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Outdoor Activities Near Me: Tybee Island

If you’re the outdoorsy type and vacationing on Tybee Island and in Savannah, chances are you’re looking up “outdoor activities near me” when visiting. Lucky for you, there are several fantastic trails and chances to get in touch with nature all around! Whether you’re on a peaceful walk on the nature trails surrounding Fort Pulaski, checking out local sea creatures at the Marine Science Center, or kayaking out to Little Tybee, there’s plenty to do. So, why not take a walk on the wild side on your dream vacation? Here’s a list of some of our favorite outdoor activities!

Fort Pulaski Nature Trails

While Fort Pulaski National Monument is known for its history, the surrounding nature trails make it a great spot for hikes and sightseeing. Located on Cockspur Island, visitors may choose from several trails depending on preference. The North Pier Trail takes you through a wooded environment and passes through remnants of Fort Pulaski’s original construction village. It’s a short, easy hike as the trail is only 1 mile out and back. Despite its short length, there are plenty of highlights including Battery Hambright and the historic north pier. Lighthouse Overlook Trail provides the best views of the Cockspur Island Lighthouse, an 1800’s era lighthouse. The 1.7 miles out and back traverses maritime forest and marshlands, so visitors can get a glimpse into the unique environments of the lowcountry!

Fort Pulaski

Outdoor Activities Near Me: Tybee Beach Ecology Trips

Grab your beach shoes and head to the shorelines with Tybee Beach Ecology Trips! Make your trip more than just a trip to the beach. Make it a valuable experience discovering the animals and habitats of Georgia’s beaches and barrier islands. Led by scientist/biologist Dr. Joe Richardson, a professor of Marine Sciences, the excursion will take you around the beach to the best places to find sea critters. According to Dr. Joe, low tide is the best time to find coastal creatures in the North Tybee jetties. You may interact with blue crabs, stone crabs, starfish, and maybe even an octopus!

Tybee Beach Ecology Trips

Head Out To Little Tybee

Just south of Tybee Island lies an uninhabited nature preserve that is only accessible by boat called Little Tybee! While it may not be the first place visitors think of, it’s a true hidden gem. Despite the name, Little Tybee is actually twice the size of Tybee Island and well worth the trip with its coastal salt marshes, pristine beaches, tropical forest, and tons of wildlife. You’ll have to head across the Back River to reach Little Tybee, which can only be done by boat. No boat? No problem! Rent your gear from North Island Surf & Kayak or East Coast Paddleboarding to venture across the river.

Kayaking to Little Tybee is one of the "outdoor activities near me" on Tybee Island
Kayaking to Little Tybee

Outdoor Activities Near Me: Tybee Marine Science Center

Pack a beach bag for an adventure and visit the Tybee Marine Science Center. While not technically outdoors, it’s where learning about the outdoors and wildlife becomes a hands-on experience! Since opening its doors in 1988, the marine center has educated over 80,000 school-aged children through its Coastal Classroom programs. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the Tybee shoreline and get up close and personal with its inhabitants! In the spring of 2021, the Tybee Marine Science Center opened a new, innovative facility on the northern end of Tybee. Overlooking the ocean, this new location features permanent residents as well as new additions.

Tybee Marine Science Center

Wildlife Center of Savannah

Tucked away between historic downtown Savannah and Tybee Island is Oatland Island Wildlife Center, a natural sanctuary filled with amazing animals. Down the moss-draped, winding road, a massive welcome center built in the 18th century greets guests upon arrival. Despite only being 10 minutes from downtown Savannah, you’ll forget all about the hustle and bustle of the city. The wildlife facility sits on 175 acres of land and houses 150 animals from 50 different species. From the “Wolf Wilderness” to the “Birds of Prey” exhibit, visitors can use the 2-mile loop trails to experience many natural habitats along the way.

Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours

Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tour

Sit back and enjoy the natural beauty of the area while watching the dolphins play with Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours! The boat will take you out toward the Atlantic Ocean – passing shrimp boats, the Cockspur Lighthouse, Fort Pulaski, and Tybee’s north beach. It’s a perfect opportunity to watch bottle-nose dolphins and other sea creatures play in their natural habitat! The dolphin and sightseeing tour is often described by visitors as the high point of their trip to the coastal area, so it’s a must!

Funky & Wild Vacation Rentals

Sitting on the dock of the bay, watching the tide roll away at All Decked Out! This 4 bedroom, 2,300 square foot vacation home is reminiscent of a laid-back fish camp, but with all the perks of staying in an updated beach house on Tybee Island! 

Take a vacation fit for a rock star! Free Bird is a super cool 7 bedroom, 5 bathroom home with over 3,000 square feet of living space, with plenty of space for the kids, ideal for the next generation of little rock stars, and features a large (32′ X 16′) private pool with multiple outdoor living spaces.

Chimney Pot Cottage is a relaxing retreat for guests visiting Tybee Island! This charming cottage has a private dock and screened-in porch overlooking the quiet creek and marsh grass. 

Interested in other vacation home options? Browse through our amazing collection of vacation homes!