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The savannah is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the south, and it is easy to understand why. With its well-kept squares, the oaks draped with Spanish moss and the Antebellum architecture, this city on the waterfront offers many attractions. Although a visit there can be expensive, Savannah, Georgia, has a lot to do for free.
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1. Walk through the historical squares of Savannah
One of the free things you can do in Savannah is take a walk around each of the historic sites.
There is a large walking circuit where you can see all the historical sights in a 2 mile walk.
Although this walk takes most of the day, you can also settle for a visit to some of the most visited places with Forsythe Park.
Forsythe Park is the oldest public park in the savannah and with an area of almost 30 hectares also the largest. Monuments from the civil war of 1840, various statues and of course the famous fountain lit at night.
During a walk through the historic district you can also see some of the most beautiful houses in the area.
You’ll find houses in different styles, from the Greek Renaissance to the colonial era, and they’re all so well preserved!
2. Visit to the famous cemeteries of Savannah
If you don’t think cemeteries should be on your list of Savannah attractions, there are two cemeteries you should find to walk around because they are open to the public.
The Bonaventura Cemetery is the most famous cemetery in Savannah.
This cemetery dates back to 1846 when it was part of the Bonaventure plantation.
The Bonaventure Historical Society has published a mobile guide (Apple iTunes or Google Play) for a tour of the cemetery. This application is free of charge and provides detailed information about the various aspects of the cemetery, as well as historical information about the deaths of some of the people buried there.
The main attraction of this cemetery is the beauty of the statues that decorate the graves.
Colonial Park Cemetery
The Colonial Park Cemetery dates back to 1750 and houses some of the most important figures of the savannah, including one of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence, Button Gwynnett.
The yellow fever epidemic of 1820 claimed thousands of victims in the savannah. In the northern part of the Colonial Park Cemetery you will find mass graves with about 700 bodies.
3. Visit to the port area
River Street is a place where you will find many shops and restaurants. What was once a former cotton warehouse has been transformed into a lively art district, full of galleries, studios, shops and much more!
If you don’t have money to spend, don’t worry, there are many things you can do and see for free on the waterfront.
The statue of the waving girl is one of the most famous water sculptures.
The Savannah Waving Girl statue was made in memory of Florence Margaret Martous, who for more than forty-four years, from 1887 to 1931, housed ships in the city’s harbour.
When you wake up at the water’s edge, you’ll find several statues, and each of them deserves to be admired in person!
Ferry trip from Savannah to Belle
Take the free Savannah Belle ferry from River Street to Hutchinson Island. It gives you a unique perspective on the Waving Girl statue on the banks of the Savannah Marriott River.
She works from 7 a.m. to midnight, and a night walk gives you a completely different perspective than the day!
If you’re in Savannah on the first Friday night of the month, you might even see fireworks!
4. Walk in St. John the Baptist Cathedral
History of the cathedral
At the end of the 1700s, after the revolutionary war, a wave of French Catholics settled in Savannah (fleeing Haiti) and founded a community called Saint Jean-Baptiste. Their first church was a small building on the site where the courthouse now stands.
As more and more immigrants like the Irish migrated to the United States, religiously tolerant, the Church went beyond its walls and needed a much larger meeting place.
Holy Mary. Jean-Baptiste in Savannah was built in 1876, but was almost destroyed by a fire in 1898. The cathedral that stands today was rebuilt in 1900.
Interior of St. George’s Cathedral of John the Baptist
As you enter the cathedral, you will see the interior in the style of the French Gothic. That’s just great.
The 34 frescoes are all by the Savannah folk artist Christopher Murphy. They were actually painted on canvas in New York and then put together in a cathedral!
On both sides of the cathedral there are stands in the form of crosses and beautiful stained glass windows depicting parts of the Bible.
The stained glass windows illuminating the sanctuary were made in Innsbruck, Austria, and date from 1904.
On the high altar, in Carrara marble from Italy, the Latin sentence Beati Qui Ad Cenam Agni Vocati Sunt is engraved. This sentence means translated: Blessed are those who are called to the banquet of the Lamb.
The baptismal font dates from 1876, but was repaired in 2000. It is made of Carrara marble and lined with black granite from India. You will notice that there exists a Celtic symbol for eternity that pays homage to the Irish who helped found the diocese.
The church is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 12.45 p.m. to 5 p.m. for independent tours.
5. Savannah Botanical Garden
The Savannah Botanical Garden, under the supervision of the district council of the garden clubs, has several beautiful gardens based on different types of plants and flowers.
You will find a rosary, a perennial garden, ferns and much more. In addition to the beautiful seasonal flowers and plants, there is a two-hectare pond, footpaths and a 19th century farmhouse. Use this garden plan as a guide.
The watch: Mn – Sa: from 8 a.m. to 8 a.m. and so on: 8:00 – 20:45
The savannah is a real pearl of the South, and although it has the reputation of being an expensive destination, there is a lot to do there for free and cheap!
Looking for more lost things in Savannah? Visit Wormslow’s historical website.
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