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I've never loved a city like Savannah. Savannah has so much to offer but it's history is not told correctly. Yes the cobblestones are nice the shops are lovely but what about those cobblestones and the shops, they have stories to tell... Who put those cobblestones on Riverstreet, what were those shops before they moved into the location. The answer is "Slaves".
I've taken Georgia History and I've learned about Ogelthorpe, Yamacraw, Habersham, Lazeratoo... But never learned about the true history of the slaves, the story about the African Slaves brought here to harvest rice, the slave trade from South Carolina, the auction block on Bay Street, the rail line on riverstreet where does it go?.... This is the information that needs to be told...
Everyone knows about the 1st African Church but do they really know about the floor boards, the benches and the start of the underground rail road.....
PLEASE LEARN THE HISTORY OF SAVANNAH.... AND NOT THE SMOKE IMAGE....
Touristy, But Worth Visiting
Yes, it's crowded but the cobblestones are charming, and there are great views of the river. The stores along the street are geared towards tourists--don't expect to find heirlooms here!
We enjoyed stopping by:
Savannah Candy Kitchen or River Street Sweets: We stopped by both for the free praline samples. I couldn't really tell the difference between the two--both were delicious!
The Market on River Street: I'm not sure if this is it's official name but it's an open air market that seems to be more or less permanently set up. There were some interesting stalls and it was fun to browse through.
The Free Boat Trolley: This boat takes you across the river to the Westin. It's free and was fun and it was neat to look at River Street from across the river.
My husband and I enjoyed visiting River Street but we much preferred Broughton Street and City Market.
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it's a wonderful place, historic and the first saturday of the month there is some type of attraction on the plaza near the water. art, dancers, music, we always love it. savannah is the best place to visit! we love the architecture and historic sites, we visit every year, now though it is getting too expensive. we will try to visit anyway maybe just shorter.
I suppose if I lived in Savannah that River Street would have landed in the tourist trap section but as a tourist there are still some worthwhile reasons to head to River Street. Several of the restaurants suggested to us by our concierge were along the river front, there are shops if you need to pick up a gift or souvenir plus it's a nice walk along the river.
Right on the Savannah River, this cobble stone paved street is probably the most touristy street in Savannah. Lot's of restaurants and typical, sometimes tacky, souvenir shops. I wouldn't spend most of my time here, but it's worth walking through once or twice. Many large ships pass by on the river. There's also some decent seafood.
Ships from around the world
If you have a yearning for the sea... perhaps Savannah is a good place to start. There must be lots of opportunities to jump aboard one of these monster container ships and sail the high seas. In one of my photos you can see a deck hand with both arms stretched out in greeting to us as we passed in the river boat cruise. Do you suppose it was a stow away who was ecstatic to be finally on his way across the ocean????
- Sailing and Boating
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Riverfront in Savannah
At he Riverfront at Bay Street, don't miss the promenade at the top of Yamacraw Bluff.
It is parallel with the high row of ballast-stone and brick buildings that as of 1817 served as cotton warehouses. The first two floors of this Factors Walk (called this because a "factor" is a cotton merchant) were used for the cotton coming into port.
Later three more floors were added, and the third floor was used for storage. The fourth and fifth floors were offices. The "Factors" would factor how much cotton was brought in to be sold, and the Walk was the center for most of the commercial activities in Savannah.
The Cotton Exchange is approachable by one of the many catwalks that cross over the cobblestone lane below. Today, antique stores, offices, , a museum, and the River Street Inn Hotel occupy these restored 19th- century buildings.
Ironically, this beautiful place is right beside the "BourbonStreet-like tourist center" full of saloons, nightclubs, restaurants, T-shirt shops, other tourist shops, sidewalk margarita stands, and, at night, fireworks!
It's quite interesting to see the contrast of how this wonderful Riverfront is used.
- Historical Travel
Well, I am biased because I lived in Savannah for three years but River Street is a tourist trap!! It has overpriced food in historic buildings. The best places to go are in the squares farther inland. The Pink House is great. Hiranos on Habersham is spectacular if you like Japanese. Love to walk around on River Street. Avoid it on St. Patricks unless you like drunken stupors!
See the sights along the river!
When we visited Savannah the last time, the Coast Guard was in town! Our narrated boat cruise took us past these regal looking vessels anchored at the waterfront. It was a thrill to see them up close!
As many of us have experienced, a tour by water opens up an entirely new perspective when sightseeing. A long, unhurried walk through town may assure an unobstructed view of historic buildings and streets, but seeing it by water allows for a panoramic view!
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- Sailing and Boating
Take a stroll on the cobble stone!
There is a lot to do in Savannah, but the first thing i found my self doing, was walking down river street. It beautiful. The cobble stone streets are amazing, but be careful, i saw a lot of people trip. While walking there are tons of great places to take your pictures at, and cute shops to stop in. There was this one candy store handing out free samples of well, CANDY! (pralines to be exact) Very delicious, and very fun. The old fashion quality of this town is awesome. I can't wait to go again, so i could take more pictures ( i wish i took more ! )
River Street and Factor's Walk
One of the most interesting parts of Savannah is the river front. The buildings along the river are between River Street, which is right long the shore of the river, and the Factor's Walk area. This portion of the city is several storeys lower than the rest, giving a very old-world feeling to this very old part of the city. The rough cobblestone streets, retaining walls, and iron bridges to the buildings give a lot of atmosphere. There are also many places to shop and eat in the old buildings here.
- Historical Travel
River Stree is the home of Savannah's St. Patty's Day madness. It is also a fun place to go to drink, eat, or shop. A trip to Savannah is not complete without a stroll or two or three down River Street.
Walk on River Street
River Street is, naturally, by the river and has a lot of shops, restaurants, etc. However, it is a lovely spot particulaly as the sun goes down behind the Talmadge Bridge. The shops and restaurants are also not bad even though you find some typical tourist stuff.
There is also a small park at the east end, Emmet Park where you will find "The Waving Girl" statue. Legend has it that this woman, Florence Martus, waved a welcome and a farewell to each ship in Savannah Harbor from 1887 to 1931. They say she never missed a ship and at night would use a lantern. Her brother was the lighthouse keeper at nearby Tybee Island.
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Ah, River Street. Ankle-twisting cobblestones!
Thanks to the River Street Urban Renewal Project of the 1970s, nine blocks of cotton warehouses were renovated into restaurants, nightclubs, pubs, shops, galleries, and boutiques.
Watch the big ships cruise along the Savannah River and stroll down the original cobblestone streets. The ramps and streets along the Savannah River are paved with the cobblestones used as ballast weights in ships arriving in Savannah to pick up cotton and other goods. Once a home to pirates and longshoremen, it is now a thriving tourist attraction with fine shops and restaurants.
Enjoy the best that Savannah’s riverfront has to offer, but remember, if you only do River Street, you are truly missing what Savannah is all about!
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River Street Market Place
The River Street Market Place is a nice little outdoor market to stroll through at some point during your trip to Savannah. Located near the end of River Street (towards the Marriott), there are dozens of vendors selling anything from scented candles to wood carvings to local art. We bought a print there and got it framed when we got home. Even if you don't buy, it is just a nice place to walk through.
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