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Address: 200 Winston Salem Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3635
Phone Number: +1 757-425-3400
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Rudee Tours Dolphin Watching Trips run April - October

Sunset Dolphin...

Rudee Tours Dolphin Watching Trips run April - October

Sunset Dolphin Watching Cruises run daily Memorial Day - Labor Day at 7pm

Whale watching (Winter Wildlife Watching) trips run December-March

See playful bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat! Enjoy beautiful sights of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and Cape Henry Lighthouses

Climate controlled cabin

Seating inside and outside

2 viewing decks


Full adult beverage bar

Credit cards accepted onboard

Handicap accessible

Fun and educational for the whole family!

Boat departs from the Virginia Beach Fishing Center at the corner of 5th Street and Pacific Avenue

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My girlfriends and I decided to take a dolphin tour while visiting for the weekend. We called ahead of time to ask for more information, and were very happy that the woman shared... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 24, 2016
Chicago, IL

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Chicago, IL
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137 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

My girlfriends and I decided to take a dolphin tour while visiting for the weekend. We called ahead of time to ask for more information, and were very happy that the woman shared that water conditions were very choppy that day, so we decided to postpone a day. So glad we did! The next day the weather was so much... More 

Thank travelerPatti
Manassas, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We had the best time on this trip, saw about a gazillion dolphins, wasn't expecting to see any so wow, wow, wow. People on the boat were knowledgeable and friendly, just a really great trip. The only thing I would ding them on is charging $21/person then announcing that their boat staff only work for tips. C'mon, pay your employees,... More 

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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

While visiting Virginia Beach. I would definitely recommend the Rudee Flipper Cruise. They take you out to the Dolphin Cove were you can sometimes get a view of the dolphins swimming and jumping out of the ocean. Beautiful sight!

Thank DrUmMer G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

This is our third trip on the Rudee Flipper. The staff is very knowledgeable about wildlife and the Virginia Beach area. We saw lots of dolphins - adults and babies too. They approach the boat and sometimes ride the wake. It's a fun trip for all ages and I highly recommend it. We will definitely be back!

Thank mindyroo
Florissant, MO
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

The Rudee Flipper is a fun filled hour and a half cruise. Every time I visit Virginia Beach I make sure to take the Rudee Flipper cruise. My sister and I vacationed in Virginia Beach Sept. 14, 2016 through the 20th. This time was no exception, my sister and I had a great time. Can't wait until next year.

Thank Ali06
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200 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

We took the dolphin cruise and were happy with our investment ($21) each. Shortly after leaving the inlet there were dozens of dolphins around us. the were bobbing up and down fishing. the employees were friendly, the cost was reasonable, and we got the results that we wanted. I will mention that if you suffer from motion sickness, think twice... More 

Thank Jonathan K
Rhodesdale, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Nice folks, nice boat. They don't try to gouge you on their snacks and drinks. The ride is fine if you like a slower pace. I fell asleep. I grew up on boats....should have gone on the Rocket, next time! Even bought the picture they took as we embarked...it was nicely done.

Thank mwk1450
Schenectady, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

So we decided we needed a day of sightseeing on the water. Found the Rudee Flipper at suggestion of our hotel concierge. Great dolphin cruise. Saw about two or three groups of dolphins. Wasn't too crowded. It was pretty hot the day we went, they serve beverages on the boat but make sure you bring water and sunscreen. Very kid... More 

Thank rabump
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

This was a great little boat ride. The staff was very nice and concerned that everyone was enjoying themselves. Great price.

Thank Lsp61
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8 attraction reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

The cruise was just fine, we were able to see the dolphins and the gentlemen on board was so nice. The lady in the station where you buy the tickets was so rude and nasty with me. She charged me for 7 people when we were 6 people. When I went to her to ask ask her to reemborce she... More 

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