Gay Savannah Travel Guide: Everything You Need To Know

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As an LGBT person it is important to feel safe and welcome wherever we travel. There are many places in the world where LGBT people must travel with discretion, not even showing affection to their husband, wife, or partners in public. The southern United States isn’t known for being the most liberal region of the United States but in the heart of the Deep South you will find a bastion of open mindedness and acceptance in the city of Savannah, Georgia. That’s right! The city was founded on the notion of equality between all people and this perspective has evolved in modern times in regard to LGBT equality. It’s the perfect place for a non-traditional gaycation and this gay Savannah travel guide will help you plan an unforgettable trip to the city.

Is Savannah Gay-Friendly?
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Savannah is absolutely gay-friendly! In fact, I wouldn’t create a gay Savannah travel guide if it wasn’t. I like to think attitudes in the city toward the LGBT community are the way attitudes should be everywhere. Whether you’re gay, straight, bisexual, transgender…hardly anyone will even bat an eye about it because it isn’t an issue. In this sense, the LGBT community of Savannah has pretty much integrated into the fabric of the city. Sadly, there is a major lack of gay bars in the city. But from my understanding, most LGBT locals don’t really miss them. That’s because LGBT locals feel no need to hang out at gay bars when there are so many great places to grab a drink that welcomes everyone regardless of identity.  Despite the lack of gay bars in the city, Savannah does have its very own LGBT Center which you can check out. There’s also so much to do in this city, from historic exploration to haunted tours, and you can do it all without fear of reprisal for your sexual orientation or identity.

Getting to Savannah

Savannah is located in Chatham County, Georgia along the Savannah River and near the US Intracoastal Waterway. It’s also located in close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean (just a 20 mile drive) which makes it a great base for visiting Georgia’s coast. Whether you’d prefer to drive, ride a train, or fly, getting to Savannah is really quite simple.

By Plane: The Savannah Airport is located 15 miles from the Historic District of Savannah. The airport offers regular flights to more than 30 non-stop destinations and other flights arriving from other destinations via connection. The airlines serving the airport include Delta, United, American, Allegiant, Air Canada, and Jetblue. The airport is also served by Uber so it is really simple to get from into the city once you arrive.

By Train: You can take a train to Savannah via Amtrak’s Silver and Palmetto lines.

By Bus: Savannah serves as a hub for Greyhound Bus Lines. 

By Car: The city is accessible by most points along the east coast via Interstate 96 and if you are coming from out west then you’ll travel along Interstate 16.

History of Savannah, Georgia
Revolutionary War Memorial Savannah Georgia
Battlefield Memorial Park

It wouldn’t be a good gay Savannah travel guide if we didn’t delve into a bit of the history of this city. Savannah’s history begins in 1733 when General James Oglethorpe landed his ship, Anne, on a bluff along the Savannah River with 120 passengers aboard. They were met by the Yamacraws, a Native American tribe, who came to an agreement to allow the settlers to stay. As a result the 13th and final American colony, Georgia, was founded and named after England’s King George II. Savannah became the first city of the new colony. This agreement allowed the Savannah to flourish without the warfare many of America’s early colonies experienced.

The city was completely planned and laid out in a series of grids allowing for wide streets and Savannah’s famous public squares. It is considered America’s first planned city and 22 of its 24 original squares still exist today. Not only did General James Oglethorpe show foresight in planning the city, he also was rather progressive in that Savannah was one of the few colonies where people of all creeds and beliefs could live and prosper. Discrimination based on religion was not allowed in the city.

The city survived the civil war, though its economy collapsed from sea blockades, due to its beauty…or so they say. In reality, the city surrendered to avoid being razed by Union General William Sherman. He famously occupied the city and offered Savannah as a Christmas gift to President Abraham Lincoln. Over the years, the city served as the romping grounds of pirates, an important part of the Civil Rights Movement, the birthplace of the Girl Scouts, and the filming location and inspiration for a plethora of Hollywood films.

Savannah’s Gay History
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Now let’s take a brief look at Savannah’s gay history. Sometimes I write guides for places that don’t have a lot of noticeable gay history but Savannah happens to be a city that not only has plenty of LGBT history, they fully embrace it. This is quite uncommon for the South in the United States which has a reputation of being conservative. The city of Savannah is an oasis of tolerance and acceptance in a state that consistently votes conservative. In fact, from its very inception, Savannah’s founder General Jame Oglethorpe considered the city a haven for the poor and promoted relative religious freedom. This attitude carried over into modern times with an openness to what is different and an acceptance of people for their humanity. As a result, Savannah is home to a thriving LGBT community albeit lacking in a proper gay scene.

Depriving LGBT people of their rights is simply not something most people in the city would even consider. In fact, in 1994, then-mayor Susan Weiner declared the city an accepting place for gays and lesbians to live and visit as part of Human Rights Pride Week. This may not seem like a big deal today given the level and overall support for LGBT rights but at the time it was practically unheard of and very progressive for the city compared to other cities of equal size.

One of the city’s most famous residents was the Lady Chablis who was affectionately known as the Queen of Savannah. This drag queen performed at Club One for many years before passing in 2016 at the age of 59. She was made most famous by the book and subsequent movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil which is based on the real-life story of the murder of male prostitute Danny Hansford by the respected antiques dealer Jim Williams. 

Together along with a successful LGBT Center, these things illustrate a history of LGBT acceptance and support from the city.

When to Visit Savannah
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Sunset in Savannah

If you’re planning a trip to Savannah, then it’s good to know when is the best time of the year to visit. Depending on what month you choose to visit, you might have overwhelming crowds, lots of school children, scorching heat, or cold temperatures. Each season brings both negative and positive aspects for a visit. So weight out your options and make a choice based on your goals for your trip.

Spring: The Spring season in Savannah is from March through June and has moderate crowd sizes. The weather is not too hot and not too cold so you’ll be able to enjoy the city by walking around comfortably. Lodging prices for this time period are fairly reasonable so you’ll have more funds to take tours and enjoy the city’s great restaurants. In my opinion, this is the best time of the year to visit because everything is popping with color, the cost is reasonable, and temperatures are nice.

Summer: From June to mid-September you will experience Summer in Savannah. This is the most popular time to visit the city since most adults and children take vacation during the season. That means dealing with larger crowds when you are trying to visit some of the city’s attractions. With higher demand, room rates increase so you will spend a bit more money. Temperatures are also scorching hot and humidity is at its highest at this time of the year. But it is one of the best times to head to Savannah’s beach, Tybee Island.

Fall: Starting in mid-September and going through mid-November is Fall in Savannah. Similar to Spring, temperatures are fairly moderate and pleasant. You can also find a reasonable priced room during this time period and crowds will be smaller. The only real difference is you don’t have as many flowers as Spring.

Winter: Winter in Savannah is from mid-November through February and is considered low season. Crowds are relatively non-existent and temperatures are at their lowest. In other words, it is fairly cold. With the drop in temperatures and less demand comes a drop in room rates so it is the most affordable time to visit the city.

Where to Stay in Savannah
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Room in East Bay Inn

Instead of giving you a long list of hotels in Savannah, I am simply going to recommend a few. I actually stayed in East Bay Inn because they sponsored my lodging while I explored the city to create this guide. The other two, I’ve heard great things about. All three are part of the Historic Inns of Savannah, a collection of six historic Savannah boutique hotels built in the mid to late 1800s. These hotels provide the ambiance of the Old South in luxurious settings without the bigotry of that storied past. The hotels feature beautiful architecture, historical significance, and are ranked among the top hotels in Savannah.

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East Bay Inn

East Bay Inn: Located on Bay Street, just steps away from the river front, East Bay Inn offers Antebellum ambiance and luxury. The rooms are beautifully decorated with period furniture pieces and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Built in 1792, the Greek Revival-esque building has served many purposes including a cotton warehouse, steam bakery, foreign consul office, grocery warehouse, and a meeting hall. It is super convenient to most of the historic district of Savannah making it an excellent choice if you plan to walk to most your destinations.

Address: 225 E Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401


River Street Inn
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River Street Inn: Built in 1817, River Street Inn’s building was originally used as a cotton warehouse and houses offices for cotton brokers. Featuring 86 guest rooms decorated with period furniture, hardwood floors, and brick walls, the hotel offers a range of services to guest including a candy bar, nightly treats made by Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, and guest bicycles. It’s also located right next to the water making accessing the river front a breeze.

Address: 124 E. Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401


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CC: Olde Harbor Inn

Olde Harbor Inn: Olde Harbor Inn offers spacious suites which you can make your home away from home while visiting Savannah. Located on River Street, this hotel offers quick and easy access to Savannahs restaurants, pubs, nightlife hot spots, shops, and galleries. Think more of an apartment feeling verses a hotel feeling with the charm of an old warehouse plus ballast stone walls and beautiful Emmet Park nearby. Some perks of this hotel include a complimentary wine and cheese reception every evening, complimentary ice cream treats every night, and the ability to lodge your dog.

Address: 508 E Factors Walk, Savannah, GA 31401


Savannah Restaurants To Try

The Hostess City is known for many things including being the oldest city in Georgia, it’s history, and its beauty. But one of the things you’ll find to be the most appealing is its incredible food scene. That’s right! Savannah is a major foodie city and has a plethora of restaurants offering delicious Southern style cooking as well as a fusion of other cuisines. Here are a few of the restaurants I think you should give a try while you explore the city.

Restaurant in Savannah Georgia
Collin’s Quarter

Collins Quarter: I really enjoyed Collins Quarter because of its relaxed atmosphere and classy vibe. It’s also located on Bull Street near Chippewa Square which you might recognize from the movie Forrest Gump. The restaurant offers lunch and dinner with a varied menu offering a range of delicious meals. It’s also home to a walk up coffee window so you can get your caffeine boost on the go. 

Address: 151 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401


The Atlantic: The Atlantic is a neighborhood restaurant offering reasonably priced New American small plates and has an excellent wine list. Situated in an old gas station, the ambiance of this restaurant is definitely one of community. Enjoy menu items such as mushroom pâté, duck breast, and stuffed calamari. 

Address: 102 E Victory Dr, Savannah, GA 31401


Savannah Georgia Restaurant
Treylor Park

Treylor Park: Treylor Park is one of the quirkiest restaurants I experienced in Savannah. With three locations, this restaurant offers reimagined Southern comfort foods including PB&J chicken wings, avocado fries, fried bologna sandwich, and sloppy Joes, just to name a few. Every single thing on their menu is a little twisted and that makes it so delicious. I loved this place so much, I ate there twice in my short visit. 

Address: 115 E Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401


Cotton & Rye: Located in a former 1950’s bank, Cotton & Rye offers New American gastropub fare with an all-American bar. It’s known for its delicious sausage, pâtés, and burgers even offering some great vegetarian fare. The restaurant also has a nice deck for outdoor dining when the weather is great. 

Address: 1801 Habersham St, Savannah, GA 31401


Savannah Restaurant
Two Cracked Eggs

Two Cracked Eggs Cafe: Located on the river front, Two Cracked Eggs offers hearty breakfasts and comfort food. Hearty is an understatement. The portions at this place are huge and the food is really delicious. It’s a great place for breakfast…especially if you can snag a seat facing the river. You have to try their biscuits because they are amazing. 

Address: 202 E Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401


Ms. Wilkes Dining Room:  This is one of Savannah’s most popular restaurants among tourists and locals alike so you’ll need to arrive early if you plan on eating as reservations aren’t a thing here. All tables are communal which means you will likely eat with strangers and food is served family style. You’ll enjoy great Southern staples including collard greens, cornbread, fried chicken, black-eyed peas, and biscuits. The menu changes daily so you never know what you’re going to get. Doors open at 11 am for lunch and it’s cash only. A meal will cost you $25 and price for children 10 years or younger. 

Address: 107 West Jones St, Savannah, GA 31401


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Pirate House

The Pirate House: Located in one of the most historic spots in Savannah, the Pirate House restaurant is located in one of the oldest buildings in the city. Originally opened in 1753 as an inn for seafarers, but quickly became a regular haunt for pirates. It is rumored that Robert Louis Stevenson was inspired by the location while he wrote his famous novel, Treasure Island. Today the Pirate House serves elevated Southern fare in a period setting. One of my favorite things on the menu is She Crab Soup. 

Address: 20 E Broad St, Savannah, GA 31401


Fox & Fig: Offering plant-based fare in a hip and modern atmosphere, Fox & Fig is Savannah’s premier vegan cafe. Located just off Troup Square, Fox & Fig also offers plant-based coffee drinks. 

Address: 321 Habersham St, Savannah, GA 31401


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Leopold’s Ice Cream

Leopold’s Ice Cream: Founded in 1919 by three brothers from Greece, Leopold’s Ice Cream has been a staple in Savannah for generations. Offering delicious ice cream treats, old fashioned sandwiches, and soups, Leopold’s is a must experience for any visitor to Savannah. It has that old fashioned ice cream counter feeling, complete with a marble counter top and soda fountain.

Address: 212 E Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401


Savannah Nightlife

If there is one thing we love to do when we travel it’s head out to some fun bars and have drinks. This gay Savannah travel guide wouldn’t be complete without making some suggestions regarding where to go to get a good drink. However, something you should know about Savannah is that there are basically no gay bars. In fact, there is only one gay club in town called Club One and I was told it is likely shutting down in the near future. Again, LGBT locals do not necessarily feel the need to frequent LGBT oriented bars because the city of Savannah is so LGBT-friendly. With that being said, head into any bar, order a drink, and have a good time.

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Oh! And did I mention you can grab a drink to go in Savannah? This is really not common in most parts of the world, especially the United States where public drinking is frowned upon and can result in jail time. But in Savannah, you can drink alcoholic beverages on the street. The State of Georgia has no state public open container law so the city law governs. In this city it means bar hopping and exploring Savannah nightlife is even more fun because you can carry your open drink anywhere within the Historic District (between River Street to Jones Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to West Broad Street). 

With that being said, here are a few bars I highly suggest you try out!

Savanna bars

ArtilleryArtillery: This is one of Savannah’s best known cocktail bars set up to resemble a speakeasy. Set in a restored armory, this bar serves sophisticate cocktails in an atmosphere to match. They also have a fairly extensive bourbon list which you’ll definitely want to try. Put on a button down shirt and start the night on a fancy note.

Address: 307 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401

Rocks on the Roof: If breathtaking views is more your style then you’ll want to make a stop at Rocks on the Roof located in the Savannah Historic District. Serving small plates and “swanky” drinks, you’ll enjoy the sweeping vies of the Savannah River and the Talmadge Bridge.

Address: 102 W Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401

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Kevin Barry’s

Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub: This is your typical Irish pub and offers Irish-inspired cuisine as well as waterfront views. You can enjoy nightly live music here too if that’s your thing.

Address: 117 W River St, Savannah, GA 31401

The Original Pinkie Masters: This is your quintessential dive bar serving up cash only drinks by endearingly foul mouthed bartenders in a cozy atmosphere. If you’re looking for a place with all the personality and great priced beers then look no further.

Address: 318 Drayton St, Savannah, GA 31401

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Alleycat Lounge: This bar can be hard to find as it is located down an alley you might hesitate to traverse and located in the basement of a building. The Alleycat Lounge prides itself on its commitment to the art of mixology. If your looking for great, adult cocktails then this is the place for you. They can mix anything but think sophisticated drinks.

Address: 207 W Broughton Ln, Savannah, GA 31401

El-Rocko Lounge: Looking for a great cocktail and trivia night? Then this is the bar for you. Decorated in gold, offers draught cocktails and live music. It’s a great place to just hang out with friends.

Address: 117 Whitaker St, Savannah, GA 31401

Attractions to See

There are plenty of attractions to keep you entertained in Savannah. In fact, there are so many that I couldn’t possibly list them all out for you. So instead I am covering a few of my favorite focal points in Savannah. Some of these are actual places and some of these are angles from which you can approach exploring Savannah. Be creative and have fun!

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River Street: Arguably the heart of Savannah, River Street is framed by the Savannah River on one side and old cotton warehouses on the other now filled with more than 75 boutique hotels, galleries, restaurants, bars and pubs, shops, and artist studios. Walking down this street and exploring all it has to offer is a must when visiting Savannah. It’s also a great place to see ships pass by as it sits on a working harbor and the sunsets are pretty incredible here.

Forsythe Park
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Forsyth Park: This 30 acre park is the largest in Savannah and is hub for all sorts of social events including concerts, recreation sports, sunbathing, private parties, reading and relaxing. It’s home to the beautiful and famous Forsyth Park Fountain which was constructed in 1858 and fabricated in Paris. This park is the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll and you can enjoy the beautiful homes that border the park as well.

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Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist: Even if you are not Catholic, you should take a moment to visit this stunningly beautiful church. Constructed in 1874, this architectural masterpiece  is constructed in French-Gothic style and you’ll enjoy its pointed arches and remarkable details. It is free to enter and you can take a self-guided tour to enjoy its double twin spires, Italian marble, Austrian stained glass, and Persian rugs.

Address: 222 E Harris St, Savannah, GA 31401

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Historic Savannah Theatre

Historic Savannah Theatre: Opened in 1818, the Savannah Theatre is one of the oldest continually-operated theaters in the United States. Today the theater focuses on live performances. It’s a great way to experience cinema and performance history for those who love it. Check the Savannah Theatre’s website to see what shows are playing during your visit.

Address: 222 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401

City Market in Savannah Georgia
City Market

City Market: If you love art then you definitely need to walk through this four block open air market. It has been a market area since the 1700s and features shopping, dining, and artwork in restored warehouses. You can definitely discover some incredible artwork in this area and also visit a few museums.

Address: 219 W Bryan St, Savannah, GA 31401

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Old Fort Jackson: Located one mile east of Savannah, Old Fort Jackson is a restored 19th Century fort constructed between 1808 and 1812 to protect Savannah from attack. Listed as National Historic Landmark, the fort offers daily cannon firings and the self-guided exploration. It’s Savannah’s oldest standing brick fortification and one of the oldest on the East Coast of the United States.

Address: 1 Fort Jackson Rd, Savannah, GA 31404

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Fort Pulaski National Monument by Bruce Tuten | Click for CC

Fort Pulaski National Monument: This fort is located a short drive away between the city of Savannah and Tybee Island on Cockspur Island. Fort Pulaski played an important role in the US Civil War in 1862 when the Union Army successfully tested rifled cannon in combat rendering brick fortifications obsolete. It was a major turning point in military history. You can explore the entire restored fort as well as its surrounding grounds which are beautiful.

Address: US-80, Savannah, GA 31410

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Wormsloe Plantation

Wormsloe Historic Site: Informally know as the Wormsloe Plantation, this state historic site is located a short 15 minute drive from Savannah. You can easily take an Uber out to the historic site. The property did in fact house a family founded by Noble Jones who played an important role in the history of Savannah. The State of Georgia acquired the property in 1973 and it was turned into a historic park. You can explore walking trails that branch out through the forests of the property, check out historic ruins, and learn about the property in the small onsite museum. However, the pièce de résistance of Wormsloe Historic Site is its famous Avenue of Oaks which would have led up to the main house in old times. It is the perfect spot for shooting romantic photos or getting that incredible Instagram shot. Just show a bit of reverence since the property was home to enslaved people as well.

Cost to enter is $10 for adults.

Address: 7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, GA 31406

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The public squares are stunning!

Public Squares Galore: If there is one thing Savannah is known for, it’s the city’s beautiful, oak-lined public squares. Originally, there were 24 public squares and luckily, today, 22 of these squares remain. Many of the squares are home to the tombs of figures important to Savannah history or house important historic monuments. All the squares are dripping with Spanish moss which adds to the romance of it all. You’ll love meandering through the squares and gazing at the historic buildings that surround them.

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You might recognize this from Forrest Gump

Movie Themed Stops: Savannah is also famous for its role in many Hollywood films including famous movies such Forrest Gump, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and Lady and the Tramp. There are many more but I won’t list them all out here. You can visit many of the filming locations of your favorite movies and live out your cinema dreams.

Savannah Houses And Museums To Tour
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Mercer-Williams House

Savannah is home to many, many historic houses which have been preserved to be appreciated by future generations. You can enjoy many different styles of architectural exteriors just by walking down the street. However, a good way to appreciate Savannah’s historic houses is to simply take a tour of them. Many of the houses offer tours or are set up as museums. So take the time to go explore Savannah’s historic houses. Here are a few of the best houses recommended for readers of this gay Savannah travel guide.

Davenport House Museum: Built by Isaiah Davenport for his family in 1820, this Federal-style house now demonstrates life in Savannah at the time of its construction. You can see many of the family’s belongings and gain a better understanding of how people lived at the time.

Address: 324 E State St, Savannah, GA 31401

Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters: This Regency style mansion was built in 1819 and includes gardens, a carriage house, and slave quarters. The museum allows visitors to understand the complicated relationships between the most and least powerful people in 19th Century Savannah.

Address: 124 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401

The Andrew Low House: This house is most famous as the abode of Juliette Low who is the founder of the Girl Scouts. You can tour the carriage house which contains a collection of Girl Scouts memorabilia including uniforms and books.

Address: 329 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401 

Mercer-Williams House: The Mercer-Williams House Museum is located on the southwestern end of Monterrey Square. It was famously the home of Jim Williams and received much attention as a result of the book and movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The plot of the movie revolves around the murder of a gay lover and what ensues as a result. The Mercer-Williams House is also considered one of the most haunted in Savannah.

Address: 429 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401

American Prohibition Museum: If you’re a drinker then this museum is for you as it covers the ban on alcohol in the United States from 1920-1933. The museum displays artifacts from the days of Prohibition as well as offers a speakeasy experience where you can have a drink.

Address: 209 West St. Julian Street, Savannah, GA 31401

SCAD Museum of Art: Founded in 2002 as part of the Savannah College of Art and Design, this museum offers contemporary artwork.

Address: 601 Turner Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401

Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum: For a more serious experience about an important part of American history, the fight for Civil Rights, visit the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. The museum offers photos and films detailing the Civil Rights movement and African-American history in the United States.

Address: 460 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401

Pin Point Heritage Museum: Located about 15 minutes by care outside of Savannah, this is a unique museum which allows visitors to experience the Gullah/Geechee culture first hand. Situated in an old A.S. Varn and Son Oyster and Crab Factory, the museum pays homage to the African-American community which existed in isolation for nearly 100 years. This is must-experience museum!

Take an Uber to the museum of you do not have a car.

Address: 9924 Pin Point Ave, Savannah, GA 31406

Savannah Tours To Take
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Explore Savannah by Walking Tour

You will find no shortage of tours to take in Savannah. Guided tours are often based on theme and can focus on history, architecture, haunts, food, and more. I highly recommend taking a guided tour at least at the beginning of your holiday in Savannah because it’ll help you gain a footing for the rest of your trip. Plus, you’ll learn a lot of new and interesting thing you might not learn otherwise.

Genteel & Bard: Offering what they refer to as “fine Savannah tours,” Genteel and Bard offer tours focused on Savannah’s history. Guides are extremely knowledgeable and make it seem they are literally walking you through history.


Architectural Tours of Savannah: Tours are led by a Savannah of College of Art and Design graduate with a Masters in Architecture, Architectural Tours of Savannah delves into the cities history and development through its architecture and design. You’ll learn all about the cities original founding plan and efforts to preserve its architectural treasures.


Savannah Taste Experience: Stroll through Savannah while learning about and experiencing its history and culture through its food. Tours last 3 hours and seek to showcase Savannah’s culinary achievements while also providing you with delicious experience for your taste buds. Learn about Savannah’s food scene and maybe discover a restaurant to try on your own at a later time.


Old Town Trolley: While Savannah is highly walkable, I always recommend the hop on, hop off trolley or bus no matter what city you are visiting. It can be a bit pricey but it can also serve as your mode of transportation around the city. This trolley will take you to over 100 points of interest so you’re sure to see and experience the best of Savannah’s attractions.


Haunted Savannah
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Beautiful by day but the spooks come out at night!

While Savannah is famous for its beautiful architecture, romantic public squares, and delicious food scene, it’s also well-known for it’s dark history. In fact, Savannah is considered one of the most haunted cities in the United States, according to USA Today. What makes the city such a haunted place? Well, perhaps it’s because it use to be a favorite haunt of pirates and other people of devious character. Maybe, the many famous murders that have taken place in the city have left their marks. Or it could be that the city was built on top of their dead. That’s right, Savannah is built atop Native American burial grounds, slave cemeteries, and colonial graveyards. Whatever the reason, Savannah is certainly haunted and there are plenty of tours available to help you explore the supernatural.

Hearse Ghost Tours: See Savannah at night and learn about the many spirits who call it home all while being driven around in the back of a hearse. It’s probably the most unique ghost tour you can take and one of the only ways you’ll ride in a hearse while you’re still alive.


Savannah Haunted Pub Crawl: If you’d prefer a little liquid courage to seek out the vengeful spirits of the dearly departed, then the Savannah Haunted Pub Crawl is for you. Not only will you perhaps discover a few spirits, you’ll also discover some of the best bars to drink spirits. Needless to say, this tour is for adults 21 years and older only.


Bonaventure Cemetery Tours: This name-your-own-price tour is lead through Savannah’s famous Bonaventure Cemetery where you will discover the cities history through its departed citizens. You’ll enjoy Live Oaks and azaleas (depending on the time of the year) as well as some eerie graves in beautiful setting. Tours are limited to 14 people.

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Grave Encounters Trolley Tours: Lead by the award-winning, locally owned and operated tour company, Old Savannah Tours, Grave Encounters Trolley Tours involves visiting some Savannah’s most haunted locations. The tour is supplemented by ghostly guides dressed up in period costumes who tell their characters’ stories. They even offer a comedy ghost tour!


Paranormal Activity Tour in Savannah: If you’ve always wanted go ghost hunting then this the tour for you. Led by paranormal investigator, Patrick Burns, this tour is focused less on the history of Savannah and more on finding actual evidence of paranormal activity.


Savannah Events

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Savannah host a number of events throughout the year from culinary conventions to music festivals and your typical holiday events. However, the city is most famous for the way it celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day. This holiday is huge in Savannah and is celebrate with a plethora of events including a St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Savannah River is also dyed green to celebrate the holiday; don’t worry it is environmentally friendly and causes no harm. All of this added to the fact you can drink in the street equates to one raucous celebration each year.

Savannah’s Beach
Tybee Island Lighthouse
Tybee Island Lighthouse

Savannah is not technically located on the ocean, instead having the Savannah River running through the city and offering safe harbor to ships and boats. However, you can arrive to the ocean by just taking a short half hour east of the city. You’ll arrive to Tybee Island which is known by locals as Savannah’s beach. In fact, Tybee Island and Savannah are intricately tied by a shared history. So if you’re feeling like a beach day while you visit Savannah, you can definitely make it happen. Even if you don’t have a car, most Ubers are willing to drive you out to Tybee Island.

Once you arrive, you’ll have the relaxing sand waves along with quite a few tasty restaurants. Be sure to check out the Tybee Island lighthouse and learn how it is part of, not only to Tybee Island’s history, but also the history of Savannah.

Are you ready to take your next holiday in Savannah.

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J. Harvey

J Harvey is a travel writer based in North Carolina. With two masters degrees, he decided to forget working a normal 9-5 job and instead create a travel blog focusing on travel for a more inclusive community. He hopes to increase LGBT representation within the travel industry while inspiring others to travel in whatever capacity.

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One thought on “Gay Savannah Travel Guide: Everything You Need To Know

  • January 31, 2021 at 7:22 am

    Myself and partner and kids are planning a trip to savannah, all the way from South Africa, Thanks for this very insightful blog! We have wanted to go to Savannah for many years, Hopefully we can get there this year aftere the cornacoaster is over!


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