Nature center, Zoo, Nature center
Entrance to Nature Center is free; Interpretive program fee is $4/person
On a barrier island beach within Jones Beach State Park. An exhibit area depicts a variety of marine habitats, including the South Shore Estuary Reserve, the seashore and the dune environment. Inside the center, children can feel live marine animals, look through a children's microscope or play in the kid's activity area. Outside the center, children can dig up whale bones in the Discovery Bone Cove, walk through the butterfly garden or view a shipwreck. An environmental boardwalk takes you out into the dune environment to see plants and animals that live there. Interpretive programs are available for schools, youth organizations, clubs and the public.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sun. May 29-Labor Day, closed Mon.-Tue. (except for special permit request); 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. rest of the year.
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