Best Things to Do on Tybee Island

Tybee Island is a fun, quirky town known for its beaches and coastal vibe. To get the most out of your visit, check out these top things to do.

Hit the beach. Tybee is a beach town, after all, with five public beaches–three on the ocean side and two on the river. 

Sand dunes on Tybee

South Beach, with its Pier and Pavilion, is a popular spot in the heart of the action with occasional concerts and events. Mid Beach is less crowded with parking available only on the street. North Beach is known for the Tybee Lighthouse, Fort Screven, and the jetties. 

Tybee’s Back River Beach and Savannah River Beach offer a different experience with more opportunities for dolphin watching and kayaking.

Boating at Tybee Island

Go outside and play. Enjoy the island life by getting out on the water, whether you prefer boating, fishing, or Kayaking. Paddleboarding, swimming, and surfing are also popular options. Rentals are available through local providers. 

When you want to keep your feet on solid ground, McQueen’s Island Trail invites you to hike or bike along an old railroad line.

Eat Great Food

Chamacos Tacos Tybee Island

If you’re looking for great eats and at a great price, look no further! Chamcaos Tacos and Surf is located at 1311 Butler Ave. Absolutely the best tacos in Savannah (besides Tybee Island) and it’s the perfect venue for outdoor dining with your family. Take a break from the beach and walk across the street to enjoy some fresh tacos that are sure to make an impression on you!

Get a guide. Get to know Tybee Island better by going on a tour. Look for dolphins or enjoy the coastal sunset with Captain Mike’s Dolphin Cruise. Explore Little Tybee Island or the history of coastal Georgia with Sundial Charter Tours. Or take your beach trip to a new level with Tybee Beach Ecology Trips. 

Other tours include fossil hunting, fishing, and kayak and paddleboard tours.

Things to do Tybee Island

See the sights. Tybee has several distinctive attractions and landmarks worth seeing. On the way to the island, Fort Pulaski National Monument bears witness to Civil War history, while nearby Cockspur Island Lighthouse predates the fighting there. 

On the north end of the island, visit Tybee Island Light Station and Museum and historic Fort Screven. The lighthouse is the oldest and tallest in Georgia, and you can climb its 178 steps if you’re up to it!

Tybee Island Marine Science Center offers exhibits and educational programs about coastal ecology. If you want to take in a show, head over to the historic Tybee Post Theater, the island’s only theater for live performances and movies.

Tybee Beach

Shop for treasures. Tybee offers a variety of eclectic shops with unique finds. From Chu’s Department Store or the specialty shops at The Shoppes at 1207 to art galleries like Tybee Cottage Art Gallery or vintage goods at Fish Art Gallerie, the island has shopping opportunities for all.