Learn the importance and fragility of a wetlands ecosystem, enjoy the beauty of a salt marsh moraine and be amazed at the untouched beauty of Long Island’s North Shore this summer aboard the Discovery Wetlands Cruise, a 90-minute sightseeing tour.
The Ward Melville Heritage Organization has been offering Discovery Cruises since 1995 aboard its 27-passenger pontoon boat, carrying guests from the calm waters of Stony Brook Harbor to the wetlands at West Meadow Creek. A naturalist is on board to guide passengers through this exceptional experience embracing ecology, geology and history. The cruise also includes information on how Native Americans first settled here, views of a long sand pit with the historic Gamecock Cottage at its tip, the serpentine creek, tidal flow, grasses and various species of water fowl and other wildlife in the wetlands. Adventurers and sightseers are encouraged to bring their binoculars for a close-up view of plant and animal life and their cameras to preserve cruise memories.
Morning, mid-day and sunset cruises are available and special dinner packages are offered before or after your sunset cruise from Three Village Inn, Pentimento and The Country House.
Cruises leave from Stony Brook Yacht Club Marina off Shore Road and run through October 19. Individual rates are $28 for adults, $25 for students and seniors and $18 for children under 6. Group discounted rates are also available. Reservations are preferred to secure your spot but walk-ons are accepted (with cash payment at the boat) when space is available. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Children 12 and under must wear life preservers prior to going onto the dock.
For more information or to make a reservation, call (631) 751-2244 or visit www.wmho.org.