Down by the Shore #Tuckerton

14409547345_47a90d92ee_bA couple of years ago, less children, my husband and I loved to spend weekends discovering new experiences right in our own backyard.  I don’t know how we got off track but a recent trip down to a quaint little seaside town called #Tuckerton has me yearning for more.

My family and I were invited to a Tuckerton Seaport VIP Weekend and we were thrilled to see more of the Jersey Shore which we found to be way more than what MTV was portraying it to be.  We were glamping it up just in time for their Annual Tuckerton Seaport Privateers & Pirates Festival.  14406173771_693c8b0cc8_bIf you’ve never been before, you definitely need to make the trip next year.  Tuckerton Seaport was hit hard during Hurricane Sandy but bounced back and is ready to tell the world.  It’s absolutely perfect for the little ones.  A trip to the Tuckerton Seaport Privateers & Pirates Festival is a fun filled day full of activities that follows a cute little treasure hunt.  With your paid admission, each child receives a treasure map and instructions to collect all 6 stickers from the locations marked on their map to claim a prize.

My kids immediately went to task and were off exploring the seaport and all its wonders.  The kids loved seeing all the animals and they got to meet a real talking parrot.  One of our favorite stops on the map was the Decoy Carving Shop where they kids learned all about making wooden ducks.  They were blown away that the inside of the ducks were hollow.  They were even more perplexed to figure out how that was done.  A wonderfully patient carver explained it all to my ever eager learners.

14409538595_2c13e3326f_bThe kids quickly forgot about the treasure hunt and just continued on the path exploring all the different stops, with mom and dad chasing them and collecting the stickers along the way.  From the Pirate Ship Bounce House to a fun little Alex’s Lemonade Stand and Pirate stage show to a little round of historical miniature golf, the kids were having a blast and learning all along the way (which mom and dad loved!).

After all our stickers were collected, we were able to grab a quick snack at the food court filled with local fare (fried oreos anyone?!)  before collecting the kids treasure.  The adults, hungry for some filling food fare, we checked out the recently renovated Scojo’s and noshed on some of the freshest seafood we’ve had in a long time.  The husband was definitely all smiles.

Tuckerton is hosting a packed summer full of events including their Baymen’s  22nd Annual Seafood & Music Festival this weekend which has me salivating – delicious Jersey fresh clams, crabs, scallops and shrimp from the finest local seafood purveyors.  Micro brew court. Crafters, vendors, music, food, refreshments, family activities, demonstrations,boat rides, boat builders and decoy carvers. Speak with commercial fishermen to learn about occupations on the bay or take a clam shucking class.  Loads more family fun!  Check out their full calendar of events at: www.TuckertonSeaport.org.

For more photos from our Tuckerton Seaport weekend check out our Flickr album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/momconfessionals/sets/72157645136780271/

{ disclosureThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Tuckerton Seaport.  This program is in partnership with Real Mom Media (www.RealMomMedia.com).  As always all opinions expressed here are my very own. }