River Ecology Tours

River Ecology Tours

Led by the Tides Inn ecologist, Will Smiley, these new experiences were created to foster a deeper connection to the natural world and the beautiful waterways that surround our resort.

From June 7-28, please inquire with our Activities@TidesInn.com on availability and schedule. Starting June 28, the tours will be offered regularly on the following days:

Beautiful Swimmers: Offered Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 9am, 2 hours
Chesapeake Gold: Offered Wednesdays to Sundays at 2pm, 2.5 hours
Creek Kayaking: Offered Thursdays and Saturdays at 9am, 2 hours

Beautiful Swimmers

Offered Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 9am, 2 hours

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.

Enjoy picking and eating a crab with their beverage

Room for six people, $120 per person

Chesapeake Gold

Offered Wednesdays to Sundays at 2pm, 2.5 hours

Oysters are delicious and loved by many, but they are so much more! Guided by the Tides Inn ecologist, learn why oysters are the keystone species of the Chesapeake Bay. They are ecologically essential for the health of the bay, filtering water and providing an essential habitat for hundreds of species. Boarding a traditional watermen’s boat, you will take an oyster cage out to the “farm,” pull up a cage and investigate it back at Waterman’s Pier. Upon return to the shore, you will learn about oyster reproduction, how to grade oysters and of course, taste the legendary “Chesapeake gold”! Guests will also enjoy nonalcoholic beverages, wine and beer at the end of the excursion.

Room for six people, $180 per person

Creek Kayaking

Offered Thursdays and Saturdays at 9am, 2 hours

Carter’s Creek is full of life with a high diversity of species. Paddle on the creek (kayak or canoe) with our Tides Inn ecologist, William Smiley, and discover what lies beneath the surface. First, while wading through Carter’s Creek, using a seine net, you will create a temporary aquarium and inspect several species. Guests will also enjoy nonalcoholic beverages at the end of the tour.

Room for six people, $80 per person

Please contact Activities@TidesInn.com to book your excursion.