How often is it that you get to go on a cruise with Santa himself? With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to get aboard and take the kids for a 45-minute Sailing with Santa cruise with the jolly red guy before the opportunity’s gone (until next year, anyway). Even with Christmas coming up on him fast, Santa needs a break from all the hustle and bustle of the North Pole. What better way than with an educational trip on Owls Creek?
The Virginia Aquarium is known for their educational cruises. From informed lessons on the social lives of dolphins to speedy trips over the Chesapeake to explore what life is like for the creatures of the bay, there’s always something happening to get kids and adults alike excited about our aquatic friends. The Sailing with Santa cruise is no exception to this rule. Owls Creek is filled with plenty of the same learning opportunities, but this time aimed at the younger kids who might not be ready to learn the ins and outs of a dolphin’s reproductive system and mating rituals. The activities are geared toward those who maybe aren’t on the level of some of the other trips, with easy to understand instructions but plenty to see and do, especially firsthand. There’s no better way to get the little ones to learn than by seeing, touching, feeling, and playing games, and doing it on the creek itself is the perfect way to tie it all together.
Besides, there’s another opportunity here you won’t want to miss. This Santa, while well-versed in what makes Owls Creek special for those who live in it, is no different than the Santa we know and love. He’s jolly, fun to talk to, and perfectly willing to take pictures with the kids while they sit on his lap and tell them all about what they want for Christmas. Refreshments are offered at the same time, so there’s something to do for the more antsy kids while they wait for their turn. Combine that with the chance to play a friendly game with Santa, and it’s an experience the kids most excited about Christmas won’t want to miss.
Spaces are limited and advance reservations are necessary, so if you’re interested make sure to call 757-385-FISH (3474) as soon as possible. If you’re a member with the Virginia Aquarium, tickets are $12, otherwise they sell at $15.