BACKGROUND: Covering more than 16 acres of land, The Tuckerton Seaport is a sprawling museum complex on Route 9 in Tuckerton that pays tribute to the lifestyles of the men and women who earned their living from the Barnegat Bay. The seaport also celebrates southern New Jersey's rich maritime history and teaches about the unique natural bounty found in the local bays and waterways.

The seaport features 16 buildings along a 3/4 mile boardwalk. Exhibits include hundreds of carved hunting decoys, a large collection of sneakboxes (a special type of boat developed in the area specifically for hunting ducks and other waterfowl). There are exhibits on nature, boat building, Revolutionary War privateers and even a replica of an old lighthouse that you can climb to the top of. There is a nature trail to explore and you can book a boat tour of Tuckerton Creek.

The seaport is family friendly and most exhibits are stroller-friendly. There is a gift shop. Expect to spend a couple of hours here.

On the second Sunday of each month, local musicians gather at noon for a "Pickin' on the Porch" jam session.

INSIDER INFO: After visiting the Seaport, head into Tuckerton for a visit to the Tuckerton Emporium, an old-time shop filled with crafty items that is fun to browse. The shop, located at 2 East Main Street (Route 9), is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

WHERE: Tuckerton Seaport is located at 120 West Main Street in Tuckerton. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=TUCKERTON+SEAPORT,+120+W+MAIN+ST,+TUCKERTON,+NJ&sll=39.692394,-74.321136&sspn=0.243574,0.373535&ie=UTF8&hq=TUCKERTON+SEAPORT,&hnear=120+W+Main+St,+Tuckerton,+NJ+08087&ll=39.60387,-74.344654&spn=0.015243,0.023346&z=15&iwloc=A" target="_blank">CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS.

HOURS AND COST: The Seaport is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger. Call 609-296-8868 for more information.

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