Activities in the Chesapeake Bay

Land and sea, sports and arts, education and adventure…there’s something for everyone at the Tides Inn. Our Activities Team can provide information on a variety of things to do in Chesapeake Bay area and each day features exciting new choices from the Calendar of Events in addition to the few shown here. For more information, please contact our Activities Team at 804.438.4489. New for 2016 – our Jet Ski Eco Tours!

Things to do with kids in Chesapeake Bay.


Food & Drink

Oyster Roasting

Join the Executive Chef to learn how to handle the bounty of the bay…while picking up on additional tips that you can use at home. Dates and time vary.

Mixology Class

From picking herbs in the garden to preparing lemons for the Chesapeake Club’s most famous cocktail, learn techniques for making favorite drinks. $15 per adult (over 21) includes your own Lancaster Lemonade glass to take home.

S’mores in the Evening

Enjoy this traditional campfire treat on either the terrace or the beach, depending on the weather. It’s a great way to meet new friends, share stories and enjoy the starlight.



Golden Eagle Golf Club

Carved out of the beautiful wooded landscape around a 50-acre lake, the course features exciting elevation changes and well-placed bunkers plus a driving range, clubhouse and complimentary golf clinics by the pros.

Golf Clinics

Just two miles from the resort, learn from the pros at the Golden Eagle during complimentary clinics ranging from putting to driving down the fairways.

Little Eagle Golf

Enjoy 9 holes on our par-3 golf course with no green fees. Perfect for practice or to take all the mulligans you needed earlier in the day. Clubs are available so anyone can join in.

Nearby Golf

For golfers who believe variety is the spice of life…after enjoying a round at the Golden Eagle, tee off at the King Carter Golf Club.


Relaxing and Fun

Board & Parlor Games

Join the fun of classic games like pirate bingo, horse racing and other traditional favorites in the View Room.

Frisbee Golf

Discover the excitement of this fun-filled sport as you soar Frisbees across the greens and fairways of the Tides Inn’s par-3 course, aiming for the elevated baskets.

Cookies & Milk in the View Room

Enjoy this ideal way to end a perfect day at the Tides Inn.

Sunset, Moonshine & Music

Beginning May 15th – Fridays and Saturdays 7:30pm – 10 pm
Live Music at the Chesapeake Terrace
Every Friday and Saturday evening through the season, live music from an eclectic range of artists, rotating weekly to ensure an interesting blend of music and styles.
Enjoy Terrace Small Plates, specialty drinks and local craft beers, overlooking the incredible view of Carters Creek.


Shopping & Sightseeing

Virginia Wine Trail

Chesapeake peninsulas provide verdant land and a year-round temperate climate for vineyards and wineries including Athena, The Hague, Ingleside, and Vault Fields. Enjoy their warm hospitality and tastings along the way.


Among the things to do in Chesapeake Bay, this colorful destination is a favorite choice for antique hunting, boutique shopping, and browsing in a variety of galleries, studios and specialty stores.

Steamboat Era Museum

The museum celebrates the steamboat era (1870-1925) of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, focusing on diverse attractions like church camps, country stores, a tomato cannery and a floating theater.


Spa & Bicycling

Morning Bike Ride

Enjoy the resort’s bikes for exploring historic Irvington. See the sights, stores, and the Steamboat Museum as you cruise through town. Stop by the Tides Inn’s front desk for a map or ask about a guided tour.

Journey spa®

Unwind at the spa with a full range of massage, facial and body treatments inspired by the waterfront setting…like the relaxing Tides of Change body treatment, the anti-aging Journey Spa Facial, and more.

Journey of Teas

Learn the health benefits and proper preparation of the Tides Inn’s private-label teas, while enjoying the opportunity to sample special brews at the spa.


Classes include a variety of styles, from Restorative to Power Yoga, held in various indoor and outdoor locations.


On the Water

Our “Learn-To” series offers a day of hands-on, in-depth instruction in a single water sport: sailing, fly fishing, kayaking or paddle boarding. Many of our water activities can be enjoyed right from the resort with minimal instruction.


Are you interested in learning how to sail? Norton’s Sailing School”Intro to Sailing” is a hands-on, four hour experience. The course is designed for people who want to see if they like sailing.

Also available for children is Premier Sailing – the instructors will teach the basics of sailing and then all aboard a real sailboat to learn a few practical skills while enjoying time on the water.

Fly Fishing

Discover the rewarding sport of fly fishing in the salt waters of the Chesapeake Bay with the Tides’ expert local guide and instructor. Whether you’re a novice, want to show your kids how to catch their first fish, or learn the fine points of casting and fly tying, we can customize an outing for you.


A fun and easy way to workout on the water while enjoying the serenity of nature; stand-up paddle boarding is a great option right from the beach at Tides Inn.

Kayaks, Canoes, Paddleboats & Water Bikes

Choose your favorite type of watercraft, then stop by the Tides Inn Marina office for a map of Carter’s Creek, information on seasonal guided tours, and a list of the wildlife you can see around the peninsula.

Marina Tour & Crabbing at the Dock

Learn about the different types of vessels in the Marina and the variety of nautical activities available to guests. Or meet at the dock to test out your crabbing skills and learn special techniques for catching Blue Crabs.

Cove Cruise

The best way to see Irvington is from the water. Enjoy a Carter’s Creek cruise, taking in the scenery, wildlife and gorgeous homes while learning about the history of the town and its impact on the crabbing industry.

For more information, contact the Activities Team at 804-438-5000.


Kids Programs

Crab Net Kids

For kids age 4-12, the resort’s Crab Net Kids program offers supervised activities designed to inspire young vacationers.

Junior Golf Camps

3-day camps for junior golfers ages 8-14 who wish to acquire a strong foundation of knowledge and respect for the game. Morning youth clinics, lunch, and afternoon adult/youth clinics for kids to play with a parent or grandparent.

Junior Tennis Camps

A summer tennis experience for junior players ages 5-16 who want to excel in the sport while having fun and making new friends. Tennis etiquette, scoring, fundamentals of the swing and drills are scheduled in two-day and three-day camps led by our tennis pro.


Tennis with Deborah Davie

Private Lessons

Tides tennis pro Deborah Davie offers private lessons

  • 1-hour lessons ($60)
  • Semi-private lessons for two ($35 per person)
  • Private group lesson for maximum of four ($25 per person)
  • Doubles Clinic for maximum of four players ($60)
  • Available as a hitting partner ($60/hr)
Children’s Camps

For kids twelve and under, minimum four participants. Please inquire about rates and availability.

*Round Robins and Tournaments available upon request

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