Take a pontoon boat ride in August

MEADOWLANDS – The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority’s (NJSEA) guided pontoon boat tours of the Hackensack River give visitors a unique opportunity to experience the amazing natural beauty and wildlife of the Meadowlands up close while learning about the remarkable history of the river and the region. For those who have glimpsed the Meadowlands only from the surrounding highways or the window of a commuter train, a leisurely, two-hour boat tours reveal a whole new environment including acres of preserved wetlands and a thriving ecosystem, all framed by a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline. Expert staff narrate the tours, talking about the Hackensack River estuary’s storied history as they point out birds, diamondback terrapins, and other wildlife along the way. Wear comfortable footwear and don’t forget your camera; the cruises afford great photo opportunities.
Tours are for ages 10 and up. The cost is $15 per person. Advance registration and payment are required. Boats leave at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 12, 14, 18, 20 and 26; 10 a.m. on Aug. 19; and 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 22.
All tours launch from River Barge Park, 260 Outwater Lane, Carlstadt. For registration forms go to www.njmeadowlands.gov and click on “2015 River Tour Season.” For more information and to register call (201) 460-4640.

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