Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Tuckerton Seaport Museum A Gem Near the Jersey Shore

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I received free entry and payment to attend the Tuckerton Seaport Museum. All opinions are honest and my own.

The Tuckerton Seaport Museum in Tuckerton, NJ, has been on my "Must See Attractions in NJ" bucket list for a long while now. I finally made it when I was invited to go with a group of bloggers during a fun Piratey themed event. There was so much to see and do I am glad I went (despite the somewhat rainy weather!)

Their mission as stated on their website:
Our mission at the Tuckerton Seaport is to preserve, present and interpret the rich maritime history, artistry, heritage and environment of the Jersey shore and the unique contributions of its baymen." I found this helpful to read before I went so I understood why they had the various attractions that they did.

The showcase for me was the lighthouse. Here is the original, built in 1868, as it fell into the water because of beach erosion. Not good! 
Here is the grande replica as it stands today. It was my favorite thing to explore!

Not only can you climb to the top but you can learn all about the history of Tuckerton and the interesting trades that people back in the day would perform, watch the working model train go round and check out the NJ Surf Museum. 


Did you know that people use to use their mother's wooden ironing board to surf? Ironing is not my thing - you can have mine!


We took a stroll along the boardwalk of the 40 acre property. There's a fun playground for the kids and a low key miniature golf course.


Pop pop searching for Dante.....


My smiling face! There's that cool lighthouse again in the background!

Perrine's Boat Works building was another favorite. A volunteer was on hand to educate us. This wasn't just a reenactment of what went on here in time's past. These gentlemen are building a boat made of wood for a paying customer who plans to race it. The guy on the left is a retired wooden roller coaster engineer and the man on the right is learning from him. Pretty neat stuff!
There were a lot of events going throughout the day which include crafts for the kids. How cute is this wooden sail boat Dante was making? He thought of adding that pirate sticker all by himself! And note: this boat was not a kit bought at a craft store - these were made during classes held at the Tuckerton Seaport Museum! Very nice!

































 


The pirate events were cool too. Here is Dante enjoying a pirate "boat ride." This didn't last very long though because he thought the cannon demonstrations the pirates were doing were so much cooler!


Insert loud "BA BOOM!" here...

Pluses about the Tuckerton Seaport Museum:
  • They have lots of cool events throughout the year.
  • It's really close to the Jersey shore so if you can make it a side trip if you are on vacation.
  • They have activities for all ages.
  • They have a restaurant in case you get hungry.
  • They are special needs friendly.
  • They are baby friendly (meaning they have changing tables if needed!)

Minuses:
  • The miniature golf course is pretty buggy (wear bug spray!)
  • The boardwalk is surrounded on by water on both sides. While it's beautiful you just need to watch the little ones don't jump in.
  • The platform where you view the great outdoors on the lighthouse is circular allowing your child to run to the other side quickly without you being able to see them. It's small though so it's not too much of a problem. 

Check out their event list which includes a great line up of seafood, wine, cool cars, holiday themed events and more!

View of a map of the property before heading out to plan out your day.

Connect with the Tuckerton Seaport Museum on Facebook.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I received free entry and payment to attend the Tuckerton Seaport Museum. All opinions are honest and my own.

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