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MyBailey Apr 29th, 2009 06:26 AM

Savannah Safety At Night
 
We will be staying at the Zeigler House on W Jones Street and we are wondering if Savannah is safe to explore at night? What areas should be stay away from? We are not getting in until early evening, so we would like to explore a bit...but only in safe areas. We would appreciate any guidance ..thank so much! The reason I ask, is that I have read on other forums that Savannah is not safe at night--which surprised me. Thanks!

Brian_in_Charlotte Apr 29th, 2009 06:43 AM

Curious how you chose that hotel. I hope you didn't fall for the pretty false advertising on their web site that states they are "in the heart of the historic district". Certainly not what most visitors would consider the heart of the touristed area.

Unless something has changed, I would not walk around in that area after dark.

tarasbrats Jun 11th, 2009 09:27 AM

Zeigler House is on Jones Street at Barnard, in the same block as Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House restaurants, one of Savannah's top places to eat. The Bull Street corridor is a great walking thoroughfare from City Hall (on Bay STreet) to Forsyth Park at Gaston Street. The charm of any popular city can also draw those who pray on tourists, sadly. It's simply common sense -- don't carry a tote or purse. Whatever you need after hours typically will fit in a pocket. Don't wear flashy jewelry. Take along a little flashlight, if you're new to the area. There are tree canopies all across the historic district, but most streets are pretty well lit. If in doubt, get the number for the pedi-cab (bikers who will pedal you about for tips-only).

traveller1959 Jun 12th, 2009 03:16 AM

I would say, the location is just still o.k., but if you go in western direction, it gets seedy.

We felt pretty safe walking at night through the historic district (yes, Zeigler is in the heart of the historic neighborhood) and through Forsyth Park. However, the area northwest of Zeigler's location is dubious.

There is a free shuttle bus that runs exactly through this part of town and my son's watch was stolen during this ride. I would not board this shuttle bus again (not just because a cheap watch was lost).

gail Jun 12th, 2009 03:48 AM

Savannah is not safe to EXPLORE at night - emphasis for a reason. The actual Historic District is quite small - despite what ads call the Historic District. It is safe to walk around this very small area. However, just blocks in any direction (except perhaps the River) is potentially quite dangerous. And it is difficult to map which few blocks I am talking about. For example, Immediate area of Forsyth Park is OK' River Street along the Savannah River is fine. But I would not walk between the two.

My son lived in Savannah for 5 years, 3 of them in sketchy areas (the finances of a college student to blame) - and all within easy walking distance of the "Historic District". His last rental was 3 blocks from Forsyth Park. And after they got to know Savannah well, as 3 adult males, they were not comfortable walking at night in much of Savannah. I vitied him once and got lost (in a car) going from his house to my hotel - and at 11 PM was terrified.

He never had any crime problems, however - I attribute this to luck and sense. Treat Savannah like a much larger city - if you are walking, know where you are going and take city precautions. Do not wander and "explore"

Save you explorations for day time - there is some incredible architecture outside the official Historic District - great places to take photos.

skoc50 Jun 14th, 2009 05:44 AM

We stayed at the Zeigler House Inn just this past April and never felt unsafe. The only time we felt in the least bit unsafe was when we took a walk down to Forsyth Park at night to explore a little since we had not had a chance to do it earlier. We observed cop cars patrolling slowing around the area which gave us the creeps a little bit so we cut our stroll short. But like everyone else said, you need to be cautious at night especially in areas like a park which isn't well lit. We walked every night down into the area where the restaurants & entertainment took place, along with many other couples. The street is a straight shot down and very well lit. I loved staying there because it was in a quiet residential part of the historic district. I don't know why people are telling you it is not in the historic district--just because it's not in the heart of the restaurant/entertainment part of the district. It was a great location. We had the best of both worlds--quiet, yet close to everything we needed to do.

321go Jun 14th, 2009 11:00 AM

Google maps show it to be located at Jones and Whittaker, which is in the historic district. I agree with traveller1959 that it gets seedy west of there. I also agree with Gail that exploring at night (as opposed to walking a few blocks to a restaurant where you know exactly where you're going) is not a good idea. Again, be aware of your surroundings, know where you're going, and use common sense.

Stephen99 Aug 6th, 2009 04:02 PM

Amy thoughts on safety in the area of the Residence Inn in the Historic District? I understand it just recently opened, so I would assume it would be in a 'safe' area. Being of a certain age, we probably would not be out after 11PM or so.

cgenster Aug 6th, 2009 05:13 PM

Everytime I have been to Savannah, which is too many to count, I have walked around at night. Sometimes even after midnight. I do follow certain rules though.

I never walk alone.
I always know where I am going.
I walk with a purpose, not like I am lost or wandering around in a daze.
I am always aware of my surroundings and not afraid to change the side of the street I am on or change my direction. (since the city is laid out in blocks this isn't hard to do)

I have never felt unsafe there and think as long as you use common sense you should be fine.

OO Aug 6th, 2009 06:27 PM

We lived in Savannah for 4 years. Downtown. I absolutely love the city, and would walk just about anywhere in the daytime (even then not carrying a purse), but not after dark. Too much happened, we knew of too many incidents, including some of my husband's employees, just walking a couple of blocks to their cars at night near the intersection of Bay and 1 block west of Bull. I worked out at the DAC, and would quite literally run the two blocks home after a night class. Friends who lived on Perry, just a few blocks away, took their car. Walking around City Market at night is OK. Likewise River Street, but unfortunately, that is all we felt comfortable doing after dark. Too bad. We love the city...have even thought about returning after DH retires, but it wouldn't be to downtown.

Excalibur212 Oct 19th, 2019 06:23 PM

YES, Savannah Historic District is VERY safe/walkable...ignore old post here!!
 
This post is VERY OLD and dated... Ignore these ridiculous comments here about Savannah not being safe/walkable at night! If you're a tourist staying in the Historic District, the entire area is 100% WALKABLE and everyone is out walking all over late into the night. In fact, there are ghost tours and "haunted pub crawls" going on all night with tourists and locals alike everywhere, and the bar/club scene kicks in after 10-12am and goes until 3am, so unless you're afraid of ghosts and drunken frat boys/girls tripping and perhaps falling into you, I think you'll be just fine. LOL.

I had to laugh reading some of these posts, sounds like most of these people are from small towns who have never been to a major city. Perhaps Savannah was very different 10-15 years ago!

Walking around the H.D. in Savannah at night is actually one of the best experiences you'll have.... Lots of very old, cobblestoned streets, crazy catwalks, well-lit parks and squares with monuments everywhere, and winding unbelievable stairs around every corner leading you to some secret passage-way, pub or River Street down below. Such a cool city to explore on foot, day or night!

I'm staying here right now, have traveled and visited many cities in the US and abroad, and it's just as walkable as NYC, San Francisco, or any other major US city. I lived in Atlanta 2 years and definitely felt much safer wandering around here at 2am than I would anywhere in Atlanta (even in the "nice" areas). Even when I was out until 2-3am I barely even had anyone ask me for change! Compare this to a ghetto city like Portland, OR or Baltimore, MD where methheads literally walk to your car late at night and are wandering around the streets everywhere, even in broad daylight.

Like any major US city except maybe Chicago, New York and SF, though, this is a car culture city so if you wander outside of the Historic District or are staying at a hotel in midtown or anywhere on the outskirts, you need a car to get around and you probably wouldn't want to venture far from your hotel at night on foot.

One tip, though - I would definitely stay in the Historic District, and avoid any hotels that say Midtown, Airport or Pooler. While it's only a 15-20min drive from some of these hotels downtown, those long straight never-ending Georgia roads can make a 15 min drive feel like an eternity... And *definitely* not something you wanna do after a "haunted pub crawl" (which is a must do). ;-) . Also there are some seriously long traffic red lights (feels like 5 mins!) as you get to these major intersections by the midtown hotels, even late at night, where there is really nothing going on.

Unless you're here on business, stay downtown in the Historic District. You won't even need a car except to get you back to the airport or if you want to explore greater Savannah. :-)

starrs Oct 20th, 2019 01:35 AM


Originally Posted by Excalibur212 (Post 17003112)
This post is VERY OLD and dated... Ignore these ridiculous comments here about Savannah not being safe/walkable at night! If you're a tourist staying in the Historic District, the entire area is 100% WALKABLE and everyone is out walking all over late into the night. In fact, there are ghost tours and "haunted pub crawls" going on all night with tourists and locals alike everywhere, and the bar/club scene kicks in after 10-12am and goes until 3am, so unless you're afraid of ghosts and drunken frat boys/girls tripping and perhaps falling into you, I think you'll be just fine. LOL.

I had to laugh reading some of these posts, sounds like most of these people are from small towns who have never been to a major city. Perhaps Savannah was very different 10-15 years ago!

1) Yes. This thread was "VERY OLD".
Why did YOU choose to top a very old post?
Your advice to "ignore" comments from a 10 year old post is necessary. The posts WERE ignored, because it as a dead, 10 year old thread...until you revived it to laugh at it.

2) "the entire area is 100% WALKABLE and everyone is out walking all over late into the night"
Yes. The HD is 100% walkable. But not 100% of the HD is as safe as other areas at night. If you are walking at night where there is other pedestrain traffic, you are as safe as you are in other cities. But, like in other cities, there are deserted streets at night where most people choose not to walk. That's true of any city in any US state and every country I've visited.

3) "I had to laugh reading some of these posts, sounds like most of these people are from small towns who have never been to a major city."
So... you topped a very old post just to laugh at other people.
Nice.

4) "Perhaps Savannah was very different 10-15 years ago!"
Bingo.

Edited to add -
You registered on Fodor's just to top a 10 year old thread and to laugh at comments written 10 years ago?!
That. Is. Weird.


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