What is our recipe for fun? Beautiful parks, great activities and you! Interested? Here's what's planned for this weekend: 

Enjoy a relaxing paddle on Marlu Lake this weekend.

Cookstove Demonstration
Saturday, July 20 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
See what's cooking on the woodstove and discover how recipes, cooking techniques and kitchens have changed since the 1890s. FREE!  

Open Swim at the Fort      
Saturday & Sunday, July 20 & 21 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.        
Fort Monmouth Recreation Area, Fort Monmouth
Keep cool in the Fort's pool. Daily, monthly and season swim passes available for individuals and families (up to 4 people). See fees. Cash or check only. 

Thompson Park Canoe Rentals  
Saturday & Sunday, July 20 & 21 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  
Thompson Park, Lincroft
Canoes will be available for rent on Marlu Lake. All equipment provided; limited number of canoes available. Open to ages 3 and up, under 18 with adult. All rentals must be returned by 3 p.m. Fee is $15 per boat for 1-3 people for two hours. Cash or check only. 

Boat Tours of the Reservoir    
Saturday & Sunday, July 20 & 21 at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5 p.m.   
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell
These 45-minute tours are narrated by Park System Naturalists and include opportunities to view local wildlife. The cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child, age 12 and under. Please call 732-751-9453 to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center. 

Historic Battery Lewis Tours      
Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  
Sunday, July 21 from 12-4 p.m.    
Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands – Rocky Point section
Tour the newly restored Historic Battery Lewis and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. FREE!    

Open Gym at the Rec Center     
Saturday & Sunday, July 20 & 21 from 12-3 p.m.      
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls
Play basketball in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! Our lobby table games including air hockey and ping pong will be available as well. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.   

Mill Demonstration   
Saturday & Sunday, July 20 & 21
from 1-4 p.m.   
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
See the 19th century gristmill in action. Weekend demonstrations run through November. FREE!    

Seabrook-Wilson House Tours      
Sunday, July 21 from 9-11 a.m.  
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth  
Enjoy a guided tour of this house, which dates back to the early 1700s and was constructed in several phases over the course of two hundred years. The house is also open from 1-4 p.m. today for self-guided tours. FREE!   

Here are some other ways to enjoy your county parks:   

Our Summer and Summer Camps & Swim Lessons issues of Parks & Programs Guide are available online and in most county parks. Registration is underway for both issues and is accepted online; by phone at 732-842-4000, ext. 1; or in person at Park System Headquarters in Thompson Park, Lincroft. Our Fall issue will be available on Friday, July 19. Registration for fall programs begins Wednesday, August 7.

For more information on any of these activities or parks, call 732-842-4000, ext. 4312, between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Please note:

  • Our outdoor offerings are weather dependent. Before heading out, please call 732-842-4000, ext. 6, to see if the activity you're interested in has been cancelled due to inclement weather.  
  • It is understood and agreed that park visitors and participants in Monmouth County Park System programs, activities, and events may have their names and pictures used, without fee, in broadcast, telecast, and print media accounts for promotional and publicity purposes.