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10 Best Things to Do in Tybee Island, Georgia

Tybee Island is a seamless blend of beach life and southern charm; eclectic shopping, historical sites, and great home cooking line this sliver of Atlantic shore. It’s simply Georgia at its best and one of the top beach destinations in the state for a reason. From the area’s best restaurants to the top outdoor adventures and must-see family attractions, these are the best things to do on Tybee Island.

Eat Authentic Seafood at Bubba Gumbo’s Bubba Gumbo’s
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Eat Authentic Seafood at Bubba Gumbo’s

What Is It? If you’re looking to get straight to it, bypassing the frills of higher-end seafood joints, go to Bubba Gumbo’s. 

Why Do It? It doesn’t look like much, and it is tucked away near an old marina, but they have some of the freshest seafood on the island. Once you try the complimentary hush puppies, you’ll likely order a whole basket. 

Good to Know: The low country boil is perfection while keeping it simple and straightforward. It’s just really awesome, traditional seafood.

Go Out On a Boat Tybee Island Charters
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Go Out On a Boat

What Is It? Getting out on the water is a must with any seaside destination.

Why Do It? Jetski, kayak, paddleboard; those are all great ways to literally dive in. But an ecology and wildlife tour can be particularly enriching while making one more deeply appreciate the nature of the area. 

Good to Know: Tybee Island Charters can take you out to see dolphins, talk about wildlife and eat delicious coconut brownies. If you want those brownies, book the picnic tour.

Hop on a Bike Tybee Beach Bike Tours
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Hop on a Bike

What Is It? Tybee Beach Bike Tours are leisurely, and a prime way to see the island up close. 

Why Do It? You miss so many details when scooting through in your car.

Good to Know: The tour guides are informative and share lots of Island facts.

Climb the Tybee Island Lighthouse Tybee Island, Georgia
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Climb the Tybee Island Lighthouse

What Is It? To take in all of Tybee Island in one sweep, climb the 178 steps to the tip-top of the historic lighthouse. 

Why Do It? The Tybee Island Lighthouse is full of history and hosts an informative museum. 

Good to Know: Visitors can even peek into the keepers quarters.

Tour the Tybee Island Marine Science Center Tybee Island Marine Science Center
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Tour the Tybee Island Marine Science Center

What Is It? This small, ocean life center is a true gem for kids and anyone wanting to learn about and meet local rescue animals such as turtles and birds. 

Why Do It? It’s an intimate experience and the staff is right there to answer questions and guide you through each demonstration. 

Good to Know: While being extremely educational, it’s a ton of fun and very interesting.

Eat at Gerald’s Pig and Shrimp Gerald’s Pig and Shrimp
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Eat at Gerald’s Pig and Shrimp

What Is It? What happens when you mix crazy good shrimp and tender southern barbecue? You get Gerald’s Pig and Shrimp. 

Why Do It? The open-air dining areas allow you to soak in sea breezes while enjoying the best seafood fusion restaurant you may ever try. 

Good to Know: You should put the homemade limeade, jalapeño hush puppies , brisket and crisp cucumber salad on the top of your list; but my goodness, you absolutely cannot leave without trying the fried shrimp.

Shop at Seaside Sisters Seaside Sisters
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Shop at Seaside Sisters

What Is It? It can be hard to find authentic goodies, but Seaside Sisters quaint shop is loaded with local, handmade shell art, jewelry, and other artsy trinkets.

Why Do It? Everyone wants to find a special souvenir to remember their trip by. 

Good to Know: To top it all off, a vintage trailer out front sells amazing ice cream.

Try Beach Yoga Beach Yoga Tybee
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Try Beach Yoga

What Is It? Find an even deeper state of beach serenity by joining a yoga session right at the water’s edge. 

Why Do It? It’s deeply relaxing and brings you to a point of great appreciation for the beautiful ocean waves. 

Good to Know: Beach Yoga Tybee winds you down from all that vacation hustle and bustle; you’ll be refreshed for the next adventure after your class.

Get Coffee and Scones at Tybean Coffee and Art Bar Tybean Coffee and Art Bar
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Get Coffee and Scones at Tybean Coffee and Art Bar

What Is It? This bright aqua building is surprisingly missed by too many visitors, but locals know this is where to get the best coffee on Tybee. 

Why Do It? The scones and other pastries are out of this world, but the smooth, bold brew is where it’s at. 

Good to Know: The atmosphere is very “Island”, the perfect beginning to a beach morning.

Eat Sweets at Seaweeds Sno-Balls and Ice Cream Seaweed's Sno-Balls & Ice Cream
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Eat Sweets at Seaweeds Sno-Balls and Ice Cream

What Is It? What’s a trip to the beach without nighttime ice cream trips?

Why Do It? Seaweeds is very small and only takes cash payments, but it’s a simple, fun place to stop for great shaved ice, or “sno-balls”

Good to Know: Try unusual ice cream flavors like Marsh Mud, Blueberry Cream Cheese, and Caramel Machiatto!

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