Patriotic Excursions
Patriotic Excursions
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Boat ToursDolphin & Whale WatchingSpeed Boats Tours
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Patriotic Excursions captains are former or active members of the military or local public safety. With their insider knowledge and vast experience, they have accepted the mission to guide you on a thrilling excursion, to keep you safe, to educate you about how our military works locally to support our nation’s interests worldwide, and to share their love of country with each of you.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Tania M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
We live in the Virginia Beach area and found this tour to amazing! The boat is a retired navy seal boat!! Awesome!! The ride started with a nice tour of the beautiful homes off the Lynnhaven and Broad Bay waters and then out near the Cape Henry Lighthouse, where we saw lots of Dolphin!! Captain Wendell gave us detailed history of the area and a few navy seal training sites as well! The sunset was beautiful and a nice end to the ride. Captain Wendell took great care to make sure we were safe, enjoyed the ride and offered to take pictures for us. Thank you for an experience we will never forget!! Highly recommend Patriotic Excursions to locals and tourists. They provide life jackets, bring your own drink, wear SPF, a hat may blow off unless tied or wear a baseball cap backwards. Comfy shoes like tennis or flip flops. If taking the sunset trip, bring a long sleeved shirt or light jacket.
You may get a little wet so be prepared for that just incase.
Written May 18, 2020
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AJNNJ44
New Jersey443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
We arranged for a custom trip to head up to Norfolk Naval Station as my ship was homeported here in the mid-1990’s. Captain Jay was not available so Captain Donny took us out. He was friendly and informative. Our group ranged in age from 17-76 and he handled the needs of each with ease. As stated early in these comments Norfolk Naval Station is not a standard itinerary for this company. Captain Donny came prepared with some background on the Naval Base and provided personal insights as well. This was a nice bonus and was very much appreciated. I enjoyed narrating a lot of the tour myself and the family seemed impressed. Things I didn’t really know I just made up… and they never knew the difference.

Good on ya Patriotic Excursions for working with our custom trip request and executing it flawlessly.
Written July 20, 2022
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Voyager14019
Virginia Beach, Virginia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Four adults took the Military Awareness/Dolphin Tour on Memorial Day, and it was fantastic! Dom was super friendly and informative and gave us a fast ride complete with exciting maneuvers! We saw dolphins in the bay, lighthouses at Cape Henry, hotels and houses along the oceanfront, and military boats and vehicles at Little Creek Amphibious Base. Dom answered our questions about seal team operations, Fort Story military base, and the various ships in the bay/ocean. He even "buzzed" Chic's Beach, so we could wave at my children and grandsons who were playing at the Bay!!! This was a perfect activity to do with our out-of-town guests...and we enjoyed it as much as they did!
Written June 2, 2021
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City M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Great experience . While in Virginia Beach I suggest everyone to go experience the patriotic excursion. Once the captain and his wife realize that it was our honeymoon they stopped the boat so that we can catch the sunset it was so beautiful.
While on the water we were able to see dolphins, beautiful sunset the two light houses. The captain and his wife were very experienced, kind, beautiful people with knowledge.Thank you for this great experience
Written August 27, 2020
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felicia62
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Loved the tour of Patriotic Cruises. Jay knew the area very well and gave us an interesting tour of Virginia Beach and lessons of the Area, including Navel and waterway info. The Nature out in the water came at us as we saw many dolphins and even 2 Sea Turtles. WE had a Great Time and felt like we were in Good Hands!
Written October 14, 2020
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Alexandra DiCenzo
Monessen, PA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Very happy with our trip today. Captain Dom was great to put up with us boring folks….it was only my boyfriend and I and we just wanted to see dolphins and the Navy ships. He showed us the lighthouses and took us to See the ships. I was completely delighted with this experience! Very friendly and was welcomed as soon as we go there. Will do this again…maybe in the evening next time!!!!!
Written June 29, 2021
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Roving591071
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Patriotic excursions was awesome, we got to see a lot of dolphins learn some history and saw military aircraft and got close to a naval warship, our captain was in contact with the ship due to them being broke down and the charter company being the parts delivery team.
Our guide was awesome and also a vet, so lots of info. Thank you again.

Top notch recommend to anyone visiting VA.
Written September 15, 2023
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Samantha M
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
What an amazing dolphin watching trip! Captain Dan was personable. The ride was comfortable and affordable and the experience was beyond fantastic. We saw so many dolphins! Calves, moms, dads and I think granddaddy was out there too. Beyond blessed to have this memory with my friends
Written July 26, 2023
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Cabot M
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Had a fantastic trip with Captain Jay. Saw lots of whales and learned a lot of interesting stuff about the area. It was also very nice to have our own boat to ourselves. If you are in Virginia Beach and want to spend a fun day on the water I highly recommend Patriotic Excursions.
Written June 3, 2020
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Brandon C
Troy, OH6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Capt Jay was the best! We had my wife and I plus three kids (9, 6, and 3). Jay let us know what the sea conditions were going to be like before going out. The boat was completely safe and Jay tailored the trip to our kids, minimizing the rough waves. At the last part of the trip off the Navy Seal training beach we were in the middle of a pod of 15-20 dolphins. They were about 3 ft from the boat and playing right in front of us. My 9 yr daughter and 3 yr old daughter we're in heaven!

Couple notes:
* They provide all the safety gear, but be advised you will get wet a lot.
* There is no shade on the boat, so wear sun screen. If you're going to wear a hat, make it a bucket hat with a neck string- good chance it'll fall off.
* Ride is about 2 hrs long and there's really no breaks- you can bring a water bottle but that's about all the food or drink you'll need. Also, no potty on board, so make sure you go before you leave the dock.
* Finally, Capt Jay tells it like it is about the military experiences going on around the area. If you're a 9-11 truther you might not want to take this trip. Try a nice slow pleasure cruise instead or stay inside and watch MSNBC :)

Hooah! Capt Jay, thanks for a great trip!!!!
Written July 26, 2019
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