One of the things I decided I wanted to do when we moved to Savannah was be tourists once a month or so. And then review them in 500 words or less. First up was the one thing almost everyone said we should do – a trolley tour.
What is it?
We took the Old Town Trolley Tour – a 90 minute tour-by-trolley that you can hop on and off of all day. It cost about $34 a person, which isn’t cheap, but reasonable for a tourist activity. It takes you to the hot spots – the waterfront, Forsyth Park, etc. It isn’t just a trolley ride, though, it’s an actual tour where they tell you about the city and it’s history. It points out different important buildings/houses.
Did I Like It?
Yes! To be perfectly transparent, I’m almost always going to love anything history related. The drivers give the tour while driving, which can get tricky in the narrow streets of Savannah, but the two we rode with were both fantastic. Being on the trolley with its open windows was truly nice as well (even with our masks!). I want to go on it again one day because every driver/tour guide has their own personality and while I’m sure the information is the same everyone tells the same story differently. I learned a lot – like that the founder of the Girl Scouts was from Savannah. One of my favorite tidbits is that there was an all-female hospital (lady doctors, nurses, patients, etc) where the only men allowed were those who were born there and they had to evacuate the premises in 72 hours. I won’t tell you any more stories because you should go on the tour! However, I also learned non-historic things like that there’s a fragrance garden for the blind in Forsyth Park.
Only three, and two of them aren’t actually Tour Company-specific. The first is that time goes by incredibly fast. 5 hours feels like the longest time, but goes by in the blink of an eye. I would suggest showing up at 9am and spending the entire day enjoying the on/off nature of the tour. They suggest doing the whole tour and then getting on and off after, but I don’t think that’s the best way to do it. Explore the areas that seem interesting and then jump on the next trolley whenever it comes by. Which leads to the second issue, which is that there aren’t enough trolleys. We had to wait for awhile because the trolleys that went by were full, and we passed several places where there were huge groups waiting for trolleys and they yelled that this was the 3rd one that was full. Last, but not least, it’s hot in Savannah. Even with the huge open sides, I was sweating the entire time.
Do I Suggest It?
Absolutely. Even if you’ve lived here for years, it’s a fun way to see the historic district. Definitely recommend it for new-comers like us and tourists, too. It’s definitely on my list of things to do again!