On The Water

Chesapeake Bay Boating & Sailing

The Tides Inn offers a variety of Chesapeake Bay boating and water activities for making the most of this beautiful location. Enjoy a Carters Creek cruise, taking in the scenery, wildlife and gorgeous homes of Irvington while learning about the history of the town and its impact on the crabbing industry in Chesapeake Bay.

Choose your favorite type of watercraft—paddleboards, kayak, paddleboat or canoe—then stop by the Marina office for a map of the creek, information on Chesapeake Bay sailing and seasonal guided tours, and a list of the wildlife you can see around the peninsula.

Take a marina tour to learn about the different types of vessels and the variety of nautical activities available to Tides Inn guests. Or meet at the dock to test your crabbing skills and learn special techniques for catching blue crabs.

Rappahannock River Fishing & Boating

The waters of the Rappahannock River, the Potomac River, Chesapeake Bay and their tributaries provide a haven for boaters and water enthusiasts, and have supported a fishing industry for generations. Colonial architecture, small-town charm, seventeen museums, historic sites and retail shops attract visitors to the area.

At the Essex County Museum and Historical Society in the Tappahannock historic district, exhibits feature Rappahannock River fishing, theater and steamboats as well as the Rappahannock Indians, African-Americans, and Colonial and Confederate eras.

Views of the river are part of the fun at the Morattico Waterfront Museum, housed in the 1901 Morattico General Store building overlooking both the Rappahannock River and Lancaster Creek.

The Tides Marina is located 11 miles up the Rappahannock River from Windmill Point on the Chesapeake Bay in the natural harbor of Carters Creek. Learn to sail in a safe, friendly, and fun environment with Premier Sailing School, which lets you hit the open waters of the Rappahannock River as well as Carters Creek and the Chesapeake Bay.

Jet Ski Eco Tours: New for 2016

Enjoy the exhilaration of jet skiing on the Rappahannock River while also learning of the ecology of Carters Creek.

Your tour will start with a short classroom session to acquaint you with the rules and safety precautions; critical to your safe enjoyment of these very fast machines. We then take you through the creek in order to learn how the Jet Skis perform; it takes only about 15 minutes to get to the mouth of the creek. Then, for the next 30-40 minutes, you are ready to get the wind in your hair and enjoy an exhilarating ride!

Under the expert guidance of a tour leader you can have fun and be confident that a helping pair of hands is nearby. The Jet Ski Eco Tour is $125.00 and just $25.00 extra if you have a passenger; children, accompanied by an adult, ride free.

Chesapeake Bay Boat Charters

Enjoy an hour or a day on the water with Rappahannock River and Chesapeake Bay boat charters, and specialty cruises departing from the Tides Inn.

Captain Gene offers two-hour packages that celebrate sunset, stargazing on the Rappahannock, or “Feeding Time” on either side of low tide. Half-day Chesapeake Bay cruises feature a Sandy Point picnic or beachcombing on Mosquito Island, while full-day cruises sail to either Tangier Island (with an island or tiki bar stop along the way) or past the historic lighthouses of Mobjack Bay with beaching at New Point.

Climb aboard the Miss Nicole, a historic Chesapeake Deadrise, and cruise or fish the waters of the Northern Neck for a half day, evening or full day. Or enjoy a one-hour couples cruise, a 1.5 to two-hour lunch or dinner or sunset cruise, or a four to six-hour day cruise to the historic town of Urbanna for shopping and dining. (Beverages and snacks are provided on all cruises.)

Create memories in the Chesapeake Bay and Northern Neck with a private “Treasure The Day,” “Blue Water Therapy” or “Sunset” cruise including snacks for your party. Or choose your own skippered Chesapeake Bay charter for a morning, afternoon or full day — if your group has more than five people, charter two identical boats and have fun racing each other to your lunch destination.

If you’d like to charter a special cruise, consider a four-hour lunch trip or two-hour evening cruise to Urbanna. Enjoy a one-hour Cocktail Cruise including wine and beer from 5-6pm, and extend it from 6:30-8pm Friday nights during the Crab Cruise. Or board the City of Fredericksburg paddle-wheel for a lunch or dinner cruise including a buffet, captain’s narration and DJ music with full bar available. Friday and Saturday nights offer a dinner/dance cruise with DJ or live music for dancing the night away.