By Horse or By Hearse?: 5 Unique Ways to Experience Savannah
I’ve said it before: Savannah’s a terrific walking city.
Personally, I don’t think there’s a better way to experience all the sights, sounds, and smells of Savannah than on two feet. Your pace is (naturally) slower than if you’re in a car. You notice details more closely than you would when you’re whizzing by and quite frankly, unlike driving a rental car, walking’s free. All you need are a pair of comfortable shoes, a street map, and a sense of adventure.
But walking’s not the only way to see Savannah’s Historic District. And driving? Pshaw. You gotta think a little further outside the box.
If you’re looking for a really unique way to experience Savannah, why not try one of these alternate modes of transportation (in increasing order of uniqueness):
Head on down to River Street and make a stop and the storefront with the red awning next to River Street Sweets. Here, you can purchase tickets to float down the Savannah River on either Georgia Queen or the Savannah River Queen. Opt for a brief tour of Savannah’s riverfront area or the extended dinner cruise.
Along with the riverboat, this is the only form of transportation I was expecting to find in Savannah. It seems so genteel and appropriate for a historic Southern city. There’s just something about a horse-drawn carriage that hearkens to a bygone era.
Stop in at Motorini and rent a Vespa for an hour or a day. A little on the pricey side for my usually stripped-down budget, but if you’ve got the cash and you’re willing to spend it, can’t you just see yourself whizzing down those storied cobblestone streets in a flash of color?
Maybe I’m behind the times, but the Segway seems to be everywhere now. And yes, they’re in Savannah, too. I’ve been dying to try one, but I’m so klutzy I have this visual of me hopping on one and falling flat on my face.
Ummmm. Yes. You can see Savannah by hearse. I was out one night walking through Ellis Square when I saw this hearse roll by with living people in it. Living people sticking out of the roof. I know—weird, right? Hearse Ghost Tours are quite popular–where else can you say you toured America’s most haunted city in a tricked-out hearse?
Which one would you choose?