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Must Sees on Tybee

Tybee Island, Georgia truly has something for everyone. Whether you want to explore the rich history of Tybee and nearby Savannah, have some fun on the water or simply relax on the beach, you can do it all here.

We’ve compiled a short list of some of Tybee’s “must see” points of interest, as suggested by both tourists and locals who frequent the island.

  • Tybee Island Light Station: The Lighthouse on Tybee Island is the oldest and tallest lighthouse still standing in Georgia and is one of only seven original colonial-era light stations left in the United States. Visitors can take a guided “sunset tour” that culminates in a breathtaking sunset view from the top of the lighthouse or explore the light station complex on their own. Price of admission includes the Tybee museum, featuring exhibits that document nearly 400 years of history.
  • Fort Pulaski National Monument: Though technically not on Tybee (it actually sits on adjacent Cockspur Island), Fort Pulaski was originally constructed to defend Savannah from foreign invasion. However, it became an integral part of the Civil War and was famously taken by Union troops after 30 hours of shelling from rifled artillery. Fort Pulaski has been magnificently preserved and is open to visitors daily.
  • Cockspur Lighthouse: A visit to Fort Pulaski will also afford you an opportunity to see the Cockspur Island Light, a smaller lighthouse originally constructed in 1855 that amazingly survived the bombardment of the fort. If you time it just right you can see the lighthouse “float,” as the small islet it sits on is completely submerged in water during high tide.
  • Middle Beach: As you may have guessed, Middle Beach (referred to as “Mid Beach” by Tybee locals) sits between North and South beaches and is perfect for quiet, relaxing views of the natural beauty of Tybee. This calm and clean stretch of beach is perfect for sun bathing, sand castle building, kite flying, shell collecting, body surfing, wading, or just walking and basking in the beach’s serenity.
  • Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion: Located on Tybee’s south beach, the Pier and Pavilion is the hub of the island’s commerce and tourism. Cast a line off the Pier and enjoy spectacular views of the Atlantic, then head back to the Pavilion for snacks and drinks. Live musical performances, dances and special events are routinely held here, and a plethora of shops and restaurants are just steps away.
  • The Crab Shack: While we know that not everyone has the same appreciation for the “bounty of the deep” as we do, we can’t put together a list of the must-see points of interest on Tybee Island without mentioning this popular waterfront dining establishment. Equal parts restaurant and attraction, The Crab Shack is a one-of-a-kind landmark that has been featured on both the Food Network and the Travel Channel. Featuring traditional Low Country seafood, slow smoked barbecue, and a collection of several dozen live alligators and other wildlife, this is one restaurant that truly serves up a Tybee dining experience.
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