10 Things to Add Your Tybee Bucket List

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10 Things to Add Your Tybee Bucket List

With spring having arrived and summer on the horizon, Tybee is teeming with activity once again. The warmer months are busy on our beloved barrier isle as vacationers flock to Tybee to enjoy fun in the sun. If you plan to make your way to the island in the coming weeks or months and you’re wondering what to do, this article is just for you. Tybee is a quirky little gem just a 20-minute drive from downtown Savannah. Here you’ll find excitement at every turn. For a quintessentially Tybee experience, here’s a list of 10 awesome activities to engage in during your visit. With a Tybee bucket list like this, you’re sure to make memories that will last a lifetime. 

A bicycle with a basket parked on a sandy beach against a clear blue sky.

Bike the island. 

    Tybee measures just about three square miles, which means the community is very bikeable. Get some good exercise while taking in the sights, sounds and scents of island life by navigating our community by bike. Tybee is home to two bike rental companies, Tim’s Beach Gear and Fat Tire Bikes, that offer affordable rentals for bikers of all ages. You can have your bikes delivered straight to your vacation rental or just about anywhere on the island at your convenience. Once you’re ready to ride, visit Tybee’s picturesque parks, tranquil trails and beautiful beaches for a biking experience that satisfies not only the senses but also the soul. 

    Four individuals holding out their hands to display a collection of assorted small rocks and shells.

    Hunt for shark teeth.

      No getaway is complete without mementos to remember it by, and Tybee Shark Teeth Tours is poised to help beachcombers big and small find super cool shark teeth and fossils to take home. Their knowledgeable staff educate tourists about both the art and the science behind hunting for these toothy treasures, and it’s relevant information that can be applied to any coastal setting. The guides ensure that little ones find their dental discoveries first, engaging them in the activity all throughout. This is family fun at its finest. 

      Climb the lighthouse.

        See the sea from new heights atop the Tybee Island Lighthouse. Built in 1773, the Tybee Light is the oldest lighthouse in Georgia, having safely guided countless ships into port through the centuries. Enjoy panoramic views of the island from the 154-foot structure, and be sure to visit the adjoining museum while there for a fascinating journey through the lighthouse’s history. 

        Enjoy a taste of Tybee.

          With all the activities Tybee presents, you’re sure to work up an appetite. Fortunately, you’ll be glad to know that our island boasts a vibrant dining scene with a wide variety of unique flavors to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for fresh seafood, award-winning wings, tasty tacos, inventive pizzas, plant-based options, or just about anything else, you’re sure to find something that pleases the palate during your trip on Tybee. Couple our culinary offerings with our lively drink scene and you’re in for a fun treat. We’ve got craft beers at Back River Brewery, top-notch tequilas at Chamacos, delicious daiquiris at Wet Willie’s, and so much more. And hey, you’re on vacation, so indulge that sweet tooth, too. Desserts abound at local spots like the Sugar Shack, Seaweeds Sno-Balls, and Seaside Sweets. Check out our amazing culinary offerings and prepare to eat your way through the island.

          Make a splash with water sports.

            To balance out all that eating, you’ll definitely want to get active, so take advantage of the abundant water sports activities available on Tybee. You can surf, kayak, paddleboard, and jet ski for an exhilarating oceanic encounter. Several of our aquatic adventure companies, like North Island Surf and Kayak, offer lessons and tours for a guided experience as well as rentals for independent fun, so you can get wet and wild in whatever way suits you.

            Learn about marine life.

              If you’re going to enjoy the Atlantic, it makes a lot of sense to learn about the marine life that inhabits it. If you’re curious about sea turtles, horseshoe crabs, waterfowl and other coastal creatures, the Tybee Island Marine Science Center is the place to deep dive into local ecology in a way that’s fun for the whole family. Through programs like their walks, talks and treks as well as their interactive galleries, TIMSC engages visitors from all over the world in learning about the local marine environment and coastal conservation. They even have a summer sea camp for youths ages 6–11. If you’re interested, register soon as slots fill up quickly.

              Shop the art scene.

                A big contributor to Tybee’s charm and appeal is the thriving art community that exists there. From cute coastal house wares and timeless antiques to gemstone jewelry and breathtaking works of art, there’s much to discover at local shops and galleries. If you can plan your trip around it, check out the upcoming Tybee Tour de Art, which will take place on Sunday, May 5. Tour de Art is a seasonal art market on the island’s North End featuring more than 50 talented vendors, artists and makers selling unique items you won’t find elsewhere. Shop the market and visit local stores for a precious piece of Tybee that you can take home with you. 

                Three musicians performing on stage, featuring a double bass player, a singer with a microphone, and a guitarist.

                See a stellar show.

                  Beat the heat and enjoy a spectacular show in the air-conditioned comforts of the historic Tybee Post Theater. There’s always something exciting coming to the stage at this epicenter of entertainment, be it a ballet recital, a theater production, a captivating concert, a comedy show or a movie screening. Whatever you’re into, the Post has a show that’s sure to keep you pinned to the edge of your seat for the duration and standing up with raucous applause by the end. Don’t miss out on this lauded communal hub during your trip.

                  Spot dolphins with Captain Derek. 

                    Picture this. You’re sailing through coastal waters on a charter surrounded by family and friends as the sun begins to set, leaving brilliant bursts of orange and pink hues stretching across the sky. You look to your left and see powerful dolphins leaping through the air, leaving you in awe. Just a short while later, you hear the captain call your attention to the wake just behind the boat where you see two dolphins playing in the trailing waves, bringing a smile to your face as you snap pictures of the cute cetaceans. It’s definitely a time to remember, and this is the experience that Captain Derek provides during his renowned dolphin adventure tours. Be sure to book one during your stay. 

                    Discover local military history.

                      Your trip to Tybee isn’t complete without a visit to Fort Pulaski National Monument, a Civil War-era fortification preserving local military history through compelling programming and park ranger tours, which educate the public about the site’s significant figures and stories. In addition to their general audience programming, the park offers a Junior Ranger program to engage, inform and excite kiddos. Fort Pulaski also features a number of hike-friendly trails, so it’s a popular destination for nature lovers. Clearly, there’s something for everyone to discover at Fort Pulaski. 

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