It may not be beach weather...but wintertime means whale watching time at Virginia Beach...and I've got package deals for you.
The mercury may be dropping, but the whales are rising...to the surface that is, as they make their winter migration trek to warmer waters.
Now's your chance (the end of December to mid-March) to see rare fin and humpback varieties-- some up to 85 feet long and weighing 70 tons.
The Virginia Beach area is helping visitors enjoy this magical experience by offering fantastic packages starting at about $92 per person. One such package at the Oceanfront Inn includes:
If you're not looking for a hotel package and just want to take a whale, dolphin, or winter-wildlife excursion, you have options for that too. Rudee Tours on Rudee Inlet offers ongoing cruises throughout the year that won't break the bank. Rates vary, but for example, a two-hour dolphin cruise is @$21 for adults and $15 for kids.
Winter wildlife tours run the end of December through mid-March. For details and the current schedule, call 757-425-3400. And to learn about more Rudee Inlet activities-- including parasailing and jet skiing-- click here.
Or, take advantage of Winter Wildlife Boat Trips at the Virginia Aquarium narrated by Aquarium educators. Besides (hopefully) seeing whales, you'll see brown pelicans, cormorants and other sea birds, plus cruise by local sights like Cape Henry Lighthouse. Rates are $28 for adults and $24 for kids (ages 4-11).
Another way to see winter wildlife for free is to visit these wonderful Virginia Beach area parks:
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