There’s a reason that Savannah, Georgia is considered one of the most romantic destinations in the country. Trees draped in Spanish moss, historic mansions, and cobblestone streets have enchanted visitors for centuries. You may not know that the city is also home to many secret treasures hidden in plain sight! From famous courtyards to the best-kept-secrets, we’ve put together a list of our favorite parks and squares in Savannah, GA. Be sure to visit a few of them during your next trip to the Lowcountry!

The Best Parks and Squares in Savannah, GA

There are 22 historic squares and many incredible outdoor spaces in Savannah. If you know where to look, you can find many of them right in historic downtown. Here are some of our favorites to get you started.

1. Forsyth Park

With 30 scenic acres to explore, Forsyth Park is the largest and most beloved park in Savannah’s Historic District. The park includes several monuments, an impressive fountain, and gorgeous moss-covered trees throughout. On any given day, you’ll find visitors reading, practicing yoga, or simply taking in the sights. Be sure to check out the fresh produce at the Forsyth Farmers’ Market, which is held in the park every Saturday.

2. Oglethorpe Square

One of the most historic and gorgeous destinations in Savannah is Oglethorpe Square. It’s home to our historic inn, as well as the renowned Owens-Thomas House. Considered one of the most sophisticated homes in Savannah, the Owens-Thomas House is one place you do not want to miss. Feel free to tour this architectural treasure when you visit Oglethorpe Square.

3. Whitefield Square

This hidden gem is nestled between beautiful houses and gothic churches on the corner of Habersham and Wayne Streets. With a Victorian gazebo and mossy oak trees, Whitefield Square is like something out of a fairytale. It’s by far one of the prettiest squares in Savannah.

4. Chippewa Square

Chippewa Square is a must-see for anyone visiting the area. The courtyard is famous for it’s Forrest Gump bench scenes, and is right in the center of everything. Surrounded by cafes, theatres, and beautiful architecture, there is plenty to see and do here. Make sure to view the nine-foot statue of General James Oglethorpe, who founded Savannah in 1733. Then grab a cup of coffee and catch the latest play at The Historic Savannah Theatre.

5. Monterey Square

If you’ve ever read Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil, then you must pay a visit to Monterey Square at the corner of Bull and Wayne Streets. The events and locations in this book are all real- including the famous Mercer-Williams House at the West end of the square. The house is available to tour most days and we definitely recommend it. When you wander through the historic halls, you’ll feel like you’ve time traveled to a previous era.

6. Skidaway Island State Park

Just minutes from downtown Savannah is Skidaway Island State Park. There is so much going on at this 588-acre park, you’ll have to come see it for yourself! Whether you want to explore miles of scenic hiking trails, go birding, or visit the Interpretive Center, there is truly something for everyone. Skidaway Island is also a great place to take in Georgia’s incredible Intracoastal Waterway views.

7. Morrell Park

Did you know that Morrell Park is the only park in Savannah that’s located right on the river? Here you’ll see the famous “Waving Girl” statue honoring Florence Martus, who greeted all ships that entered and left Savannah’s port between 1887 and 1931. Legend has it that not a single ship was missed during her 44-year watch.

Morrell Park on River Street is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic by the water’s edge. Don’t forget to wave to the ships as they come into the harbor!