The Coastal Empire is filled with things to do when you're not in class or studying. Don't be afraid to venture off campus and check out some of the attractions Savannah has to offer. 

1. Savannah State University isn’t known as the “University by the sea” by chance. The beach is located about 15 miles away from campus. Tybee Island beach is one of the top places to visit this summer. Tybee Island has a variety of shops and restaurants for tourists to explore.

2. River Street, in downtown Savannah, is home to local restaurants, hotels, shops, art galleries and much more. River Street also has two historic monuments including Savannah’s Waving Girl and the Olympic Cauldron monument. If you’re looking to explore more, try a ghost tour or a take a trolley tour.

3. The summer is a great time to upgrade your wardrobe. Take a stroll down Broughton Street to find stores such as Banana Republic, 24e Design Co, fab’rik Savannah, Free People and many more boutiques and national brands.

Broughton Street is also home to many restaurants like The Funky Café, Savannah Seafood Shack, The Melting Pot, B&D Burgers, Leopold’s Ice Cream and Ben & Jerry’s.

4. The Telfair Museums are great places to visit this summer. If you’re interested in visiting an art museum, the Jepson Center is the perfect place to visit. The Jepson offers contemporary art and a variety of exhibits. The Thomas-Owens House is also a good place to go for historic perspective on the city.

5. With the rich history in Savannah, there are plenty of museums to visit during the summer time including the Savannah Children’s Museum, Savannah History Museum, Georgia State Railroad Museum, Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum and the Savannah African Art Museum.

6. If you just need some fresh air, check out Forsyth Park, a perfect grassland area to play soccer or have a picnic in the park. Skidaway Island State Park is open to visitors who are interested in walking nature trails and visiting the park’s interpretive center. Oatland Island also has walking trails and wildlife exhibits for its visitors. 

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