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

Snackbar

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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A great trip with lots of dolphins

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
mindyroo
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Maryland

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Maryland
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43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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!

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Florissant, MO
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Pennsylvania
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472 reviews
198 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Rhodesdale, Maryland
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Schenectady, NY
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52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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8 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Glen Allen
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been coming down to Rudee Inlet for the whale watching cruise for many years. Today, drove two hours to try the dolphin cruise. We arrived 45 minutes before the 11PM tour. We were greeted at the entrance to the marina by a teen with a clip board. We told her we were there for the dolphin cruise. We... More 

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Farmington, Missouri
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30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Went on the sunset cruise and we were not disappointed at all. Went to the lighthouses on the north end of Virginia beach and arrived just as the sun was going down. Ended up with a relaxing cruise, awesome pictures, and we actually saw a few dolphins that came within feet of the ship.

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Thank Mayfam1
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

Went on the 9AM cruise. Perfect weather, got to see lots of dolphins and even an osprey diving into the water to get a fish. Staff was friendly and they take your picture before boarding if you'd like to purchase.

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