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Tangier Island

October 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 


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There’s plenty to do on Tangier Island in the Lower Chesapeake Bay. Sometimes referred to as “the soft-shell capital of the world,” it’s a great spot for a day trip.

Docking is available at James Parks Marina on the northern tip of the island in Tangier North Channel; to make reservations call 757-891-2581.

This isolated patch of Virginia marshland is only accessible by boat or small airplane. The island is one mile wide and three miles long. There are few cars, and most people use bicycles or golf carts for transportation.

Get to know the island by visiting the Tangier Island History Museum and Interpretive Center. View an informative overview of the island and examine the displays of historic artifacts. Some residents of Tangier Island (there are roughly 700 people living here full-time) also offer tours of the island if you want to discover even more about the area.

Rent a kayak or canoe and explore the Tangier Island History Museum’s five water trails — a network that winds through the coastal waters of Tangier Island. Keep an eye out for great blue herons, double-crested cormorants, white egrets, and osprey.

Bike rentals are available on the island, but it’s also easy to walk around and explore. Four restaurants on Tangier Island offer fresh seafood straight from the Chesapeake Bay.

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A documentary about Tangier Island

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