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The Wetlands Institute

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Open Now: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Educational and fun

Enjoyed FINALLY stopping in, having driven by dozens of times. Great info on Jersey Shore and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Wayne, Pennsylvania
Wetland experience

This was well worth the trip from Ocean City NJ. Talk on crabs, film explaining wetland habitat and... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2019
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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Nature center featuring an aquarium and other exhibits on local marine life and animals of the salt marsh. Open year round, The Wetlands Institute hosts interactive educational programs for all ages. Learn about the creatures that call the marsh and...more
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
1075 Stone Harbor Blvd, Stone Harbor, NJ 08247-1424
+1 609-368-1211
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Enjoyed FINALLY stopping in, having driven by dozens of times. Great info on Jersey Shore and surrounding wildlife, nice aquariums, interactive. Wonderful volunteers staffing. Highly recommend for kids as well as adults.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 13, 2019 via mobile

This was well worth the trip from Ocean City NJ. Talk on crabs, film explaining wetland habitat and guided tour of the wetlands. Very enjoyable for old and young. Educational and fun

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 701jacquelinec
Reviewed August 1, 2019

We visited on an overcast day, and enjoyed everything there was to see and learn here. There were families and couples, visiting. You can learn a lot about the area, plants and animals - and how they are doing. Also: You can learn about how...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank TrueLieb
Reviewed June 5, 2019 via mobile

We spent the morning discovering how beautiful and critical our wetlands are. We went to the top for a fantastic view, watched the 20 minute film about the place and topped it off with a guided tour down the path to see it all and...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank sn741
Reviewed June 4, 2019 via mobile

I drive by this place all the time heading to Stone Harbor New Jersey so I finally stopped I couldn’t believe how beautiful the building and grounds are. The staff were friendly and I was able to check it out. They offer many programs to...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

We spent the day here. We actually did the kayak tour of the Intercoastal Waterway and Bay. It was super informative and you can't beat the views!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank EastSideJamie
Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

This is a great place, so much to see. We were there 2 hours and could have stayed more. During certain times the release turtles into the marsh. Definitely a place to stop.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SusanB704
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Have been visiting this scientific research location since it was built in the late 1960's. Always interesting, never boring and always discovering something new. A MUST VISIT and SUPPORT environmental preservation center that keeps the NJ Shore healthy and in great shape. Great for families,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank hjmn4
Reviewed August 21, 2018

The Wetlands Institute is a great place for elementary school age kids through adult. it's worth it to sit through one of their classes, where we learned a lot about the local turtles. Don't wait for a rainy day because it might get crowded.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mike E
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

There was a lot to see, but a little difficult to navigate for little ones. The aquarium area was nice.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Phyllis T
January 28, 2018|
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Response from ChristinaWetlandsIns |
Hi Phyllis, Yes, The Wetlands Institute is available for special event rentals. If you would like more information, please contact me and I will be happy to help. We also have an event rentals page on our website. Best... More
June 30, 2016|
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Response from asselinc70 | Property representative |
Admission: $8.00 ages 13 and up; $6.00 ages 3-12 Members admitted FREE. Winter Hours – October 10, 2016 through May 21, 2017: Open Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.