Family Fun in the Sun: Spring Break on Tybee

Family running on the beach.

Family Fun in the Sun: Spring Break on Tybee

Students locally and around the nation are in eager anticipation of spring break, which is fast approaching. If you’re wondering what to do, a visit to Tybee promises an abundance of fun, family-friendly experiences to be had on the island. Adventure awaits at every turn on our beautiful barrier isle, so if you have yet to solidify your family’s spring break plan, gather up the kiddos and head to Tybee for some spectacular spring fun!

Spring Break Adventures

biking on tybee

Bike the beach.

Kids and adults alike enjoy a good bike ride, and with our pristine beaches and small island size, Tybee is definitely a bikeable community. Rent a bike from Fat Tire Bike Rentals or Tim’s Beach Gear, and take in all of the exciting sights as you ride around the island. Bikes and trikes are available to accommodate bikers of any age. Both companies provide delivery services, so you can have your bikes delivered straight to your rental or any other location on the island for your convenience. Ride to Memorial or Jaycee Park and let the little ones enjoy the playgrounds there. Bike along the beach and enjoy breathtaking Atlantic Ocean views. Spot birds and other wildlife in the marshes as you ride through McQueen’s Island Trail. There’s so much to enjoy during a bike ride on Tybee.

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Take a tour.

Tybee is teeming with wildlife, history and engaging attractions, and one of the best ways to experience it all is by taking a tour. For an aquatic adventure the kids won’t soon forget, take a dolphin tour with Captain Derek. Their boats have high-powered engines that create waves that dolphins love to play in. Imagine your child’s excitement when they see a dolphin leaping through the air. It’s an affordable experience that truly is priceless. 

And for an even closer natural encounter, take a kayak tour with North Island Surf and Kayak. This puts you right on the water, where you can get up close and personal with the marine environment. They offer guided eco-history tours that are both educational and engaging, and children who are too young to kayak on their own can ride for free.

One of the best things about a trip are the souvenirs you can take back home with you, and your child will be able to hunt for their own during a Tybee Shark Teeth Tour. Learn the art as well as the science behind hunting for shark teeth and fossils on Tybee. This experience is catered to children, ensuring that they’re engaged and satisfied with their findings. And you can take what you learn to any beach environment, making future trips even better.

Kids can also learn a lot outside of the classroom during a tour with Tybee Beach Ecology Trips. They offer a variety of entertaining and educationally enriching experiences that families from all over the U.S. rave about. You can comb the beach for wildlife, explore Tybee’s rock jetties, pull a 50-ft seine net and so much more. These trips are perfect for families with curious children who love hands-on activities. 

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Refuel at a kid-friendly restaurant.

Tybee has quite a few restaurants that welcome families with great food and an accommodating atmosphere. If your kids are picky eaters, head to Huc-A-Poos for the one food item no kid can resist: pizza! Huc-A-Poos has a wide variety of palate-pleasing pies that the whole family can enjoy. The Crab Shack is another popular restaurant that appeals to patrons of all ages. They’re right on the water where you can gaze at gators while you eat. They’ve got an appetizing menu, an onsite game room and an active TikTok account that your children will definitely want to follow after they experience all the great things The Crab Shack has to offer. If your family fiends for tacos, Chamacos is a great option. This lively restaurant boasts vibrant decor, a plethora of tasty tacos and a surf shop where you can deck your family out in some local swag. We also recommend Rock House, where you’ll find many delicious options along with an arcade complete with air hockey, pinball machines and video games. Spring break is long enough for you to visit each of these amazing establishments, so put them all on your must-visit list.

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Shop ‘til you drop. 

No spring break vacation is complete without a good shopping spree. Tybee is home to many shops offering all sorts of goods that you can take home to remember your trip by. Waves Surf Shop has it all when it comes to beachwear, surf gear and other island essentials. They even have cool hermit crabs that little ones love to see. If you’re a family of surfers, swing by High Tide and check out all the beachin’ boards they have available for rental. No matter your experience level when it comes to catching waves, High Tide has a board in store for you. Be sure to check out the island’s many art galleries and gift shops for unique finds you can’t get anywhere else. You’re sure to find lots of cool items that the kiddos will love. 

Marvel at marine life.

The Tybee Island Marine Science Center is a popular attraction for visiting families from all over, with two coastal galleries, exciting exhibits and special programming perfect for children of all ages. You can sift and seine for marine life, learn about the amazing lives of sea turtles, and spot birds while strolling the beach. The center also recently unveiled their new right whale exhibit, which teaches visitors all about this extraordinary endangered species. Your little ones are ‘shore’ to have a lot of fun at TIMSC.

The sun is setting over a body of water.

Photo Credit: Melonie DePalma

Enjoy a spectacular sunset at Alley 3.

End your spring break getaway with an awe-inspiring view of the sunset at Alley 3 where you can watch dolphins play in the water. Parking can be tricky, so biking is a good option. Take pictures and make memories as you take in the beautiful island vistas. It’s the perfect way to finish a wonderful week spent on Tybee.

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