallery of Pablo and Britt’s tour photos.
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    35 Barnard St.
    Savannah, Georgia US
  • Hostess City Tours
    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.
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    201 Abercorn Street
    Savannah, GA US
  • Amphibian Air
    The FAA–certified Cygnet II–powered hang glider bearing the Amphibian Air stamp gives riders a bird's-eye view of Savannah and the outlying Low Country as they zip about during guided lessons. An FAA–certified instructor takes the front seat in the trike's open-air cockpit directly ahead of the student and demonstrates the basics of flying before allowing his pupil to take the controls if conditions permit. A certificate of training documents the flight for the student, which can be used toward a sport-pilot license. Amphibian Air recommends wearing comfortable clothing and making reservations for sunrise or sunset any day of the week, as those are some of the best times for a smooth flight.
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    109 Bowman Avenue
    Savannah, GA US
  • Gribble House Paranormal Experience
    For more than a century, visitors of the Gribble House have found themselves unexplainably locked in rooms, witnesses to recurring spot fires and recurring visions of a "Woman in White" and a "Shadow Man." With the help of a trained crew, daring individuals spend 90 minutes exploring the warehouse?s secrets?which seem to stem from an infamous triple murder in the early 1900s?with technology such as EMF recorders and laser grids.
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    234 MLK Jr. Blvd
    Savannah, GA US
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