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Six Things to Know About Crab Cove
When it comes to welcoming their guests, Crown Memorial State Beach has gone above and beyond with the Crab Cove Visitors Center, which opened in 1979. The facility connects visitors young and old with the area’s native marine and shoreline life, as well as the region’s history. Because of this, Crab Cove could easily stand alone as a museum, save that it charges no admission and none of its fossils come to life when your back is turned. Here are some more things to know before plunging in.
Hands-on activities fill the space. Set up for various age groups, interactive stations let visitors view microscopic animals, build model crabs, and more.
Fish and other marine life swim in full view. 800 gallons fill the aquarium, giving a home to everything from surfperch to starfish .
Check the tide chart. During low tide, visitors can search outdoor pools for crabs, barnacles, and other animals.
Naturalists lead explorations of the area. With advance reservations, these experts take school groups and other organizations outdoors to search for wildlife.
Adults and children take classes together. Instructors welcome all ages into the Old Wharf Classroom, where they cover topics such as shoreline wildlife and food chains.
Crab Cove lies on historic ground. The visitor center’s building once served as the base infirmary for the U.S. Maritime Service Officers School. The area was also a resort community in the 1930s.