Enjoy warm days, Southern charm, and a variety of attractions and historic sites in Savannah. Located on the eastern coast of Georgia, Savannah is home to stunning architecture, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts of America. Wander around River Street and watch the barges plow through the water toward the port as you enjoy pralines from River Street Sweets. In the winter, enjoy the Christmas Tour of Homes and peek inside some of the most historic brownstones around Pulaski Square. Booking the perfect Savannah vacation rental depends on the time of year you visit. Use this guide to find out the seasonal highlights in Savannah.
Visiting Savannah in the Summer
Expect sizzling summer days with plenty of humidity when you visit this southern city in the summer months. However, excellent air conditioning at most indoor activities and a full water bottle can make your trip amazing in the summer weather. As you walk through Pulaski Park or along River Street, expect to find temperatures in the low 90s. Stop by one of the locally-owned seafood restaurants and have dinner on the patio as temperatures dip into the low 70s as the sun goes down. Add plenty of sunscreen to your what to pack list along with shorts, light cotton pants and shirts, and a sturdy pair of walking shoes.
Fourth of July week is a popular time to enjoy unique celebrations. Groups traveling with older children and adults can take part in the Red, White, and Brews Independence Day Bar Crawl, including such hot spots as Pour Larry’s and Savannah Smiles. When you join this pub crawl, you receive a scorecard to get signed at pubs along the way. You can win a t-shirt or other swag, and everyone enjoys drink specials and a good time at some of Savannah’s best pubs. Visit Fort King George for the annual Cannons Across The Marsh as they present live demonstrations of fort life and fire the cannons.
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Visiting Savannah in the Fall
Fall is considered one of the high seasons in Savannah as the weather cools down. During the days, you can expect an average temperature in the mid-80s in September and low 70s by the end of the season. As the sun goes down, pull out a light jacket because the temperature tends to drop to around 20 degrees at night. When packing for your trip in the fall, make sure to include jeans and shirts to layer to keep you warm in the morning and take off in the afternoon to keep you cool.
Octoberfest is the hottest ticket in town during the month of October. Up and down River Street and throughout the city, bars and restaurants celebrate this holiday with German beer and authentic sausage and other delicacies, such as Kevin Barry’s Pub and The Warehouse Bar and Grille. On River Street, you can cheer on your favorite dog during the Wiener Dog Races and practice your dance moves during the Oompah dances. Fall is also one of the busiest times in Savannah for festivals. You can attend the Bacon Festival, Savannah Craft Brew Festival, Greek Festival, and many others. Each one has its own unique theme, but they all offer great food and live entertainment.
Visiting Savannah in the Winter
If you’re traveling to Savannah from a northern area, you won’t find the weather cold, but locals find the daily highs in the low 60s and upper 50 quite chilly. Of course, after dark, the temperatures plummet to the high 30s necessitating a coat. The towering trees that line the walkway provide shade in the summer but add to the feeling of colder temperatures when you’re on a walking tour. Make sure to pack jeans and warm weather clothes.
In the winter months, Savannah historic district throws open its doors during the annual Christmas Tours of Homes. It’s one of the few chances during the year to get an inside look at many of these grand dames. In December and January, head over to the Savannah Civic Center to put on ice skates and pretend like you’re destined for the Olympics or just have a good time with the family. Take a ride on the Holiday Trolley Tour sponsored by Old Town Trolley Tours to spend the evening singing carols, sipping cider, and seeing the best lights in town. Take a walk along the Savannah River during the Holiday Celebration on the River to pick up some great gifts from local vendors and craftsmen. In River Street Sweets, you can pick up candy for Christmas stocking that everyone loves.
Visiting Savannah in the Spring
Spring sees the return of warmer temperatures and increased crowds to Savannah. Look for weather in the 70s throughout much of March and April during the day with lows in the high 40s and low 50s. In May, temperatures soar into the low 80s, making it a great time to get out and walk around town soaking up the sunshine, taking a steamboat ride up the Savannah River with Savannah Riverboat Cruises, and enjoying a day trip to Tybee Island to splash in the surf. Showers are possible during the late spring so pack an umbrella along with your favorite jeans and walking shoes.
After Octoberfest, the next big party of the year in Savannah happens on March 17th, Saint Patrick’s Day, on River Street. For three days, visitors flood the area for live music, green beer, dance parties, food vendors, and a lot of partying and merrymaking. Stretch your legs and enjoy the return of flowers with a North of Gwinnett Street Tour of Hidden Gardens with tickets offered through the Garden Club of Savannah. A popular festival is the Savannah Music Festival that features as many as 100 acts.
Best Time of Year to Visit Savannah
There isn’t a bad time to visit Savannah, but you can tailor the trip to your personal preferences. However, booking a Savannah vacation rental in the fall is truly the best time to visit. With cooler temperatures than the summer and warmer than the winter, the town offers weather designed for exploring this historic city. Whether you want to take a walking tour or visit the Juliette Gordon Low House, there’s no shortage of fun. Choose your favorite fall festival from the more than 20 each fall and schedule your trip.
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