Family on beach at Tybee Island, Georgia

7 Things to Do with Kids on Tybee Island

Just a few miles east of Savannah, Tybee Island extends a wealth of activities for families that promise memories for a lifetime. Here are seven sensational things to do on your next family vacation.

1. Relax in a Cute Cottage

Mermaid Cottages on Tybee Island

The cottage rentals on Tybee are so adorable, you'll never want to leave. Oceanside or ocean-front homes make the trek to the beach easy. (And some units even boast a pool!) You'll find plenty of places to stay on Tybee Island. A few options include:

2. Climb the Lighthouse

Tybee Island Lighthouse

The Tybee Island Lighthouse/Museum holds the honor of tallest and oldest lighthouse in Georgia. A 178-step climb to the top offers amazing views you don't want to miss.

3. Chow on Fresh Georgia Seafood

Sundae Café offers great eats with waterfront views. Find more places to eat in Tybee.

4. Talk Like a Pirate

Tybee Island Pirate Fest

Visit Tybee in October for Tybee Island Pirate Fest; just be sure to wear your pirate attire! The parade is on Saturday morning, and you'll want to follow that up with a visit to Thieves Market, Little Matey's Cove, and other festivities like the petting zoo and music stages.

5. Learn How to Surf

Hot Sushi surf camp on Tybee Island

You heard me right. Hot Sushi is all about teaching kids to love the sport of surfing. Lessons, camps…even birthday parties!  

6. Bike the Beach

McQueen's Island Trail Tybee Island

Bring your own bike, or rent one while you're here! Bikes lanes and bike trails dot the island. Jaycee Park includes pretty scenery plus a playground stop for the kids. McQueen’s Island Trail’s 6-mile stretch along a channel of the Savannah River is great for seeing wildlife.

7. Feed Live Alligators

Fresh seafood in a unique setting brings families back to The Crab Shack on Tybee Island time and again.

Take the kids to The Crab Shack for great seafood selections, but the best part is the alligator! For a nominal fee the kids can feed a LIVE alligator using a bamboo fishing rod. Does it get any better?

Published: September 2023
Written by: Lesli Peterson
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