Contrary to the adage that Savannah has only two seasons (warm and HOT), there are four distinct seasons, at least as tourism is concerned:

  • Spring - March, April and May.  March and April are by far the two busiest months of the year.  Accommodations are scarce and pricey.  Why? The magnificent azaleas, dogwoods and other blooming plant life!  St. Patrick's Day brings half a million people to this city, followed by the incredibly popular Tour of Homes and Gardens sponsored by Christ Church and Savannah Music Festival (mid-March to early April annually).  Schools have spring breaks throughout March and April, bringing families to the city for short vacations.  Things slow down slightly in May, making lines at restaurants and tour buses a little less crowded.  As far as the weather, it can be cool enough for a light sweater, hot and humid enough for shorts and tank tops, or damp enough for umbrellas.  Rarely will it freeze past mid March.  Layered natural fiber clothing, comfortable walking shoes and a little backpack are excellent basic attire.
  • Summer - June, July and August.  Gaining in popularity for a fun cultural family experience, June and July, Savannah offers many fun things to do, especially as a learning experience. With nearby Tybee Island beaches, Savannah family travel includes a town and country vacation.  Girl Scouts visiting Juliette Gordon Low's birthplace home make up a large percentage of youthful travelers in the city.  If you want to avoid crowds with many children, consider a different time of year.  Almost like clockwork, tourism drops considerably the first of August as people prepare for "back to school."  Hotels that were sold out one week before will now have an abundance of rooms.  Weather conditions will be HOT and HUMID!  Highs for the three-month period push the high nineties.  The humidity brings a blanket of sticky skin to everyone.  Many evenings are punctuated by brief thunderstorms that only drop the thermometer by about ten degrees.  Hotels are a must -- camping conditions can be hot and brutal.
  • Fall - September, October and November.  October is one of the busiest months.  However, for the traveler looking for bargains, September and November offers some of the most affordable times of the year.  Hotels run at about 50% occupancy.  The majority of the travelers you will meet are the "snow birds" heading to Florida for the winter months.  Weather remains HOT and HUMID until mid-October.  There is no need for coats until the end of November.
  • Winter - December, January and February.  The first three weeks of December are the quietest time in Savannah.  Tourism drops to its lowest and you are often the only patrons in the restaurants.  Coupons, discounts and promotions abound for the few who venture here.  Between Christmas and New Year's, however, one may think it was June due to all the families taking advantage of school holidays!  January and February are quiet for the casual traveler, yet hotels and restaurants remain busy from the increase of convention and seminar business popular at that time of year.  Weather - days often find highs in the mid 60's, nights often drop to the low 30's - yet it can be surprisingly warm or incredibly cold on rare exceptions.
One thing to bear in mind regardless of the season: Savannah is a party city.  All twelve months bring sold out hotels on Friday and Saturday nights as people flock here year 'round to enjoy the nightlife.  If you plan to come over a weekend, even in the beginning of December, plan your trip in advance and plan on paying higher hotel room rates.