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“Champagne Cruise”

Captain Barry's BackBay Cruises
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Owner description: Captain Barry'sBack Bay Cruise is an INTERACTIVE skill building experience. We are a floating classroom, a research vessel with HANDS-ON FEET-WET lessons. One of the many things we do is get off the boat on the sandbars to go DIG IN THE MUD FOR CLAMS. Maybe we can catch some to eat. Then it's back on the boat to cruise to a crabbing spot where you will Pull CRAB-POTS on board to identify and see the days catch. If you have the courage I will teach you how to HOLD A CRAB without getting pinched. Navigating our way to Shell Island Beach, we stop and get off the boat for some SHELL COLLECTING than back on the boat for Capt. Barry's favorite activity... hunting for jellyfish. we will then HAUL in the trawler net and will see that it is full of Marine life and sea creatures.... this is always a challenge! Time to slow the boat down to enter the shallow waters.... how many birds can you identify? we use all of our senses-SOUND,TOUCH,TASTE and SMELL- to make our cruises informative and fun. They are is never any pressure always lots of fun.. you can relax, sit back on the boat and be the official photographer, or you can get into it. This is the real deal to get your hands dirty and feet wet so you will experience the life of a Chincoteague Waterman.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 27 May 2014

We booked Captain Barry's cruise for a pre-wedding girls sunset cruise. We had such a great time and Captain Barry was terrific! It was a beautiful way to see the island.

Thank nshanna
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"oysters"
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"fiddler crabs"
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"crab trap"
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"all ages"
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"sea beans"
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"kids involved"
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"crab pot"
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"catching crabs"
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"great with kids"
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

Captain Barry is a true Chincoteague character, but he's not just all show - Captain Barry knows his stuff about the marsh and waters, and the creatures that call it home. My husband and I have lived on Chincoteague Island for a bit over a year, and when family who were up for an adventure came to visit this summer (late July) we took them on this tour. Who else will play the Indiana Jones theme as you venture into the marsh guts?? All the adults, and the one young teenager, all had a good time. We saw jellyfish, all sorts of birds, fish, etc. I think if we had wanted to go see ponies he would've taken us there, but we were happy to explore the back bays.

In addition to being a good tour guide, Captain Barry is obviously well liked by the local community - kids came out at their docks to yell to him, and he responded by blowing through a conch shell. This is a community-oriented all-around good guy.

FYI - this time of year (October) brings some of the most colorful, beautiful sights in the marsh. Captain Barry's tour would be at least as good now as in the summer!

Thank krismsulli
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

captain barry loves teaching the kids about the salt water wetlands in a hands on, interactive way. my kids are 5 and 8 and had such a great time learning about snails, muscles, oysters, and everything else which lives in the wetlands. I would highly recommend this - take two hours out of your beach and it will be time well spent.

Thank susannah365
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Reviewed 22 September 2013 via mobile

Captain Barry is one of the best! We did his trip several years ago and it was as exciting and fun as we remembered it. Two boys couldn't have had a better time (Mom and Dad too.) It was fun, adventurous, and educational all in one terrific package. Thank you Captain Barry and our stuffed clams and crabs were great!

Thank KellyPennsylvania
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

It's not surprising that all the reviews here are excellent. My family has been going to Chincoteague on vacation for many years and always schedule a trip with Captain Barry. There may be other excellent tours available on Chincoteague, but I can't imagine any better than this. Even though we've been on this tour many times, we always manage to see something different. Barry is one of the most personable and knowledgable people you'll ever meet and is always entertaining and educational for all ages. This is a real hands on experience. As Captain Barry says "this isn't Disneyland kids!".

Thank ErikZen
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