USA Today on free things to do in Savannah — a few hits, a few (big) misses

Interesting piece today in USA Today: Free things to do in 10 great cities

I love that Savannah appears on such lists — and love that Charleston is nowhere to be found on this one. Curiously, Greenville, South Carolina made the list.

Anyway, here’s a snippet:

The riverfront is a first stop for many visitors working their way through a Savannah city tour. Street performers play for tips and a stroll past the city’s historic architecture will surprise and delight. Climb aboard any of the classic Savannah Belles ferries until midnight, and ride to any (or all) stops for free. Savannah also offers visitors an authentic 1930s streetcar for free rides from noon until 9 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

Ha ha. The ferries are perfectly fine, but they just go back and forth from River Street to Hutchinson Island. Hardly a great free attraction. And while I love the old warehouse architecture of River Street and the bridges of Factors Walk, they certainly don’t “surprise and delight” like much of the Historic District does.

The blurb does point potential visitors to the squares, Forsyth Park, and Bonaventure Cemetery, as well as to the Cathedral, Bluff Drive, and Tybee — all of which seem like pretty good choices.

UPDATE: The photo accompanying the USA Today article is another great show by Geoff L. Johnson, whose work is always worth a look.

Here’s one of my shots of Forsyth: