DURATION: Full day tour! Virginia Beach to James River, Richmond. 7:30 am – 3:00 pm (traffic dependent; flexible return time)
Please arrive at 7:00 am to board the bus (REI 350 Independence Blvd, Virginia Beach). First come, first served for seating selection.
PRICE: $50 per person (7.5-hour tour)
DESCRIPTION: Want to see a 6 foot fish leap out of the water right before your eyes? Hop on the Nature Bus for a unique opportunity to see one of the iconic fish in North America, the Atlantic Sturgeon. These ancient giants call the Virginia coast home and during the late summer and early fall they make their annual return up the James River to Richmond for spawning. The Nature Bus will take you up to Richmond (along the James River on historic Route 5) to join the James River Association (JRA) for a PONTOON BOAT TRIP. You will see one of the amazing natural wonders of Virginia – the breaching sturgeon! Thought to be a way for the sturgeon to communicate, you will see 6-10’ sturgeon leaping from the water; it is a spectacle not to be missed! JRA educator and Nature Bus guide, James Abbott, will be doing a presentation on the bus and on the boat to share information about Atlantic sturgeon and the James River. We will also be making a stop for lunch (not included, bring $ or your packed lunch).