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River Street Savannah
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Ranked #35 of 222 things to do in Savannah
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

Nice stroll, pretty views of bridge, lots of shops and restaurants. Bring sturdy shoes for cobblestones.
Elevator next to Hyatt rouse elevator in Hyatt.

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Reviewed March 15, 2013

A beautiful day and great walk - wear comfortable shoes since there are lots of cobblestones and uneven pavement. Great shops, pralines and bars. Great to watch the boats go by as well.

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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Take a ride on the Ferry for FREE!! The Cotton Exchange and all of the shops surrounding it have something for everyone.

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Reviewed March 15, 2013

We visit Savannah several times a year. We always go down to River St. for a couple of hours. Very "touristy", but a great place to people watch and walk where sailors and merchants conducted their business in the 1700's. We always have early breakfast at Huey's our last day in town-always interesting to watch the river "waking up".

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

River Street is a place you can spend hours walking through, starting down near City Hall (Bay St.) and moving eastwards. Wide open, lined with 18th century, restored buildings turned into bars, restaurants and stores, with the tall Hyatt hotel sitting right in it midst,and the Bohemian down on the west end. The view along the Savannah River is wonderful, whether sunny or cloudy, with the high Savannah bridge spanning across to South Carolina (it twinkles with lights at night--gorgeous!), big stately container ships moving slowly (with crews that love to wave to visitors) as well as yachts running bright flags and,of course, the historic riverboat giving cruises and plying you with a huge buffet and plenty of drinks for a fairly reasonable price. The whole street is paved with big cobblestones brought over as ship's ballast during the founding of Savannah in 1751, so please wear comfortable shoes! I've seen girls hobbling along in platforms, but that is only for the young and perfectly balanced--especially if you like to drink (nothing like busting your behind on cobblestones while drunk). Lots of stores, and NO, not all of them are touristy, though we do have some of those. Great eats can be found at Spanky's (KILLER beer-battered chicken fingers and great handmade pizza), Bernie's for steamed oysters, The Cotton Exchange for the BEST Reuben sandwiches and sour-cream red-potato salad, Olympia for pretty decent Greek food, Riverstreet Sweets for incredible freshly-made traditional Southern candies like pralines, Bayou Cafe or Hueys for Cajun food and for those craving elegance, try The Windows at the Hyatt Regency, Rocks on the River at The Bohemian, or Riverhouse Seafood (which also has amazing pecan pie and other special desserts). First Fridays and Saturdays there is always a festival with lots of booths for eats and arts & crafts PLUS fireworks, so don't miss that! If you like pirate-themed paraphernalia you'll find it all along the street, and when you're ready for a cold, tasty frozen daiquiri, step into Wet Willies--there are fruit drinks, drinks with ice-cream like the White Russian, tropical style drinks like Bahama Mama--if you really wanna get sloshed, the strongest of them all is called Triple Play (a combo of the 3 high-alcohol specials); there is also a small disco/dance floor inside, but the DJ could use some more training! If you're yearning for country music, cold beer, hot-wings and greasy-fried goodies, stop at The Warehouse, a big open-fronted joint that looks exactly how you'd think, with such a name--not fancy or dress-up, but very popular. A few travel hints for River Street: from October to March the wind coming off the river can be pretty cold, so bring layers to wear. Night life can be lively so be aware that weekends are crowded and colorful. Check out the River Street Association website and city of Savannah sites for events like the Festival Latina (usually in Sept), Oktoberfest, and various foodie festivals. There are always guys selling roses and crosses hand-woven from local palm-leaves, as well as a trumpet player or two blowin' jazz and pop tunes (he'll play any request for a donation), and artists from the local big art school SCAD who are happy to draw your portrait (beautifully too!) PLUS plenty of places to pick up artwork of all kinds from paintings and pottery, hand-made jewelry, antiques and blown-glass--don't forget to check out the open market at the east end! River Street has a little something for everybody: play areas for kids, historic buildings and monuments (like the WWII memorial), statues, fountains, plenty of benches along the waterfront for resting your feet and contemplating the River, and long, brick-lined walkways from one end of the river to the other. Not too much problem with crime either, unless you get too drunk and forget to watch your wallet. Oh, and for the Irish buffs out there, you will love listening to Harry O'Donahue, a local celebrity, sing, joke and play at our great, very authentic Irish pub, Kevin Barry's! Lots to see and do, plenty of photo ops, great food, shopping, and a long, scenic outdoor walk--what more could you ask for?

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