With it’s dramatic moss covered trees and southern historic charm, Savannah, Georgia is a popular yet serene travel destination. While it’s an undeniably beautiful city, it’s summer months are unbelievably hot! Add to that the outrageous humidity, and the beauty and charm quickly take a back seat. It is possible to see Savannah in the summer without enlisting endless complaints from your kids (or your spouse!). This travel guide will help you choose the best places to visit in Savannah, even during the most extreme summer scorcher.
On a Saturday morning, visit Forsyth Park and browse the quaint farmers market. It opens at 9am, so go early to beat the heat. The wide, paved sidewalk is shaded by the mossy trees and lined with booths selling various products like coffee, fresh eggs and produce, and home goods.
Younger kids will love the shady playground at the end of the row, exciting for a wide range of ages from babies to middle schoolers. A few more steps down the path and you’ll find the idyllic Forsyth Park fountain, perfect for a photo opp.5 Places To Visit In Savannah, Georgia To Beat The Heat Click To Tweet
Take advantage of Savannah being a coastal city and head to the beach at Tybee Island. The best place to park is right near the lighthouse, where you’ll find a parking lot with direct beach access and a few local restaurants. Beachfront parking means less walking with arms full of beach gear in the heat of the sun, and nearby restaurants provide refreshing snacks and drinks.
Bring umbrellas and/or a beach tent so you and the family can lounge in the shade when you’re not floating in the cool Atlantic Ocean.
The River Walk is one of the better-known hot spots for tourists in Savannah, and is lined with dozens of interesting shops and restaurants. Head that direction for an early dinner, and then take an evening stroll in order to avoid the heat from the afternoon sun.
Savannah is home to fine arts school Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). A fun afternoon activity for families with kids of all ages is to browse through the Admissions building. It is adorned with fascinating projects from students and located in the beautiful historic section of downtown. Continue to escape the heat by venturing across the street to Art’s for a smoothie.
Younger kids will love climbing aboard the indoor double decker bus, and older kids can choose a hip SCAD souvenir.
For some water fun, head to Ellis Square where the kids can run through the fountain while parents relax in the shade. Once you’ve cooled down and dried off, walk over to City Market for shopping and dining. You’ll find something for everyone! Walk less than half a mile to Leopold’s for deliciously refreshing and award-winning homemade ice-cream- the perfect end to any summer day!