Located just 30 minutes east of Savannah, Georgia, Tybee Island is the perfect place to spend a summer day. This unspoiled barrier island is known for its sandy beaches, historic museums, and lazy, laid-back feel. It’s the kind of place where kids ride their bikes to the ice cream parlor and families spend quality time together. If you’re looking for a change of pace this summer, pack up the car and take a day trip out of the city! Here are some of our favorite things to do on Tybee Island.
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Top 5 Things to Do on Tybee Island
1. Visit the Tybee Island Lighthouse & Museum
Did you know that the Tybee Island Light is Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse? Built in 1763, it’s one of seven surviving colonial era lighthouse towers and has three Light Keeper’s Cottages nearby. Visitors can climb 178 steps to the top for an amazing view, or make reservations for a private sunset tour. Tours are $25 and fill up quickly so be sure to book in advance!
For a glimpse at what life was like for a lighthouse keeper in the early 1900′s, stop by the Lighthouse Museum across the street. You’ll find exhibits that cover the time of the Euchee tribe, the history of Fort Screven, Tybee’s Golden Era, and more.
2. Explore Fort Pulaski National Monument
History buffs will love uncovering the mysteries of long ago at Fort Pulaski National Monument. The defining events of Ft. Pulaski occurred during the American Civil War, but the stories that shaped this monument continue to live on today. Visitors can travel through secret underground tunnels, swing cannons, and explore rooms once used by soldiers. There’s also cannon-firing demonstrations on weekends.
3. Hit the Beach
No summer vacation is complete without a trip to the beach! On Tybee, you’ll find five miles of clean sand and warm, gentle waves. The beach is wide and easy to walk or bike on, and the sand is perfect for making sandcastles. Be sure to stroll down the boardwalk at sunset for stunning ocean views.
Local Tip: If you’re looking for a quieter location than Tybee’s main strip, consider visiting North Beach. This sheltered shoreline is located at the mouth of the Savannah River and is a great location for shelling and seeing dolphins.
4. Get in the Water
Whether you want to kayak, jet ski, SUP, or surf, there’s plenty to do in the waters surrounding Tybee Island. You’ll also find a variety of charters and tours with knowledgeable guides that will teach you all about the island’s marine life. Feel free to contact any of these local companies for information on ocean safety, tours, and rentals.
- Tybee Jet Ski & Watersports
- Tybee Surf Lessons
- Sea Kayak Georgia
- East Coast Paddleboarding
- Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours
5. Dine at Local Restaurants
After a long day of fun in the sun, head to one of the many restaurants on Tybee Island for a great meal. From fresh-caught seafood to classic American cuisine, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your tastebuds. If you’re traveling with the family, we recommend a table outside at The Crab Shack. This waterfront hotspot is famous for its steamed seafood samplers and excellent margaritas. You can even feed the alligators in the lagoon before you eat!
Book Your Stay at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn
Now that you know about the best things to do on Tybee Island, it’s time to start planning your trip! Our Savannah bed and breakfast is just a short drive away and offers top-notch accommodations and amenities. Your stay includes curbside luggage assistance, wine hour, a nightly turndown service, and a complimentary breakfast each morning. We even have vacation specials and packages to help you save on your trip! To book your room, simply check our availability or give us a call at (800) 233-1776. We look forward to having you!