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
Set between the lighthouse and easygoing North Beach neighborhood, North Beach Bar & Grill’s oceanfront locale complements its Caribbean flair. Outdoor seating is plentiful, and fare is beyond delicious. Sandy toes are more than welcome, as the place is mere feet from 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. Tybee Island is home to over three miles of beautiful beaches, each with their own personality. Take your students to North Beach for a view of incoming container ships, or on the South End to explore the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. Your students will love the opportunity to splash in the waves, build sandcastles and enjoy the coastal breeze.
Kick off day two of your students’ Tybee tour with a bang, or cannon fire, at Fort Pulaski National Monument, a beautifully preserved Civil War fortress. Declared a national monument in 1924, Fort Pulaski has been rebuilt and restored to the same state as in its heyday. 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.
TYBEE ISLAND MARINE SCIENCE CENTER
Tybee is home to a vibrant ecosystem, and the Tybee Island Marine Science Center is the perfect place to go for a closer look. The center offers year-round programs for groups that include beach walks, marsh treks, turtle talks and more. They also offer floating classrooms that explore the Savannah River and Tybee’s creeks and rivers.
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. A-J’s Dockside Restaurant and Coco’s Sunset Grille are both located on Tybee’s Back River and are perfect for good food and scenic views. Come casually. A delicious dinner on Tybee is just the ticket when wrapping up a successful student trip.
TOUR HISTORIC SAVANNAH
Savannah’s Historic District offers an unparalleled experience for students. Tour it by foot on a guided walking tour or on board a trolley and discover the many historic landmarks in the downtown area. City tours will help your students get better acquainted with Savannah’s history. 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.
Wind through the waters of the Savannah River and watch dolphins gliding through the water. Departing from Lazaretto Creek, tour guests will get a lighthearted historic tour of Tybee Island, Fort Pulaski National Monument and the Cockspur Lighthouse. 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.
After a full day, your students will be ravenous. Take them to The Crab Shack for a huge seafood platter. Order a Captain Crab’s Sampler Platter, a feast piled high with crab legs, shrimp, mussels, crawfish, Georgia shrimp, corn sausage and potatoes or Tybee Island’s most iconic dish, the LowCountry Boil. This Tybee Island staple offers outdoor seating overlooking a tidal creek. Visit the bird house and see a menagerie of exotic birds, or the lagoon to feed the alligators that call The Crab Shack home.
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