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Forsyth Park’s Town Green Knolls and Fountain

SAVANNAH Georgia — Bed and breakfast guests will ask about our Savannah inn’s top ten list of vacation spots in the Landmark Savannah Historic District.

The world famous French fountain (ca. 1858) in Forsyth Park is THE first sightseeing place that our top-rated Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast recommends.  A stroll in Forsyth Park is one of the best ways to start any Savannah visit — whether in Savannah for business, a mini-holiday, or getting away for a quick vacation in early spring, mid summer, late fall, or winter.

The world famous Forsyth Park is modern Savannah’s central park. Dotted with green knolls and a village green, the park’s well-manicured gardens and crisscrossing walking paths are where the real and what is captivating meet up in America’s most beautiful city. In all seasons the world famous Forsyth Fountain is a popular backdrop for small garden weddings and romantic honeymoons, and surely on photographers’ bucket lists long before their arrival.

Starting in January, parades line up in and around the 30-acre park.  Romantic picnics are throughout the Forsyth Park in February, especially around Valentine’s Day. Ceremoniously in mid-March, the fountain water is colored green for Irish celebrations on St. Patrick’s Day each year. Music concerts start in early spring, followed by April’s SCAD’s Sidewalk Art Festival and movies on the green. And so the year of activities continue. No one waits until September for jazz music and running marathons.

In addition to stage productions, the neighborly Savannah festivals seem non-stop — focusing on food, music, art, literary, food, heritage, and sports. Many convene in Forsyth Park.

In addition to the iconic Forsyth Fountain, the park features walking paths, the Band Shell stage, Forsyth Park Café and rest stop (re-purposed from an old fort), a children’s play area, a Fragrant Garden for the blind, public tennis and basketball courts, Spanish American War and Civil War monuments, a spray pool, and athletic fields for soccer, rugby, and Frisbee.

Located on colonial farm lands of the British colony (ca. 1733) and later military marching grounds once called “Forsyth Place”, today’s Forsyth Park is 1.5 miles around. Sub-tropical Savannah weather and the coastal flat terrain entice joggers, runners, senior adults, world travelers and international students to the park.

Landscaped with a wonderland of flowering plants and trees, “The Forsyth Park Arboretum acts as a living showcase of Savannah’s flourishing and diverse urban forest,” states the City of Savannah’s self-guide walking tour of the Arboretum. The majestic Live Oaks trees draped with Spanish Moss are show-stoppers among iconic Savannah pictures.  The Chestnut, Crapemyrtle, Magnolia, Pine, and Palm trees were planted between the 1930s and 1950s.

The Forsyth Farmer’s Market is open on Saturday (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) during harvest seasons.

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