Disclosure: The following is a sponsored post, however, all opinions are my own.
Are you looking for something different to do with the kids this weekend? Why not head down to the Tuckerton Seaport? My family discovered this hidden gem, located in Tuckerton, NJ, last weekend.
We visited the seaport for its summer kickoff event, the Bluegrass & Barbecue Fest on May 19th. Despite the fact that it rained off and on that day, there was still much enjoyment to be had.
First we explored the Hunting Shanty, home to the Barnegat Bay Decoy Museum. This was of particular interest to me, because decoys are big in my family. (My stepdad collects them and also carves his own.)
Next, we walked/chased my daughter through the visitor’s center on our way to Todd’s Musical Petting Zoo. Here, my daughter had the chance to play with over a hundred different musical instruments.
We also got to touch a live starfish and horseshoe crab, courtesy of Adventure Aquarium. Outside were chickens, goats, sheep, and baby quails for the children to look at.
When it was time for lunch, we ate some delicious barbecue fare under the tent outside. A host of great bluegrass performers kept the mood lively and festive.
After lunch came my two-year-old’s favorite part- running around the expansive property, including along the docks and up and down the stairs and ramps…in the rain. (Apparently toddlers don’t mind getting wet.)
Our final stop was the Tucker’s Island Lighthouse and Surf Museum. My surfing-enthusiast husband enjoyed looking at the collection of surfboards and memorabilia (the largest in NJ). For a nice view of the surrounding seaport, you can climb to the top of the Lighthouse, which is actually a replica of the original from 1868.
Other attractions at the Tuckerton Seaport that we did not partake in that day include: boat rides, a nature trail, and mini-golf. I really would love to return to the seaport on a nice, sunny day and take advantage of all it has to offer.
Bonus points: when you visit, you are helping an NJ landmark recover from the devastation it suffered during Hurricane Sandy. So if you’re looking for a fun but educational day trip for the whole family, check out the Tuckerton Seaport!
The Tuckerton Seaport is open year-round, rain or shine. Tickets are very reasonably priced at $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, and $5 for children ages 5-12 (children under 5 are free).
Upcoming events at the Tuckerton Seaport:
-Saturday, June 8th: Privateers & Pirates Fest
-Saturday/Sunday, June 22nd & 23rd: Baymen’s Seafood & Musical Festival
-Saturday, June 29th: Red Wine & Blues
-Saturday, July 13th: Tuckerton’s annual Online Auction begins