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  • All aboard for winter fun with wildlife-watching boat trips in Virginia Beach

    Take to the seas for a two-hour adventure in search of all things winged, finned and wonderful! Virginia Beach’s food-rich waters attract all kinds of seabirds and even the occasional migrating whale close to our shores in cooler months, making Winter Wildlife Boat Trips exciting outings to share with family and friends.

    Your oceangoing adventure with Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center begins on board a large, comfortable boat with heated cabins and generous viewing spaces. From your vantage point on deck, you’ll be on the lookout for brown pelicans, northern gannets, double-crested cormorants and other waterfowl making dramatic dives and splashes as they feed on schools of fish. Aquarium educators will accompany you to narrate your trip and share information and artifacts – including actual whale bones.

    Nature’s playground even in winter, these waters are traveled by humpback, fin and sometimes right whales as they complete their Atlantic migrations. Attracted by large schools of menhaden and bay anchovies, these giants of the sea are occasionally spotted lunge feeding, slapping their tails and flippers, or even breaching to check out their surroundings – giving viewers an unforgettable experience.

    No matter what you spy along the way, a Winter Wildlife Boat Trip promises the thrill of riding the open seas on a quest for adventure – during one of Virginia Beach’s most exhilarating seasons!

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      Winter Wildlife Boat Trips are just one way to discover Virginia Beach. Winter Seafari Packages combine cool seasons adventures with great deals on lodging, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center premium experiences and more.

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      Nature's Influence

      Whale sightings are not guaranteed. Boat trips may be canceled due to unsafe conditions. The decision to cancel a trip is made as far in advance as possible. No cancellations due to rain. If you are prone to sea sickness, check with your doctor.

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      Dress Smart

      It will be a few degrees colder on the water. Wear hats, gloves, heavy socks, scarves and non-skid shoes. Binoculars and cameras recommended.

  • Packages available from December to mid-March. Price based on availability, double occupancy and rates are per person. Taxes excluded. Group rates available. Cancellations 72 hours in advance.

    Virginia Beach Winter Wildlife Boat Trip Information Hotline: Toll free at 1-866-59 WHALE (866-599-5453)

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