Sightseeing in Savannah


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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.
35 Barnard St.
Savannah,
Georgia
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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.
201 Abercorn Street
Savannah,
GA
US
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.
109 Bowman Avenue
Savannah,
GA
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For a low-key lunch, Jepson Center for the Arts is a charming cafe worth checking out. At Jepson Center for the Arts, you can connect with other vegans and enjoy a bite. Wear what you like when you dine at Jepson Center for the Arts — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining. Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Jepson Center for the Arts will ensure that it is delicious. At Jepson Center for the Arts, you can find street parking nearby, as well as garage parking. Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Jepson Center for the Arts. Stop by for three square meals a day — Jepson Center for the Arts serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
207 W York St
Savannah,
GA
US
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.
234 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Savannah,
GA
US
Dirk Hardison finds the beauty of Savannah to be in its details—the cherry trees that line Huntingdon Street and the antebellum Victorian architecture of the Mercer House. These are elements he knows inside and out—in his two decades as a Savannah resident, he has worked on preservation projects of the First Bryan Baptist Church and the 1921 Lucas Theatre. He also served as the architectural design consultant for the Historic Savannah Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes the maintenance and restoration of buildings in all nine historic districts. Dirk knows that Savannah’s details are easily blurred from onboard a moving vehicle or traffic-dodging police horse, so he founded Savannah Rambles, where he orchestrates walking tours of his beloved city. Though the rambles are built around architecture, the city’s structural elements also serve as stepping-stones into explorations of Savannah’s history and culture. Aside from the signature Savannah Architectural Ramble—a two-hour tour that can be open, private, or extended to the five-hour grand version—the nighttime Dark Ramble meets at Tomochichi’s gravesite and slinks through the oldest streets and burial sites as Dirk recounts eerie Savannah lore.
221 East York Street
Savannah,
GA
US
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