white oysters

Virginia Oyster Academy

Located on the Virginia Oyster Trail, your day begins with a brief discussion of the history of Virginia’s oyster industry, oyster ecology and tools of the harvest. You will then accompany a traditional Virginia waterman by boat for a one-hour harvest excursion. After the voyage, a seasoned chef will teach you the art of oyster shucking before demonstrating how to expertly pair oysters with delicious sauces and a variety of wines. Fridays from Noon to 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., weather permitting.



Virginia Oyster Academy takes place every Friday and Saturday during the fall season. Weather permitting.


$250 per person


The Tides Inn

480 King Carter Drive · Irvington, VA 22480


Please contact Activities at (804) 438-5000 or activities@tidesinn.com to register.