Tybee Island Light Station And Museum

Tybee Island Light Station And Museum

Tybee Island Light Station And Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
The Tybee Island Lighthouse was built in 1773 and is the oldest Lighthouse in Georgia. An entry ticket allows you to see the Lighthouse, the Head Keepers Cottage, the 2nd Assistant Keepers Cottage, the Summer Kitchen and the Tybee Island Museum across the street. The Lighthouse is CLOSED TUESDAYS, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, St. Patrick's Day (or the day of the Savannah St. Patrick's Day parade).
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  • Tommy599
    Two Rivers, Wisconsin873 contributions
    A LONG TRIP TO THE TOP
    Tybee Island was named by the local Indians that would venture out to the island to fish and named it Tybee (meaning SALT Island). The black & white lighthouse made of brick and cast iron stands tall at 154 FT. and was installed in1768 as #3, with the first two made of wood preceding it. During the Revolutionary war the lighthouse was used as a signaling point to those living in Savannah, should a possible English invasion be a brewing. Park in the lighthouse parking lot and skip the pay for park lots all around it, as admission covers parking.
    Visited November 2022
    Written January 3, 2023
  • YotaPower
    Guilford, Maine813 contributions
    Expertly maintained and a great experience.
    This a great historic walk through time. We made the climb to the top and boy were the views worth the effort. You can see for miles and get a birds eye view of the surroundings. The staff was extremely friendly and had a lot to offer to make the experience fun. A must do.
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 29, 2023
  • Baker
    Blakely, Georgia220 contributions
    Incredible
    A beautiful lighthouse with a fascinating history. Ticket prices were reasonable (at $10 per adult). Lots of buildings to go in and explore. Definitely worth the visit if you're in Tybee Island. NOTE: If you're planning to climb to the top of the lighthouse, be prepared. It's 178 steps, though, it's worth mentioning that there are lookout/rest points at 25 step increments. Had a blast!!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 2, 2023
  • Tiffanyjim
    Marion, Iowa1,122 contributions
    Made it to the top!
    This was probably our favorite activity in Tybee. $12 allows access to the lighthouse and grounds. All the history was very interesting and well worth the visit. There are 178 steps to the top of the lighthouse, but every 25 steps there is a little landing if you need to catch your breath or change your mind about the height! Getting to the top is worth it as the view is pretty spectacular! Would definitely enjoy this again!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 6, 2023
  • A_Davis14
    Fort Worth, Texas132 contributions
    178 steps to the top
    The highlight of this stop is getting to climb the lighthouse and step onto the lookout pier. It is 178 steps on way with landings in between for breaks. This was interesting as it is one of the only remaining fully intact lighthouses from the 1770s. It also has undergone 4 different transformations with its marks making it a unique lighthouse on top of being the oldest one in Georgia. Across the street is the old battery that has a lot of reading materials but not artifacts included in the price. Overall, we spent about 1.5 hour here.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 14, 2023
  • RobTangeman
    Gainesville, Florida274 contributions
    The Highlight of Tybee Island!
    First things first - don't be duped by the paid parking option when driving up to the lighthouse. That's $8 we'll never get back and it isn't even as convenient as the free lighthouse parking! That aside, the lighthouse is definitely the funnest experience on Tybee Island and worth a half-day trip over from Savannah if you've got the time. There are several cool exhibits and of course the hike up is the highlight.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Jeramie
    Marion, Illinois864 contributions
    An Excellent History Lesson
    Tybee Island Light Station And Museum is a great way to learn about lighthouses and their historical significance. Some may find the cost a bit elevated but there are plenty of things to explore on the grounds and admission prices include the Tybee Island Museum located across the street. Wear comfortable shoes for the hike to the top!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
  • JBH
    409 contributions
    go inside the lighthouse and other buildings
    There are several buildings on the grounds that you can go into including the lighthouse. There is a movie to watch as well. There is 2 hour limited, free parking and your ticket includes the Tybee Island Museum which is house in Fort Screven across the street.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 26, 2023
  • USAtraveler0017
    Texas57 contributions
    Interesting and historically informative.
    Good film in the Light Station. Appreciate that the Jackson family (the last lighthouse keeper’s family) donated or loaned furnishings to make this authentic. DON’T MISS the film in the museum across the street (included in ticket). It provides a much expanded story of Tybee Island and even the surrounding area back to the 1500s.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 13, 2023
  • monica
    Arkansas63 contributions
    Beautiful
    Thank You historic preservation for saving our history. This is a beautiful, climbable 178 step lighthouse. Thankful the last lighthouse keepers family donated a lot of the furnishings back. It made the experience feel original. Well worth the nominal admission fee. Great activity for the young and old.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 28, 2023
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,576 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
The main attraction here is the lighthouse. But it’s currently closed for renovation. So what’s left? A lightkeeper’s house - which is just an average 3-bedroom house with mid-20th Century furnishings. A video and some panels and artifacts about the lighthouse. And a small museum on the history of Tybee Island in a converted coastal artillery battery. If you’re interested in the local history, it’s pretty informative. Without being able to climb up the lighthouse, though, this attraction does not really warrant a trip to visit or the $9 admission.
Written February 16, 2020
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boogeymanundermybed
orlando, FL1 contribution
Jun 2020
I visited this site on 6/09/20 while on business. The site was closed and gated off, so I looked on their website and was able to purchase a ticket for Wednesday, June 10th.

This was the biggest mistake of 2020.

I showed up what was apparently "early," in which case the staff wouldn't let me physically park my vehicle in a perfectly empty parking lot. The man I spoke to was a real nasty piece of work who snapped at me and informed me I was "2 minutes too early." I went back to my vehicle (there's no place else to go... you're stuck on the road), while others gathered behind me honking their horns.
Eventually, some lady showed up and opened the gate with a scowl on her face. After parking I walked up to the admissions area and was told to go back and get some stupid sticker from the "gate lady" who let me in. She was physically pinning stickers on people as they walked up. I even heard the guy in front of me tell her "I don't appreciate you touching me like that." She laughed it off and proceeded to jab me with entrance sticker. Another piece of work.
After feeling violated I was told to now go back to my car because I had a small bag with me. At this point, I felt like I was doing this staff a disservice with my presence. After being rushed through the lighthouse and dodging multiple hornets' nests around the property, I Ieft in disgust.
When I tell you not to support these people, I MEAN IT. This was the worst part of my business trip, and I am very sad a beautiful landmark like the Tybee Lighthouse is run by some of the absolute WORST people I have met in the State of Georgia. AVOID.
Written June 11, 2020
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LisaOhio
Parma, OH651 contributions
Jun 2021
Despite the stifling heat in June, it was well worth visiting the Tybee Island Light Station and Museum. The climb to the top of the light house was fun (but hot), great views at the top. There are several historic building on-site to tour and a museum in an battery fort across the street is included in the admission fee.
Written July 7, 2021
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,665 contributions
Dec 2021
We drove to Tybee specifically to see Georgia’s oldest (1736) and tallest (144-feet) lighthouse. Climb to the top where an outdoor viewing platform provides incredible beach and ocean views! In addition to the lighthouse, the property includes the Head Keepers Cottage, the 2nd Assistant Keepers Cottage, and a Summer Kitchen. The Tybee Island Museum in Battery Garland, located across the street, is also included in the admission price. Staff is welcoming and friendly. In the gift shop, they searched through boxes to find a Lighthouse Passport book for me (and stamped it too). If you are a lighthouse aficionado, you won’t want to miss Tybee. With more to see than we expected, we could have spent more time here, as well as stopping at Fort Pulaski. Note: driving to Tybee, we caught a glimpse of the historical Cockspur Island Lighthouse in the Savannah River (not open to the public though).
Written February 10, 2022
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Tyler G
Oak Hill, OH75 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
I would highly recommend touring the lighthouse! We spent the day in Tybee and wanted to make the 178 step journey to the top of the lighthouse and we were glad we did! All of the staff was extremely nice and the views and history would take your breath away (literally). Parking was right on the ground (free w/admission while attending the events there), admission is $10 but not only gives you access to the lighthouse but all buildings on ground, and museum across the street. If you have anyone with mobility issues this might be very challenging. The steps are broken up into sections of 25 so once you complete a section, you can stop and take a break and feel the breeze coming through the windows. Gift shop has some very cool item and it’s moderately priced. I would recommend for anyone in the area.
Written July 21, 2022
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GeorgiaTravelers51
Georgia271 contributions
Mar 2022
How fortunate that the Tybee Island Historical Society has preserved this historic lighthouse and buildings. Be sure to watch the short film shown in one of the buildings that gives a good overview of the lighthouse's history. Admission includes the lighthouse, the buildings that include the keepers' houses and the museum across the parking lot that provides a lot of interesting history about the island. Go early to avoid the crowds.
Written April 2, 2022
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Shelliu
Hilton Head, SC4,113 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
We really enjoyed both the view at the top of the lighthouse and the living museum. Free parking is also a huge benefit while you explore (2hr max). As one of the 20 tallest lighthouses in the US, the 178 stairs gave us a little exercise before enjoying a great 360 view of Tybee, Hilton Head and all the cargo ships going to/from Savannah. The steps are nicely constructed with a handrail and they limit the number of people that can be in the lighthouse at one time which was great. The living museum was informative and interactive. They have a video you can watch about the light-keeper and families that lived there years ago when it was much more isolated. You can tour the light-keepers house and some of the other buildings that have been restored.
Written July 31, 2022
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Mathew Family
4 contributions
Feb 2021
Great educational visit and fantastic view. It really transported you back in time and after seeing the Maritime Museum in Savannah it was an enhanced experience. The nice lady who was the lighthouse attendant was a delight and we are glad we came and collected home school credit. My 9 and 15 year old nieces read every plague and post. It was a low volume day when we went first thing in the morning. Maybe 6 visitors on the entire grounds when we got there.
Written February 28, 2021
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Allison D
Boone, NC7 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Our family of four, with school aged children, enjoyed a trip to the lighthouse. We arrived at 11 am on a Thursday morning and waited maybe ten minutes to start our tour inside the lighthouse. The climb was not hard, even with one child who was a little apprehensive. The views at the top were amazing! We toured the other buildings and enjoyed what was displayed. The whole property is very well kept. This was our first lighthouse tour for each family member, and we all loved it!
Written July 2, 2021
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EbMnWS17
United States231 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Enjoyed our visit to the Tybee Island Light Station, Grounds, Cottages, and Museum. Recommend seeing the short film. Recommend going to the top of the Museum to see beautiful panoramic view of the beach & ocean.
Written April 24, 2022
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