It’s summer time which means lots of people are taking summer vacations. This summer we joined my parents and sister on a family vacation to Virginia Beach. I shared quite a few pictures of our trip in my Never Wordless Wednesday posts from our time at the beach to our visit to the Virginia Zoo and an impromptu stop at the Lost World Caverns in West Virginia. But today I am excited to tell you all about a fun activity that will allow you to experience Virginia Beach in a whole new way. The Rudee Rocket.
The Rudee Rocket is known as “The Greatest Thrill Ride on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront” and for very good reason. The Rudee Rocket is a 70’ long speed boat with 2,000 horse power. Yup, you read that right – 2,000 horse power. This thing can really haul some major boat butt, hehe.
The best way for me to explain the awesomeness of this experience is to let you relive it through my words. The Rudee Rocket departs from the Rudee Inlet Fishing Center several times a day from 10am to 4pm. We decided to board the 10am trip which also has the added perk of $5 off per ticket. Rudee Rocket does not take reservations so it is important to arrive thirty minutes before the cruise departure time. Another very important thing to mention is that the Rudee Rocket is a THRILL ride. This means that pregnant women are not allowed to ride and people with heart, neck, and back problems are advised not to ride. Children must be a minimum of 39” tall to ride the Rudee Rocket which is checked at the ticket booth. This height requirement meant that only our oldest, Alleigh, was tall enough to ride and she was super excited to have mom and dad to herself. My younger sister and her friend also joined us for the trip.
Before boarding a picture of our group was taken standing in front of the boat and we had the opportunity to purchase it at the end of the trip. Upon boarding the boat we selected some seats close to the bow, sat down, and buckled up. One of the deckhands walked to the bow of the boat and let us know what to expect on our trip as we began pulling out of the inlet.
As the Rudee Rocket cruised out of the Rudee Inlet the theme from Jaws was playing. There’s just something about that song that gets you amped up and puts you on the edge of your seat. Speaking of on the edge of your seat. When we first sat down I realized that the seats all had very thick cushions on them, but it wasn’t until the Rudee Rocket took off when we were out on the open water that I knew why. Music started blasting, the boat took off, and our booties were bouncing off those seats. As you can tell Alleigh loved every single second of it.
The trip began by cruising down the shoreling where we could see all of the hotels including our resort for the week. We then made a stop in front of the historic Cape Henry Lighthouse and even had the chance to see some Bottlenose Dolphins which seemed to swim right along side the boat.
After checking out the lighthouse and dolphins the Rudee Rocket blasted off again with the music blaring. We loved the wind in our face and the splashes of water. Yes, you will get wet! Sitting in the front we only got a few splashed, but further back you might get drenched so dress appropriately.
When the trip is over don’t forget to check out the picture that was taken before boarding. You can also purchase souvenirs like t-shirts and visors – I grabbed a hot pink tank top to remember our trip. I highly recommend taking a ride on the Rudee Rocket if you will be visiting Virginia Beach this year. Be sure to bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, and camera!