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Tybee Island Activities and Sites – Things to do in Tybee Island
1. Visit the Beach. Tybee Island has miles of fantastic beaches for your enjoyment. Work on your suntan, build a sand castle, put together a beach volleyball game, play some beach bocce, swim, surf, tackle a boogie board or try your skills at kite boarding (kite surfing). For lessons or rentals checkout AOK in our business directory.
2. Go Fishing. If you are a fisherman you can find plenty of spots to fish from on Tybee. You can fish from the beach, surf, (there are some areas where beach & surf fishing is not permitted, these areas are marked), the pier, the Back River or you can charter a boat for some deep sea fishing. Some common fishes caught on Tybee include: Brown & Rainbow Trout, Small & Largemouth Bass, Shell cracker, Sauger, Walleye, Redbreast, American & Hickory Shad, Bream and Catfish.
3. Visit the Tybee Island Museum. The museum is located at the base of Tybee Island Lighthouse. Here you can find exhibits and artifacts detailing Tybee’s 400 year history.
4. Visit the Tybee Lighthouse. The Tybee Island lighthouse was built in 1773 and is Georgia’s tallest and oldest lighthouse. This lighthouse is one of the most complete lighthouses in the U.S.; it sits on 5 acres and has been authentically restored. The lighthouse is still in use today, and its light can be seen 18 miles out. Visit the lighthouse, climb the 178 steps to the top, and take-in a fantastic view of Tybee Island. For more information, see our post on Tybee’s Lighthouse.
5. Visit Tybee Island Marine Science Center. The center is across from the Pier & Pavilion on Strand Avenue. The center opens daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you want to learn about Tybee’s environment and ecology, plan a visit to the Science Center. Go on a Beach Walk or Marsh Trek; discover the Sea Turtle Talks, or maybe a Dolphin Discovery program! Some programs require reservations, so give them a call or visit their website Tybee Island Marine & Science Center.
6. Rent a Bike or Electric Vehicle and Explore the Island. Take your time and explore the island at your own pace. Ride along the hard packed beaches or venture through the islands bike trails. There are a few places on the island for rentals. See our business directory.
7. Plan a Picnic at Memorial Park. The park provides 4.5 acres of fun and activities. Located just off Butler Ave., between the library and the Gym. Visit the park and enjoy: (2) Lighted Outdoor Tennis Courts, (2) Lighted Outdoor Beach Volleyball Courts, a Lighted Basketball Court, Children’s Playground Equipment, a Covered Lighted Pavilion and a picnic facility with grilling area.
8. Tybee Island Shopping. Visit the art galleries, artists’ studios, department stores and souvenir shops located on the Island. Tybee is home to many local artists, check out the galleries and shops for some amazing and unique finds.
9. Visit Little Tybee Island (only accessible by boat, kayak or jet ski).Just off the Southern edge of Tybee is a completely uninhabited nature preserve that can only be accessed by boat. Although called “Little Tybee Island”, it is more than double the area of Tybee Island. The wilderness jewel features salt marshes, prime beaches, natural sand dunes and subtropical forests. Little Tybee is full of wildlife, such as the wood stork, egrets, white ibis, roseate spoonbill, curlew sandpiper and herons (many of these are endangered). Its not uncommon to see bald eagles or Osprey that nest on Little Tybee. Camping is permitted on this pristine island. Some of the islands charters and tours pay a visit to Little Tybee Island.
10. Jet Ski. Want to take your fun to a new level? Enjoy the experience of jumping some waves while zooming through the water on a Jet Ski. Take in the great scenery of Tybee’s beaches, Fort Pulaski, the lighthouses and even Little Tybee Island. Don’t be alarmed if some dolphins stop to visit while you’re cruising around.
11. Kayaking or Paddleboarding. A fantastic way to discover the coastal habitat of Tybee Island and watch the natural wildlife up close as you maneuver through the island’s marshes. Some of the island’s Kayak tours cover the marshes and local attractions (which includes a trip to Cockspur Lighthouse, where you can enjoy a view after a climb to the top). For an exhilarating experience on Tybee Island give paddlebaording a try, get up close with the dolphins as you paddle along or take a paddleboarding tour to Little Tybee Island, Cockspur Island or other destinations. For more information on paddleboarding see our write-up on Things To Do on Tybee Island Paddle Board.
12. Take a Dolphin Tour. Experience the grace and playfulness of the amazing dolphins that are so common to Tybee Island. There are a couple of tours available on the island where you can get up-close and personal with these wonderful creatures. Book a tour and enjoy a great dolphin adventure while visiting the Island.
13. Visit Fort Screven. First commissioned in 1899 and named for Brigadier General James Screven. The Fort was a part of the coastal defense until decommissioned in 1947. There is very little remaining of the original fort. However, other remaining buildings include: the guard house which was recently restored, the bakery (which is a private home), and the barracks (now apartments). On display are the Battery Garland houses, Tybee Museum and several cannons and other military hardware. An additional area that still remains is “Officer’s Row”; this is a group of original homes that had a fantastic ocean view.
14. Feed the Alligators and Dine at the Crab Shack. Spend an evening dining at the well known Crab Shack; while you wait spend some time looking at the alligator habitat where you can feed the alligators. See our review of the Crab Shack.
Live Alligators on Tybee Island
15. Take a Beach Ecology Trip. Marine biologist Dr. Joe Richardson conducts the Tybee Beach Ecology Trips. These trips prove to be both a fun and educational experience for any age. A typical beach trip lasts about two hours and includes: both high and low tide beachcombing, the exploration of tide pools and inter-tidal habitats, pulling a beach net, and learning about the animals you find. This is more than just an average beach trip! Check out their website Tybee Beach Ecology Tours.
16. Visit the Pier and Pavilion. The original Tybee Pier (built in the 1900’s) had burned down and in 1996 was rebuilt. Located at the island’s South end, and popular for musical performances, special events, dances and fireworks, today’s pier is one of the islands most visited attractions. The pier & Pavilion is free and open to the public. It provides many with a great spot for watching the dolphins play, fishing and fantastic ocean views.
17. Explore Nature on Tybee Island. If you enjoy exploring nature, you will find plenty of natural trails and scenic pathways to explore on the island. Walk the nature trails that wind through the wetlands and an ancient maritime forest. You’ll discover many bird species, bottle-nose dolphins and other worthwhile site-seeing treats. The trails are locatedjust off the road into Tybee (U.S. 80).
18. Take a Boat Cruise. View parts of Georgia’s coast that can only be seen by boat. Venture past many of the beaches along Georgia’s Barrier Islands and the Low Country. There are several types of cruises available such as: Evening Cruises, Shelling Cruises, Eco Cruises and Bird Watching Cruises to name a few.
19. Explore Jaycee Park. Located on the North end of the island on Van Horne near the Campbell Road intersection, you will find the 8.5 acre scenic Jaycee Park. Between the two parks on Tybee, this one is more for nature lovers with its marshy creeks, diverse plant life and an abundance of wildlife. Jaycee Park isn’t only for nature lovers; you will find a .5 mile jogging track running through, and around the park, softball & soccer fields, a basketball court and playground. If you would like to just sit and relax there are picnic tables and gazebos scattered about.
20. Walk the Island. Did you consider that just walking around on Tybee Island is an enjoyable event? The island is peaceful and quite and is filled with history. Out for a walk in an eclectic, small friendly beach town with the sun on your face and the wind in your hair, it almost sounds too good to be true.
Of course in you happen to be in Tybee during one of the many Parades, Festivals or Celebrations, be sure to add that to your list.
If you still need more activities to keep you busy, here are a few more things to do that are just outside of Tybee Island.
1. Visit Fort Pulaski National Monument. If you’re a history buff, or just interested in civil war history, you definitely want to let Fort Pulaski awe and inspire you! Robert E. Lee, after graduating from West Point, worked as a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was instrumental in planning & preparing the construction of Fort Pulaski. Follow the footsteps of fearless commanders, revolutionary thinkers, and the thousands of workers & soldiers who not only built, but fought for control of the fortress. The Monument hours are daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Hours can vary during the summer. The Monument is closed on (Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s) day.
2. Take a Daytrip to Nearby Savannah. A stay on Tybee wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Historic Savannah, Georgia. The shops, history and Southern cuisine (fried chicken, macaroni & cheese, and biscuits) are something you have to experience. Let the kids play in one of the city’s large parks, explore a spooky graveyard or even take part in a ghost tour.
3. Play a Round of Miniature Golf. How does 18 Hole’s of Miniature Golf sound? Just like a real course, you play through hazards and streams. Also available are Go-Carts, Batting Cages an Arcade and Moonwalk Bounce. Island Miniature Golf & Games is located just minutes from Tybee by the Bull River Bridge. Hours of operation vary so call to make sure their open, (912) 898-3833.
4. Visit Cockspur Lighthouse. The lighthouse is located nearby on Cockspur Island and is considered a part of Fort Pulaski. The lighthouse can be reached by a small boat or kayak (some kayak tours include this as a stop). Water submerges the island on which the lighthouse stands at high tide; this gives the lighthouse the illusion of floating in the water.