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Tuckerton Seaport, Tuckerton

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The Tuckerton Seaport is a working maritime village and museum located in Tuckerton, New Jersey, United States. The 40acre site, which opened in May 2000, features 17 historic and recreated buildings connected by a boardwalk, a maritime forest and wetlands nature trail. The seaport, which is a member of the Council of American Maritime Museums, celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2010.HistoryThe site of the Tuckerton Seaport was built on a formerly-wooded site along Tuckerton Creek, which had long been slated for commercial development. In 1989, plans for a motel, campground, and marina were brought to the planning board. July 1993, Barnegat Bay Decoy and Baymen's Museum opened adjacent to Stanley "Tip" Seaman Park, on a site currently occupied by tennis courts. The Baymen's museum officially announced a revised plan for commercial development on the Tuckerton Creek site, an 11-building village dubbed the "Tuckerton Seaport". However, as planning and development were underway, the plan for the site grew larger than originally proposed.Developed by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the $11.3 million Tuckerton Seaport project officially opened on May 13, 2000, to a crowd of over a thousand, dedicated by then-governor Christine Todd Whitman and the widow of Jacques Cousteau, among others. However, the village held an unofficial "soft opening" a week earlier. In preparation for the new traffic created by the museum, the intersection of Route 9 and Great Bay Boulevard was redesigned, eliminating the "fork in the road" and the addition of Tuckerton's second traffic light. The nautical-style lampposts seen throughout the seaport were originally located at the former Trump Marina in Atlantic City, but were dismantled and then shipped to Tuckerton to make way for the Atlantic City - Brigantine Connector.
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  • You stop by and see boat builders and decoy carvers hard at work preserving the local folk art history  more »
  • First time here and what a wonderful place. The lighthouse and museum were amazing. The history behind the seaport is incredible. The museum has great pictures and items that tell the story., Everyone...  more »
  • The Tuckerton Seaport is small and smaller yet out of season, but a wealth of information if you have any interest in local NJ history. The boatmans museum a,d history of local native tribes is enligh...  more »
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  • Great museum at the Jersey shore. Stop by an learn about the history of early seaport villages in New Jersey. Very inexpensive donation to visit. The staff here is friendly and knowledgeable. They keep on expanding and growing the exhibits. Great place to visit with children for them to be entertained and learn more about history at the same time.
  • Very disappointed. Visited for an advertised seafood music festival. Very difficult figuring out what activities were going on and where to go, no signage, not many people to ask. Free boat rides were unavailable by about 3:15 even though event ran till 5. Disappointing to a child looking for that. Very hot with only a few tables in the shade that were being hoarded by people just sitting there.
  • Interesting place for a days visit. we went there for their annual New Years day festival and had a lot of fun. Lots of food trucks that day and you had quite a choice. Museum is interesting for a novel look at Jersey shore area
  • A great place to learn about the past, very family friendly, wonderful gift shop.
  • Cute area, went for a seafood festival and it was hurtful that the only fresh seafood were clams. Everything else was fried. I would go again though since my 5 year old enjoyed the activities.

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