Winter Wildlife Boat Trip
Here's a chance to see some of the most magnificent creatures on earth in their natural habitat! Whale watchers will search for humpback and fin whales off the coast of Virginia Beach. Each excursion is narrated by a trained Aquarium educator while experienced volunteers show whale artifacts and answer questions. A unique, exciting opportunity for entire families to experience.
You may see brown pelicans, northern gannets, double-crested cormorants and other sea birds, all of which make a dramatic show while feeding on schools of fish. Local landmarks such as the historic Cape Henry Lighthouse, DeWitt Cottage and the Old Coast Guard Station may also be visible on some trips, as well as international shipping traffic and U.S. Navy maneuvers. Whale sightings are not guaranteed. We adhere to NOAA's Northeast whale watching guidelines.
Cruises are offered December through March. Call (757) 385-FISH for more information.
Please note that Winter Wildlife Boat Trips leave from the Virginia Beach Fishing Center at Rudee Inlet, 200 Winston Salem Ave, Virginia Beach.
Boat Trip Schedule
Winter Wildlife Boat Trips start in late December. Check the calendar for times.
|Adult (12 and older)
|Child (ages 4-11)
|Children up to 3 years old
Tickets may be purchased at either Aquarium building or at the dock. Whale sightings are not guaranteed.
Trips may be canceled due to unsafe conditions, but will not be canceled due to rain. The decision to cancel a trip is made as far in advance as possible. If you are prone to sea sickness, please check with your doctor before booking your trip. Prices and departure times are subject to change. For group or school trip information, call (757) 385-0300.
Tips & What to Wear
- Dress warmly! It will be a few degrees colder on the water.
- Wear hats, gloves, heavy socks, scarves and non-skid shoes.
- Binoculars and cameras are recommended.
- Call (757) 385-FISH for more information.