You can fill a day or a week in Coastal Georgia with activities tailored to your interests. Get off the beaten path and discover the nooks and crannies of our remarkable coast as you look for rare birds, explore museums, see Colonial and Civil War forts, taste our coastal dishes, explore African-American heritage, or photograph lighthouse after lighthouse.
A visit to one or more sites along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail will provide you with the opportunity to see and enjoy the beauty of a kaleidoscope of birds. More than 300 species of birds have been spotted at the 18 sites along the birding trail. Download our suggested Colonial Coast Birding Itinerary.
A Sample Day
Morning: Visit Tybee Island’s North Beach for shorebirds and gull-like birds, including purple sandpipers, piping plovers and northern gannets. Then make your way to Skidaway Island State Park to see more shorebirds, songbirds, wading birds and waterfowl. Warbler watching can be spectacular during spring and fall migrations. Look for nesting osprey in spring and summer. Listen and look for marsh wrens and clapper rails in salt marshes. Look for painted buntings during the spring and summer.
Midday: Head into Savannah for The Lady & Sons’ fried chicken or a sandwich at Chicken Salad Chick.
Afternoon: Fort McAllister State Park in Richmond Hill is a likely place to spot painted bunting, wood ducks, northern harriers, osprey, and possibly even a bald eagle or two. Or go farther afield, to Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge near Darien where you may see wood stork, white ibis, painted bunting, and a bevy of other songbirds, birds of prey, wading birds and waterfowl.
Grab a plate of Wild Georgia Shrimp or 16-plus hour smoked BBQ at Skipper’s Fish Camp in Darien before heading back to your hotel in Savannah.