Chesapeake Bay Family Experiences

Bayside Explorers

With Bayside Explorers camp counselors, your children may experience a wide range of activities at the Tides Inn such as exploring our shoreline trail and learning about local ecology, a garden tour, arts and crafts or even a cruise around Carters Creek. Children must be six to 14 years of age to attend the camp.

Fish Hawk

Fish Hawk offers a casual menu and ambience, an ice cream bar, snacks and games.

Croquet with the kids


Play a game of croquet or bocce ball on our lawn and enjoy fun outdoors with the whole family. Discover classic board games like checkers, chess, Battleship and other favorites in the View Room.


Learn about the beautiful creatures of the Chesapeake Bay and discover what lies beneath the surface with our resident ecologist.


Enjoy a family-friendly game of pickleball on one of our courts. Combining the elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong, pickleball is a sport for all ages and skill levels.

Maker Space

Create special moments with the entire family while creating keepsakes to remind you of your time in the Northern Neck. Offering watercolor classes, pottery and crafts.

Please contact our Concierge team at (804) 438-5000 or email to customize your family experience at the Tides Inn.

Sample Family Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival and Maker Space Activity

  • Arrive at the Tides Inn and meet with a member of our concierge team to go through your family’s itinerary. 
  • Join our artist, Theresa, for a family-friendly arts and crafts activity in the Maker Space. 

Day 2 – Family Foodie Day

  • Explore a day in the life of an apiarist with our beekeeping experience. After a short walk through our Forest Trail to our Bee Meadow, you will meet with our resident beekeeper for a brief introduction to the most vital pollinators, the European Honeybee. Opening your eyes to how it feels to be inside an apiary, the beekeeper teaches you about the extraordinary lives of honeybees. This workshop will conclude with a honey tasting of local, raw honey. 
  • Enjoy roasting S’mores on the beach, then move to the Chesapeake Restaurant for a menu both the adults and children will enjoy. 

Day 3 – Get Out on the Water

  • Connect with our resident ecologist and enjoy a morning on the water learning about the Blue Crab through our Beautiful Swimmers experience. Or rent a Duffy Boat, enjoy our complimentary kayaks, paddle boards or canoes and explore Carter’s Creek as a family. 

Day 4 – Family Game Day

  • Spend the day at the Tides enjoying family favorites, including croquet, bocce, pickleball, tennis par 3 golf and volleyball. Or, cozy up indoors with board games in front of the fireplace in the View Room.