Offbeat and Unusual Things to Do in Savannah

Things to Do, Travel Tips — By Lauren Quinn on May 7, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Okay—you’ve toured a historical home, taken a riverboat cruise, lazed on a shady bench in a public square. Once you’ve checked all the big must-sees and have-to-dos off your list, what else is there to do in Savannah? If you think you’ve sampled all the city has to offer, think again. There’s plenty more than the antebellum architecture and Spanish moss that drew you in. These offbeat activities may require a little digging, and a little trekking off the beaten path, but they promise to delve you deeper into the soul of the city.

Steeped in a lingering sense of history, Savannah can sometimes feel downright haunted. Which is probably why there’s some 30 outfitters providing ghost tours throughout the city. While they range in quality, there’s only one that goes the extra mile—and does it in a real hearse. Hearse Ghost Tours is the most gloriously bizarre of Savannah’s ghost tours. Sure, it stops at the usual cemeteries and haunted spots, but delves way deeper into sordid histories—and it also drives you around town in a hearse. It just may be your most enjoyable hearse ride ever.

If you’re not sufficiently spooked yet, the Sorrel-Weed House should give you adequate shivers. The first home in Georgia to be designated as an historical landmark comes complete with a turbulent past. Take an evening or daytime tour, and learn all about the darker side of Savannah’s history.

Though one of the biggest names in American literature, most travelers skip over the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home. The modest home is where the seeds were planted for some of the most riveting and disturbing modern short stories. Check out the family’s library and, if you really want to get the juices flowing, attend a writing workshop.

If you want to sample what the creative forces of Savannah are doing today, head over to Chroma Gallery. The fine art gallery features local contemporary artists, with a focus on new and emerging artists.

And if you’re looking for something truly offbeat and purely Savannah, check out SCAD’s Lucas Theatre for the Arts. The renovated historic theater is run by the Savannah College of Art and Design, and brings the coolest and most unusual things in the city to the stage. Enjoy top-notch concerts, operas, plays and films with cultured locals. The only other travelers may be the performers—but that’s not always a bad thing in Savannah.


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