Historic River Street
Historic River Street
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  • A Midlife Adventure
    Dursley, United Kingdom2,766 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I wouldn’t return, too dirty, grimy and unloved
    I would have rated it average had there not been an outdoor market along the riverfront on the Saturday we were there. Otherwise for me it appeared really grimy and dirty. Full of tourists, tacky shops and restaurants churning out mass food production and nothing special. I appreciate the history behind it but it looks so unloved
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Carlos L
    Atlanta, Georgia151 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to spend a day at Savannah
    Our walk along River Street, beginning from the JW Marriott parking area, was a practical way to immerse ourselves in the heart of Savannah. The view of the Savannah River was picturesque, especially bathed in warm sunlight. The historic riverside buildings added to the charm, creating an ideal backdrop for photos. We couldn’t resist stepping into the local shops, where we found some tasty treasures. We picked up delicious cookies from Byrds and indulged in mouthwatering caramel apples from Candy Kitchen. Adding to the lively atmosphere were the street performers, who showcased their talents and added a dose of local culture to our stroll. To make our day even more enjoyable, we hopped on the free Belles Ferry for a brief but scenic ride across the river. It was a nice addition to our River Street adventure.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 September 2023
  • Life2Travel
    Charlotte, North Carolina1,620 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tourist area but worth some time
    This is a lively area to spend some time away from the historic district. There are hotels (be sure to check out the JW Marriott) shops and restaurants along the river. It definitely has more of a touristy feel than the historic district but is worth spending some time if you have more than a few days in Savannah. You can also take a river boat cruise or dinner from here. We had a wonderful dinner at Vic's on the River. Parking can be a challenge. There are several small public parking lots which fill quickly. If mobility is not an issue, I would recommend trying to park on East Bay St and walk down to River Street.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 October 2023
  • TrayBN
    Mt Cobb, Pennsylvania527 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Too Touristy For Us
    It's worth checking out River Street once. There are some excellent restaurants here but also lots of touristy related shops. It is very crowded but still clean. It's amazing when a loaded cargo ship goes by.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 October 2023
  • NVM
    37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Importante part of visit to Savannah
    The River street was nicely decorated for Christmas and we had great time. Area was lively and clean. We dined at seafood place CH and went to rooftop bar at night. The area looked clean and merge easily to shopping at Broughton street and historic district. Cobblestone has a lot of historic charm. Marriott hotel lobby is must see attraction. It was safe all times we went
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 December 2023
  • Noraatc
    Sudbury, Massachusetts38,729 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic River Street
    The iconic River Street is full of rich history as well as the plethora of cafes and restaurants. One of the highlight spots on the River Street is the Cotton Exchange Building, which dates back to 1887 when Savannah was ranked as the #1 cotton seaport on the Atlantic Ocean. On the Riverfront Plaza the steamship “Georgia Queen” is a big draw and a great photo op.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 March 2024
  • Mixa's Travels
    Oldsmar, Florida3,803 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take a Stroll Along the Savannah River
    Be sure to stroll along River Street in Savannah. Here you can watch the cargo ships come in on the Savannah River and also walk along the River Walk – a nice brick walkway along the river. Or check out the tourist shops, eateries and candy shops on the River. On this visit we walked along the river by the River Plant District and also enjoyed a craft fair along the River Walk on a Sunday Morning.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 May 2024
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EmptyNest
Easley, SC91 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Couples
If you like to party, step over homeless people and don't mind being begged for money around every corner, then this is the place for you. If your not into getting drunk then avoid this place. Drinking on the street is allowed so it's just one big party. River St. Really is a beautiful place but they really should beef up security here and contain the drunks to the bars. Peddling crap for money in Savannah is comparable to any cruise port across the entire city,but is especially bad on River St.
Written 24 May 2020
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Melissa S
12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Friends
River Street is fun for only a couple of hours. The shops are typical tourist sites. Visit one of the candy shops, get a praline. And go watch the shops go buy. Check your online account after purchases. My friend had her card locked because a burger and bar restaurant charged her $2,700 for two drinks. Wear sneakers because of the cobblestone streets.
Written 7 April 2021
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John379
West Chester, PA693 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We stayed on River Street during our visit to Savannah so doing a walk down River street was pretty easy for us. It is a nice place to have lunch or a few drinks. In the afternoon there are people playing music or singing and you can do some great people watching. The shops haven't become a total tourist trap type stores but there is a little of that. There are some local crafts and artists with some nice stuff to buy. The candy stores provide some great smells. We did notice the nicer restaurants did start getting crowded in the mid afternoon, at least the balconies and outdoor seating.
Written 19 January 2020
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Amy and Chris
Brunswick, GA1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2020
Do not go here if you are concerned about Covid. I love River Street and enjoy the views, shops, and restaurants. It's charming with its cobble stones and the ships traveling through. We were there the weekend of June 19, and the crowds were significant. Very few people were wearing masks or making any effort at social distancing. The shop and restaurant employees, however, were wearing masks. Lines to some places (like Wet Willie's) were very long because they were trying to limit how many customers were there at a time.
Written 1 July 2020
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Jen M
West Jordan, UT69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We enjoyed an afternoon of shopping, sightseeing and dining on Riverstreet. Parking is kind of a pain so it's worth it to park in the paid lot across the street and just walk over. There are a lot of cool shops and things to see, including the boats going by. We saw a massive shipping boat which was really neat! The candy shop is a must and Byrd's cookies are very yummy! I highly recommend it just plan for a full day or afternoon so you don't have to rush.
Written 29 October 2020
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Laurie P
Cortland, NY8,524 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We went really early one morning during the week, about 9:00, to try to avoid the rain. It is SUPER quiet at that time of day, and it is a lovely time to actually appreciate the Historic River Street. We walked down to the Waving Girl Statue, and made our way back. The day before we had done a quick trip on the Savannah Belles Ferry while the sun was still shining. That is not to be missed!!
The streets are cobblestone, so careful walking is in order. We enjoyed shopping at Bob's Your Uncle, and both Candy stores-Savannah's Candy Kitchen and River Street Sweets. The view of the bridge is spectacular.
We had lunch reservations for noon at Vic's, and coincidently it just started to rain at that time. Perfect timing!
We did not visit at night-but I'm sure it would be a fun time seeing the sunset.
Written 4 April 2022
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only1kirk
Salisbury, MD202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
The riverwalk is an amazing street full of history, legend and shopping. The restaurant scene here is the best I've seen in a historic town. The beautification if the area is done well and it is decorated in a charming fashion. Here you can get on a bus tour, take a ghost tour, eat, drink, have coffee, take a riverboat tour and shop to your hearts content. Its a great place to visit. Parking for the most part, unless you have a small car is a disaster. All spots are metered. We paid around 12 dollars for about 6 hours which wasn't too bad, but the spaces seem to be a little small we have for a full size pickup it took an hour to find a spot and i almost got stuck inside the parking garage which i did not end up using. Other than parking i have no complaints.
Written 2 May 2021
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bfaulk
Pembroke, GA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2020
River St has gone from being an eyesore 60 years ago, to being a WORLD CLASS ATTRACTION, now!! There is something for every taste, restaurants of all calibres, giant ships sailing by, seemingly at arm's reach, museums, and entertainment. While it has a reputation for night life, River St is very kid-friendly. Yes, it is 'touristy,' but have you been to Rome, Venice, or Florence, in recent years?
We visited in the height of Covid-18 restrictions, so it was not crowded. We live near Savannah, so we know that River Street can be quite crowded, especially during the Spring,St. Patrick's Day, especially. In cooler weather, such as May or Fall, it's splendid!
If you're just passing through GA on I-95, or planning for a week in Savannah, don''t miss River Street!
Written 13 February 2021
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Meowy
Montgomery, AL520 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
When in Savannah you have to do the River Walk. That being said, it felt like just a big tourist trap to me. In terms of sites, much smaller river fronts are more impressive, such as in Chattanooga or Columbus, GA. Nothing really special here. There are a ton of places to eat and souvenir shops here, all extremely overpriced. I went into a candy shop and they were selling a bag of candy for a bargain of $29 per pound. A tuna fish sandwich in a restaurant is only $10. Take a walk down River Street but avoid the shops and see the rest of the city.
Written 3 April 2022
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Patricia G
Knoxville, TN12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
The city of Savannah needs to provide ample public restrooms in the tourist areas. I had to walk about 8-10 blocks to find a restroom as the only one on River Street was the closed for lunch! Seriously!! Streets are not well marked and finding where I needed to go wasn't easy. When I stopped by later in the day at the restroom on River Street the employees were not friendly and acted like they resented the pubic using the facilities. It turned what could have been a pleasant day into a trip that will not be repeated. I failed to mention my adventure began by standing in line for 20 minutes or more just to pay to park on River Street! The day started out bad and went downhill! Even the restaurant food was terrible! Shame on you Savannah. You should do better.
Written 29 April 2021
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