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Residents of Savannah pride themselves on their Southern charm and hospitality. Famous Southern chef Paula Deen hails from Savannah, and author John Berendt gave the rest of the country a taste of the city’s allure in his 1990s novel (and later movie) Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Experience the city’s grandeur and historical significance for yourself by taking a stroll down the riverfront, climbing lighthouses and spending time at the seacoast destination Jekyll Island.
1. Take a stroll around the city. Savannah’s historic district comprises just two-and-a-half square miles, but they’re packed full of historic structures, shops, inns, gardens and culture. Take a stroll down the riverfront or catch a ride on the Savannah Belles Ferry that’s designed to resemble century old vessels. After exploring the area, indulge in some Southern cooking and seafood for lunch or dinner. Take a stroll down the riverfront or catch a ride on the Savannah Belles Ferry that’s designed to resemble century old vessels.
2. The Tybee lighthouse. The Tybee lighthouse is one of the oldest active lighthouses in the U.S. Visitors may climb to the top for a scenic view of Tybee and historic Fort Screven. A museum tracing the history of Tybee from colonial times to 1845 is housed in a coastal artillery battery built in 1898. Exhibits and a gift shop are located in an 1880s lighthouse keeper’s cottage. The St. Simon lighthouse stands at 104 feet high and has been in continuous operation, except during wartime, since 1872. Visitors may climb to the top here also.
3. Jekyll Island. Enjoy seeing dolphins and sea turtles and experiencing salt water activities on Jekyll Island. Picnicking, biking, observing wildlife or visiting Summer Waves Water Park are just some of the things you can do at this seacoast destination. Once used as an exclusive retreat, Jekyll Island still gives historians and families a taste of that gilded age.