From the warm sandy beach to the cobblestoned paved streets, both Tybee Island and Savannah have more than enough events and activities for you and your family to enjoy during your stay. With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to do and what to do once you get here. But, have no fear! We've outlined our Top 10 Tybee Island and Savannah sights and activities for you to enjoy once you get here!
Tybee Island Activities
Ordered in 1732 by General James Oglethorpe, Governor of the 13th colony, the Tybee Island Light Station has been guiding mariners' safe entrance into the Savannah River for over 270 years. The Tybee Island Light Station is one of America's most intact, having all its historic support buildings on its five-acre site. Rebuilt several times, the current light station displays its 1916-day mark (the exterior paint color scheme) with 178 stairs and a First Order Fresnel lens (nine feet tall). Visitors can climb its steps to the top and enjoy breathtaking views. History buffs young and old won't want to miss the Tybee Island Light Station.
Join marine scientists on adventures and discover new things about the marshes and the ocean which surround Tybee Island. The Coastal Classroom programs are two-hours in length. You can choose from a variety of classroom and field modules, in half-hour and one-hour segments, to build your students’ program. Also, the Floating Classrooms and Coastal Scientist programs can be stand alone or combined with the modules for a full day of programming. These are all great ways to study and enjoy marine life and the ecology of Georgia. The Tybee Island Marine Science Center also offers the chance for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts alike to earn an important Coastal badge. These specific programs are offered year-round, rain or shine, and must be scheduled in advance.
Come aboard Capt. Mike's Dolphin Tours and watch the bottle-nosed dolphin playing in their natural habitat. These fun-loving aquatic mammals are the most intelligent of creatures next to man and can be quite friendly. They frequently come right up to the boat. The tour will last approximately 60 to 90 minutes (depending on where the dolphins are playing).
Looking for a water adventure? Then head on over to North Island Surf and Kayak and take a kayak to Little Tybee Island, one of Georgia’s beautiful uninhabited islands. Meander through the marshes and rivers or around the barrier islands. Enjoy the opportunity to observe wildlife such as dolphins, otter, osprey, and a variety of wading and migratory birds. Or, take advantage of the fact that they are the closest kayak outfit to the ocean and launch from their floating dock! Paddle your way out to Cockspur Beacon and climb to the top to observe the gorgeous panoramic view of the sound. They specialize in kayak, SUP (stand-up paddleboard) and surfboard rentals along with eco-tours and surf lessons. They are also dog friendly and have a variety of doggy sized life preservers for your four-legged friend to borrow.
Make your beach trip more than just a trip to the beach. Make it a valuable experience discovering and learning about animals and habitats of Georgia's beaches and barrier islands. Led by marine scientist/biologist Dr. Joe Richardson, a professor of Marine Sciences who has taught courses in marine biology, invertebrate zoology, marine chemistry, oceanography, botany and other coastal ecology subjects. For many years he has conducted field studies at the beach for school classes, teachers and other groups.
Activities in Savannah
Dreams really do come true at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace! Visit this architectural and cultural treasure to learn more about the remarkable life and enduring legacy of Girl Scouts' founder, Juliette Gordon Low, better known as "Daisy." Enjoy a guided tour of the authentically furnished Gordon family home as it appeared in 1886. The museum offers guests the chance to explore a remarkable family story woven through the history of the city, state and nation. Reservations required.
Enjoy an evening of dinner, entertainment, and an unforgettable tour of Savannah on a Riverboat cruise. Experience refreshing river breezes on a sightseeing harbor tour, delicious local southern flavors, cultural entertainment, fun filled dinner, magical moonlight, and lavish brunches. Join their captain and award-winning crew on board for a unique tour and cruise attraction that is not to be missed! Savannah Riverboat Cruises offers cruises on the Savannah River several times a day plus they offer special events. Take a break from the everyday and indulge yourself with a riverboat cruise.
Since 1979, visitors to Savannah have had the best choice of trolley tours. These tours have been created by Savannahians and refined over time by personal research and local experience which makes each tour as different and descriptive as the guide’s love for our city. This is a far cry from tours scripted by writers in a national chain’s home office. In addition, they do not cut any corners. Hometown expertise with no compromise is why we confidently claim Old Savannah Tours is your best choice. It’s no accident that “Savannah” is their middle name.
Fort Pulaski National Monument offers visitors the chance to experience many interesting and exciting activities year-round. Fort Pulaski itself is a large-scale outdoor exhibit. The main structure, together with outlying works including demilune, drawbridges, ditches, and dikes, is a fine example of historic military architecture. Indoor exhibits highlight the history of Fort Pulaski from the fort's construction, to its eventual fall due to advancing military technology. Fort Pulaski offers an abundance of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, and bird watching.
Forsyth Park, which covers 30 acres of land, is the largest park in the historic district of Savannah Georgia. For locals and tourists, Forsyth Park is a hub of social interaction. Concerts, recreation sports, people watching, sunbathing, reading, relaxing…can all be seen going on in the park depending on when you are there. On Saturdays you can find local and regionally grown and produced food, agricultural and horticultural products at the weekly farmers market on the south end of the park. If you are going to be visiting the historic district of Savannah, make sure to plan an hour to head over to Forsyth Park and check it out.