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Tybee Pier & Pavilion

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The original Tybee Pier, built in the early 1900s, burned down in a great fire. Rebuilt in 1996, today’s Tybee Pier & Pavilion is one of our most visited and visible attractions. Located on the south end of the island in the main business district, it is open and free to the public.

Terrific for spectacular ocean viewing and great fishing, the Pier is also a popular spot for dances, music performances and special events. it features picnic tables, a snack bar and public restrooms. An abundance of shops, restaurants, hotels and motels are just steps away.

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Little Tybee Island

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A pure, uninhabited nature preserve, accessible only by boat, “Little” Tybee Island is actually more than twice Tybee Island’s size.

This wilderness gem showcases rich coastal salt marshes; pristine beaches; natural dunes and subtropical forests of live oak, pine, and palm. Wildlife includes egrets, herons, white ibis and the endangered woodstork. Roseate spoonbills, ospreys and bald eagles are also often seen.

Kayak tours and charters are popular ways to see Little Tybee. And, camping is allowed.

Fort Pulaski

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Fort Pulaski is Strategically located on Cockspur Island near the mouth of the Savannah River, Fort Pulaski was constructed between 1829 and 1847 to defend the port city of Savannah, from foreign attacks or invasion. However, early in the American crisis that became the Civil War, Georgia state troops seized this masonry fortification.

On April 11-12, 1862, events at Fort Pulaski forever changed defensive strategies worldwide. Union forces deployed bullet-shaped projectiles from rifled artillery batteries on Tybee Island. After only 30 hours of bombardment the 7.5 feet thick brick walls of the fort were breached and the Confederates surrendered.

Today, the fort is a remarkably well preserved example of 19th century military architecture.

Fort Pulaski is located approximately 15 miles east of Savannah on US-80, and is open daily from 9:00 to 5:00.

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Fort Screven

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In 1786, the Georgia Legislature approved the creation of a fort on Cockspur or Tybee Island to be named in honor of General James Screven, a Revolutionary War hero. The fort was never built by the state, but in 1808, the property fell under the jurisdiction of the Federal government as Fort Screven Reservation.

In 1855, the government approved building Fort Screven on the north end of Tybee to provide modern seacoast defense. Six poured-concrete, low-profile gun batteries (named for war heroes) and a minefield were ordered for Tybee along with hundreds of other military buildings. From 1897 to 1947, the fort was an integral part of America’s Coastal Defense system. Troops stood guard on Tybee through the Spanish American War of 1898, World War I and World War II. In 1947, the Fort was closed and sold to the Town of Tybee and tourism returned as a major part of Tybee’s history. By the 1950s many of the forts buildings had been converted for use by private owners.

In 1961, Battery Garland, the former gun battery and magazine for a 12 inch long-range gun, became the Tybee Island museum. A room that once stored six hundred pound projectiles and two hundred pound bags of gun powder, now hold the collections and exhibits of more than four hundred years of Tybee Island history.

Today, visitors marvel at the private residences nestled atop the fort’s walls, the magnificent ocean and river views –- and the fort that played a role in so many phases of American history.

Battery Brumby, erected by Venerable Construction Company C. 1897-1898, was the first six gun emplacements at Fort Screven.

Cockspur Lighthouse

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The Cockpur Lighthouse is located on an islet off Cockspur Island, at the South Channel of the Savannah River by Lazaretto Creek and is considered part of Fort Pulaski National Monument. The beacon appears to float at high tide, when water covers the islet it stands on. As a result of this flooding access to the lighthouse is most often by small boat or kayak. Crossing by land to the lighthouse is not advisable. The Cockspur Lighthouse is open to the public, but no official tours or accomodations are made.

Built in 1854, the illuminated beacon survived the bombardment of Fort Pulaski, despite being directly in the line of fire. It was heavily damaged by an 1881 storm, which destroyed the keeper’s residence, but kept shining until 1909 when it was finally extinguished due to the less frequent use of the south channel. In 2000 the upper portions of the lightouse finished being restored.

The Cockspur Lighthouse is one of the five surviving historic lighthouses in Georgia. Relit in March 2007, the beacon is best viewed from Fort Pulaski’s Lighthouse Overlook Trail.

Tybee Island Marine Science Center

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Tybee Island Marine Science Center
. . . an authentic coastal experience.

Year-round programs for island visitors, scouts, and school groups on the beach, in the marsh, on the water, in the classroom, and the Coastal Gallery.

The Tybee Island Marine Science Center’s mission is to shape a responsible stewardship of Coastal Georgia’s natural resources through marine science-based education, conservation, and research.

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Located off the 14th Street parking lot, next to the pier.

Discovery Shop

Visit our Discovery Shop at the science center for toys, plush animals, tee-shirts, DVDs, experiments, Tervis Tumblers–and we have the largest book selection on the island.

2011 Summer Public Programs (May 27th to August 7th)

Beach Discovery Walks

Join a marine science educator on an one-hour guided discovery walk along Tybee’s beach to learn about coastal Georgia’s tides, dunes, and the wildlife that live in and around the ocean.
South Beach – Everyday: 10:30-11:30 a.m. or North Beach – Mondays and Thursdays: 4-5 p.m.

Marsh Treks

Guided one-hour exploration of the jewels in Georgia’s salt marshes. Explore the marsh’s marvelous mud for fiddler crabs, snails and more. Learn why the estuary is called the ocean’s nursery.
Tuesdays and Fridays: 4-5 p.m.

Turtle Talks

A 90 minute intro to the amazing lives of sea turtles! Learn about anatomy and natural adaptations, then stroll on the beach to discuss nesting habitat and Tybee’s conservation efforts.
Sundays and Wednesdays: 5:30-7 p.m.

Coastal Georgia Gallery

750 square feet of Coastal Georgia, featuring: baby alligators, polka-dot batfish, spider crab, puffer, flounder, clown fish, diamondback terrapins, corn snake, horseshoe crab, loggerhead sea turtle, red lionfish and a touch tank of creatures indigenous to the Georgia coast!

Fees – Walks, Talks, and Treks are $10 per participant, kids three and under – free, Coastal Georgia Gallery admission – Adults $4, Kids $3 (under 3 free)

For information on signing-up for a Walk, Talk, or Trek, call 912-786-5917, 866-557-9172 or visit TybeeMarineScience.org

Sea Camp Coastal Kids Ocean Adventure

Each Sea Camp is four days long, Monday through Thursday, and consists of a total of eight modules, two each day. You can sign-up your camper for the whole week or choose a combination of modules to fit your summer schedule.

Mini-Beach Explorers – Ages 4-5

Discover the ocean through fun investigations and activities. Take an exciting journey along the seashore. Learn about “fintastic” fish, awesome hermit crabs, and many more sea creatures. Sift through Tybee’s soft sand and visit undersea
homes. Become a Mini Beach Explorer!

  • Session 1: June 13-16
  • Session 2: July 4-7
  • Session 3: July 25-28
  • Mornings: 10:30-12:30
  • Afternoons: 1:30-3:30

$160 for the complete camp or $20 per module

Coastal Adventure – Ages 6-8

Explore the Tybee Island seashore for the ultimate coastal adventure! Come face to face with a variety of sea animals. Learn to identify seashells, turtles, dolphins, and more in this interactive camp. Figure out how animals move and
survive in the ocean!

  • Session 1: June 20-23
  • Session 2: July 11-14
  • Session 3: August 1-4
  • Mornings: 10:00-12:30
  • Afternoons: 1:30-4:00

$200 for complete camp or $25 per module

Marine Quest Ages 9-11

Join us where the land meets the sea for a funfilled adventure. Become an ocean scientist and examine the coastal waters. Hike Tybee’s shore in search of sea life, shells, and more. Come face to face with a variety of sea animals!

  • Session 1: June 27-30
  • Session 2: July 18-21
  • Mornings: 10:00-12:30
  • Afternoons: 1:30-4:00

$200 for complete camp or $25 per module

For more information please call (912) 786-5917.

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Tybee Museum

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The Tybee Museum is located off US-80 in a 1898 coastal Georgia artillery battery at Fort Screven, the site of the Tybee Light Station.

Completed in 1961, the museum features collections of historical items, pictures and relics that chronicle nearly 400 years of the island’s history.

 

Hours of Operation:
  • Open every day, except Tuesday, from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
  • Tickets are not sold after 4.30 pm.
  • Closed St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.

 

Cost:

(Includes admission to the Tybee Lighthouse)

  • Adults: $6.00•Seniors: $5.00 (62+)
  • Children: $5.00 (6-17)
  • Children: Free (5 and under)
  • Groups: $5.00 (10 or more people) with a reservation. $6.00 without
  • Military: $5.00 (Must present ID)
  • Coast Guard: Free (Must present ID)

For additional information, call 912-786-5801 or visit tybeelighthouse.org

Tybee Light Station

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Tybee Light Station, built in 1773, is Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse, and one of America’s most complete historic light stations. It has been guiding mariners safely into the Savannah River for more than 270 years, although it has been rebuilt several times. All of its original support buildings are still located on the five-acre site off US-80 at Fort Screven. Still a functioning navigational aid, the station’s light, courtesy of a first order Fresnel lens, can be seen 18 miles out to sea.Visitors willing to climb the 178 steps to the top of the recently restored lighthouse will enjoy a spectacular view of the entire island. The newly renovated head keeper’s cottage, the Tybee Museum and gift shop are also on site.

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Hours of Operation:

  • Open every day, except Tuesday, from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
  • Entrance tickets are not available after 4.30pm.
  • Closed St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.

 

Cost:

(Includes admission to the Tybee Museum)

  • Adults: $7.00
  • Seniors: $5.00 (62+)
  • Children: $5.00 (6-17)
  • Children: Free (5 and under)
  • Groups: $5.00 (10 or more people) with a reservation. $6.00 without
  • Military: $5.00 (Must present ID)
  • Coast Guard: Free (Must present ID)

For additional information, call 912-786-5801 or visit tybeelighthouse.org

To make reservations or for more information please call 912-786-5801 / Payment is required at the time the reservation is made.

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