Tybee Island Student Itinerary
Historic Tybee Island Light Station and Tybee Museum
Dating back to 1736, Tybee’s historic lighthouse is one of only seven Colonial-era light stations remaining in America. After touring the complex, have your students climb the 178 steps to reach the top of the lighthouse for panoramic views of the island and surrounding areas. Following the lighthouse tour, take your group across the street to the Tybee Museum to explore more than 400 years of Tybee Island history.
Lunch at North Beach
While on the north end of the island, take your students to North Beach Bar & Grill, located beside the Tybee Museum and steps from the beach.
Wind through the waters of the Savannah River and watch dolphins gliding through the water. Oftentimes, captains will ride their boats side-by-side to encourage the dolphins to swim between and jump in and out of the wake. Seeing dolphins up close is an experience your students will love.
Kick off day two of your students’ Tybee tour with a bang, or cannon fire, at Fort Pulaski, a beautifully-preserved Civil War fortress. The fort offers tours with soldiers in period dress for a fun, immersive learning experience. After the tour, take the kids to the museum for a closer look at the fort’s long history.
Tour Historic Savannah
Savannah’s Historic District offers an unparalleled experience for students. Tour it by foot or trolley and discover the many historic landmarks in the downtown area. From the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force to Telfair Museums or the Juliette Gordon Low birthplace, there is no shortage of interesting, educational sites to visit.
Dinner at Sunset
Wrap up the day by going back to the island and having dinner overlooking the expansive salt marsh and Back River. Choose from an array of yummy items to suit everyone. Come casually. A delicious dinner on Tybee is just the ticket when wrapping up a successful student trip.
Tybee Island Marine Science Center and Eco-Walk with Dr. Joe
Tybee’s ecosystem is vibrant and right at your students’ fingertips. The Tybee Island Marine Science Center offers programming, activities and tours to fill your agenda with Tybee marine and wildlife interactions. Eco-walks with Marine Biologist Dr. Joe Richardson are also great activities for groups of all sizes and school ages.
A Day at the Beach
Spend the afternoon enjoying all Tybee’s beaches have to offer. After all, a trip to Tybee isn’t complete without spending time at the beach. Take the kids to North Beach for a view of incoming container ships, or on the South End by the pier. Your students will love the opportunity to splash in the waves.
After a full day, your students will be ravenous. Take them to The Crab Shack for a huge seafood platter of shrimp, crawfish and crab legs with sausage, corn and potatoes. Visit the bird house and see a menagerie of exotic birds, or the lagoon to feed the alligators that call The Crab Shack home.