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“On the Water” Programs run from mid-June to Labor Day

Reservations are required for all activities.  Unless otherwise stated, all activities leave from The Wetlands Institute dock.

Back-Bay Birding and Wildlife Tours

Skimmer Tours again offers their highly acclaimed eco-cruises on board The Skimmer to view wildlife in the beautiful back bays of Stone Harbor. Highlights include birds and wildlife of the salt marsh and marine life touch tanks. Trips depart from The Wetlands Institute. On Tuesday and Wednesday evening sunset cruises, feel free to bring your own wine or brew of choice (no hard liquor) and the crew will serve a tasty assortment of cheese, crackers, and fruit. Call 609-884-3100 or visit for reservations.

Tuesday: 6:00 pm (Sunset Cruise)
Wednesday: 10:00 am, 1:30 pm and 6:00 pm (Sunset Cruise)
Thursday: 10:00 am and 1:30 pm

$28/person (ages 13 and up), $15/child (ages 3-12), free ages
2 and under.  Special Evening Sunset Cruises: $30/person (ages 13 and up),
$17/child (ages 3-12), free ages 2 and under

Ocean City Back-Bay Birding and Wildlife Tours

Join us aboard the Duke o’ Fluke for a special sunset sail on the Ocean City back bays. Cruise past endangered skimmers, dozens of osprey, and the area’s largest rookery of herons and egrets. Trip departs from the Bayside Center, located between 5th and 6th Streets, in Ocean City. Call 609-368-1211 for reservations.

Wednesday: 6:00 pm (2 hour Sunset Cruise)

$25/person (ages 13 and up)
$15/child (ages 5-12)
free ages 4 and under.

Back-Bay Kayaking and Paddle Boarding

Kayaking and paddle boarding have become very popular and afford a unique, up-close experience with the natural world. After a short orientation to paddling techniques by a trained instructor, you’ll be off for a guided kayak or paddleboard tour of the coastal marsh ecosystem in a single or tandem kayak or atop a paddle board. Call 609-368-1211 for reservations.

Monday: 9:30 am (Paddleboard only)
Tuesday and Thursday: 10:00 am (Kayak only)
Friday: 9:30 am (Kayak only)

$44/person for Paddle Board Tour
$54/person for Kayak Tour

Sunset Kayaking

Explore the marsh as the sun sets on a guided paddle in a single or tandem kayak. This is your best chance to see wildlife feeding and birds heading to their roosts. Call 609-368-1211 for reservations.

Wednesday: 6:00 pm (Kayak only)

$54 per person