How to Visit Savannah, Georgia, on a Budget


Savannah, Georgia, also known as "The Hostess City of the South," is a budget-friendly town according to the 2010 "America's Favorite Cities" survey by "Travel and Leisure." Savannah ranked first for fall visits, vintage shops and flea markets; No. 2 for neighborhood joints, cafes, and bed-and-breakfast establishments; and No. 3 for historical monuments. It also was ranked No. 2 for friendliness and public transportation. There are several places and events to visit that won't cost much.

Visit the historic district of Savannah, which is comprised of more than 1,000 historic buildings. With its 2 1/2 mile square mile radius, it is considered the largest historic district in the country.

During the summer, enjoy one of the free "Mercer in the Square" concerts. These concerts take place from June through the end of July, in both Johnson and Wright Square.

Purchase a "Daypass" for unlimited parking in the city of Savannah. As of 2011, the pass was $7 for one day and $12 for two. The pass can save money if you plan to do a walking tour. It means you can park for free at parking meters, and over the time limit at limited time zones.

Visit some of Savannah's special attractions with minimal admissions fees. Admission is just $5 to the Oatland Island Wildlife Center and the Ships of the Maritime Museum. The Pinnacle Gallery requests a modest donation, and there is no admission charged at the SCAD Museum of Art, the City Market Art Center and the Gallery S.P.A.C.E.

Do a walking tour around some of Savannah's movie locations. "Forrest Gump," "Something to Talk About," and some of "Roots" were filmed there. The tour can also include some of the city's many memorials and statues.

Tour one of the cemeteries in Savannah. The cemeteries have a rich history, and unique sculptures, gardens, and folklore. That folklore, which has helped Savannah's reputation as a colorful and even haunted city, inspired the novel and movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

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