See Green In Stony Brook This Summer
(Stony Brook, N.Y.) Learn the importance and fragility of a wetlands ecosystem, marvel at the sweeping panorama of a salt marsh moraine and simply enjoy the untouched beauty of Long Island’s North Shore this summer aboard the “Discovery” Wetlands Cruise, 90-minute sightseeing tours that begin May 22.
The Ward Melville Heritage Organization has been offering Discovery Wetlands Cruises since 1995 aboard its 35-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 forever.
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.
The cruise has received rave reviews from guests and the media. “Among all the Long Island cruises, none beats the Discovery for combining the pleasure of a boat excursion with exploration of our natural surroundings,” Newsday wrote.
Cruises leave from Boatworks Marina off Shore Road at Stony Brook Harbor and run through October 25. Individual rates are $25 for adults, $22 for students and seniors, and $15 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 first come, first served. For additional information or to make a reservation, call (631) 751-2244 or visit www.stonybrookvillage.com
Founded in 1939, WMHO is a not-for-profit corporation that develops and fosters community enrichment through cultural and educational experiences. WMHO accomplishes this by enhancing and interpreting its historic and environmentally sensitive properties and by utilizing state-of-the-art technology. For more information, please visit www.wmho.org.