Tybee Island, Savannah’s year round playground

When you visit Savannah there seems to be countless opportunities for fun!

Tybee Island is Savannah’s ocean beach playground – even in winter.

Surf, shells, and sandcastles are obvious enough but Tybee is so much more!

First claimed for Spain in 1520 by Lucas Vasquez de Ayllon, Tybee has a rich and fascinating history, much of which can be explored by the whole family!

We love the beautiful, historic lighthouse museum and fascinating Fort Screven, with its 19th-century gun batteries.

Tybee also played a role in the American Civil War.

Confederates initially occupied the Island. In December of 1861, under orders from Robert E. Lee, they withdrew to Fort Pulaski to defend Savannah and the Savannah River. Union forces commanded by Quincy Adams Gilmore took control of Tybee and constructed cannon batteries facing Fort Pulaski, about one mile away.

On April 11, 1862, those cannon batteries fired a new type of rifled cannon at Fort Pulaski and changed warfare forever. Within 30 hours the new guns had such devastating effect on the brick fort that it was surrendered.

In addition to the historical sights, the Tybee Island Marine Science Center includes a delightful aquarium mere steps from the beach.

Tybee is fun for all ages and has an abundance of affordable rentals just a hop and skip from the ocean.

Tybee restaurants and bars are open and serving some of the best local food and drinks in Georgia.

No matter what time of year you visit Savannah, there is always fun and fascination waiting for you at Tybee!

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