Tybee Island and Fort Pulaski


A short trip to Tybee Island in the off season makes for a perfect day. The beaches are not crowded, there were places to park, it was easy to to meander our way around the island.

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My mom, brother and I made the jaunt from Savannah at the end of February. The famous lighthouse and it’s museum were our first stop. My brother and I paid the $10 entrance fee and climbed all 178 stairs to the top of the lighthouse for some nice views.. Whew! It was high up!

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A few photos later, we climbed back down. It turns out he is more leery of heights than me. Definitely don’t climb this lighthouse with its skinny, little, low-ish railing if you have a fear of heights. If you don’t have a fear of heights, it is a great view of the whole area.

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Next we parked at the aquarium and went onto the pier and beach. It was about 70 degrees that day but the water was very cold! My toes took a dip in the ocean but that was it- too cold!

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A delicious outdoor lunch at The Crab Shack overlooking the lagoon was perfect in both food and ambiance. All three of us ordered peel and eat shrimp and I ordered the lunch special that came with a cup of she-crab soup. It was delicious!

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Fort Pulaski National Monument is on the drive between Savannah and Tybee Island. It is run under the National Park System so remember your National Park Pass ($80 per year or a lifetime pass available for senior citizens). Mom always leaves hers at home!

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Fort Pulaski is beautiful! Scenic (and strategic) water views at the mouth of the Savannah River at the Atlantic Ocean, green grass and blue skies.

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We debated whether gators filled these moats for extra protection. What do you all think? Michael and I said yes to gators, Mom said no the soldiers took baths in it.

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Inside the fort we walked around looking at the cannons and displays. It would be very hot in the summer at Fort Pulaski but it February it was warm enough to be very pleasant without being oppressive. Although I did get a little sunburn. I was not prepared for this lovely February day!

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Outside Fort Pulaski there are bike and hiking trails. It would be really nice to bring a picnic here and make a day of it.

Tybee Island and Fort Pulaski National Monument make for an excellent day trip out of Savannah. While visiting Savannah in the past, I generally stuck to the historic district so it was a good thing to get out of the city and see more of the area. And the weather in February was magnificent.

Reader Question: Do you purchase a National Park pass some years? I just made my purchase this year for one. This is the 2nd time I’ve done it where I thought I’d get my money’s worth.

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