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Captain Barry's BackBay Cruises

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Address: 6262 Marlin St, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336-2416
Phone Number: 7573366508

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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Captain Barry's special. We've been three times, and my kids talk about Captain Barry like he's Santa Claus. They love him and the tour. We'll go back to Chincoteague for lots... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour really is for younger kids and their parents, who will delight in the hands-on experience of touching baylife and learning about and interacting with the bay creatures. Captain Barry keeps it fun and moving quickly. We enjoyed the group we were with, too. Capt. Barry had us doing activities the whole time, some more interesting than others. First... More 

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Captain Barry's special. We've been three times, and my kids talk about Captain Barry like he's Santa Claus. They love him and the tour. We'll go back to Chincoteague for lots of reasons...but none more so than Captain Barry's BackBay Cruises.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I had a fantastic time. We had a great adventure exploring the bay. Captain Barry is very entertaining and knowledgeable. Do not overlook this adventure when visiting the island.

Thank dtssyst
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved our cruise with Capt Barry. He was a wealth of knowledge on the island of Chincoteague and a never ending fount of patience with our small children aged 4, 3, and 10 months. Everyone walked away with a smile and a story to tell. Definitely book a trip with Barry.

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Mercerville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Do not miss a cruise with the entertaining and knowledgeable Capt. Barry. We booked the sunset champagne cruise for a return visit. He did not disappoint us and we will definitely book him again on our next vacation.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2016

We brought our 2 kids (ages 7 and 3) on this fantastic two-hour, hands-on experience. Captain Barry immediately takes over and made sure to keep the parents out of the way while he interacted with the kids during the entire trip. We learned about the history of the island, went to a couple of smaller islands to explore sea life,... More 

Thank egoldscher
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

We've been going out with Captain Barry for going on 7 years now. Each trip is a new adventure - always something new to see in and on the water. Today we saw his experiments with cultivating a new type of oyster, pulled up two types of puffer fish in a crab trap and spied a gull eating a dead... More 

Thank crawte00
Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

We had a great time today with Captain Barry! He is great with children and about as layed Back as can be. The trip started out with Capt'n Barry telling my granddaughter there are no rules. We then visited many locations in the bay and had hands on with Fish, crabs, jelly fish, and lots more. You can't lose Captian... More 

Thank CliffSTRONG
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Very happy that I decided to extend our stay in Chincoteague by a day and take Capt Barry's tour. Probably one of the best experiences my six year old son has ever had. We both thoroughly enjoyed exploring the backbay islands with Capt Barry who's engaging personality keeps the entire trip interesting. I want to go again 😀.

Thank John W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

Every have that one person in your life that inspired you to learn more about...something? An experience that made such an impact, it helped shape your future? This type of experience is exactly what we should be looking for to influence our kids, or maybe ourselves! Captain Barry gets his participants up, and out on the living water/land and space... More 

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