Southeast Georgia Attractions

Southeast Georgia Attractions
Southeast Georgia is filled with Southern charm, historic landmarks and natural sites. Along the Atlantic coast of Georgia sits the historic town of Savannah and plenty of beach towns on the barrier islands of Georgia, such as Tybee Island, Jekyll Island and Cumberland Island. In these locations, there are plenty of attractions for families and destinations for romantic getaways.

Downtown Savannah

When people think of Georgia, they think of Savannah--a true example of the Old South. Streets are lined with historic homes and sites, friendly faces and dozens of restaurant and shops. Savannah is home to riverboat cruises along the Savannah River, ghost tours and Paula Deen, a true Southern cook with a show on FoodTV.

Savannah Convention and Visitors Bureau
101 East Bay St.
Savannah, GA 31401-1201
(912) 644-6401

The Lady and Sons
102 West Congress St.
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 233-2600

Old Town Trolley Tours of Savannah Inc.
234 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Savannah, GA
(912) 233-0083‎

Tybee Island Lighthouse and Museum

Travelers to the coast can take a self-guided tour of the historic Tybee Island Lighthouse and Museum, a renovated lighthouse used during the Civil War. After touring the head-keepers cottage, visitors can climb the 178 winding steps to the top of the lighthouse for views of the Atlantic Ocean and Tybee Island. After the tour, they can step inside the quaint gift shop to purchase books about area ghost stories and lighthouse memorabilia. Across the street from the lighthouse is Fort Screven, a fort and gift shop open to the public for tours. Also on Tybee Island are the Fort Pulaski National Monument, dolphin tours and dozens of restaurants in the small beach community.

Tybee Island Lighthouse and Museum
30 Meddin Drive
Tybee Island, GA 31328
(912) 786-5801

Jekyll Island

An hour and a half south of Savannah, just north of the Florida border, is the quiet beach town of Jekyll Island. One of the several Georgia barrier islands, Jekyll is home to upscale golf courses and resorts, several seafood restaurants and bistros, shopping areas and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. When not exploring the several miles of white, sandy beaches, guests also can take nature walks or bike trips in the many wooded areas and trails, go horseback riding and go on a boating adventure.

Jekyll Island Welcome Center
901 Downing Musgrove Causeway
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
(912) 635-3636

Georgia Sea Turtle Center
214 Stable Road
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
(912) 635-4444

Cumberland Island

Just above the Florida line, off Interstate 95, is the Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia's southernmost barrier island. Only accessible by a 45-minute ferry ride at certain times of the day and private boats, the island is filled with sand dunes, forests, swamps and feral horses, among other natural wildlife. The island also has more than 50 miles of walking and biking trails, as well as camp sites for a fee. Guided tours also are held on the island at certain times.

Cumberland Island
101 Wheeler St.
St Marys, GA 31558

Article Written By Lisa Floyd

Lisa Floyd is a freelance writer who specializes in music, travel, food and education, among other topics. Since 2000, she has written for several print and online publications including "The Red & Black" newspaper, "Southern Distinction" magazine and various websites. Floyd holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Georgia.

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