Savannah makes a great destination year-round, but the Hostess City does have its seasons. For the absolute best weather, spring is the ideal time to come—and everyone knows it. Crowds hit the historic district en masse from March to May. Mid-March is especially busy, when one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the country kicks off the high season with three days of street-choking, green-beer-drinking revelry. Come for St. Pat’s if you want to party, but don’t expect to see the sights.
For a more leisurely time in Savannah, visit during the fall—which has similar weather to spring. Or time your vacation for the Low Country’s mild winters. Both have exponentially smaller crowds than the high season, and you can find significant drops in air and hotel rates. The first three weeks in December are the slowest of the year, though average temperatures are still relatively warm in the mid-60s.
For those who don’t mind the heat and humidity, and don’t care to be too active, summertime in Savannah offers long, lazy days perfect for front-porch-sipping on cold cocktails or sweet tea along with a hearty helping of local seafood or pulled-pork barbecue. If you want to do like the locals, take an elaborate, multicourse picnic to one of the many evening movies and concerts, morning farmers’ markets, or other summer events in Forsyth Park.