We were going to drive out to Tybee Island after we visited Fort Pulaski in 2005, but it got too foggy. So this time we took the opportunity and visited. We took photos of the lighthouse and visited the museum buildings like the lighthouse keepers houses. The lighthouse fanatics call Tybee Island Light Station one of America's most intact having all of its historic support buildings on a five-acre site. The lighthouse has been rebuilt several times, but the current lightstation was built in 1916 and has 178 stairs and a First Order Fresnel lens (nine feet tall).
Hours of Operation
Open every day, except Tuesday, from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Tickets to enter are no longer available approximately one hour before closing
Closed St. Patrick's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.
Seniors: $5.00 (62+)
Children: $5.00 (6-17)
Children: Free (5 and under)
Groups: $5.00 (10 or more people) with a reservation.
Military: $5.00 (Must present ID)
Coast Guard: Free (Must present ID)under construction
The museum consists of the light station with three keeper's houses and other historic buildings. The restoration of these buildings is continuing so check with the website to see what is open when you plan to visit. When we were there in 2008, the 1881 principal keeper's house had just been restored and furnished as a museum and we were there the day before the Grand Opening. We didn't go in the Fort or the lighthouse itself, but we visited the second assistant keeper's house (built in 1861 as a Confederate Army barracks) and the brick summer kitchen (built in 1812).
The lighthouse keeper's cottage (which is part of the museum) is the oldest building on Tybee and has been restored from historic documents and photos. These photos are primarily from the Keeper's Cottage.
I think we were told that our ticket included admission to the museum in the fort. We didn't visit the fort as we were only really interested in the lighthouse. The Lighthouse Museum calls the lighthouse location in Battery Garland of Fort Screven as it's most interesting feature. But we've seen the disappearing guns before and been to other forts of the period, and it was lunchtime and we were hungry.
Fort Screven was built as part of a system of seacoast defenses. Troops trained here through the Spanish American War of 1898, World War I, and World War II. Battery Garland was named in honor of Colonel John Garland, Eighth Infantry, who “served with distinction in the Florida War, and died on January 5, 1861.” In 1947, the Fort was closed and sold to the Town of Tybee.
According to the lighthouse website: Within the walls of Battery Garland are seven rooms which contain artifacts and exhibits covering more than five centuries of history. Most of the lower rooms which now contain the Museum’s exhibits were originally used to store smokeless gun powder and projectiles which weighed over 700 pounds each.
The Crab Shack on Tybee island has a very eclectic clientele!
The very best views of the water on the island with an incredible outdoor seating area- you must see to understand!
Now they have live alligators in a habitat on the vast waterfront property.
Great drinks and atmosphere. Colorful local characters.
This really is the best thing happening in Tybee. I love lighthouses and this one is a fine example----costs about $6 to go up to the top, but the views of the beach and surrounds are great! There's a little museum at the bottom with some info on the past and such.
178 steps to the top!
This is the closest beach to the Atlanta area, and therefore gets alot of weekenders from there. In my opinion, it might be worthwhile going a little further to find a better beach. It is usually pretty crowded, and gets a lot of litter left on the sand, so watch where you put your feet! The water is a muddy brown color due to the river emptying out nearby, and the Savannah Nuclear plant is close by as well-----I'm just sayin.......
Savannah is lovely and has lots to offer, just not a great beach!
Great site girls really enjoyed looking around.
Area is pet friendly so Ginger enjoyed also.
A Turning Point in Military History
In the days before the Civil War, brick forts were America's main defense against overseas enemies. In one two-day battle during the Civil War, new technology proved its superiority to brick forts. The Union army used rifled cannons to compel a surrender by Confederates inside Fort Pulaski. No one ever built a brick fort again after the battle.
This outing was offered as a complimentary excursion from our stay at the Savannah Beach Inn. We given an excellent one hour cruise from Tybee Island and over to Little Tybee Island by the boat owner Harvey Farrelle. He explained the eco systems around the islands and the impact of the tide on the islands. We saw a lot of dolphins - up close and personal.
This was fun - families with young children would really enjoy it.
Captain Harvey Farrell picked us up for our Dolphin Eco-Tour. He has lived here all his life and is doing tours in his retirement. He explained the reason that Tybee Island has the cleanest water in the area - the tides rise over 8 feet here. He also pointed out the oysters and other living creatures in the habitat around Little Tybee Island. Of course, he got us into Dolphin waters - they must love him because they sure performed for us!
Thanks Harvey - we had a great time!
The construction of a light house at this spot was ordered by Savannah's founder, James Olglethorpe, in 1732. The present lighthouse is the fourth one to exist on this spot.
There are 178 steps to the top!
Open every day, except Tuesday, from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
Seniors: $5.00 (62+)
Children: $5.00 (6-17)
Children: Free (5 and under)
This charter service is a ripoff. They tried to cancel our trip at 9:30 at night 2 nights prior. Calling during non-business hours so they wouldnt have to speak with someone. Made arraingments to fish anyway stating that we would have to fish closer to shore because of the waves. Well I dont think we ever touched saltwater...lol. We left the docks with just " that will be $98.00. We were told that we would have to fish for our bait, then would fish for sharks. Well after about a 2 hour tour of the rivers behind Tybee island we finally started fishing. Our rods were in the water a total of about 45 minutes during this 6 hour trip. Thats what it was, A TRIP, because we hardly did any fishing. Nothing was said at the end after docking either. No sorry for not getting anything, visit us again, or THANKS FOR LETTING US ROB YOU TODAY. Whatever you do dont use this fishing charter if you like your money or your time.
Gorgeous beaches and a beautiful breeze is just so relaxing. I go for the photo-ops, since I'm naturally pale and stay out of the sun. But there is plenty of beach front to sunbathe on. And ocean to swim, surf and fish. There were windsurfers, also.
All throughout the year there are festivals, which I will come back and update asap!
There is one two block stretch of a downtown with souvenier shops and a few restaurant/bars.
And during regular business hours, the Tybee Island marine Science Center is open. They have turtles and sealife and give lectures.
Museum and Tybee Island Lighthouse/station...lots of exhibits...neat old houses used by lighthouse keepers, restored and available. Really neat afternoon, especially if you have the strength/breath to climb to the top of the lighthouse! They warn of wasps at the top, so this allergic person didn't even attempt it!
Miss Judy offers the greatest charter fishing around! Inshore and offshore, for various lengths of time. We had a great time on my honeymoon, and the crew was soooo much fun! We went in September and caught tons of fish - it was a blast. They were very friendly. Check out Miss Judy's fishing reports on her site. They are updated frequently and are right on the money!
You can either hang out or fish off this pier. Night fishing makes the most sense as there are less people swimming. There are no holes to set your fishing rod in, so if you don't want to hold it, bring a dog leash to secure it to the pier in case something (usually a small shark) grabs it. Two rods are allowed per person, I believe. Even just sitting and watching other people catch fish is great. Warmer weather is obviously the best time for this, but I've seen people up there in all weather. There are sinks and counters to help you clean up. Bait can be found at any local gas station. Get it early in the day to defrost it properly, or add some sea water in warmer months and hope for the best!