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Bayside Explorer Kids Club

The Tides Inn Bayside Explorers program is designed to entertain and inspire our youngest guests with supervised activities around the resort and along Carter’s Creek. Activities and adventure awaits your children, ages 4-12 years. For more information, please call the Tides Inn Concierge at (804) 438-5000.

Morning & Afternoon Programs

For Bayside Explorer’s Kids Club, your little ones can enjoy painting classes, fun in the sun at the pool, nature excursions, history tours (such as the nearby Steamboat Era Museum) and much more. Our kids’ club is offered 9am to 3pm daily, and you can book with our helpful Tides Inn Concierge.

Signature Kids Club Activities

Signature activities include: Steamboat Museum tour, crabbing and fishing on Carter’s Creek, learning about deep blue sea & ocean life, creative arts and crafts and much more. Activity schedule varies by season.

Browse Family Experiences

Beehive Experience

Explore a day in the life of an apiarist with our beekeeping experience. After a short walk through the new nature trail to the wildflower field, you will meet with our resident beekeeper for a brief introduction on the most vital pollinators, the European honeybee. Opening your eyes to how it feels to be inside an apiary, the beekeeper teaches you about the extraordinary life of the honeybee. This workshop will conclude with a honey tasting of local, raw honey.

Crabbing: Beautiful Swimmers

The Blue Crab, AKA Callinectes Sapidus, which translates to “beautiful swimmer,” is an icon of the Chesapeake. Spend the morning with our ecologist and learn how blue crabs are caught in our waterways. Aboard the watermen’s boat, you will learn how to set a crab pot and bring crabs back to the Watermen’s Pier. There, you will inspect our crustacean friends and others in miniature aquariums. At the end of the excursion, guests will enjoy sampling Chesapeake Blue Crab, nonalcoholic beverages, wine or beer.

Historic Bike Tour

Wake up wonderfully with a morning bicycle ride around the quaint town of Irvington, or enjoy a leisurely afternoon ride on one of our complimentary bicycles. Men’s, women’s and children’s bicycles are available.

Cruises and Water Activities

Travel by boat and discover scenic views and endless fun on the water with one of our premier cruises at the Tides Inn. Discover the Chesapeake Bay lifestyle with water activities such as shucking oysters or simply taking to the dock to enjoy a stunning sunset. Some activities are seasonal. Your Tides Inn Concierge will be happy to help you provide more details.


When you stay at the Tides Inn, you’ll enjoy all the comforts of home with fun parlor and garden games throughout the resort. Please inquire with an Activity Director for equipment or to reserve an experience prior to arrival. Some activities are seasonal and may be an additional fee. Please inquire with the Tides Inn directly for more details.

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Compass Entertainment Complex

Off Property – Compass is the Northern Neck’s state-of-the-art entertainment complex, featuring the area’s only multi-screen movie theater, an arcade, indoor adventure course, climbing walls, go-karts, batting cages, miniature golf and much more.

For more experiences at the Tides Inn or for detailed descriptions please see our seasonal activity guides.