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Best On-Water Excursions That Are Just a Boat Ride Away

One of the nicest things about living in the Georgia Lowcountry is that the transition between seasons tends to be gradual. Even though fall is upon us, we can comfortably enjoy some of summer’s best summer activities year-round—from boat rides and beach days to outdoor dining and more. For those looking to spend some extra time on the water this season, here’s a list of our favorite coastal and riverside stops, each accessible by either car or boat.

1. A Guided Island Tour

This time of year, Ossabaw and Wassaw Islands will feel like your own private oasis. Venture out for a day of solitude—looking out for dolphins or casting a line and seeing what fish you can catch. While you can easily access these islands on your own, we recommend a guided tour—departing from The Ford’s Deepwater Marina, with one of our experts from the Outdoor Pursuits Program as your captain. Be sure to make a stop at one of our favorite restaurants below on the way back!

2. Dinner & Live Music at Fish Tales, Richmond Hill

Located along the banks of the Ogeechee River, Fish Tales is a favorite restaurant among The Ford members. Serving up a rotating selection of fresh fish, delectable fried seafood baskets and famous hushpuppies, it’s fun for the whole family. Take a look at their website for menu details and visit their Instagram page for specials and upcoming events—from live music to boat parades and more.

3. The Wyld Dock Bar, Savannah

Overlooking Country Club Creek in Savannah, The Wyld Dock Bar has plenty of outdoor seating—both totally open-air and covered options—to enjoy a beautiful breeze and view while you eat, drink and converse. Locally caught faves include shrimp or fish tacos, which pair beautifully with small plates like scallop corn fritters, peach salad or chicharrones with truffle hot sauce.

4. Skull Creek Boathouse, Hilton Head Island, SC

An hour’s drive from The Ford, Hilton Head Island is a picturesque destination with an abundance of things to do—from strolling through museums to exploring wildlife refuges to relaxing on the beach. Of course, one of our favorite things to do is feast on local seafood with a stunning view of the water. Skull Creek Boathouse is a landmark, award-winning restaurant—famous for its lowcountry eats.

5. AJ’s Dockside Restaurant, Tybee Island

Comfort food with a view—what more could you ask for? AJ’s Dockside Restaurant serves up crab legs, jumbo shrimp and all types of fried seafood—sure to please any palate. Tybee Island offers quite a few impressive attractions for being such a quaint city. Make a day of it and explore the pier and pavilion or take a walk around Fort Screven or the still-functioning Tybee Island Light Station.

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