Sultry Savannah's combination of colonial architecture and southern charm have long made it a popular weekend destination. In more recent years, fans of the Savannah-based book and movie, "Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil," have flocked here to see the Bonaventure Cemetery, the Mercer House and other associated landmarks. History buffs are drawn to Wormsloe, one of the only examples of a true plantation in the area, and the city's many museums and old mansions. Although Savannah is not thought of as an outdoor adventure destination, visitors can find hiking, biking and swimming at the nearby Skidaway Island State Park. Savannah is known for its five-star restaurants, elegant historic inns and upscale hotels.
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The best way of getting to know Savannah's historic district is to take a stroll along Bull Street and the side streets opening off of it in either direction. The starting point is City Hall (1905), opposite which is the U.S. Customs House, built in 1852 on the site of the colony's first public building. To the south of this is Johnson Square, the first square laid out in the new planned town, with the Christ Episcopal Church (1838), on the site of the colony's first church of 1733. There are many historic squares to explore in this section of Savannah. Along this stretch are also coffee shops and restaurants, some with outdoor tables. For a more memorable experience, see Bull Street from the comfort of a horse drawn carriage tour, where you can also learn a little history. Trolley tours are another good option.
Forsyth Park is the largest and most active park in Savannah. It was created in the mid 19th century, at a time when large parks were fashionable in American cities. The large, cast-iron fountain was placed here in 1858 and intended to be the focal point of the park. It has remained the primary feature in the park since that time, with several periods of restoration, including the most recent major restoration in the late 1980s. Forsyth Park is also a lovely area to walk, with mature, shady tree and paved paths. Surrounding the park are a number of interesting old buildings. In the spring the park puts on a great display of color when the azaleas are in full bloom. Within the park is the Visitor Center and Band Shell, with amenities that include a café and snack bar.
Iron steps leads down from Factors Walk to Riverfront, a row of 19th century warehouses now occupied by shops, and restaurants. This is a popular area day and night with old style candy stores selling fresh fudge and other treats, unique art galleries, and souvenir vendors. From here there are views, particularly fine in the evening, of the port and the large suspension bridge.