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The Wetlands Institute

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Address: 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd, Stone Harbor, NJ 08247-1424
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+1 609-368-1211
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

This nature center features exhibits on local marine life, along with...

This nature center features exhibits on local marine life, along with activities like kayaking and dune walks.

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Fun and educational

Fun and educational Be sure to check out the lecture times. You will not look at the wetlands, water and beach the same after hearing the staff speak. Usually there is a audience... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2015
North East, Pennsylvania
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North East, Pennsylvania
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50 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2015

Fun and educational Be sure to check out the lecture times. You will not look at the wetlands, water and beach the same after hearing the staff speak. Usually there is a audience participation piece which both kids and adults enjoy. The touch tank is great. The Institute is a great place to learn what we can touch, what we... More 

1 Thank Walkingonsunshine16
Lawrenceville, New Jersey
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 28, 2015

Just spent a long weekend in Avalon/Stone Harbor, NJ -- at the height of the summer seashore crush. Lines everywhere, noise everywhere, too many people everywhere. The one delightful exception: The Wetlands Institute, at 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd. Situated in a green expanse of wetlands just over a bridge from Stone Harbor, this is the place to catch your breath... More 

3 Thank Patricia S
Monroe, New Jersey
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60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2015 via mobile

The institute with its small exhibits and passionate interns is worth spending couple of hours at - a break from the beach maybe.

1 Thank Giridhar R
Ambler, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2015

Took my two teenage sons and my sister on the 6pm salt marsh cruise. We had been on a similar cruise a couple of years ago in Cape May, also guided by Wetlands Institute staff, and found it interesting and fun. Our guides for this trip were knowledgeable and entertaining. They were able to answer a lot of questions, plus... More 

2 Thank Lipidzlady
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, United States
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90 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2015

I can't say anything negative about the Wetlands. An awesome visit for all ages! I look forward to returning soon!

Thank Rob N
new jersey
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 2015

We love the Wet Lands Institute. We have gone two summers in a row. Their creature feature is cute and they have some displays that the kids can touch the animals. It is also very educational.

3 Thank teamgrin
Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed June 28, 2015

This is a great place to visit with children. It is a wonderful environmental gem that does a great job at trying to teach the community about issues in the area, especially the plight of the diamond back terrapins.

2 Thank Lynda D
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed June 9, 2015

Fun day trip when you are down the shore and looking for something to do. So much for kids and adults to enjoy. Amazing and helpful staff! Great place for a wedding, too!

Thank Corrie H
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196 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed June 7, 2015

A must stop when visiting Stone Harbor. Experienced scientists, researchers and volunteers who can provide some of the best information about wetlands, shore birds, ecology, turtles and all that the NJ Shore has to offer. Great for kids and adults. Very informative, professional and friendly. A must do if in the area.

Thank outdoorgirlnj7
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed May 27, 2015

Awesome place to visit and bring the kids, very knowledgeable staff! They work a lot with saving the turtles and other wildlife. I haven't been there yet this year but I believe they do kayak excursions.

1 Thank joand390

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