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Family Experiences

For the past 70 years the Tides Inn has helped families experience the Northern Necks’ traditions and southern charm through curated experiences designed to evoke thoughts of a simpler time. Allow us to craft a custom itinerary for you with programs that will delight the whole family and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Contact our Concierge team at (804) 438-5000 to customize your family experience at the Tides Inn or click below to reserve your inclusive family package online.

Browse Family Experiences

For more experiences at the Tides Inn or for detailed descriptions please see our detailed summer guide.

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.

Sample Family Experience Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival/Check-in

  • Arrive at the Tides Inn and be greeted with a locally inspired snack or picnic lunch basket complete with a bottle of local Virginia wine to enjoy on our expansive lawn while acquainting oneself with the property.
  • Meet with our Concierge experts to plan your family experiences for a memorable and classic family vacation.

Day 2 – Family Foodie Day

  • 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.
  • Enjoy roasting S’mores at our fire pit near Fish Hawk at 5pm and then move to our Chesapeake Restaurant to sample local fare and artisanal cocktails for the adults and a variety of kids meal choices.

Day 3 – Get on the Water

  • Connect with our resident river ecologist and enjoy a morning on the water learning about the Blue Crab via our Beautiful Swimmer Program, attend our Oyster Academy in season, rent a Duffy Boat or simply enjoy our complimentary kayaks, paddleboards or paddleboats in the Bay as a family.

Day 4 – Historical Bike Exploration

  • Check out our complimentary bikes (childrens bikes are included) for a family bike ride into town to enjoy one of the local wineries & restaurants – 10% off given for Tides Inn guests or a free appetizer. Enjoy the Steamboat Era Museum and make sure to stop for homemade ice cream at Kellum Farms before heading back.

Day 5 – Family Game Day

  • Wind down your trip with an on-property day taking advantage of our parlor and outdoor games including croquet, bocci, par 3 golf and volleyball. Sip on drinks in the View room while the kids enjoy board games as the sun sets over Carters Creek.