I've been to this laid back amazing town over the years. Each time I go back more has been added. The Maritime Museum complex is huge now and I think our guide said that it has grown to 16 buildings. There is something there for everyone and seeing it all would take the whole day. One of the more amazing displays is the Skipjack. The staff added life-sized figures onboard and to the side of the boat. Visitors may go onboard and experience this firsthand. At different intervals, these figures speak in a running dialogue, just like they would if they were at sea. In another section, a visitor can also use the oyster tongs and bring up some oysters, standing on the dock. The waterfowl display is also a one-of-a kind exhibit. In this building they have decoys, hunting rifles, boats used for hunting, bird sounds, migration routes, etc. In one building there are shipwrights building or restoring boats which will be on display. The museum orders special wood from existing stateside sawmills to complete these works of art. Also on the property is the lighthouse and dozens of other displays not mentioned here. Eateries and restrooms are nearby. Photo opportunities are everywhere. Gulls, ducks, herons, and boats of all kinds are there to see. Prices are ok, since the town relies on the spring to fall visitors. From northern VA, the travel time is about 2 1/2 hours.
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