On the Water
This is a new Tides Inn program highlighting oyster ecology! Guided by Tides Inn ecologist, Will Smiley, learn why oysters are the keystone species of the Chesapeake Bay. Boarding a traditional watermen's boat, you will visit an oyster farm, pull up oyster cages, investigate and sort the catch. Upon returning to shore, you will learn how to "grade" oysters and watch a waterman grill oysters to perfection - while enjoying a local wine or beer. Limited to six people to include children of any age. All guests should be prepared to be mobile enough to board a waterman's boat from dockside, with limited assistance.
Public Boat Launches
Watermen Heritage Tours
For centuries, watermen have worked the creeks and rivers of the Northern neck of Virginia, bringing the best the Chesapeake Bay region has to offer to markets nationwide. Now, through the watermen’s heritage tour program, visitors to Virginia can experience the time-honored history and traditions of our working watermen up-close and personal.