Jekyll Island once attracted some of America’s richest and most famous, and why not? Its amazing weather and natural beauty are legendary. Its appeal is its location – the perfect distance for a day trip to Savannah, Georgia.
As one of the world’s friendliest cities, Savannah is an iconic tourist destination. The city represents 300 years of history where one can experience art, period architecture, trendy boutiques, and ghost stories. Experience the city’s charm as you stroll along pedestrian-covered streets covered in a veil of Spanish moss.
As Georgia’s oldest city, rich history abounds in both local legend and architecture. The Historic District, which roughly corresponds to the pre-Civil War limits, was declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1966. The district is a Savannah must-see with something for everyone. There are beautiful parks with ancient oaks overlooking the river, character-filled Victorian-style mansions, restaurants and bars, boutiques, and even horse-drawn carriages.
After exploring the historic center, stroll along Riverwalk and enjoy the scenery. It’s one of the best things to do in town. You can stop for a bite at numerous seafood or Southern-style restaurants and visit museums along the way. The Riverwalk can be accessed on River Street in the heart of historic Savannah.
Savannah has so much to see, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. A good tour can help you check off your Savannah sightseeing list, all the while giving local insights you would never learn on your own. Here are some of the best tours in Savannah, Georgia.
A convenient way to see the city is by booking a one- or two-day Old Trolley Tour with Savannah Sightseeing Tours.
It includes unlimited re-boarding, and you can hop on and off all day at 15 stops. There is a live, narrated 90-minute tour with more than 100 points of interest. This tour is one of the best ways to view the city without paying expensive parking fees. Trolleys depart from all stops at least every 20 minutes and run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You can also explore Savannah’s waterways on a Savannah Riverboat Cruise. This 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise allows you to experience the river with a knowledgeable local who will share intriguing tales and historical facts about Savannah’s port and Old Fort Jackson. From the water, you’ll have a great photo opportunity of Savannah’s riverfront and skyline. Cruise prices are $28.95 for adults, $19.95 for children 5-12, and free for children 4 and under—the ship boards at 12:30 p.m., sails at 1:00 p.m., and returns at 2:30 p.m.
Foodies will delight in the Savannah Taste Experience, an opportunity to savor the very best of Southern cuisine. Tours include the First Sides Square Tour, Famous and Secret East Side Food Tour, Southern Fried Expectations Food Tour, and the Walktails and Bar Bites Happy Hour Tour. You can sample all of Savannah’s very best restaurants!
Plan Your Visit
After a long, exciting day in the city, return to the comforts of your Jekyll Island rental. We offer warm and cozy Jekyll Island homes or Jekyll Island cottages with quick access to the beach, big backyards, gazebos, and close proximity to many local attractions. Explore our full range of rentals today to start planning your vacation in paradise!
The distance from Jekyll Island to Savannah is approximately 90 miles or a two-hour drive. Follow the main road to Dock Junction from Jekyll Island and then head North along I-95 S until you reach Savannah.