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Release date:  May 19, 2017
Contact: Beth Bilderback (757) 664-1017

New Kayak Adventures Coming to Downtown Norfolk

Nauticus offers kayak tours and rentals this summer

Norfolk, VA   Beginning May 26, an enhanced urban kayaking program will give visitors and locals another great reason to join the waterfront fun in downtown Norfolk this summer.  Nauticus is teaming up with Virginia Beach-based Chesapean Outdoors to offer a new kayak rental program and guided tours of the waterfront.

“We tested the waters last summer,” said Stephen E. Kirkland, Nauticus Executive Director. “Based on the input we received, this year we’re offering more late afternoon, sunset rentals as well as a completely new guided tour concept.”

The kayaks will be docked in the Half Moone marina adjacent to Nauticus.  Rentals will be available Thursday and Friday from 5 – 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.  The cost is $20 per hour. Tandem (double) kayaks are $30 per hour. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Guided tours, which cost $50 per person, will be offered daily at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Both rentals and tours will be offered through Labor Day.

For reservations, please call (757) 961-0447 or visit


Located on the downtown Norfolk waterfront, Nauticus is a maritime science museum that explores the economic, naval, and natural power of the sea.  Nauticus features hands-on exhibits, marine life, 3D movies, a Stewards of the Sea exhibit exploring the Navy’s environmental efforts, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, the awe-inspiring Battleship Wisconsin–one of the largest and last battleships built by the U.S. Navy- and the Banana Pier Gift Shop. Nauticus is also home to the Sail Nauticus Sailing Center, the Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center, and the Victory Rover Naval Base Cruises.

All proceeds from purchases go to the Nauticus Foundation, which helps fund many of our education and restoration projects.
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