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Captain Barry's BackBay Cruises

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Address: 6262 Marlin street, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Phone Number: 7573366508
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Captain Barry'sBack Bay Cruise is an INTERACTIVE skill building experience....

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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Champagne Sunset Cruise was highlight of our vacation!

On advice from friends who have taken this cruise before, we truly enjoyed every moment of the Champagne Sunset Cruise. Captain Barry is a fountain of knowledge about... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On advice from friends who have taken this cruise before, we truly enjoyed every moment of the Champagne Sunset Cruise. Captain Barry is a fountain of knowledge about Chincoteague and had us entertained the entire trip. He kept our champagne glasses filled ("no low tide on this boat"!) and even had music playing. We learned a lot about the island... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great fun! We learned a lot from CAPT. Barry, who is truly passionate (and knowledgeable) about everything related to the water. Our 7-yr old (city girl) was first squirmish about the sea animals, but that soon changed and she was holding tiny fish and other little creatures and got really curious about them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I booked this cruise with my 4 and 6 year old boys and husband. We had the most incredible time on this tour. It is a floating classroom, and as an educator myself, I was captivated. My children were engaged from the moment we stepped on to the moment we stepped off. We chased crabs, fished with a net, cracked... More 

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Hampton, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing!! One of the highlights of our trip! Interactive and fun and learned a lot! Captain Barry is great! The adults in our group had just as much fun as the kids!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Would recommend this to any group or family that wants to learn hands on about Chincoteague's unique ecology. Captain Barry really loves to teach, inspire, and have fun!!!

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Rochester, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Captain Barry's is a MUST for any family visiting the island! Cruises are limited to 6 people, so book in advance--cash & personal check only, payable the day of the trip. The limit of 6 people makes the entire experience very personal. What makes Captain Barry's cruises different (and more valuable) than others on the island is how he allows... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Captain Barry is quite a character, and he makes the cruise a lot of fun with his stories and knowledge of the island. Particularly interesting on the sunset cruise tonight was the gulls nesting in the salt grass and the way they chased off an eagle. It's great to have things you see interpreted, and Captain Barry does a great... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did Captain Barry's BackBay Cruise with two adults and three kids, ages 8, 4, and 4. Captain Barry was fun and informative. The kids liked the adventure music he played as we were cruising (think Star Wars & ET). The cruise stays on the western side of Chincoteague - so, no ponies. When we were deciding between the different... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Such a unique adventure filled with surprises that everyone enjoyed including our 2.5 year old, 1 year old, and grandparents. Grandma said "this is the best educational trips I've ever had and I've been on quite a few...a true treasure.". Highly recommend!

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Chincoteague Island, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Captain Berry gives one of the best boat tours of Chincoteague Island! His knowledge of the Island is vast and he is a very funny guy. Really great with kids. Don't hesitate to book a tour with him!

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