Come Explore the World of the Real Jersey Shore!
Experience the rich folklife traditions of the Jersey Shore and its Baymen with a visit to the Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum! Your group can spend a few hours, or the whole day, touring the Seaport’s replica and historic buildings, interactive exhibits, live aquatic displays, and so much more! A rotating array of demonstrators, including decoy carvers, blacksmiths, basket makers, fiber artists, boat builders and environmental specialists entertain, educate, and delight visitors of all ages and abilities.
You can also take in the views on the Tuckerton “Crik” as you stroll on the 3/4 mile boardwalk or identify birds and plants on our nature trail. However you decide to spend your time on site, you won’t be disappointed!
We offer both self-guided and guided onsite tours as well as outreach programs that bring the history, culture, and folklife traditions of the Barnegat Bay to your classroom, auditorium, or to your events. Contact us to customize your tour program today!
Groups of ten (10) or more can schedule a guided group tour, led by our knowledgeable staff. Tours include docents to answer questions about our historic replica spaces and demonstrators displaying folk arts and presenting traditional Baymen and Pinelands occupations. Please contact Julie Hain (609-296-8868 ext. 117) with any questions or to schedule your tour today!
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Don’t have a group of 10? No problem! Individuals and groups of less than ten (10) are always welcome to visit the Tuckerton Seaport anytime without an appointment.
What should I see while at the Tuckerton Seaport?
Try the “Seaport Sampler” tour. The “Seaport Sampler” is a combination of featured spaces designed to introduce Seaport guests to the interdependence of environment, history, folklife traditions, and occupations in the Barnegat Bay and Pinelands.
Start with the “Life on the Edge” exhibit on the 3rd floor of the Visitor Center. The Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve presents a short film and numerous hands-on, interactive exhibits to provide an overview of local natural environment and habitats.
Head down to the first floor of the Visitors Center to the view “Walk on the Wildside” where you “walk in the footsteps of those who came before you,” and learn how Baymen survived by working the cycle of the seasons. Also, say hello to our live horseshoe crabs and terrapin turtles while you enjoy the 4-habitat mural and native animal diorama displays.
After you leave the Visitors Center, stop by Perrine’s Boatworks to learn about the local workboats of the Barnegat Bay: garveys and sneakboxes.
Visit a master decoy carver in Jay Parker’s Carving Shed to learn all about the art of decoy carving and the tradition of duck hunting.
Last but not least, make sure to visit the Tucker’s Island Lighthouse to see what’s new in the two floors of galleries. Make sure to stop by the “Folklife is All Around You” and “Turn of the Century Tuckerton” before making your way upstairs to climb the 42 steps to the observation deck.
If you’d like to add on some additional “experiences” to your group visit, consider these activities:
- Seining ($6 – 60 minutes) – Learn what’s living in the bay with a hands-on trip out in the water, using skills handed down from the Lenape Indians. Guests might get wet; waders will be provided.
- Flattie Painting ($6 – 45 minutes) – Learn about Red Knots and Horseshoe Crabs while you paint flat, wooden decoy shorebirds called “flatties” to take home.
- Fiber Arts:Book Binding: ($6 – 45 minutes) Learn about the history of paper and book binding while you bind your own mini-keepsake book!
- Fiber Arts: Felted Sheep Figures: ($6 – 30 minutes) Learn about the animals here at the Seaport and make tiny barnyard animals with wool from our very own Seaport sheep!
That is just a small sample of what you can do during a visit to the Seaport. There are also many other historic replica buildings around the boardwalk, mini-golf, barnyard animals, a nature trail, and so much more!
If all the great activities at the Seaport get you tired, stop by the Union Market & Gallery and pick up a snack, smoothie, or some artisanal coffee while you enjoy the beautiful views of Tuckerton Seaport grounds from their covered porch or courtyard.