The Savannah Historic Overview Trolley Tour offers a fascinating look at Savannah's Historic District by way of open-air trolley for a thorough and informative sightseeing experience in the cultural setting of Georgia.
Take this 90-minute narrated tour for an overview of the city. From the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist to the Pirates' House restaurant, you will have the opportunity to learn the history of this historic area of Savannah. Along the tour, your professional guide will provide insight into the beautiful Historic District of the city, including areas such as River Street and City Market. The tour will cover a 275-year span of facts and highlights concerning Savannah's colorful background.
Detailed Tour Itinerary
Drive By Savannah Visitors Center
Start your tour of historic Savannah at the Savannah Visitors Center. Housed inside an historic Central of Georgia Railway Passenger Station, this visitors center gives you all the information, brochures, and refreshments you could desire from the eager staff, and you can enjoy free parking here before jumping aboard the trolley.
Drive By Historic Savannah Theatre
The Historic Savannah Theatre in Chippewa Square is the center of the downtown historic area. This theater is the oldest theater in the United States and still produces nightly shows, perfect for a getaway after your sightseeing has ended. Get a view of this theater so you can head back in the evening and watch one of their fantastic, high-energy shows.
Drive By Sorrel-Weed House
One of the first two houses in George that became a state landmark, the Sorrel-Weed House represents one of the finest examples of antebellum Greek Revival/Regency architecture in the United States. Designed by one of the leading architects of the time, the house was completed around 1840 and is now considered one of the most haunted attractions and creepiest places in America.
Drive By Forsyth Park
This large city park occupies 30 acres in the Historic District of Savannah. Perfect for a break from sightseeing in the morning or early afternoon, Forsyth Park offers walking paths, a cafe, a children's play area, a fragrant garden for the blind, a large fountain, tennis courts, basketball courts, areas for soccer and Frisbee, and the home field for the Savannah Shamrocks Rugby Club.
Drive By Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
This Roman Catholic cathedral is the Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah. Although the colonial charter initially prohibited Roman Catholics from settling in Savannah, today the Roman Catholic Diocese of the city includes 90 counties in middle and southern Georgia. Take in the views of the fabulous architecture from the comfort of your trolley.
Drive By The Pirates' House
Initially built for seafarers around 1750, the Pirates' House quickly became a rendezvous point for pirates and sailors. Now, this location is a most intriguing restaurant, offering delicious foods that have been acclaimed for over three decades.
Drive By Washington Square
Laid out in 1790, Washington Square was named after General and First President George Washington. Along the edges of the square, there are a number of interesting and surprising homes, almost all of which have been owned by a person or family of historical interest throughout the years.
Drive By Owens-Thomas House
Considered to be one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in America, the Owens-Thomas House was inspired by classical antiquity, designed by a young English architect, and completed in 1819. Now a National Historic Landmark, the location is a historic house museum with a decorative arts collection comprised of Owens family furnishings and American and European objects from 1750-1830.
Drive By Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
As you drive past this historic house owned by the Girl Scouts, learn the fascinating story of how Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts in 1912 and became one of the most significant American women of her time. This location was Savannah's first National Historic Landmark and is the setting for a remarkable family story woven through the history of the city, state, and nation.
Drive By City Market
First started in 1755, the City Market quickly became the place for fishermen and farmers to bring the wares for the public to purchase, and although the original City Market was destroyed, it has since been rebuilt and is still thriving today.
Drive By Reynolds Square
Originally laid out in 1734 as Lower New Square, the square was later renamed for Captain John Reynolds, governor of Georgia in the mid-1750s. The square contains a bronze statue honoring founder of Methodism John Wesley, which was installed in 1969. It is also the site of the Filature, which housed silkworms in an attempt to establish a silk industry in the Georgia colony.
Drive By River Street
Located along the broad Savannah River, River Street offers a look into colonial America. The buildings that were once cotton warehouses have been converted to antique shops, distinctive boutiques, spectacular galleries, quaint brew pubs, fabulous restaurants, unique nightspots, and elegant inns and hotels.
Drive By River Street Market Place
The River Street Market Place is the perfect place to enjoy Southern charm and old-fashioned hospitality while you shop in an open-air market along the river. Browse through over 50 shops, offering unique items from Ireland, Costa Rica, Australia, Nepal, Peru, Japan, Vietnam, China, and of course, the South.
Drive By Old City Exchange Bell
The oldest bell in Georgia, the Old City Exchange Bell was constructed in 1802 and hung in the bell tower of the City Exchange Building. Now, it is located in a replica of the tower in a park just east of City Hall.
Drive By Savannah City Hall
Created to replace the City Exchange in 1906, the Savannah City Hall is the first building constructed for exclusive use by the municipal government. You can admire the building's stunning and distinctive dome with tissue-paper-thin 23-karat gold leaf.
Drive By Franklin Square
Laid out in 1790, Franklin Square was named for Benjamin Franklin, who served as an agent for the colony of Georgia from 1768 to 1778 and had died in 1790. In the square, there stands a memorials honoring Haitian volunteers who fought with Pulaski during the Siege of Savannah, which was unveiled on the 228th anniversary of the battle.
Stops may change due to traffic, weather, maintenance, etc.
Let the past come alive as you explore Savannah in unique fashion with the Historic Overview Trolley Tour.