While exploring the Historic District and catching well-traveled sights is an essential part of experiencing Savannah, there are plenty of restaurants and shops that go unseen by first-time visitors. When planning a visit, do yourself a favor – make time to catch these off the beaten path gems that Savannah has to offer.
See: Famous but far-flung from the historic center of town, Bonaventure Cemetery is a sight not to be missed. Established in 1846, Bonaventure isn’t nearly as old as Colonial Park Cemetery. With 100 acres of winding paths canopied by live oaks and Spanish moss, however, it is easily more striking. In the springtime, azaleas arrive in full bloom and color the cemetery with bright pinks and reds. My favorite time to visit Bonaventure is in the morning when the sun has just risen over the Wilmington River to the East. On the second weekend of every month, Bonaventure offers free walking tours to the public on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Another picturesque destination near Savannah is Skidaway Island State Park, a scenic spot for hikers and nature lovers. With almost 600 acres to explore, the park offers regular tours and lessons for young and old on fire building, bird watching, and more.
One of the city’s best-kept secrets is Savannah College of Art and Design’s event calendar, featuring a variety of lectures year-round. Many SCAD lectures include appearances by famous artists, designers, and writers from all over the globe. And the best part? Most talks are free and open to the public. Stay tuned to SCAD events by visiting their online calendar.