A majority of travelers heading to Savannah have heard of Forsyth Park. But, chances are, the only thing they know about the park is its beautiful fountain.
Oh, don’t get us wrong, the fountain is impressive. And, nearly everybody there is juggling to get a picture of it or in front of it.
The Forsyth Fountain
Okay, admittedly, the fountain is stunning. We lined up to get our photos in front of it too.
The fountain was installed in the north end of Forsyth Park in 1858. It was modeled after the fountains at the Palace de la Concorde in Paris. But, it was purchased from a catalog – it must have been pretty popular because there are similar fountains in NY and Peru.
But there is so much more to Forsyth Park than the fountain.
The Monuments of Forsyth Park
The largest and oldest monument in the park is the Confederate Monument. This monument can be found in the middle of the park’s large field. The Savannah’s Ladies Memorial Association is responsible for the memorial, constructed in 1875, that honors the Confederate dead.
There are two additional monuments in the park, added in the 20th century. These are located near the northern and southern entrances of the park. The Marine Monument at the north end is dedicated to Chatham County Marines killed in action. The Hiker, at the south end, honors the soldiers of the Spanish-American War.
We mean no disrespect to the brave Chatham County Marines killed in action. Due to some construction behind the monument and vehicles in the street, we were unable to get a clear photo
But Wait, There’s More!
The park also has two children’s playgrounds, and a concert and event space on the east side of the park – which we heard becomes a splash pad during the summer. There is a fragrant garden for the blind on the west side, and along the edges, there are tennis and basketball courts.
Collins Quarter at Forsyth Park
We had set aside a whole morning to explore the park and started with breakfast at Collins Quarter at Forsyth Park. They are located on the east side of the park and back up to the concert and event space.
They had plentiful outdoor seating, so we never made it inside. We knew that we’d be grazing our way through the city, so we had a reasonably light breakfast. And while our breakfast selections weren’t very Southern, they were pretty amazing!
I had my fill of coffee at our Airbnb. So, I went for a fresh and refreshing Apple, Pineapple, and Blood Orange Cold Pressed Juice – it was as amazing as it looks!
Chuck is a tea guy and ordered Black Tea. It came in a French press and had an adorable timer for Light, Medium, and Strong Tea – we want one!
I opted for the CQ Avocado Toast. Toasted Sourdough with an Avocado Lime Smash, Heirloom Tomatoes, Radishes, and Feta Cheese. I also added on the side of Hash Browns. The Toast was perfectly seasoned, had a nice crunch from the Radishes and Tomatoes and just a hint of Salt from the Feta. A great choice.
I’m a Pizza junkie, but it’s Falafel for Chuck, and he was super excited to see it on a breakfast menu. The Falafel was perfectly fried, nice and moist in the center, and well-seasoned. It was the perfect breakfast choice for him.
From there, we wandered through the park, enjoying their Saturday Farmer’s Market.
Saturday Farmers’ Market
But it was fun to stroll, and we ended up picking up a few things. There were great-looking baked goods, local produce, fresh meat, pasta, and even locally made Kimchi.
The Falafel might have inspired us. We stopped to check out the Isreally Hummus stand – their tag line is Isreally Good! We tried several varieties and liked the flavor and texture a lot. But, we ended up buying their Hot Date – unique! It’s less of a Hummus and more Date Spread. It’s sweet from the Dates and hot from Cayenne Pepper but has a hint of Honey, Cinnamon, and Vanilla.
The market was filled with artisans selling artwork and jewelry, a trumpeter, and this guy playing guitar and harmonica.
If you are in Savannah on a Saturday morning, be sure to check this place out.
Have A Picnic in Forsyth Park
Forsyth Park is huge. It’s nearly 30 acres. There are lots of benches and green spaces. One of the things we loved was these adorable picnic spaces set up as displays by Savannah Picnic.
They were themed for a birthday party, and another seemed to be for a proposal. The props were super cute, and from what we saw on their website, the packages range from intimate to slightly larger, with about eight or ten guests.
It also looks like you can customize them, adding in activities and food, depending on what you are looking for.
If we had a few more days in Savannah, this would have been something we’d have done. It would be nice to chill in the park and watch the world go by.
Regardless of how much time you have in Savannah, be sure to take some time to enjoy Forsyth Park.