September is off to a beautiful start here in the Big Apple, with perfect blue skies and temperatures in the low 70s. The cooler temps have me pumped to get into a back-to-school routine, and day dreaming about fall family outings and holiday craft fairs.
Luckily, I know the perfect place to steer the Good Ship Rebelshire without fear of anyone in the family whining: Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum.
Oh sure, it’s a few hours outside of the City, as are many places we enjoy visiting on Long Island, or Upstate NY. However, who offers buccaneer costume play, or the Jacques Cousteau estuary exhibit and research reserve? Only Tuckerton Seaport does.
Of course, if I lived a bit closer, I would be able to be there for the weekly yoga events all September long. While I’m not sure if we will make it this year, I know the Classic and Antique Car Show on September 30th will be a nice day out.
Oh yeah – How does the TRUCKerton Food Truck & Hard Cider Fall Fest sound for the first Saturday in October? You had me at food trucks, and locked me in with hard cider.
My kiddos are a little older, so we have progressed from the tame pumpkin patch days, in favor of something a bit spookier. Which is why I’m absolutely marking our calendars for this year’s Haunted Seaport.
From 6pm to 9pm every night from October 26th to 28th, “Pirates and Sea Captains long-lost at sea will stroll the Seaport’s boardwalk for a night of screams. Meet and greet with the Jersey Devil while dancing to music sure to bring even zombies back life… For more haunted fun, climb aboard the Hayride through the Haunted Woods!” There’s also a bunch of non-scary activities and yes, even a pumpkin patch, if you have littles that don’t want to tangle with the undead!
If I’m honest, though, I’m looking most forward to Christkindlmarkt. For three days, December 1st – 3rd, Tuckerton turns into a European-style holiday market! Every year I make an effort to shop local and shop small, and Christkindlmarkt checks both of these boxes. Not only are the outdoor HEATED tents home to craft and gift vendors (possibly even local winery shops!), there will also be demonstrations, rides for the kiddos, horse and carriage rides, boardwalk rolling sleigh rides, and even a chance to meet ol’ Saint Nick!
I am seriously torn between making this a solo day trip and planning a weekend at the shore around the event. Of course, since it is a 3 day event, I could actually do both!
Whenever you visit, look out for me and the Rebels playing in the costumes or chatting up a horseshoe crab, exploring the buildings/exhibits along the boardwalk, or taking a swing on putting golf course!