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Captain Barry's BackBay Cruises

Chincoteague Island, VA, USA
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About Captain Barry's BackBay Cruises
Captain Barry's Back Bay Cruise is an INTERACTIVE HANDS-ON FEET-WET, floating classroom & research vessel. We’ll dig in the mud at a sandbar for sea creatures; identify and hold crabs WITHOUT GETTING PINCHED; head to Shell Island to collect shells; hunt jellyfish; haul in the trawler net and get a taste of Chincoteague’s famous Salt Oysters. And, along the way, we’ll identify the many birds that are found around the waters of Chincoteague. We use all of our senses to make our cruises informative AND FUN. You can relax, sit back on the boat, be the photographer. There’s never any pressure but, always lots of fun. This is the real deal to get your hands dirty and your feet wet and experience the life of a Chincoteague Waterman!
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Pat B wrote a review Sep 2021
Savannah4 contributions
Captain Barry is a one of a kind - hilarious yet very educational, he knows his stuff. If you have children with you he will direct everything toward them - our grand daughter (16) thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Will definitely do this again. Keep up the good work Captain Barry. Will see you next year
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Date of experience: August 2021
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vwp wrote a review Aug 2021
Onancock, Virginia211 contributions82 helpful votes
A friend who had taken her kids out with Captain Barry 20 years ago recommended him. A great choice. His is a tour like no other and our young grandchildren loved it. Grand/Parents are told to let the kids figure things out, with his direction only, and they do. His Eco tour was booked up 3 weeks out but there was an evening tour available so he turned that into an Eco tour for our family. Besides all the interesting local sealife, we saw an almost grown baby seagull island. And enjoyed a peaceful, cooler sunset cruise as well.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Jeffrey R wrote a review Aug 2021
Fairfax County, Virginia11 contributions
We enthusiastically take this cruise each year during our annual trip to Chincoteague. Captain Barry never fails in providing an excellent adventure into the ecological wonders of Chincoteague Bay — a body of water which often gets overlooked compared to the nearby open ocean and Assateague Island. Captain Barry is funny, engaging, knowledgeable, and great with kids — especially when it comes to getting their feet wet and hands dirty. The two-hour tour is well-paced and well worth the money. This is a “must do” for visitors to the island. Be sure to book as early as possible. Each tour only accommodates up to 6 people and fills up quickly.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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mary wrote a review Aug 2021
Rochester, New York1 contribution
We have been taking Captain Barry’s cruises since our children were small and this year, everyone was over 21 and able to enjoy the sunset Cruise. Very different from his fabulous eco tours during the day, this sunset Cruise was so much fun that we would definitely do it again. Captain Barry is dedicated to showing you a good time and he didn’t disappoint!! Great music, nice champagne to toast with and a beautiful sunset, what more could you want. If you are going to visit Chincoteague Island, book your day eco cruise or your sunset cruise as soon as possible! Like us, I bet you will be coming back to cruise with Captain Barry again and again and again!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Elise wrote a review Aug 2021
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My family and I had an amazing time with Captain Barry! My siblings and I really enjoyed this boat ride and learned a lot of new and interesting things. Captain Berry was also incredibly friendly, charismatic, and a great teacher! I would recommend this trip to any visiting the island, and it was definitely my favorite activity that I did on the Island!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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