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Wetland Institute exterior frontFun is a major part of every visit to The Wetlands Institute, as everything here combines both education and entertainment!

Every visit begins with Marion’s gardens, award winning gardens which surround the parking lot and line the walkway to the main building. You will pass hundreds of native plants, each chosen to attract pollinators. Most of the plants are labeled for your information.

We are open weekends throughout the Fall and Winter for self-guided tours of all the Institute’s facilities. In the Spring and Summer, we offer naturalist-led programs including back bay boat rides, paddleboarding, kayaking, live animal interactions, family entertainment and guided beach & dune walks. Visit our events section for more information on schedules.

The Wetlands Institute
1075 Stone Harbor Blvd.
Stone Harbor, NJ 08247-1424

Phone:(609) 368-1211 Fax: (609) 368-3871

Admission: $8.00 ages 13 and up; $6.00 ages 3-12
Members admitted FREE.


Winter Hours - October 14, 2014 through April 30, 2015:

Open Friday , Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Closed Monday through Thursday

Closed from December 23 through January 2

Summer Hours –  May 1, 2015 through October 12, 2015:

Open Monday through Sunday: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from June 17 to August 28: Special evening hours until 8 pm

Holiday Hours:

Closed for the holidays December 26, 27 and 28.

Open Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Independence Day and Labor Day 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Special Hours Notice: It is sometimes necessary to close a building or facility to the public for part or all of a day due to maintenance repairs or special events.  Please call ahead to verify hours.


Tidepool Museum Shop specializing in nature books, gifts and clothing.
Bike racks, picnic and rest areas
Free parking
Public Building Handicap Accessible

Elevated Marsh Walkway
Marshview Hall
Diller Coastal Exhibit Building
Terrapin Station
Salt Marsh Trail
Observation Tower
Jersey Island Blueway

No Pet Policy: The Wetlands Institute is a natural conservation facility where outside animals would be a disturbance to local wildlife that naturally inhabits this area.  Because of this, pets are not allowed inside Institute buildings or outside on Institute property including the salt marsh trail, elevated walkway, and dock.  Service dogs are welcomed as they have been trained to not react towards other animals.

Please note: we are a smoke-free facility.


From Philadelphia: Atlantic City Expressway to Exit 7 South (Garden State Parkway).  Parkway South to Exit #10B (left lane) for Stone Harbor.  Institute is 2.5 miles on right.

From North Jersey: Garden State Parkway south to Exit #10B, to Route 657 east to Stone Harbor.

From Wilmington: Delaware Memorial Bridge to Rt. 40, to Rt. 55 south, to Rt. 47, to Rt. 657 east to Stone Harbor

From Eastern Shore: Lewes, Delaware Ferry to Cape May, to Garden State Parkway north, to Exit #10B, to Rt. 657 east to Stone Harbor

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