Sharon left a great comment on my last post regarding Iraq and Venice, where, among other things, I note the similarity between the New Jersey Meadowlands and the Venetian lagoon. Turns out, if you're in Hackensack or Ho-Ho-Kus, you can get your Venice fix (sort of) by touring the Jersey swamp. Read on.
The Hackensack Riverkeeper gives tours of the NJ Meadowlands. Bill Sheehan, the riverkeeper, gives eco-cruises that go along a seven-mile stretch of the river. It's a totally amazing view of the Meadowlands (and Sheehan is as expert as he is entertaining). The cruise also goes into Sawmill Creek--a bird sanctuary. Who would believe all this is so close to NYC. Visit www.hackensackriverkeeper.org/ecocruise.html for more info. You'll really think you're in the Venetian lagoons.