10 Things To Do On Tybee Island
Going to the beach on Tybee is a no brainer while on the island for vacation. But in case you, or someone in your group, is a lobster by day two, or looking for something else to do, here are a few other things to keep you occupied during your time on the island.
1. Tour Fort Pulaski
Located on Highway 80, just west of Tybee Island, Fort Pulaski is a beautifully preserved Civil War fortress with an onsite museum and daily cannon firings. Robert E. Lee played a major role in the fort’s construction and returned there several times throughout the war. The fort goes down in history as being the first fort ever fired upon by rifled canons – a game changer weapon in those days. Take a tour of the fort and listen to anecdotes from guides dressed in period costume. Explore the dark hallways and wide open expanses, the nature trails and museum – Fort Pulaski is a great place to go for a change of pace from the beach. Check their website for events and Fee Free days.
2. Climb to the top of the Tybee Island Light Station
Georgia’s oldest and tallest, the Tybee Island Light Station is one of only seven remaining Colonial era lighthouses in the country. Open everyday except Tuesday, the lighthouse and museum offer both history and terrific scenery. Viewable from the top is the Atlantic Ocean, Savannah River, Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island, and Fort Pulaski.
3. Bike Rentals
Rent a bike from Fat Tire or Tim’s and get an open air, more intimate view of Tybee Island. Tybee is bike friendly and offers trails and bike lanes for an easier way to get around the island. Bikes can be delivered to your accommodations and some are equipped with larger tires for easy beach riding.
4. Pick Up A Cool Treat
Some summer days on the beach are so hot that only ice cream can cool you off. Tybee’s ice cream shops are more than happy to serve up yummy treats in a cone or cup to beachgoers looking for something cold. From Sweetie Pie, Seaside Sweets, King of Pops and Sugar Shack, there is always a sweet spot close by. Sugar Shack, located on the north end of the island, serves ice cream, milkshakes and more substantial options such as burgers and chicken fingers.
5. Charter a Boat
Explore the natural beauty of Tybee’s back river, channels and salt marshes on a chartered boat. There are several charter tour companies to choose from on the island, including nature tours and fishing charters.
6. Dolphin Tours
People aren’t the only ones who love Tybee. Dolphins are abundant in the waters around the island, and taking a dolphin tour is the perfect way to get up close and personal with the friendly, curious creatures. Dolphin tours launch off the Back River, providing a look of the island from a different perspective.
Getting out on the water is a fun way to be active and do something different at the beach. Kayaks, paddleboards and jet skis are available to rent with instructions and lessons available for beginners.
8. Camp on or Charter to Little Tybee Island
Alternative vacations are becoming popular for people looking for something a little different. Spend the night or the weekend camping out on the beaches of Little Tybee Island. Or, if camping isn’t your thing, try taking a charter and spend the afternoon hunting for seashells or sand dollars (just make sure the sand dollars aren’t alive) and enjoying the uninhabited beaches. Little Tybee is accessible only by water, making it a more adventurous experience.
9. Tour the Tybee Museum
The Tybee Museum, located in an artillery battery at Fort Screven, an 1898 coastal fortress, highlights relics, artifacts and historic pieces from Tybee’s 400 year history. Now a part of the historic Tybee Island Light Station, tickets to the museum include admission to the lighthouse.
10. Go to the Tybee Island Marine Science Center
The Tybee Island Marine Science Center, located right off the beach behind the Pier and Pavilion, is a great place to take the family during a beach break. The center is filled with tanks teeming with marine life including turtles, fish and crabs. Another option is to go on eco walks on the beach to see, touch and learn about local marine life.