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The Watermen’s Heritage Tour Program allows visitors to experience the Chesapeake Bay the way it was meant to be experienced – ON THE WATER!


Virginia watermen typically love what they do for a living and their enthusiasm for protecting and preserving the Chesapeake Bay is both passionate and contagious. Despite all the hardships and challenges of declining fisheries, increasing costs and regulations, unpredictable weather, etc., they simply cannot imagine being anywhere else…

Now, through the watermen’s heritage tour program, you can experience the Chesapeake Bay from the unique perspective of these working watermen and help preserve the centuries old tradition of “working on the water”. ┬áLearn how watermen catch fish, crabs, oysters and clams, take part in hands-on demonstrations and discover what it truly takes to get our local seafood from the Chesapeake Bay to the table. Soak up the local history and culture of tidewater Virginia and take home your own special memories of a one-of-a-kind day on the water!

We encourage you to explore these pages and find a location, captain and a tour that is perfect for your needs. Get out of your office and enjoy theirs – Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries! We will see you out on the water!

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