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Captain Barry's Back Bay Cruises

6262 Marlin street, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
7573366508
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Tours
Owner description: Captain Barry'sBack Bay Cruise is an INTERACTIVE skill building experience. We are a floating classroom, a research vessel with HANDS-ON FEET-WET... more » Owner description: Captain Barry'sBack Bay Cruise is an INTERACTIVE skill building experience. We are a floating classroom, a research vessel with HANDS-ON FEET-WET lessons. One of the many things we do is get off the boat on the sandbars to go DIG IN THE MUD FOR CLAMS. Maybe we can catch some to eat. Then it's back on the boat to cruise to a crabbing spot where you will Pull CRAB-POTS on board to identify and see the days catch. If you have the courage I will teach you how to HOLD A CRAB without getting pinched. Navigating our way to Shell Island Beach, we stop and get off the boat for some SHELL COLLECTING than back on the boat for Capt. Barry's favorite activity... hunting for jellyfish. we will then HAUL in the trawler net and will see that it is full of Marine life and sea creatures.... this is always a challenge! Time to slow the boat down to enter the shallow waters.... how many birds can you identify? we use all of our senses-SOUND,TOUCH,TASTE and SMELL- to make our cruises informative and fun. They are is never any pressure always lots of fun.. you can relax, sit back on the boat and be the official photographer, or you can get into it. This is the real deal to get your hands dirty and feet wet so you will experience the life of a Chincoteague Waterman. « less
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Chincoteague Island, Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Captain Barry is a true Chincoteague character, but he's not just all show - Captain Barry knows his stuff about the marsh and waters, and the creatures that call it home. My husband and I have lived on Chincoteague Island for a bit over a year, and when family who were up for an adventure came to visit this summer... More

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Amesbury, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

captain barry loves teaching the kids about the salt water wetlands in a hands on, interactive way. my kids are 5 and 8 and had such a great time learning about snails, muscles, oysters, and everything else which lives in the wetlands. I would highly recommend this - take two hours out of your beach and it will be time... More

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Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

Captain Barry is one of the best! We did his trip several years ago and it was as exciting and fun as we remembered it. Two boys couldn't have had a better time (Mom and Dad too.) It was fun, adventurous, and educational all in one terrific package. Thank you Captain Barry and our stuffed clams and crabs were great!

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Harrison, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

It's not surprising that all the reviews here are excellent. My family has been going to Chincoteague on vacation for many years and always schedule a trip with Captain Barry. There may be other excellent tours available on Chincoteague, but I can't imagine any better than this. Even though we've been on this tour many times, we always manage to... More

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Fantastic hands on trip. Barry made it such fun and it was interesting for adults and children. Really recommend it, we booked it in advance which is probably worth doing as it is popular. As Barry only takes 6 on his boat there is lots of opportunity to ask questions and become involved! We collected oysters from the seabed, opened... More

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Chincoteague Island, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Captain Barry is a fun cruise. He is adaptive and varies his trips for different choices. Choose range from evening sunset to afternoon educational for both adults and kids.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

When we approached the multi colored pontoon boat with plastic chairs for seats and captain barry coming out of the bar, we weren't sure what was going to happen. Haha! One of the memorable points of our trip. Kids had a blast and so did we. We got our feet wet and hands dirty and loved it! The music, his... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

Captain Barry's Eco Adventure was a high point in our vacation to Chincoteague. There were 12 of our family including 4 grand children ages 20 months to 5 years. Capt'n Barry made this a meaningful, educational and fun experience for all of us. My husband and I have been vacationing on the Island since 1975 and learned thing much about... More

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Wheaton, Maryland, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

I found Captain Barry through the Chincoteague website and it looked more fun than renting kayaks (Captain Barry is also less expensive than renting a kayak!) so we gave him a try. I have to say, it was the absolute BEST experience me and my family have ever had on a vacation. We dug up clams and crabs, bird watched,... More

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Sewell, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

My wife and I went on this trip as part of a weekend getaway. When she booked it I thought the website maked this cruise seem perfect for a 5 yr old - I didn't know why she wanted to do this on an anniversary getaway. We found out the the trip is perfect for a 5 yr old but... More

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