BACKGROUND: If your family is interested in sailboats, the Toms River Seaport Society's museum is worth a quick visit.

The museum is located in a restored carriage house just off the Toms River. The downstairs area now houses the museum's library, store, a display of ship models and boats. Upstairs, more artifacts are on display. On display outside are several sneakboxes - a type of sailboat developed on Barnegat Bay for hunting waterfowl.

On July 17 the society hosts a wooden boat festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in nearby Huddy Park.

INSIDER INFO: While the museum probably isn't worth making a special trip by itself, it is within walking distance of the Ocean County Historical Society Museum and Huddy Park, which includes a replica of a blockhouse that was the scene of a Revolutionary War battle.

WHERE: The seaport society museum is located at Hooper Avenue and Water Street in Toms River. CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS

HOURS AND COST: The museum is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

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