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Cheap Travel to Savannah: 5 Great Attractions for Visitors on a Budget

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By    |   Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 10:32 AM

Yes, you can take it easy with cheap travel ideas while in Savannah, Georgia. Visitors come here because of the beautiful scenery, so you have plenty of places to see — and at no fee. Here are five great attractions in lovely Savannah for people on a budget.

1. A stroll through the Colonial Park Cemetery takes you along family plots that date back to the 1700s. It was established around 1750 as the burial spot for Christ Church Parish and became the burial ground for the city until it closed for burials in 1853.

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The cemetery is considered one of Savannah’s most beautiful restorations with many dignitaries buried there, including Button Gwinnett, an original signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Local legend has it that the ghost of an accused murderer from the early 1800s roams the cemetery, which attracts visitors who enjoy haunted tales.

2. Beachgoers and shoppers can enjoy the South Beach area on Tybee Island. Along with swimming and surfing, you can visit the restaurants, bars, clubs, ice cream shops, and beach stores — or take in the sights of Tybee Pavilion and Pier and Tybee Island Marine Science Center.

From the boardwalks and dunes, the beach is ideal for pleasant beachcombing on the broad, flat sands. The area has a variety of beautiful shells and sea life that include blue and spider crabs, sand dollars, starfish, and shore birds.

3. Forsyth Park, the largest park in Savannah’s historic district, covers 30 acres of land. Here, you’ll find locals and visitors enjoying recreational activities, sun bathing, concerts, or just relaxing and reading in the peaceful area.

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The large fountain at Forsyth Park is its most attractive landmark. Built in 1858, the fountain is surrounded by benches where people enjoy the scenery of the park and the flowing waters. The waters are dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day in a popular ceremony attended by locals and tourists.

Forsyth Park also includes the Confederate War Monument, complete with bronze soldier on top, built in 1879.

4. Historic Savannah also boasts the awe-inspiring Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, a popular tourist attraction. The magnificent French Gothic cathedral was built in 1873 with spires added in 1896.

Marvelous interiors are graced with stained-glass windows dating back to the early 1900s and beautiful murals designed by a variety of artists. The cathedral is the Mother Church for the Roman Catholic Diocese in Savannah. Visitors can take a look on most days, except for much of Sunday during Mass.

5. Bonaventure Cemetery is noted for its charming view of tree-lined roadways, sculptures and architecture. Developed as a private cemetery in 1846, it became a public cemetery in 1907.

The cemetery was once part of the large Bonaventure plantation along a bluff of the Wilmington River. It has been a tourist destination for more than 150 years because of its scenic, peaceful environment on nearly 100 acres of land. It is open to the public during the day hours.

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Yes, you can take it easy with cheap travel ideas while in Savannah, Georgia. Visitors come here because of the beautiful scenery, so you have plenty of places to see — and at no fee. Here are five great attractions in lovely Savannah for people on a budget.
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