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Tuckerton, NJ

Tucker's Island Lighthouse, a recreation of the original that toppled into the  waters that were eroding Tucker's Island off Long Beach Island, in 1927.

The re-created Tucker's Island Lighthouse acts as a Welcome Beacon for visitors to the Borough of Tuckerton
Tuckerton NJ is a coastal Pinelands town within the NJ Pinelands Management Area, and located just minutes from Bass River State Park, in the southern tip of Ocean County. It was designated as the nation's Third Port of Entry in 1791, due to its location on the Little Egg Harbor Bay (See map). There is much fascinating and colorful history in this quaint, picturesque town that is unknown to many visitors to the Jersey Shore! Much of the town has a Victorian flair, and many of the homes date back to this period and earlier. The shopping area is also in keeping with the Victorian theme, and new businesses are opening on a regular basis in this once-sleepy town that is coming into its own.
Tip Seaman County Park lies on the southern shore of Lake Pohatcong, just west of Route 9. This 22-acre park, was named after Stanley "Tip" Seaman, a well-known area personality and County Freeholder in the '70's. It is probably best known for the Annual "Ocean County Decoy and Gunning Show", named as one of the top 100 events in the country! This 2-day event is held the last weekend of September, and is shared with Tuckerton Seaport, located just across the street.
Stanley "Tip" Seaman County Park in Tuckerton, NJ
Sandy beaches, tot lots, tennis courts jogging trails and more are available to the public at no charge at "Tip" Seaman Park.


Tuckerton Seaport

Tuckerton Seaport is a Maritime Museum located right on Tuckerton Creek, offering fun and education for all ages! Anyone visiting the region should make this place a "MUST SEE" on their list. There's so much to see and do, from watching decoy carvers work at their art, happily explaining the life of the Bayman, to the boatmakers restoring or building sneakboxes (boats used by duck hunters, and later, used with sails for recreational boating).

Tuckerton Yacht Club Visitors' Center

Tuckerton Yacht Club Visitors' Center
The "Tuckerton Yacht Club", a re-created building, houses the huge gift shop, and is the starting point of the village tour. From here, access to all the exhibits and displays, and information about current programs, classes, demonstrations and even boat rides, can be found.
<b><i>&quot;Life on the Edge&quot; exhibit by Jacques Cousteau National
"Life on the Edge" exhibit by Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, leads one through the Pinelands, Great Bay, Barrier Island and open ocean ecosystems.
<b><i>&quot;Life on the Edge&quot; exhibit by Jacques Cousteau National
The exhibit is a visual and aural delight. It's great for all ages, offering a number of hands-on displays. The exhibit is located on the upper level of the Visitors' Center.

Exhibits at Tuckerton Seaport  include "Native Americans of the Jersey Shore"
Various exhibits are located on the first floor (boardwalk level) of the Visitors' Center, including "Native Americans of the Jersey Shore", and "Working the Cycle", showcasing the many skills of the 20th century Baymen.
"Walk on the Wild Side", a diorama of local wildlife of the region.
"Walk on the Wild Side" is an almost-real diorama of the wildlife the frequents the various habitats of the area.
The Hunting Shanty, home of the Naomi Coyle Research Library
The Hunting Shanty houses the Naomi Coyle Research Library

Master carver Fred Reitmeyer takes a break from his craft to explain the colorful history of the Bayman to visitors at Jay C. Parker's Decoy Shop.

Skeeter's Crazy Water Cafe at Tuckerton Seaport

"Scojo's Seafood Restaurant", a picturesque seafood restaurant, is located at the Seaport.


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Places to Stay

Baker's Acres, for the BEST in Jersey Shore Camping! Located  amongst 60 wooded acres on the eastern edge of the Pine Barrens, yet close enough to visit the beautiful white-sand beaches of Ocean  County!
Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey 08087
(609) 296-2664



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