Visit Savannah and Visit Tybee Island

2024 Savannah and Tybee Island Insider Guide

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If this is your inaugural trip to Tybee, here's the inside scoop on what not to miss! 1 Climb 178 steps to the top of the Tybee Island Light Sta on and Museum. Da ng back to 1736, this structure is Georgia's oldest and tallest lighthouse. Three lightkeepers' co ages, a military ba ery nearby and exhibits help interpret the island's rich history, including the me of the indigenous Euchee tribe, the history of Fort Screven and Tybee Island's golden era. 2 Get up close and personal with marine life at Tybee Island Marine Science Center. This 5,400-square-foot structure on North Beach is a treasure for families, students and groups. Learn how to cul vate a responsible stewardship of coastal Georgia's natural resources through educa on, conserva on and research. Explore touch tanks, observa on decks, an interac ve outdoor playground and a fabulous gi shop. (Learn more on page 64.) 3 enjoy the beach. This sunny barrier island is home to more than 3 miles of invi ng beaches, perfect for swimming, building sandcastles, strolling for seashells and watching amazing sunrises. (Learn more about the different areas on pages 56-57). 4 bRAVe tHe WAVes. From paddleboarding, kayaking and dolphin tours to birding trails and boat charters, Tybee Island is the perfect place to explore. Sea Kayak Georgia offers guided kayak tours of surrounding coastal areas, as well as kayak rentals and instruc onal classes for all skill levels. Bo lenose dolphins can be seen in the waters surrounding Tybee Island all year long. Call Captain Derek's Dolphin Adventure Tours for close-up views, sunset cruises, fishing charters and more. (Learn more on page 62.) 5 stROll DOWN the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. Located at the end of Tybrisa Street, the Pier and Pavilion is a beau ful walkway to gaze at the waves, catch a fish, grab a snack or just people-watch. Free wheelchair rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the lifeguard sta on (Ocean Rescue) located behind the pier. 6 step bACK iN time at Fort Pulaski Na onal Monument. During the Civil War, the Union Army forced the Confederate garrison inside Fort Pulaski to surrender in one of the first demonstra ons of rifled cannon power. This Civil War-era monument located on Cockspur Island between Savannah and Tybee Island now offers regular cannon and musket firings and other features like the Parro Rifle, a 30-pound reproduc on cannon, one of the largest in the Na onal Park Service. Explore the views from atop the fort ramparts, 32 feet above the ground. B E A U K E S T E R 52 |

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