The best Parks and Gardens in Savannah, Georgia
In Georgia, the gorgeous State is Savannah city. Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia, which means that there is a lot of history attached to it. It is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the USA and was designated by the USA government in 1966. The city also has a lot of recreational spaces -parks and gardens among others.
Here are some of the most beautiful parks and gardens worth checking out!
1. Savannah Botanical Gardens
If you are looking for the best gardens in Georgia to host an event, then Savannah Botanical Gardens is hands down the best! The Savannah Botanical Gardens is owned by Savannah Area and Council of Garden Clubs, Inc, and was created in 1980. It has beautiful grounds, flowers, hundreds of plants, herbs, ferns, nature trails, a two-acre pond, and even history as one can have a historic tour of the 19th Century Reinhard House. There are different gardens that one can access; botanical gardens, vegetable garden, fern garden, Camellia garden, a children’s garden, Perennial garden, and even a rose garden. The Gardens are free of change but accept donations, and all areas are accessible by wheelchairs.
2. Emmet Park
Emmet Park was named after the Irish orator Robert Emmet in 1902. The Irish community that settled and worked at the docks used the park as a relaxing spot and it is therefore has an Irish Heritage attached to it. The magnificent park is located on Bay Street, has 22 squares and gardens enjoyed by people who visit from far and wide. located in the downtown part of Savannah, the park has a nature trail that one can walk, and eat at the Old Pink House, explore River Street that has cafes and shops, and simply have a great time. The park is not so big and not far from the Savannah business district, it is just the perfect place to spend a good time.
3. Forsyth Park
The Forsyth Park is an amazing 30-acre park in Savannah, Georgia, which is considered one of the oldest parks around. The park is named after John Forsyth, Georgia’s Governor at some point, and was designed by William Bischoff, and John Hogg, a city surveyor in the 1840s. This is an amazing place to have events but even better than that, is the fact that you can have a picnic, a meal at the café, photos at the 150-year-old fountain, or just enjoy some alone time! Also, enjoy the Confederation Memorial, tennis, basketball courts, and a half shell theater. The most fascinating things are the beautiful oak trees that are found in most parts of the park, as well as other canopy trees, azaleas and pines
4. Oatland Island Wildlife Center
With more than 150 animals and 50 species in 175 acres, Oatland Island Wildlife Center is the place to see and interact with animals of all kinds. From domestic animals like cows, sheep, pigs, and others at the ‘George Farm’, to the wild animals like squirrels and wolves at the ‘Wolf Wilderness’, and birds at the ‘Birds of Prey one will have an amazing time here. The place is also open all year round so anytime you are in Georgia, you might want to check it out! The place is green and vibrant, peaceful, and enchanting; and as much as it is a park with animals, the place plays host to many events like the Halloween family night, Harvest Festival & Cane Grinding, and many others!
5. Wormsloe Historic Site
As you enter the Wormsloe Historic site, you will notice rows of beautiful oaks that line the road and whose branches lean in together to make an arched passage. It is a warm but grand welcome to one of the most whimsical places in Georgia! Wormsloe has been in the same family for years, centuries even. Since the mid-1730s, Noble Jones tended and developed the park and inspired those after him to create the park, to what it is now. The site is located in the Spanish moss and live-oaks which give the place an even better outlook. Within the park is Tabby House which was constructed between the 16th and 19th Centuries, made of lime, sand, and seashells. The site has trails that one can hike, and paths that will lead you to the ‘Isle of Hope’ where you get a breathtaking view of the surrounding areas. The 500-acre piece of land has a lot to offer and one has to pay a small fee to enter, and one can also get a guided tour and get to know more about the history of Georgia as well as the Wormsloe Historic Site.
6. Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
Get to interacts with wildlife, and the best of nature at the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge located in Macintosh, some 48 kilometers southwest of Georgia. People will get to experience Harry Neck’s history, as well as indulge in hiking and cycling- there are over 15 miles. The refuge covers an area 0f 2,762 acres and was established, in an abandoned military airfield which was transferred in 1962 by the Federal Aviation Administration. During winter, one can enjoy the abundance of ducks waddling on the pools and marshlands, and during summer, check out the egrets and also herons; and during
7. Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens
Experience a breathtaking 51-acre botanical garden. The garden planted in 1880, when the owner H.B Miller planted Japanese Timber Plants, and in 1915, a bamboo grove was planted. The site was purchased in 1919 by Barbour Lathrop and leased to the United States Department of Agriculture. The Gardens are believed to have the largest Bamboo collection in the USA, that is open to the public.
8. Chippewa Square
One of the most popular spots in Savannah is the Chippewa Square; and while there, make sure to visit the bronze statue of General James Oglethorpe, the founder of Georgia. The statue has been there since 1910! The movie ‘Forest Grump’ was shot here and that is one of the reasons why it is very popular. The park, which is located on Bull Street, was named after The Battle of Chippewa, which happened in 1812; and the park was then established in 1815. This park is the best place to have a quiet time, and enjoy nature.