Skimmer Salt Marsh Safari At Cape May Inlet Marina, departure area varies, (609) 884-3100. Daily at 10am, 1:30pm, & 6pm. $28, under 12 $15. Reservations suggested.
Tour some wilderness back bays in the Cape May Wildlife Refuge on this low-key, two-hour guided excursion into the marshes via covered flat-bottom boat. Binoculars are provided, and the bird watching is excellent. At this major migration stopover, owner/guide Captain Ginny Powell says, “We never know who’s coming in and who’s coming out.” Among the birds you might see are laughing gulls (the largest breeding colony in the world is here June through September).
Sea life is brought on board for inspection—perhaps you’ll see a Knob welk (the state shell) or a Forbes sea star or both! Ginny’s husband is the other half of the team, and together they make a humorous and knowledgeable couple.
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