Even though Tybee is well known for its beautiful beach, there is so much more to the island than just a day lounging in the sun. No one will argue that listening to the waves with your toes in the sand, is pretty much the most fantastic way to spend a day, but there is so much more that you see and do! Here are 5 more of our favorite things to do on Tybee.
Located in the Battery Garland of Fort Screven, the Tybee Museum was established by The Tybee Historical Society in 1961. The museum has seven different rooms and contains artifacts and exhibits that cover over five centuries of history. Most of the lower rooms which now contain the Museum’s exhibits were originally used to store smokeless gun powder and projectiles that weighed over 700 pounds each. The structure itself was built between 1898 and 1899 and was originally used to mount a huge 12 inch “non-disappearing” rifled long range cannon.
Book a tour with North Island Surf & Kayak and paddle out to the Cockspur Lighthouse. Situated on an islet off the southeastern tip of Cockspur Island, this historical site marks the South Channel of the Savannah River. The islet is often covered by high tide and is comprised of mainly of oyster shells and marsh grass. Accessible only by boat, making your way to the lighthouse by kayak is not only an adventure but an accomplishment as well. Be sure to climb to the top to enjoy a panoramic view of the sound.
Picnic on Little Tybee
Little Tybee is a completely uninhabited, unspoiled, nature preserve. The beaches are pristine, the wildlife abundant, and the subtropical forest is incredible to explore. For a memorable visit to Little Tybee, call the folks at Tybee Island Charters. They offer a four hour tour to the island which includes a gourmet picnic in which they do all the work. All you have to do is relax and revel in the exquisite beauty of the island among family and friends. Please only try to access Little Tybee by boat. Even though it looks like you may be able to walk there during low tide, the water moves in quickly and the currents are very treacherous.
This is one of Tybee’s most iconic landmarks. Aside from it offering a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean and being a great spot for fishing, the pier is a wonderful place to sit back and people watch too. It’s open daily and admission is FREE. The Pier that is standing today was constructed in the mid 90s as the original built in 1891 was tragically destroyed in a fire in 1967. Be sure to bring your camera when you visit the Pier because it makes a fantastic subject for vacation photos.
Coco’s Sunset Grille has just about the most perfect view of a sunset you will ever get to experience. Located on the shores of Lazaretto Creek, you can watch the shrimp boats roll in as the sun goes down. Coco’s is situated at a marina and the seafood comes straight off the docks and on to your plate. It doesn’t get any fresher than that! Have a drink, sample some local eats, and rub elbows with the friendliest people on the island. Sunset toasts happen nightly, celebrate being on Tybee Time by raising your glass.
Want more ideas on what to do while staying on Tybee? Link here to read our Discover Tybee magazine online.
photos of Cockspur Lighthouse and Little Tybee were taken by Instagram user @valorie05sj and the picture of the Tybee Pier & Pavilion was taken by @chelledaisy21