Savannah Narrated Trolley Tour
With this Savannah Narrated Trolley Tour, you can enjoy and appreciate Savannah's charm and hospitality while enjoy a full day of hop-on hop-off capabilities.
Sit back in your seat admiring the immaculate southern homes and Spanish moss-lined avenues while a guide explains the history, culture, and famous stories of Georgia's first city. Learn the history, legend, and lore which has shaped Savannah into a unique place that is known both as one of the most romantic and most haunted cities in America. These orange and green trolleys have been circling the streets of Savannah for over 25 years, so guests can be sure that they're hitting all the hotspots of the area when you explore places like Forsyth Park, River Street, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and so much more!
The 15 stops include:
- Savannah Visitors Center: Housed inside a historic Central of Georgia Railway Passenger Station, the Savannah Visitors Center is the place to go to learn all about Georgia's first city. You'll receive access to info, tour maps, brochures, and refreshments. On this tour stop, also check out the Savannah History Museum, Savannah Civic Center, Roundhouse Railroad Museum, Battlefield Park, and Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, some of which have admission fees.
- Bull Street Corridor: Bull street is lined with independent stores, boutiques, restaurants, and galleries. If you like shopping, this is the stop for you!
- Madison Square: Named for James Madison, this area is thought to be one of the most haunted places in Savannah. It's right at the center of the Historic District and has two historic homes: Sorrel Weed House and Green-Meldrim House. This beautiful area has plenty to explore.
- Forsyth Park: As the largest and oldest park in Savannah, it spans 30 acres and offers guests with beautiful ambiance, plenty of room for activities and sports, and has more than its share of historical intrigue. In the park, you can enjoy the Forsyth Fountain as well as the Confederate and Spanish-American War Memorials. Nearby, you can explore the Georgia Historical Society and the edge of the Victorian District.
- Massie Heritage Museum: Now a museum, Massie School opened in 1856 as Savannah's first free public school and was closed as a regular school in 1974. Massie reopened in 1977 as a teaching museum for history and architecture, serving over 20,000 visitors last year. Now, the site hosts exhibitions and programs throughout the year. At this tour stop, you should also take a look at the Mercer House, Clary's Cafe, and Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church.
- Cathedral of St. John: This cathedral is an architectural masterpiece. Its French-Gothic style, pointed arches, and magnificent details are breathtaking. Also, check out the nearby attractions of the Flannery O'Connor House, Andrew Low House, and the south entrance of the Colonial Park Cemetery.
- City Market: The historic City Market is alive and bustling. Today, visitors and residents come for the restaurants, pubs, unique shops, museums and galleries.
- Columbia Square: This square was laid out in 1799 and is home to Kehoe House, Abraham Shefthall House, and Isaiah Davenport House. It has a beautiful fountain, statues, and gardens.
- The Pirate's House: Step into The Pirates' House for a taste of what Savannah was like in the mid-1700s. This inn, just steps away from the Savannah River, served as a watering-hole for pirates and seamen from the Seven Seas. Today, it is a specialty restaurant featuring authentic Georgia cuisine served in a theme reminiscent of its early roots. In the area, you'll also find the Marriott Riverfront, International Seaman's House, Chatham Artillery Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Celtic Cross Monument, and Emmet Park.
- River Street: Popular with locals and visitors, East River Street is an integral part of the historic Savannah Waterfront. From eateries to fine dining, art galleries and boutiques, there's something appealing for every taste. Make sure to check out shops like Savannah's Candy Kitchen, Bob's Your Uncle, The Peanut Shop, and The Shrimp Factory.
- Parish House/Bay Street: The Parish House holds a lot of interesting history and beautiful architecture. It's now used as the Parish House of St. John's Episcopal Church but was once used as General Sherman's headquarters during the Civil War.
- The Exchange Bell/Factors Walk: The Exchange Bell is a small replica of the City Exchange Bell Tower. There is a bell hanging inside that dates back to 1802 and was brought over from Amsterdam.
- Ellis Square: Named after Henry Ellis the second Royal Governor of the Georgia colony, Ellis Square has been recently restored to its beautiful condition now. Featuring open spaces for public concerts and an underground parking garage, the park is also home to a bronze statue of singer-songwriter Johnny Mercer. Nearby, you can visit the Inn at Ellis Square, The Lady & Sons Restaurant owned by Paula Deen and her two sons, and First African Baptist Church.
- Ships of the Sea Museum: This museum was founded in 1966 and features paintings, maritime antiques, and ship models. Most of the artifacts date to the era of the Atlantic trade travel route between the 18th and 19th centuries.
- Welcome Center: Get ideas about lodging, dining, attractions, and other travel information.
Trolleys arrive at each stop approximately every 20 minutes, and guests will have access to trolleys from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the extended hours from April through July, trolleys continue until 6 p.m. With this tour, there are over 100 points of interest along the route, including 15 exclusive stops. Guests will also receive a coupon book to the area's restaurants and attractions.
- What methods of transportation does the tour use?
You will ride in an open-air trolley.
- Is there any walking involved?
Minimal walking is involved.
- Approximately how long does the tour last?
It lasts approximately 90 minutes if you were to just stay on the trolley without getting off. The hop on/off pass is valid for 1 day.
- For what ages is the tour appropriate?
It is appropriate for all ages.
- What type of dress & footwear are recommended?
Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
- Where does the tour depart from?
Tour commences with boarding at any of the tour stops.
- Is photography / video recording allowed on the Savannah Narrated Trolley Tour?
Of course! Don't forget your camera.
- Is the trolley handicap accessible?
Yes. There are handicap accessible vehicles if needed.