7 Must-Do Tybee Island Activities for First Time Visitors
First-time visitors to Tybee Island will find that there are plenty of sights to see and things to do besides the beach! Here is the inside scoop on other activities you won’t want to miss during your stay.
1. CLIMB A LIGHTHOUSE
Dating back to 1736, the light station on Tybee Island contains Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse. Three lightkeepers’ cottages and a military battery nearby help interpret the island’s rich history. Exhibits showcase the time of the Euchee tribe, the history of Fort Screven and Tybee’s Golden Era.
2. BRUSH UP ON HISTORY
Fort Pulaski National Monument is located on Cockspur Island between Savannah and Tybee Island. It preserves Fort Pulaski, where the Union Army forced the Confederate garrison inside Fort Pulaski to surrender during the American Civil War. The siege was a landmark experiment in the history of military science and invention.
3. KAYAK ON THE SEA
Sea Kayak Georgia on Tybee Island can help fuel your hunger for adventure. Focusing on guided kayak tours of surrounding coastal areas, Sea Kayak Georgia also offers kayak rentals to individuals familiar with sea kayaking, or who have taken a safety and rescue class. Safety and rescue instruction classes are offered daily, as well as other classes teaching basic to advanced kayaking skills.
Homemade Italian-style gelato ice cream at Seaside Sweets is a delicious way to cool off on the island. You’ll also find old-fashioned candies, pralines, fudge and homemade lemonade. The ice cream is made to order fresh-from-scratch and is richer than store-bought ice cream.
5. FROLIC WITH DOLPHINS
Wild bottlenose dolphins can be seen just offshore in the waters around Tybee Island. Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours or Captain Derek’s Dolphin Adventures can offer close up views, sunset cruises, fishing charters and more.
6. SAMPLE LOCAL CUISINE
Fresh-caught seafood is Tybee Island’s specialty and there of plenty of restaurants from which to choose. The popular Crab Shack is a great spot for lunch or dinner. Located right on the water with a fabulous view and lagoon of alligators, the Crab Shack is famous for its steamed seafood samplers. Sting Ray’s is another wonderful choice to visit after the beach for fish tacos and cold drinks. For a unique dining experience, head over to the Tybee Island Social Club to eat, drink and be social with delicious seafood dishes and craft cocktails.
7. GO BIRD WATCHING
The North Beach Birding Trail is at the mouth of the Savannah River where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. In the winter, many seabirds and shorebirds migrate from the Arctic tundra to spend the fall and winter on Tybee’s beach. North Beach is the best place to view sanderlings, turnstones, dunlins, western sandpipers, knots, willets, black-bellied plovers, semipalmated plovers and more unique birds.
Emily Smith will receive her BA in English and Professional Communications from Armstrong State University this spring. Emily loves living in Savannah and enjoys local music, hiking, reading about interesting people and planning her next adventure.