Shetland pony petting zoos and Western-style trail rides: Sign the kids and me up now. Lawton Stables at Sea Pines Nature Preserve in neighboring Hilton Head is only 15 miles from Tybee Island. Sorry! Tybee does not offer horseback riding excursion, but this short trip is well worth it to expose your youth to wildlife and equestrian life galore. Plus, Lawton’s various trails give access to Georgia’s Low Country flora and fauna. And did I mention its animal farm? Here we come this summer miniature donkeys, scruffy goats and pop-bellied pigs.