2009 Annual Meeting
Toward Zero Deaths: Every Life Counts
Savannah, Ga., August 30 - September 2
Top Attractions in Savannah
There are many reasons to attend this year's GHSA Annual Meeting in Savannah. Consider bringing a guest who can enjoy the sights while you work, or extend your stay and take in all that the area offers. Below, we have outlined just a few of the top attractions in Savannah:
- River Street
World-famous River Street is lined with shops and restaurants on one side and the Savannah River on the other. Come trek the cobblestone road to buy souvenirs, view the infamous Waving Girl Statue, have a cocktail, eat seafood or just watch the ships go by.
- Tybee Island Beach
Just a short 20-minute drive from Savannah, Tybee Island Beach offers guests a family-friendly getaway complete with 5 miles of beaches. Make sure to check out the Tybee Island Lighthouse, Georgia's oldest and tallest lighthouse.
- City Market
This historic district opened in 1755 as a fish, game and produce market, but now offers art galleries, specialty shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. It also serves as the starting point of many trolley and carriage tours. On weekends, there are often live bands that make City Market a great place for nightlife.
- Walking Tours of Savannah
Get a firsthand experience of Savannah by partaking in one of the numerous walking tours available. Enjoy the historic district, which boasts 21 squares designed by the city's found, James Oglethorpe, or go on a haunted walk in one of Savannah's famous cemeteries. The excursions are a great way to see the city and exercise!
- Telfair Museum of Art
The oldest public arts museum in the south, Telfair offers a collection of American and European paintings, sculptures and special exhibits. The three buildings which make up the Telfair Museum -- the Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Owens-Thomas House and the Jepson Center for the Arts -- are covered by one admission price, making it one of Savannah's best deals. The Jepson Center focuses on contemporary art and has an interactive children's gallery called ArtZeum.
- Great Restaurants Embracing the Area's Culture and History
Enjoy famous southern cuisine at The Lady and Sons, a restaurant owned by Paula Deen. Or plan for a night at Elizabeth on 37th -- perhaps Savannah's best restaurant. This spot gets lots of attention from foodies and has won numerous awards. The Olde Pink House is where Savannah's elite go to eat, and the food, expectedly enough, is fantastic, at least according to a GHSA staff member! Seafood and Southern fare are at the forefront, as proven by she-crab soup, Caesar salad with fried oysters, and all sorts of fresh fish, from flounder to trout.
- Forsyth Park
Forsyth Park is a great place to walk, enjoy the scenery, play frisbee or have a picnic. The 30-acre park includes a playground for children and a tiered, cast-iron fountain, the focal point of this park, which was purchased from France in 1851.
- Hilton Head Island
Just 20 miles north of Savannah is Hilton Head Island, which features 12 miles of beachfront and is very popular vacation destination. Attractions include golf, the Harbour Town Lighthouse, water sports, the Coastal Discovery Museum and Lawton Stables, a solace for horses, cows, sheep, rabbits, donkeys and more.
- Mercer Williams House Museum
This house, built in 1871, has become a legend in Savannah, and not only because of its immense beauty. The house was featured in both the book and movie of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, written by John Berendt. Now open to the public, the house invites visitors to meander through the beautifully decorated rooms filled with 18th and 19th century furniture, porcelain and 18 century English and American portraits.
Visit this beautiful and mesmerizing cemetery which is a destination in many of the area's ghost tours. The cemetery features intricate funeral statues, including the infamous one of a small girl who died at 6 years old. The graves range from 1820 to the present.
- Fort Pulaski National Monument
Take a step back into time at the Fort Pulaski National Monument. The fort was made after the War of 1812 to protect Savannah's port from foreign invasion. During the Civil War, it became a Confederate stronghold until it fell to the Union Army. Today the fort is protected by the National Park Service and is open to visitors. Just 15 minutes from the city, this trip allows visitors to explore not only the winding rooms of the fort, but also surrounding area, which is a nature lover's paradise.