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Savannah Visitors Center
Ranked #31 of 233 things to do in Savannah
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

We were very glad we stopped in at the visitor's center. We were looking for a place to have a drink before dinner in the riverside area and were told about the Bohemian Hotel with their rooftop bar. We were fortunate to sit there and watch the sunset.

Thank goochiemae
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Reviewed October 2, 2011

Lots of great travel tips, flyers, coupons, etc. You can purchase a parking pass for 7.00 good for the whole day at any meter, anywhere in downtown. Gift shop is great the lady in there is very nice, she even told us the story of the "waiving girl".

3  Thank jacjasjoc
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Reviewed June 27, 2011

Very interesting city, great visitor info center. We caught the DOT shuttle and ferries for a quick look around Savannah. Neither stuck to much of a schedule; great to ride free, but don't expect to be on time, and if you have kids, make sure you bring something to do while waiting.

6  Thank 6-world-travelers
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Reviewed April 21, 2011

Easy to find! Plenty of parking! Use the free shuttle to see the city. Staff very helpful. We parked there twice - Sun and Mon. The museum is also worth seeing but there is a fee.

5  Thank mguill1224
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Reviewed July 13, 2010

The Savannah Visitor's Center is a great place to begin your Savannah experience.
Parking at the visitor's center is free for the first hour. We stayed about 3 hours and paid a few dollars. In the Visitor's Center there are plenty of maps, brochures, and people to help you plan out your stay in Savannah.

There is free public transportation available on the DOT shuttles. You can pick up a map of where the DOT shuttles stops are at the Visitor's Center. Also, meter parking is free in Savannah starting on Friday nights. The visitor's center will be able to confirm that and the time free parking begins. (You never know when something like that will change, but as of June, 2010, parking on the weekends at the meters was free.) You can also inquire about weeknight evening parking.

There is a lot to do at the Visitor's center besides collect information. There is: a film on the history of Savannah, a small museum on the basic history of Savannah (which some reviewers thought was dull. I disagree), a small gift shop, trolley tours disembarkation point, and-- the best part--the Roundhouse RailRoad Museum across the street.

It’s a little tricky to get across the street to the Roundhouse museum, but it is totally worth figuring it out. There is a cross walk. It’s just a little weird to get to.

The Roundhouse RR museum has an actual working turntable that you can hop aboard a train and experience. They do run a diesel engine most of the time and it travels across the museum’s grounds. The tour takes about 30 minutes+. There are times of the year when the RR staff will run their small steamie switch engine to do the tour. When we visited they were running the diesel engine. My son and I paid $10. extra per person (for only 2 of us would fit) to ride in the engine compartment with the engineer. My son is a big train fan so this was a big deal.

The engineer was a SCAD graduate who had a mechanical engineering background and a degree in historic preservation. We had a awesome tour around the grounds aboard then engine with him.

The Savannah Roundhouse RR Museum is a relatively complete train shop that includes the roundhouse, machine shop, blacksmithing area, finishing area for the furniture compartments, and the list goes on. Our family comes from Reading, PA, -- the Reading RR on the Monopoly game board. Reading has squandered their railroading legacy. Only fragments of our Railroading history remain, whereas, here in Savannah, they have it all. Much of it is in need of repair, and the plans are set to do so. This was truly a refreshing and enjoyable experience. --- And I'm not that big of a train fan. I usually get lugged along. I really enjoyed this area. So, if you go, try to ride aboard the engine. My husband and daughter rode in the passenger compartment and had a totally different experience. They said it was kind of boring. I guess it’s all about who is doing the tour!

19  Thank chezcalais
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