One of my favorite things to do when visiting a new city is to go on a walking tour. Free Savannah Walking Tours delivers just as the name implies, free walking tours of the city. I met up with my ponytailed guide Chris in Johnson Square on a Saturday morning with a large group from all over the world, including foreign exchange students who were attending university in Atlanta.
The tours start out with the history of the city and its modern references in film. Over the course of 90 minutes, we stopped by the famous Chippewa Square, where Forrest Gump‘s bench once sat, and ended at the majestic Forsyth Park Fountain. It isn’t too much walking for most people and there’s plenty of time to stop and sit along the route.
The best part about the free Savannah walking tours is that the information you get on these tours is of a higher quality than on some other tours, as its led by two history buffs. They don’t throw out random facts that may or may not be true.
Tips are, of course, appreciated, but by no means required. You’ll want to tip your guide at the end of the tour because you’ll be impressed at what you’ve learned. And be sure to ask them for recommendations for other places to see during your visit!
Tours run Monday through Saturday at 10:30am and 1:30pm, and on Sunday at 1:30pm. Times and tours are subject to change or cancellation. I highly recommend going on a free walking tour to start your visit to Savannah off right. Skip the carriage tours and see the city how it was meant to be experienced: on foot.