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Cruises & 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.

Cove Cruise

Reserve a guided tour by a Tides Inn Captain, taking in the scenery, wildlife and gorgeous homes around Carter’s Creek. Learn about the history of Irvington and the Rappahannock River and its impact on the oystering industry.

Sunset River Cruise

Limited to six passengers nightly. Reserve your spots to enjoy a picturesque sunset cruise around Carter’s Creek with a bottle of wine paired with cheese and seasonal fruit. Our seasoned captains navigate you through the beauty and history of Carter’s Creek.

Duffy Boat Rentals

Captain your own electric Duffy Boat as you and your group set out cruising and exploring the waters of Carter’s Creek. Duffy Boat rentals are $249 for up to 90 minutes and a maximum of eight passengers. Dine on the water by adding a Tides Inn lunch basket with your favorite beverages. Please provide 24 hours advance notice when requesting a lunch basket.

For those looking to enjoy a guided Duffy ride with one of our experienced Captains, please inquire with our concierge team when booking your stay. Guided tours require advanced notice and are based upon availability.

Kayaks, Canoes & Paddleboards

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.

Sailing Charters

We partner with Captain Clay Dingledine to provide sailing lessons and excursions to our guests. A native of the Northern Neck, Captain Clay has two decades of sailing experience and is a certified instructor with the American Sailing Association. Whether you prefer a leisurely sunset sail aboard his boat, Galene, or a lively lesson to hone your skills as a mariner, he is eager to plan your adventure on the Bay.