A Guide to Kid Fun on Tybee
Spring is here, which means summer is right around the corner. So, now’s the time to start planning for family fun once the kids are out of school. Whether you’re a local islander or a visitor planning to spend a summer vaycay on Tybee, you’ll be glad to know that there are all sorts of exciting things to do here that kids will love. If you’ve got little ones with lots of energy to expend or teenagers who tend to be glued to their phones, Tybee offers a lot of awesome activities to keep them entertained and engaged. If you’ll be spending your summer on our sunny shores, here’s a helpful guide to kid fun on Tybee.
Go on a dolphin adventure.
Picture this: it’s a bright warm day, and you’re cruising through our coastal waters with your family on a boat. As you take in the sights, sounds and scents of the great Atlantic, you hear your child excitedly shout “Look, dolphins!” You look out into the waters before you and spot a pod of the sleek cetaceans playing and leaping majestically into the air. Sounds like a good time, right? It can be a reality with Captain Derek’s. Offering dolphin tours during the day and at sunset, Captain Derek’s is a kid fun for the whole family. Each tour features historical, and even comical, narration. And, they have a dolphin guarantee, which means if the dolphin experience on your tour is lacking, you can take another one for free. You can’t beat that!
Hunt for shark teeth.
Finding shark teeth is a beach pastime, passed down from each generation of islanders. Continue the tradition by rounding up the kiddos and taking them on hunting adventure with Tybee Shark Teeth Tours. Shark teeth are plentiful on the beach, but it takes a trained eye to find them. The good folks at Tybee Shark Teeth Tours will give you all the tips and tricks to locate these dental treasures. They’ll teach you and your family the science of shark teeth hunting, taking the guesswork out of the search. You’ll know when, where and how to find shark teeth, ensuring a memorable experience, the evidence of which your kids can cherish forever.
Learn about marine ecology.
The Tybee Island Marine Science Center offers an authentic coastal experience centered on education and conservation. With the goal of instilling an appreciation for coastal ecology in visitors of all ages, the center provides a range of programs where participants can engage in hands-on learning, which is well suited for youth. Many of their programs are great for families like Sift ‘N’ Seine, Sea Turtle Nest Excavation, and Turtle talk among others. The center also has a gallery showcasing hundreds of coastal creatures. Kids can see live feedings and enjoy portable programs about marine life as well.
Travel back in time.
Bring history to life with a family visit to Fort Pulaski. Part of the National Park Service, Fort Pulaski played an important role in the Civil War serving as a Confederate base before being overtaken by the Union. Kids can learn about the fort’s rich history by exploring the ramparts, casemates and surrounding nature trails. Young people can further their relationship with Fort Pulaski by participating in their Junior Ranger program, which can be completed in one or two hours.
Get wet ‘n’ wild.
Summer isn’t summer without fun on the water, and there’s plenty of that to enjoy on Tybee. There’s something special about aquatic encounters. They can be calm and peaceful or a total adrenaline rush depending on your preference. For a tranquil experience, consider going stand-up paddleboarding. North Island Surf and Kayak has paddleboards available for rent as well as surf boards and kayaks. You can enjoy an eco-history tour or take a lesson. If something fast and furious is more your family’s speed, you may want to book with Tybee Jet Ski & Watersports. They have jet ski wave runners available so you can rip through the waters as fast as you can go. You can choose to free ride or go on a guided tour through dolphin bay. Whatever you decide, your kids are sure to have an awesome time.
Grab a bite.
After a full day of fun, your family will have certainly worked up an appetite. Tybee is chock full of amazing eateries that would love to serve you and your young ones, but we do have a couple recommendations in case you can’t decide. Everyone loves pizza, especially kids, so you can’t go wrong at Huc-a-Poo’s. Boasting a lively environment, Huc-a-Poo’s serves up a variety of palate-pleasing pizzas available by the slice or the whole pie. All their pizzas are made from scratch with the freshest ingredients, so you can trust that your family will enjoy everything they have to offer. Rock House is also another great option. The sizable menu has seafood, sandwiches, hotdogs, burgers, tacos and more, so even the pickiest eater will find something suiting and scrumptious. Beyond the tasty food, Rock House has a fun atmosphere that your family will love. They have lots of HD TVs showing sports and music videos as well as an arcade with pinball, air hockey and a variety of video games. It’ll be hard getting your kids to leave.