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Captain Barry's Back Bay Cruises

Address: 6262 Marlin street, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Phone Number: 7573366508
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Great for kids! Our kids (7 and 9 ) had a terrific time handling crabs, snails and other sea creatures. They even got to watch mom eat an oyster right out of the bay!

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Uhrichsville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We loved the small group size. Captain Barry was awesome - very funny, lots of hands on stuff for the kids & very educational - downright awesome!

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3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

What a natural with children! So kid-friendly and hands-on, very animated and funny! He actually wants the families to actively participate and have a blast! Would do it again in a heartbeat! Thanks for a great tour!!

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Chadds Ford
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37 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

My kids have been many places, had lots of pretty cool experiences. I wasn't really sure what to expect with Captain Barry, but our two hour cruise with him now ranks right up there with the tops of "pretty cool experiences." They loved it, and they really learned a lot! Point of reference .. the kids in our group were... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

Hands down this was my favorite part of our trip to Chincoteague. Captain Barry is super friendly and knowledgeable. Our kids (6 and 9) loved Captain Barry....I think he is part of our family now. The tour is full of scenic sights and educational info. Our kids loved the hands on learning and loved exploring the open habitats. If you... More

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Pittsburgh+, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Captain Barry's Back Bay Cruise was excellent!!! Far exceed our expectations. The cruise was both fun and educational. The adults had as much fun and learned just as much as the kids. The hands on experience is excellent for children and something which will be remembered for a lifetime. The experience on the cruise was one of the main highlights... More

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Lincoln Park, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Captain Barry is unbelievable. He is a true "Eco-Tour" pioneer and after so many years remains enthusiastic and full of energy! We decided to take his tour on day #1 of our week on the island to really connect with the pulse of the place and he delivered. The kids were a little skittish at first but by the end... More

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Mechanicsburg, PA
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I can't even imagine a trip to Chincoteague without going on one of Captain Barry's tours! It was the best two hours we spent on the island! Our family of four included parents, daughter and grandmother. and I'm not sure which one of us enjoyed it the most. We not only had fun, but everyone learned so much about the... More

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I can't say enough wonderful things about this tour!!!!! This was the whole family's favorite part of our trip to Chincoteague (the 8 year-old through grandmother inclusive)! It was like nature's amusement park! We learned, we laughed, and we enjoyed the laid back atmosphere! It's shocking how much life is hiding in plain sight! I, personally, made four new friends... More

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Warrenton, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

A trip to Chincoteague is not complete without a Captain Barry cruise! We have been on many over the years. My husband and I first discovered him 18 years ago on our honeymoon, and had so much fun on our first cruise that we booked several more during our stay! Now we take our kids there every few years, and... More

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