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Tuckerton Seaport, Tuckerton

Categories: Lighthouses, Historic Sites, Museums, Tourist Spots
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3.7/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web
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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  • Stopped here for the lighthouse challenge, and we were so surprised at the surroundings. There is a boardwalk, and an antique car show was going on. Apparently there are a lot of things happening here...  read more »
  • This is a great place to spend time with our grandson. Every kid loves looking at boats and there are plenty here!! 
  • We visited Tuckerton Seaport at the end of the daily program. We may have been the only visitors at that time, so we were practically alone in the whole complex. I imagine that the place is quite popu...  read more »
  • The Tuckerton Seaport is arguably the biggest attraction in the area, and offers year-round as well as seasonal activities and attractions. The primary museum has a number of fascinating artifacts and the assorted reconstructed buildings around the Seaport offer glimpses into what life would have been like for tradesmen in those particular fields (fishing, decoy carving, etc). That said, the Seaport in general seems to be in a state of disrepair. Damage from Hurricane Sandy is still evident years later, with no obvious signs of repair work or expansion underway. The eatery which used to be located by the visitors center is now abandoned, meaning there's no place on-site to get food or drink, which for an attraction of this size borders on unbelievable.
  • Go there for the NJ Hall of Fame Surf a museum. Very cool things. Also climb up to the top of the museum. Awesome view.
  • They hold nice events here. The historical part is nice too.
  • Been going for different events over the years. Always an enjoyable day.
  • Wow!! This place is extensive. There are many live performances to absorb. I highly recommend this place.
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