There’s a common misperception that things move slower in Savannah. Most folks will see the Spanish moss lazily twisting in the breeze from under live oak branches and assume that most Savannians spend their time the same way: idly lounging in the blissful Southern breezes.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Savannah is a dynamic city bursting with energy, both creative and kinetic. If you’re looking for a classic Southern destination where you can keep your feet moving, active retirement in Savannah is just right for you.
Here are just a few of the ways to keep your pulse pounding in the hostess city.
While the Savannah River itself might not be the best for exploring (the mammoth freighters coming in and out of the port make it a little tricky for kayaking), the waterways surrounding the city itself are as wild and rustic as they come.
The Savannah Kayak and Outdoor Adventurers Group meets regularly to kayak the local creeks and streams in search of dolphins and wild birds, with regular trips as far away as Florida and Tennessee. There are also regular hiking and camping trips in a variety of terrains.
Another group, Savannah Outdoors, adds a little community service to the mix by doing cleanups and tree maintenance during its regular hikes, bike rides and kayak trips.
Savannah’s many squares and historic streets make for an inspiring place to get in a brisk run, and its eclectic energy means there’s usually something interesting to see along your route.
Savannah Runners blends the two together, creating a uniquely supportive group of runners dedicated to tackling Savannah’s sidewalks and having fun doing it. Strictly non-competitive, this group welcomes runners of all paces, letting you enjoy Savannah in stride as you meet new people and keep your feet moving.
Work up a Sweat
Savannah has hundreds of gyms, and plenty of opportunities for recreation. The YMCA maintains two branches in the city – one downtown off of Habersham and another on nearby Whitemarsh Island. This second location, Islands Family YMCA, offers some great experiences for adults looking to stay active. The “Active Older Adults” class meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1 p.m. in the aerobics room, and the “Fit & Firm Seniors” class meets on Monday and Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
One of the best ways to stay fit outside of the gym is through yoga, and the group “Yoga For The Every Body” gives you plenty of plays to practice some al fresco poses. The group holds yoga classes regularly, both in Savannah’s many parks and along the nearby sea island beaches.