Savannah is a beautiful and charming city in the state of Georgia that abounds in great, manicured parks and natural attractions. Since its beginnings, it has been one of the most picturesque cities in the United States, one of the most impressive and attractive, partly due to its rich and colorful nature. It doesn’t come as a surprise then that there are more than 50 million tourists every year that come enjoy all of the perks that the city has to offer.
Here is a list of some the best and most capturing natural attractions and sites that you should not miss during your stay in this lovely city of Savannah, GA.
The beautiful Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens are located just south of Savannah, spreading over a 51-acre land area. It is a botanical garden that was previously a USDA plant introduction station, and it is located at Bamboo Farm.
The garden has its origins all the way back in the 1880s when the first bamboos were planted by Mrs. H. B. Miller. She started by planting three great Japanese timber bamboos, and by 1915 it developed into a great and extensive bamboo grove. The USDA noticed its significance and leased it in 1919, using it in the following years, and throughout the 20th century as a plant introduction station.
Over the years, as the number of plants increased, and the facility, as well as its significance, grew, it developed into a great botanical garden. In 1983 it came under the management of the University of Georgia and is since a part of its Agricultural and Environmental Sciences College.
Today, the botanical garden has one of the biggest bamboo collections in the United States, with more than 60 types of bamboo. Apart from that, it also includes around 40 palms species, more than 36 camellia species, trees such as China fir, southern magnolia, Japanese evergreen oak, Chinese pistachio, Oliver Maple, live oak, and many different gardens such as water garden, rose garden, Mediterranean-style garden, Woodland Shade Garden, Georgia Trustees Garden, etc.
The Oatland Island Wildlife Center is situated just outside of Savannah, a few miles east of its Historic District, and it is operated and owned by the Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education. It features a wide range of different wildlife from coastal Georgia and South Carolina.