Cattus Island County Park, Toms River

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Cattus Island County Park and the Cooper Environmental Center (CEC) are dedicated to educating its visitors about the natural world of Ocean County. Educational programs carried out by the Center stress the natural scientific intricacies and relationships that exist within local ecosystems.
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  • Lovely place for a stroll. Trails are well marked. Enjoy the wetland marshes. Great place for Birders.  more »
  • Beautiful Place great views, Nature Center is Fantastic! Live animals, snakes, turtles, local fish in the large aquariums. A must see in Ocean County NJ!  more »
  • You have probably driven by this place and never even knew it existed. The "Cattus Island" sign (on Fischer Blvd in Toms River) is very innocuous and in no way indicates the beautiful nature center an...  more »
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  • Omg this place is besutiful. Great well maintained hiking trails near a saltwatwr body with besches.
  • This place is beautiful. I brought my dog here and we walked the Sandy trails for an hour and a half. When we got back to the car we found HUNDREDS of ticks on him. We didn't walk into any tall grass, just on the Sandy trails. He had to of stepped in a nest of some sort. While it's not the parks fault, it ruined my experience here.
  • Nice park with trails near the water. Playground area recently renovated. Boardwalk trails through the marshy areas have been closed for a couple of years due to damage. The nature center has been closed for a year due to renovations but should reopen soon
  • This is a wonderful place to go to get a good feel for local Jersey Shore history and ecology. The great trails for hiking and jogging. Also wonderful opportunities for bird watching and other animals. The butterfly garden is beautiful it is a real treat. This is a great place for children. there are two playgrounds. between the Learning Center and the playground kids should be quite entertained.
  • Beautiful views of Barnegat Bay. Great trails including flat, easy main trail for walking, jogging, strollers and wheelchairs. Cooper Environmental Center reopens January 2017 with new exhibits, activities and educational programs.

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A few inns offer a limited number of rooms downtown. Most of the hotels are reliable chains with modern comforts. Book well before the summer months, as the beaches draw crowds in the warm weather.
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