719 Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth, NJ 07758
732-787-3033 - Activity Center
732-495-2115 - Ranger Station
Park Brochure & Map
Seabrook-Wilson House (Activity Center) Info Sheet
Park opens at 7 a.m. 365 days a year.
Closing time is 7 p.m. through October 31, 6:30 p.m. November 1 and 5:30 p.m. November 2-January 13.
Work is underway on a federally funded beach replenishment project. Once complete in early 2015, visitors will enjoy a considerably wider beach and an extended fishing pier. Click here for a diagram and additional details on the project.
** The fishing pier is currently closed due to the beach replenishment project. Eventually the pier will be extended beyond the new shoreline.
Completion is expected sometime in early 2015. **
Open House of the Historic Seabrook-Wilson House
from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays through October 26
The historic Seabrook-Wilson House, informally known as the "Spy House", will open its doors for self-guided tours. Come inside with your family and friends to visit the Seabrook-Wilson house, which dates back to the early 1700s. The house includes displays on the ecology of the bay and local history including the American Revolution. Enjoy views of New York City and the beauty of the bay while visiting this well-known historic house. FREE!
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Bayshore Waterfront Park, located in Port Monmouth next to Monmouth Cove Marina, preserves a thriving coastal landscape on Sandy Hook Bay. Enjoy the maritime shrublands, tidal creeks, salt marshes, dunes, mile of beach and scenic views across the water. The park offers a fishing pier, access to Raritan Bay, and beautiful views of the NY skyline. The Park System continues to add to this site's 227 acres in the Bayshore area.
Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center
This park is also home of the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center (Seabrook-Wilson House), one of the oldest surviving houses in the region. This large frame building, dating back to the early 1700's, was constructed in several phases over the course of two hundred years. The Park System acquired the building from Middletown Township in 1998. The building has been fully restored and now hosts Park System nature and history programs. Most programs require pre-registration. Upcoming programs at Bayshore Waterfront Park may be found be using our program search tool here
The building is open from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday afternoons, late April through October. To arrange a visit at other times, please call 732-787-3033, ext. 2. Inside, visitors can enjoy exhibits about the ecology of the Sandy Hook Bay, the history of the house within the greater Port Monmouth community, and the connection between them.
Please be aware NJ anglers age 16 and up are now required to register with the NJ Saltwater Angler Registry (for free) to fish in marine and fresh tidal waters of NJ. For more information regarding the registration, click here
Drop-In Local Nature Lecture Series
Join us for a series of eye-opening talks by Park System Naturalists to discover what’s lurking in the coastal waters of Monmouth County. The presentations are designed to inform the public of current issues, ecology and science research, and to inspire appreciation for the local natural world. FREE!
Tropical Fish Swim in Sandy Hook Bay
Saturday, October 25 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Believe it or not, a variety of beautiful tropical fish can be found each fall in local waters. Over the years, Park System Naturalists have caught jacks, lookdowns, Florida pompanos and more in our seine net. You’ll discover the lives of some of the tropical fish that call local waters home, and how and why tropical fish can be found off the coastline of Monmouth County. It will be a fun fishy time for sure.
Sharks and Shark Bites of Monmouth County
Thursday, November 20 from 7-8 p.m.
Monmouth County is home to many different species of sharks: great white, mako, blue and thresher to name just a few. It’s also home to the famous shark attacks of 1916 that inspired the movie “Jaws”. This talk will get into the history and ecology of sharks as well as why they are important to protect. Not to be missed by any shark enthusiast!
Snowy Owls of Monmouth County
Thursday, January 15 from 7-8 p.m.
'Tis the season to spot a snowy owl. Wing yourself over to this free slide presentation and talk about snowy owls. Find out where they come from, where they go, what they eat, and why they are so mysterious. New information will also be discussed about last year’s sizable population of snowy owls seen in the northeast.
Seals of Monmouth County
Thursday, February 19 from 7-8 p.m.
Believe it or not, a variety of seals call the shores of Monmouth County home each winter, including harbor seals, harp seals, and gray seals. Find out where to see them and when, and other information about the lives and ecology of our local seal population. This presentation will also provide ways for you to care for the marine environment.
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- Hwy. 36 in Middletown to Main St., Port Monmouth. Follow Main St. to Wilson Ave., turn left and continue to end. Turn left onto Port Monmouth Rd. Follow Port Monmouth Rd. to Park at end.
- Garden State Parkway to exit 117, follow Hwy. 36 south (see above).