A walking tour acquaints you with the city around you, helping you avoid disaster during future scavenger hunts and upcoming bouts of amnesia. Today’s Groupon gets you two hours of steps closer: for $10, you get a two-hour historic mosey from Savannah Rambles on its Savannah Architectural Ramble (a $20 value for adults, a $12 value for children ages 6–18). Tours run Monday–Saturday, with reservations available in the morning, afternoon, and evening throughout the summer. Children under age 6 can participate for free when accompanied by an adult or an animate balloon animal.
Savannah Rambles squires wayfarers on inspiring tours through Savannah's National Historic Landmark District. Escorted by tour maestro and preservationist Dirk Hardison, guests wind through a two-hour crash course in the artistry, history, and mating rituals of the city's venerable buildings. After an overview of Savannah's distinctive circular city plan, guests stroll through the city's squares, boulevards, and public spaces, taking particular note of how Savannah's diverse populations affected the growth and building styles of their shared community. Hardison waxes eloquent on topics that range far beyond architecture, including noted local citizens, Freemasonry, and the risks of statues coming to life during thunderstorms. Questions and new topics of discussion are always welcomed.
Running at a relaxed pace and focusing on leisurely pleasure instead of moving from point to point, tours capture the carefree spirit of the city’s environs. Dogs are welcome on this journey as long as they remain tethered to their owner and clad in traditional white-linen suits.
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.
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