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Tybee Island

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Beaches · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Lighthouses
Tybee Island is a city and barrier island located in Chatham County, Georgia, 18 miles (29 km) east of Savannah, United States. The name Tybee Island is used for both the city and island.The island is the easternmost point in Georgia. The famous phrase "From Rabun Gap to Tybee Light," intended to illustrate the geographic diversity of Georgia, contrasts a mountain pass near the state's northernmost point with the coastal island's famous lighthouse.As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 2,990. The entire island is a part of the Savannah Metropolitan Statistical Area.Officially renamed "Savannah Beach" in a publicity move at the end of the 1950s, the city of Tybee Island has since reverted to its original name. (The name "Savannah Beach" nevertheless appears on official state maps as far back as 1952 and as recently as the mid-1970s.) The small island, which has long been a quiet getaway for the residents of Savannah, has become a popular vacation spot with tourists from outside the Savannah metropolitan area. Tybee Island is home to the first of what would eventually become the Days Inn chain of hotels, the oft-photographed Tybee Island Light Station, and the Fort Screven Historic District.It is one of the few locations where the U.S. Air Force dropped an atomic bomb—by accident (during a botched 1958 military training exercise). Though the "Tybee Bomb" did not detonate (and, according to some reports, was not armed with a fuse), there has been ongoing concern, since the Mark 15 nuclear bomb lost during the mishap was never found.
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Popular things to do in Tybee Island

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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Walking Area
Fort Pulaski National Monument
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Lighthouse
Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Tybee Island Beach
3.9
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Tybee Island

Beach
North Beach
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Educational Site
Tybee Island Marine Science Center
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Pier / Boardwalk
Tybee Pier
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
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Lighthouse
Cockspur lighthouse
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Tybee Island

Golf Course
May River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff Bluffton
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Outdoor Activity
Coastal Outdoor Adventures Jekyll Island
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Duration: 2 hours
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Golf Course
Okatie Creek Golf Club Bluffton
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Tybee Island

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Beach
Savannah River Beach
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Beach
Back River Beach
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Mid Beach
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Tybee Island

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Inferno
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Waves Surf Shop
3.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Tybee Island Bait & Tackle
3.3
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Tybee Island

Historic Site
Tybee Island Museum - Battery Garland
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Places to visit with Tybee Island

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