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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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  • This was a great museum. It consists of several buildings (approx 10) which you can tour. There is a lot of walking; but its mainly all flat. The main bldg. has stairs...but I think there was an eleva...  more »
  • This village is charming and has a lot to see, but is not overwhelming. Great find! Going for Christmas as they have special exhibits. Loved it - lots to see. Can do in a couple of hours, but spend mo...  more »
  • We visited on the way to cape may. From their website I didn't know what to expect. I was hoping for at least ice cream. No ice cream, but it's a huge complex of museums and other buildings built arou...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Fun events and family friendly. Some of the events can be a bit expensive for admission, but the money is well spent.
  • 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.
  • Lots of great events from car shows to food truck fests to holiday themed festivals.