Not many places in Georgia are as beautiful as the picturesque Tybee Island. Imagine a long stretch of beautiful sandy beaches with turquoise waters where both locals and vacationers come to enjoy the island’s rustic charm. Located a 20-minute from Savannah, Tybee Island is a perfect destination for travelers who wish to escape the busy streets of Georgia’s big cities like Atlanta and Augusta and enjoy the island’s laid-back vibe. Whether you wish to discover Tybee Island’s attractions such as the Light Station and Museum, Marine Science Center, and Fort Pulaski National Monument or just chill on one of the island’s amazing beaches, our list of best things to do in Tybee Island has got you covered.
1. Tybee Island Light Station And Museum
Tybee Island Light Station and Museum is the island’s most famous landmark and a must-visit spot for everyone visiting Tybee Island. Dating back to the 18th century, this impressive lighthouse used to guide fishermen into the Savannah River and is to this day, the tallest and oldest lighthouse in the country. Climb to the top of the light station for spectacular views of the island. There is also a nice museum on-site with a variety of exhibits worth checking out.
2. Tybee Pier
Located at the end of Tybrisa Street, The Tybee Pier is a great spot for activities such as people-watching and fishing. Expect to find dozens of picnic tables, as well as well-maintained public restrooms and a snack bar. Tybee Pier hosts many festivals and events throughout the year. It is also worth mentioning the lovely pavilions that can be rented out for special gatherings like weddings and birthday parties.
3. Tybee Island Marine Science Center
Tybee Island Marine Science Center is an excellent place to explore, especially if you are visiting Tybee Island with the little ones. With year-round programs including the Sift ‘n’ Seine where visitors can catch crabs and pompanos with the help of a seine net. Take your kids to see the young loggerhead sea turtle and pay a visit to the amazing Coastal Georgia Gallery.
4. Fort Pulaski National Monument
History buffs will want to see the famous Fort Pulaski National Monument while vacationing on Tybee Island. This memorial is dedicated to preserving the site where a rifled cannon was successfully tested back in the 19th century during the American Civil War. Guided tours of the Fort Pulaski National Monument are available daily and last for about 45 minutes. There are also soldiers and musket demonstrations, as well as cannon-firing demonstrations which are held on the weekends.
5. North Beach, Tybee Island
If you are searching for a perfect Tybee island beach, look no further than the picturesque North Beach. Located just across the road from the Tybee Lighthouse, North Beach is an excellent place to spend a day chilling in the sun. The beach is scattered with seashells and features all the necessary facilities including parking, washing stations, and restrooms. Since the beach is surrounded by a residential area, many nice restaurants and bars can be found within walking distance.
6. Mid Beach
Travelers who wish to mingle with the locals and escape large crowds of tourists should head out to the lovely Mid Beach. Nestled right in the middle of the island, Mid Beach offers lovely beachfront lodging and easy access to many attractions on the island. Keep in mind that parking near the beach is limited and it’s best to arrive at the beach early in the morning.
7. Cockspur Lighthouse
Built on an oyster bed foundation back in the 19th century, Cockspur Lighthouse is a 46-foot tower located on Cockspur Island. An interesting story is that during the Civil War this lighthouse stood directly in the line of fire, but somehow managed to suffer almost no damage. For best views of the lighthouse, explore the area on a boat or go on a 1.5 mile out to a cool land-based viewpoint.
8. Tybee Post Theater
Located in the center of the Fort Screven Historic District, the historic Tybee Post Theater is one of the island’s most important landmarks. It was constructed in the 1930s as a movie house for soldiers who were stationed at the Army base in Tybee Island. Today, Tybee Post Theater is home to a concert hall where live music and comedy performances take place. It also serves as a cultural venue for readings, recitals, and educational workshops for children. If you wish to watch a movie here, the theater showcases everything from classics to movies for kids.
9. Tybee Island Visitor Center
Whether you wish to ask around about Tybee Island nightlife or want to get recommendations on where to stay and what to see on the island, the friendly staff at the Tybee Island Visitor Center will always be more than happy to answer all of your questions. You will find the visitor center at the corner of Campbell Ave and Hwy. 80. They work daily including the weekends from 9 am to 5 30 pm.
10. Back River Beach
Offering amazing views across the river to the Little Tybee Island, the Back River Beach is one of the quieter beaches on the island. There are almost no waves here, making this sandy shoreline ideal for activities like swimming and snorkeling. What’s also great about Back River Beach is that it rarely gets overcrowded with tourists. You can even hop on a kayak and paddle to Little Tybee Island from the beach. When it comes to facilities, there are public restrooms available. Keep in mind that this beach has no lifeguards on duty.
11. Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours
It would be a shame to miss close encounters with dolphins while visiting Tybee Island, so make sure to hop on one of Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours. This family-owned company was established 30 years ago and offers everything from deep-sea fishing trips and sunset cruises to the unforgettable dolphin tours that depart each day from the Lazaretto Creek Marina. During the tour, visitors can admire views of attractions like the Cockspur Lighthouse, the historic Fort Pulaski, and the Tybee Lighthouse and watch dolphins play in the water.
12. Tybee Island Farmers Market
Located right behind the lighthouse, the Tybee Island Farmers Market is a perfect place to get to know the local cuisine and score some cool handmade souvenirs. Expect to find many local vendors at the market showcasing some of their finest products. For instance, Larry Tuten Farms offers a variety of fresh fruits and veggies, while the Spouses’ Bakery sells delicious cookies and homemade bread. If you wish to buy tasty granola, check out Savannah Cheese Rolls.
13. North Island Surf and Kayak
If you wish to enjoy water activities in Tybee Island, a visit to the North Island Surf and Kayak is a must. This family-owned business specializes in everything from surfboard lessons to stand-up paddleboard and kayak rentals. Whether you wish to rent a kayak and reach Cockspur Beacon or improve your surfing skills with a lesson or two, North Island Surf and Kayak has got you covered.
14. Old Town Trolley Tours
For an entertaining and educational tour of nearby Savannah, check out Old Town Trolley Tours – one of the best ways to get to know the history and details of this beautiful and historic city. Choose from one of the many themed trolley tours that fit your schedule and sit back as your engaging tour guide leads you through one of these special day-time or evening tours. If you don’t have friends or family that can you show you around Savannah, then we’d highly recommend Old Town Trolley Tours while you enjoy your Stay in Tybee Island.