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Rudee Inlet

On the southern end of Virginia Beach, Rudee Inlet welcomes boaters, diners, and activity seekers to a harbor of entertainment. Whether you’re looking to spend a whole day exploring or just stop in  for a bite to eat or to try a new watersport, Rudee Inlet has something that everyone will enjoy. Take a dolphin boat tour, paddleboard, or work up an appetite jet skiing on the water. Then, stroll into one of the local restaurants to feast on a delicious meal while enjoying fabulous views of the inlet. Sit outside and sip a rum-runner while watching the boats and all the activities the inlet has to offer. Warm breezes and spectacular sunsets make your dining experience unforgettable!

Perhaps start your day on a fishing expedition. Rudee Mariner & Rudee Angler make it possible for any family to enjoy dropping a line in the Atlantic year-round. These are Virginia’s finest and largest headboats. Choose a full-day, half-day or night-fishing trip in a comfortable, air-conditioned boat. Everything is supplied, even the fishing license! Big-game enthusiasts can also choose from several offshore charters.

Thrill seekers can take off on the Rudee Rocket –  wet, wild fun! Aboard this vessel, passengers will love the view and the experience of racing through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean at top speeds. Wear a swimsuit, bring your camera and get ready for adventure. However, if you prefer a more leisurely tour, go aboard the Rudee Flipper to witness the awesome sights and sounds of the sea. Delight in seeing bottlenose dolphins and other marine life either during the day or on a sunset cruise. Plus, both vessels will guarantee dolphin sightings or the next ride is free.

If water sports are your thing, Rudee Inlet Jet Ski Rentals is the place for you. They provide the most exciting watersport choices in the resort area and the most up-to-date new equipment. They offer the largest riding area and the shortest distance to the ocean. Jet over waves on a solo Waverunner or rent one to ride with a friend or two. Take the family out on a sport boat for the day or rent a kayak to leisurely paddle around the inlet. Enjoy a full- or half-day sport fishing charter on a custom-built boat, complete with a few modern luxuries to make your trip more enjoyable. Paddleboard rentals and lessons are also available at their kiosk next to Big Sam’s Restaurant.

If you prefer soaring to new heights, then Adventure Parasail is for you. They are Virginia Beach’s original parasail company since 1985. Their experienced U.S. Coast Guard Master Captains and professional crew do everything for you. They have a perfect safety record with thousands of satisfied customers. No age limits and no skills are required to partake of a single, double or triple flight. Fly 600, 800, or even 1,000 feet if you dare! Gentle takeoffs and landings from the boat are dry, but there is no extra charge for “dipping” or “water-walking.” Stay dry or get wet, it’s your choice. Also, they are home to awesome Banana Boat Rides. You won’t be able to wipe the smiles off your faces. Both kids and adults love it.

If you’d rather be on the water than soaring over it, check out Rudee Tours. Located at the Virginia Beach Fishing Center, they offer the largest fleet in Virginia Beach with several boating adventures to choose from.

But ahoy there, me hearties! If pirates are  your thing, climb aboard the pirate ship, Lost Pearl,  for a family fun adventure on the high seas with Capt. Jack’s Pirate Ship Adventure. Be entertained with lots of interactive “pirate” fun while searching for Blackbeard’s ghost and stolen treasure. Snacks and beverages are available on board, including a full bar for the big pirates. Adults—don’t despair as there is fun for you as well, with weekend “Parrot Head” and “Club 21+” party cruises! The Pirate Ship is docked at Inlet Station Marina on Mediterranean Ave.

For another high-altitude view, Pirate Parasail takes you soaring above the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Maintaining a perfect safety record, their U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain and crew will make your trip a vacation highlight. One-, two- or three-person flights are available and they have multiple heights from which to choose. It’s fun for the entire family. You can’t beat the view from up above. They are located on the dock at Rudee’s on the Inlet Restaurant, with plenty of free parking. Reservations are recommended.

After all of this excitement and activity on the water, it’s time to refuel the body. There are two restaurants in Virginia Beach that locals will say are definitely worth a visit: Rudee’s on the Inlet and Rockafeller’s Restaurant.

Rudee’s on the Inlet Restaurant & Cabana Bar has three outside decks all overlooking scenic Rudee Inlet—plus their “always happening” outdoor Cabana Bar where you can watch the sunset from their outdoor gliding tables. The restaurant offers diners fresh seafood from Virginia’s coast and an outstanding raw bar. Whether you crave she-crab soup, steamed shrimp, a juicy sirloin, or an overstuffed sandwich, Rudee’s is the place to go. For indoor/outdoor dining, Rudee’s on the Inlet is a “must visit” for lunch, dinner and even Sunday brunch.

At Rockafeller’s Restaurant, you are invited to sit back, relax and enjoy the view, especially since they offer one of the best views of the inlet. Noted for their fresh seafood, oysters Rockafeller and no-filler crab cakes, Rockafeller’s has been pleasing people for over 20 years! They offer plenty of specials including Early Bird Specials, their Monday night Prime Rib Special or Thursday night “Maine Event” with two 1-lb. whole Maine lobsters. Start your Sunday off right with brunch. Perhaps a crab benedict and a Bloody Mary will set the tone for a Sunday-fun day.

So, whether it’s exciting adventure, fun on the water or a good meal you crave, come to Rudee Inlet and experience the good things in life. It’s a one-stop destination just around the corner from the oceanfront with easy access by foot, car or bike. Just follow 5th Street, which becomes Winston Salem Ave. that runs the length of the inlet. Rudee Inlet is a perfect mini vacation spot—all by itself.

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