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29 Jan 2024
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Squares and parks make up Savannah’s Historic District, so that no matter where you stay one will be nearby. The planners originally designed the city with 24 squares, 22 of which remain as grassy retreats. Spring is prime time for enjoying the squares, as the flowers bloom and the luscious landscape comes to life. 

Forsyth Park at 2 W. Gaston St. is perhaps the most well-known, with an iconic fountain and over 30 acres of lush green space. There’s plenty to do in Forsyth Park, whether you’re looking for a place to bike around, wanting to visit a farmer’s market on the weekend, or scouting out a grassy area for an afternoon picnic. And take a pic in front of the fountain. 

Lafayette Square, a few blocks away on Abercorn Street, also boasts a beautiful fountain. One of the most impressive buildings lining the square is the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Sitting on the northeast corner of the square, this gorgeous church has the highest steeples in Savannah. 

Monterey Square on Bull Street is among the city’s most gorgeous spots. With plenty of flowers and trees, the square is surrounded by some of Savannah’s best preserved historic structures, including the Mercer-Williams House. 

Chatham Square on Barnard Street allows walkers to escape the bustling streets and find a respite in a hidden gem. Sit on a park bench and read a book beneath the shade of massive oaks. 

Chippewa Square on Bull Street is a popular spot halfway between Forsyth Park and the riverfront. It is in this park Forrest Gump sat on a bench waiting for the bus in the famous film. The bench is not there, but the bus stop is. 

Madison Square, also on Bull Street, is known for its impressive examples of Gothic, Greek Revival and Romanesque architecture in surrounding structures. In the square’s center stands a bronze monument honoring Sgt. William Jasper, an American hero who fought in the Revolutionary War. 

The city’s oldest square is Johnson Square, 2 E. Bryan St. a few blocks from the Savannah River. This square was laid out in 1733 by the founder of Savannah, James Oglethorpe. Check out the Nathanael Greene monomer and William Bull sundial. 

Savannah’s squares and parks create small hubs where visitors can stroll from their vacation rentals to picnic, let the kids run around or stroll beneath the ancient oak trees. As one of America’s most walkable cities, the Historic District offers amble opportunities for meandering and exploring while discovering delicious restaurants, amazing architecture and spectacular shopping.