Norfolk continues its push to activate the downtown waterfront with kayak rentals soon to be available at Nauticus.
“What could be more dramatic than staring up at a 900-foot-long battleship from a kayak?” said Stephen E. Kirkland, Nauticus executive director, in a release. “With the residential expansion happening downtown, we wanted to give locals and visitors another chance to see this community from the water.”
This is a splash in the right direction. I’m glad to see Nauticus continuing to diversify their offerings; I’ve only heard good things about their sailing program, which has courses available for both kids and adults.
Nauticus will be working with Virginia Beach’s Wild River Outfitters to make this project come to life.
“We’re glad to be partnering with Nauticus on this unique, new endeavor,” said David Gracie, president of Wild River Outfitters, in the same release.
Kayaks will depart from the Half Moone marina adjacent to Nauticus. Rentals cost $20 per hour for a single kayak and $30 for a double kayak. Seven-year-olds can sail with an adult; children 13 years or older may sail alone. Rentals will be available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, starting July 14.
If you’ve never had the opportunity to kayak around downtown Norfolk, it really is a joy. You paddle over to where the duck used to be by the Chrysler. You check out the dogs at the PETA dog park. You hide under the shadows of the battleship. You see what everyone is up to at Town Point Park. It’s a blast.