Known as one of the quintessential sights on Tybee Island, the Tybee Island Lighthouse is a historic beacon that you won't want to miss on your visit. Here are ten reasons why you've just got to see it in person!
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It's Georgia's oldest and tallest lighthouse
Originally constructed in 1736, the Tybee Island Light Station was built to guide mariners safe entrance into the Savannah River. The tower stands at 145 feet tall and has three Light Keeper Cottages nearby.
Witness one-of-a-kind views of Tybee Island
Lace up your sneakers and make the climb to the top of the Lighthouse for stunning 360-degree views of Tybee Island. It’s only 178 steps to the top!
Unique events throughout the year
Not too many attractions can offer remarkable sunrises and sunsets from one location. The Tybee Island Lighthouse opens its doors during the summer months to small groups at sunrise and sunset. Winter visitors are encouraged to travel back through time and experience Christmas at the Lighthouse. Sing carols and sip hot cider while you enjoy witnessing the warm glow of this historic structure in candlelight.
Admission includes access to more than the Lighthouse
With every ticket purchase, visitors have full access to the grounds surrounding the Lighthouse. Walk through the Light Keeper Cottages for a real look into the lives of those who served as the Lighthouse Grounds Keepers. Then, take a short walk to the Tybee Island Museum, where you can uncover over 400 years of history.
Sitting in the center of the quiet North Beach neighborhood, the Tybee Island Lighthouse is surrounded by beautiful homes, delicious restaurants and nonother than the beach. Rent bikes or a golf cart to really experience North Beach ‘island-style’!
Watch Cargo Ships navigate the Savannah River
Any Tybee Island local will tell you that the massive ships navigating through the Savannah River are a sight to see! With a bird’s eye view from atop the lighthouse, these massive ships will look even cooler from up above.
Learn the history of Tybee Island and the Euchee Tribe
Exhibiting the history of the Euchee tribe, Fort Screven, Tybee’s Golden Era and more, the Tybee Island Museum is located just across the street from the Lighthouse.
Ask to see the historic lighthouse key (hint: it dates back to the 1700s)
Kept under lock and key, this historic, iron key is one-of-a-kind (literally) that’s used every day to lock up the tower. You can feel the history when you hold it in your hand!
Put your name on history
The Tybee Island Lighthouse is surrounded by a beautiful brick walkway. Visitors can purchase a personalized brick with a donation of $100 to the Tybee Island Historical Society. Click here to learn more!
Snag unique Tybee Island souvenirs at the Gift Shop
In search of the perfect Tybee Island gift or souvenir to take home with you? Be sure and stop at the Tybee Island Lighthouse gift shop for great finds!