New this year! Fort Wool is no longer open for public tours. It is now a migratory bird sanctuary. Learn of how this historic island fortification is being used as a home to more than 20,000 waterbirds displaced by the construction of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel expansion. The American Bird Conservancy applauds this plan to create an alternative breeding habitat for this critically important waterbird colony.
We will sail as close to the fort as we can to not disturb the new habitat.
This 2 1/2 to 3-hour Harbor Tour departs from the Historic Downtown Hampton waterfront and proceeds out the Hampton River, passing Hampton University and Blackbeard's Point, where the notorious pirate's head was displayed on a pike after his capture off the coast of the Outer Banks.
Entering the Hampton Roads Harbor, you will be sailing the waters of Capt. John Smith and the First Settlers.
Your tour continues past historic Fort Monroe and the Old Point Comfort Lighthouse. After an awe-inspiring view of the magnificent Chesapeake Bay the cruise will continue to Fort Wool where our narrator will detail the history of the Fort from the boat. Guests will not be permitted to go ashore at the fort.
The highlight of the tour is an in-depth view of the massive warships at the Norfolk Naval Base, home to aircraft carriers, nuclear-powered submarines, and various types of support ships.
The return trip to Hampton features a captivating review of the famous Battle of the Ironclads, as we sail across the waters of the original battle site.
See Nuclear-Powered Submarines!
2020 TOUR SCHEDULE
April 14 thru October 31
Tuesday thru Saturday:
Departs 11:00 am, Returns 2:00 pm (approx)
Departs 2:00 pm, Returns 5:00 pm
CLOSED MONDAY EXCEPT HOLIDAYS
Civil War Island of Fort Wool
2020 RATES (10% City Tax not included)
Adults: $31.00 + tax
Senior (60+): $29.00 + tax
Retired Military: $29.00 + tax
Military (Active/Reserves): $15.50 + tax
Child Age 7 - 12: $18.00 + tax
Child 6 & Under: FREE