Savannah is known for its natural beauty and that is why life in Savannah is best enjoyed outdoors. Beautiful parks shaded by majestic live oaks and rivers meandering through the marsh towards the ocean offer a lovely setting for getting out and making the most of our year-round comfortable temperatures, though you might want to opt for water activities in the summer months.
A Walk in the Park
The city has many parks with walking and biking trails, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, baseball diamonds, soccer fields and playgrounds. Daffin Park has a great dog park for your four-legged friends and Lake Mayer Park has a large stocked lake and fishing pier. Forsyth Park has an amphitheater for concerts, and of course the iconic fountain in the middle where you can pause on a bench and enjoy some of the city’s best people watching. Skidaway Island State Park offers hiking trails and camping in cabins, tents or RVs. If you prefer to add some history to your walk, you can take one of the guided walking tours downtown or visit Wormsloe Plantation, where you can walk among the tabby ruins of the colonial estate of Noble Jones, one of the first settlers to come to Savannah. Events are held at the plantation where the past comes alive with costumed actors demonstrating the tools and life of colonial Georgia. Fort Pulaski and Fort Jackson are also open to the public to explore and feature live canon firings and reenactments.
Sports enthusiasts can sign up to play in one of the many adult sports leagues offering kickball, softball and baseball, tennis, flag football and volleyball. These leagues are a great way to play your favorite sports while meeting new people. Fleet Feet Savannah also hosts running clubs and races from 5k fun runs to full and half marathons.
If you prefer to sit back and watch, come out to historic Grayson Stadium and catch a Savannah Sand Gnats baseball game. Class A affiliate of the NY Mets and 2013 South Atlantic League Champions, Sand Gnats games are a chance to enjoy great baseball at a very affordable price. Daily promotions for each season can include nights with discounted admission, snacks and beer. Saturday nights there is even fireworks after the game.
A Day at the Beach
Easy access to the Atlantic Ocean and numerous rivers makes Savannah a great place for water sports and activities. With 420 miles of navigable waters weaving through the marshlands and over 20 local marinas, Savannah is a boater’s paradise. There are even secluded island beaches that you can visit (reachable only by boat) and restaurants that have docks for patrons who come for a bite. Inshore and offshore fishing opportunities abound for both novice and experienced anglers and charter fishing excursions are available for deep sea fishing. Two local favorites, grouper and snapper are in season almost any time of the year.
Many local companies rent kayaks and paddleboards for exploring the rivers and some lead guided tours to view historic sites or local wildlife. If you prefer to relax while out on the water, a number of dolphin tours and sunset tours will give you a chance to view everything from sea turtles and otters to birds and of course, dolphins!
One of the best ways to beat the heat is to pack up and head to the beach. At the north end of Tybee Island is the aptly named North Beach where you can visit the Tybee Lighthouse, one of America’s most complete historic light stations. If you are willing to make the 178 step climb to the top, you will be rewarded with a view of the entire island. Across the street from the lighthouse, you can stroll through the Fort Screven Historic District and museum. South Beach is at the other end of the island and features the pier and pavilion, beach shops, restaurants, bars and hotels. Beach volleyball, yoga, frisbee, skimboarding and of course, swimming are just some of the activities beachgoers frequently enjoy.