The Wetlands institute in Stone Harbor overlooks 6,000 acres of awesome coastal wetlands. There is much to see and do at the Wetlands Institute including walking the nature trails or checking out the observation tower. Their Salt Marsh trail takes visitors into the marsh where you will witness views of migratory birds, fiddler crabs and other creatures that you can see up close and personal. Along the trail, several stations provide visitors with information on what is growing and living all around them.
At trail's end, there is a 125' pier that stretches out over a tidal creek where you can observe one of the worlds' largest colonies of laughing gulls. Or, you can simply sit, rest and enjoy a truly beautiful and peaceful vista. During the summer season, you can enjoy guided walks featuring an informative film about the wetlands or you can go on boat rides, kayaking trips, see live animal shows and more. The Wetlands institute is open all winter for self-guided tours of all the Institutes facilities.