One of the best things about visiting Tybee Island, Georgia is that, although the town is “big” in terms of attractions and amenities, it is geographically small – only 2.7 square miles. Consequently, it is very easy to see and do a great many things in a short period of time.
It is also very easy to spend a week or two on Tybee and still not experience everything this little beach town has to offer. Here is a suggested list of the top 10 things not to miss while you are visiting Tybee Island.
1. Tybee Lighthouse & Museum
The Tybee Lighthouse & Museum is a must see for every Tybee visitor. The stunning silhouette will impress even the most experienced travelers with its 154′ height and all of the original outbuildings. Climb to the top for a panoramic view of Tybee Island! The Lighthouse may be the most photographed landmark on the entire island.
2. Ft Pulaski
Enjoy learning about history or have a Civil War buff in your group? You won’t want to miss touring Fort Pulaski! Fort Pulaski National Monument offers visitors and guests daily interpretive programs including guided fort tours ( 40-50 min.) and musket and soldier demonstrations (15-30 min). Cannon-firing demonstrations are on Saturdays and Sundays. The defining events of Fort Pulaski occurred during the American Civil War, but the people, places, and stories that shaped this monument of military ingenuity continue to live on today.
3. Dolphin Tour
Would you like to experience the graceful, playful, and of course amazing wild bottlenose dolphins that call Tybee Island their home? You can book a tour with Captain Mike or Captain Derek and enjoy a memorable dolphin adventure in the waters of Tybee Island. Both boat tour companies also provide sunset cruises and much more. Follow the links for more information. Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours / Captain Derek’s Tybee Dolphin Adventure
4. Tybee Bike Tours
A great way to experience Tybee Island is by bike! Fat Tire Bikes is pleased to offer you several biking tours that mopeds, scooters, and cars cannot take. Pedal along the water line alone or with your family. Several varieties of beach cruisers to choose from and if you have a really little one, attach a “kiddie car” to the back of your bike! Fat Tire Bikes / Tim’s Beach Gear
Tybee Beach Ecology Trips, conducted on Tybee Island, Georgia, by marine biologist Dr. Joe Richardson, are fun and educational experiences for all ages. Typical two-hour beach trips include: high and low tide beachcombing, exploring tide pools and sandy intertidal habitats, pulling a 50 foot beach net, and learning information about the animals you find. Trips are scheduled for families and small groups, scout groups, schools, adult tours, and other groups. Much more than just a beach trip!
Explore Tybee, Little Tybee, and Wassaw Islands with Sundial Charters! Go crabbing in the salt marsh, fossil hunting, learn to use a cast net, and so much more. All trips are planned around the tide and weather. Trips are customized to suit your interests with only one party in the boat at a time. Maximum of six people. Larger groups can be accommodated with the use of extra boats.
No trip to Tybee would be complete without a visit to the Tybee Island Marine Science Center! Learn all about the Tybee Island Sea Turtle Project, the salt marsh and its inhabitants, and children love the beach walks! The Tybee Island Marine Science Center is home to the Coastal Georgia Gallery. Visit a young loggerhead sea turtle and enjoy the brand new aquatic display designed by the Georgia Aquarium. Admission to the Coastal Georgia Gallery is $4 for adults, $3 for children over three, kids three and under are free.
8. Jet Skis and Kayak Tours
Get out on the water when you stay on Tybee! Tybee Island has several companies offering kayak, jet ski, stand up paddle boarding and surf board rentals and instruction. Whether you want to paddle your way through one of Tybee Island’s exhilarating kayak tours or zoom off on a jet ski you are bound to have a blast on Tybee Island! Tybee Jet Ski & Watersports / North Island Surf and Kayak
The Tybee Island Social Club serves Latin-inspired food fused with a Southern coastal twist. Dine in laid-back surf style and enjoy Smoked Bacon Bloody Mary’s that are an Island favorite. The whimsy white bungalow with the huge front porch is the perfect setting for a relaxing weekend brunch. Family friendly, pet friendly and one of the nicest staffs on Tybee. The Social Club is a favorite with locals and visitors alike.
10. Lunch or Dinner at The Tybee Island Crab Shack
The Crab Shack on Tybee Island is a dining experience that adults and children will both enjoy. Located right on the water with a view to die for, The Crab Shack is famous for its Steamed Seafood Samplers and excellent Margaritas! Feed the alligators in the lagoon before you eat and don’t forget to meet all the exotic birds. There is fantastic seating outdoors but if you happen to visit on a rainy day there is ample seating inside as well. Is there someone in your group who doesn’t eat seafood? No worries! The Crab Shack has options for “landlubbers” as well.
Read more about Tybee Island in the Discover Tybee Magazine!
While staying on Tybee, you will want to take a day to visit Historic Savannah Georgia. Here are few activities that you won’t want to miss out on!
Hands down, the BEST way to learn about the history of Savannah! Bringing Savannah’s History To Life is not just a slogan….it’s a promise. Along with uniquely personal descriptions of Savannah’s rich and spellbinding history, actual historical re-enactors appear from time to time, boarding and walking the aisles of your trolley. You might see Forrest Gump, Georgia founder General James Oglethorpe, or a lingering pirate from the old days at the historic Pirate’s House. Your tour guide might even be dressed in a wardrobe from long ago as well!
2. Savannah Riverboat Cruise
Enjoy an evening of dinner, live entertainment, and an unforgettable tour of Savannah on a Riverboat cruise. Book tours and tickets online and save or call them toll- free for assistance with reservations, group tour bookings, and private charters. Experience refreshing river breezes on a sightseeing harbor tour, delicious local southern flavors, cultural entertainment, fun filled dinner, magical moonlight, and lavish brunches. Join their captain and award winning crew on board for a unique tour and cruise attraction that is not to be missed!.
Have a Girl Scout in the family? You won’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the Juliette Gordon Low House. The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is owned and operated by Girls Scouts of the USA as a National Girl Scout Program Center and an historic house museum for the general public. The official purpose of the Center is to perpetuate the spirit and vision of the founder, Juliette Gordon Low, in an inspiring environment and to provide unique learning opportunities and the historic interpretation of the life of Juliette Low and the Wayne-Gordon house and to further the values of Girl Scouting.
If you are a fan of Southern Cuisine you must stop by Paula Deen’s Lady & Sons Restaurant! A Southern Style Buffet is served daily but you can order off the menu if you like. Paula’s landmark restaurant, The Lady & Sons, had its humble beginnings back in June 1989 when Paula started The Bag Lady out of her home. Since then, it has grown into a world-renowned restaurant and full service catering venue. In December 1999, The Lady & Sons was named “International Meal of the Year” by USA Today. Today, the restaurant seats nearly 330 people and serves thousands of tourists and locals each week. If you’re looking for a true taste of the South, look no further than The Lady & Sons!