My home, the Jersey shore, is a gorgeous place to grow up. There’s so much beauty, history, and wonderful food. My children have grown to love the Jersey shore just as much as I do. So it is super fun taking them back to the state where I grew up.
I was fortunate enough to go back home for a week this summer with my children (my husband had to stay behind for work). While vacationing my two children, my sister, aunt, cousin and I visited Tuckerton Seaport in Tuckerton, NJ. We had a fabulous time exploring the different exhibits, walking the boardwalk, climbing to the top of the lighthouse, playing mini-golf and making crafts.
Tuckerton Seaport is located along the historic Tuckerton Creek was once known as the Barnegat Bay Decoy and Baymen’s Museum. Tuckerton Seaport’s mission is to preserve, present and interpret the rich maritime heritage, artistry, and environment of the Jersey Shore and the unique contributions of its baymen. I love that Tuckerton allows visitors to experience NJ’s rich maritime history.
Tuckerton Seaport has evolved into a 40-acre maritime village including;
- 17 historical/recreating buildings
- a boardwalk
- a maritime forest and wetlands nature trail
- 2 houseboats
- decoy gallery
- working Boatworks building (including restoration of sneakbox designs of Barnegat Bay)
- a historic marine railway (under construction)
- decoy carving workshops
- recreated Tucker’s Island Lighthouse
- Jersey Shore Folklife Center
- The Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Center
- demonstrators such as; decoy carvers, boat builders, quilters, basket makers, commercial fishermen
- Traditional Jersey Shore artists available for hands-on activities, workshops, tours, and classes.
The Borough of Tuckerton and Tuckerton Creek is located in one of the least disturbed places on the northeast coast of the United States.
This Fall & Winter Tuckerton has lots of activities and events for families to take part in. Check out the lineup below;
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
When? Every week in September (see above flyer for times)
Classes will take place on the docks by Crest Fishery; in the event of rain, the class will be held in the Hunting Shanty. The class is open to the public and all skill levels and ages are welcome.
How Much? First class is FREE! $10 for Tuckerton Seaport Members, $12 for Non-Members
(Cash or check only)
Space is limited, so please use this link to save your spot!Dock-Dog-Handout
35th Annual Ocean County Decoy & Gunning Show
When? Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24 7:00 AM-5:00 PM
A two-day event highlighting the culture of the Barnegat Bay region. Demonstrations, contests, seminars, crafters, carvers, vendors, food and music. Includes the Dock Dog competition as featured on ESPN! Visit the Tuckerton Seaport Heritage Tent at the lake. Two great locations: Tip Seaman Park and Tuckerton Seaport.
How Much? Free admission
Free off-site parking and shuttle bus.
When? Saturday, September 30 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Hosted in conjunction with the Vintage Auto Museum of New Jersey…. Over 100 antique and classic cars and trucks will be on display, with judging and an awards ceremony rounding out the afternoon. Prizes will include door prizes, special awards, and club participation award. View cars premiering for the first time.
How Much? $5 for adults, $3 for children aged 5-12. Children under 5 are admitted free. Tuckerton Seaport members are also admitted free. Event admission includes access to the Seaport’s 40 acres of family fun, featuring maritime activities, historic and recreated buildings, live animals, a boardwalk, miniature golf course, and exhibits.
This event is supported in part by a grant from New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism, www.visitnj.org.
TRUCKerton Food Truck & Hard Cider Fall Fest
When? Saturday, October 7 11:00 AM-6:00 PM (rain date Sunday, October 8th)
“Truck”erton Food Truck & Hard Cider Fest featuring local vendors and craft beers.
How much? $10 Admission
When? Saturday & Sunday, October 21 & 22 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Climb to the top of the Tucker’s Island Lighthouse as one stop during the Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey! Visit all of New Jersey’s historic lighthouses and related museums during this weekend of fun and exploration and help raise funds for the continued preservation, education and restoration of these historic structures. A Fall Weekend of Family Fun!
How much? $3.00 Admission
For more information on the Lighthouse Challenge, please visit the Lighthouse Challenge of NJ website.
When? Thursday, Friday & Saturday, October 26-October 28 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visit Tuckerton Seaport, if you dare, for a fright-astic adventure known in local lore as Haunted Seaport. Pirates and Sea Captains long lost at sea will stroll the Seaport’s boardwalk for a night of screams. Meet and greet with the Jersey Devil while dancing to music sure to bring even zombies back to life. You will not want to miss any of the fantastic phenomenal hauntings of the evening.
For more haunted fun, climb aboard the Hayride through the Haunted Woods.
There will also have a non-scary Pumpkin Patch with crafts, stories, games, and not so scary fall activities.
How much? $10 Admission (Free for Seaport Members and Kids under 5)
When? Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 1-3, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tuckerton Seaport rolls out the holly for the Annual Christkindlmarkt on December 1st, 2nd and 3rd – a true Christmas village atmosphere! This is a European style holiday market outdoors and under huge heated tents. Craft and gift vendors, fabulous food court, kiddie rides, Santa, rolling chair sleigh rides on the boardwalk, horse and wagon rides, demonstrations, great entertainment and holiday fun! Come jump start your holiday shopping, get in the holiday spirit with a horse drawn wagon ride and let the kids make their own Christmas crafts.
How Much? $5 Admission (kids under 5 and Seaport Members are free).
I hope you will make a visit to Tuckerton Seaport this Fall or Winter to see all Tuckerton has in store for you and your family!
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