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11 Things to Do on Tybee Island

It’s no question that the top activity when visiting Tybee Island is to enjoy the beach. But just in case you’re itching for extra excitement, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite things to do on Tybee Island.

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When searching for things to do in Tybee Island, we know it can be daunting - especially if you are travelling with a group of people with different interests. Have no fear! This complete list of things to do will have you jumping for joy!


Dive into history at Fort Pulaski National Monument

Fort Pulaski National Monument

Fort Pulaski National Monument is a beautifully preserved Civil War fortress with an onsite museum and daily cannon firings. Constructed between 1829 and 1847, Fort Pulaski was built to defend Savannah from foreign attacks and invasion. Today, the fort serves as an example of military architecture and an excellent excursion for history and nature lovers of all ages. 


Climb to the top of the Tybee Island Lighthouse

Tybee Island Light Station.

Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse, the Tybee Island Lighthouse, is one of only seven remaining Colonial era lighthouses in the country. The lighthouse and museum offer both history and terrific scenery, and both are open every day except Tuesdays. Climb to the top of the lighthouse for panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Savannah River, Hilton Head Island and so much more. 


Explore by Bicycle

Feel the breeze whip by as you explore Tybee Island by bicycle! Tybee Island is extremely bike friendly – the island and offers both trails and bike lanes for an easy, safe way to get around. Many bikes can be delivered right to your hotel or vacation rental, and some are equipped with larger tires for easy beach riding. Check out Tybee Island’s bike rentals here.

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Indulge In a Sweet Treat

Feast on sweet treats from The Sugar Shack and other Tybee favorites.

What better way to enjoy a beach day than with a delicious treat? Tybee has several ice cream and sweet shops for you to browse. From soft serve to brownie sundaes and doughnuts to pralines, you’ll happily give in to your cravings at The Sugar Shack or the Savannah Praline Company.


Set Sail on an Adventure

Sail the Atlantic Ocean waves with Compass Sailing.

Ahoy matey! A day of private sailing awaits you with several private charter boat experiences. Sail to the remote islands of Tybee. Explore uninhabited beaches, spot dolphins, or go fossil hunting as the sound of the water lulls you. With more than 45 years of experience, you’ll be in good hands with Captain Steve of Compass Sailing as you sail along Tybee’s back river and salt marshes on a 38’ yacht.  Prefer a fishing adventure? Try Tybee Island Charters inshore or deep-sea fishing charters. Whether it’s a bachelorette party, birthday, business meeting, family outing, romantic getaway or personalized sailing lessons, you can do it all here on the Atlantic Ocean.  


Spot dolphins

Dolphins on Tybee Island.

Did you know? You can catch sight of dolphins on Tybee Island! 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.


Get out on the water

Kayaking on Tybee Island.

Watersports are an exhilarating way to explore the water, be active and do something different. Kayaks, paddleboards and jet skies are available to rent with instructions and lessons available for beginners.


Take a trip to Little Tybee Island

Take a trip out to Little Tybee Island, a pure, uninhabited nature preserve accessible only by boat. Visitors to Little Tybee Island are welcome to camp, but you can also take a charter boat out to spend the afternoon exploring the island. Don’t let the name fool you – Little Tybee Island is actually twice the size of Tybee Island!


Tour the Tybee Island Museum

Tybee Island Museum.

The Tybee Island Museum is located in an 1898 coastal Georgia artillery battery at Fort Screven, the site of the Tybee Island Light Station. Completed in 1961, the museum features collections of historical items, pictures and relics that chronicle nearly 400 years of the island’s history.


Learn something new at the Tybee Island Marine Science Center

Photo Courtesy of Tybee Island Marine Science Center Facebook page

The Tybee Island Marine Science Center is an educational way to appreciate and learn about coastal Georgia’s unique marine life and environment. You’ll get close and personal with loggerhead sea turtles, baby alligators and an assortment of fish. The center provides school, as well as boy and girl scout programs, teaching the importance of our ecosystem. Keep an eye on their beach walks and marsh treks, starting soon.


Take In a Show

Photo courtesy of @manwithvanplans via Instagram.

The historic Tybee Post Theater is a long-standing beacon to the Tybee community. This charming landmark is the place to go for live music, theatre, educational programs and classic films. Stop in for a featured event such as the Hitchcock Birthday Celebration for a thrilling time with the family. After all, “A boy’s best friend is his mother.” Right, Norman?

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