On the Water
Public Boat Launches
Boat Charters & Cruises
Miss Ella Charters
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.
Your day begins with a short lecture on the history of Virginia’s oyster industry, oyster ecology, and tools of the harvest. Participants will then accompany a traditional Virginia waterman by boat for a one-hour harvest excursion. After the voyage, you'll join the Tides Inn’s Executive Chef, TV Flynn, who will teach the art of oyster shucking and how to expertly pair them with sauces and wine.