719 Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth, NJ 07758
732-787-3033 - Activity Center
732-495-2115 - Ranger Station
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Seabrook-Wilson House (Activity Center) Info Sheet
Upcoming Drop-In Offerings
Park opens at 7 a.m. daily, year round.
Closing time is 9 p.m. through June 10; 9:30 p.m. June 11-July 15; and 9 p.m. July 16-August 19.
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 228 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 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!
Horseshoe Crabs Trying to Survive in the Modern World
Thursday, May 17 from 7-8 p.m.
Horseshoe crabs are vital to the ecology of local tidal waters in Monmouth County. Every year, during the full and new moons of late May and early June, many horseshoe crabs crawl up on beaches to spawn and lay eggs to begin the next generation, as they have for millions of years. But today there are many threats to the survival of these ancient seafarers. Join us as we discover why the population of horseshoe crabs is declining and how lots of people are currently working to protect the crab through research and what you can do to help. It will be a fascinating learning experience!
Sharks and Shark Bites
Thursday, June 21 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 legendary shark attacks of 1916 that inspired the movie “Jaws”. As we enter summer, this talk will get into the history and ecology of local sharks as well as why they are important to protect. Not to be missed by any shark enthusiast!
Striped Bass: Scales and Tales of a Favorite Fish
Thursday, August 23 from 7-8 p.m.
Over the years, many people have caught a striped bass, but what do people really know about this popular fish? Join us for an enlightening and fun-filled program on the history and ecology of striped bass, the myths surrounding them, and their importance to our local aquatic environment. What do they eat, who eats them, and where do the bass go for the winter? It will be a fascinating time!
OTHER FREE OFFERINGS
Beach Walk Along Sandy Hook Bay
Sunday, May 20 from 1-2 p.m.
Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center
(ages 8 and up, under 18 with adult)
Join a Park System Naturalist as we walk the sandy beach and search for shells and other treasures. Spring storms wash up a treasure trove of objects not typically seen during the warm summer months of the year, so it’s worth venturing out! A naturalist will help you identify shells and tell you about their fascinating environment. Dress for the weather and please bring your own cloth bag or bucket to collect shells. FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay
Monday, June 25-Friday, August 24
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
a variety of fish, crabs and other sea creatures as we pull a long
seine net along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. It will be a fun time for
everyone as we find out what lives and swims in Sandy Hook Bay. Meet on
the beach near the park entrance.
For more information about any of these offerings, please call Bayshore Waterfront Park at 732-787-3033, ext. 2#.
Flood Control Project
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is undertaking a multi-phased flood control project in Port Monmouth. The project involves the construction of about 7,070 feet of levees, 3,585 feet of floodwalls, 2,640 feet of dune, and beach renourishment at 10-year intervals along the Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay in Port Monmouth. The project provides protection to low-lying residential and commercial structures, built upon and near salt and freshwater marshes that are experiencing flooding caused by coastal storm inundation. This problem has progressively worsened in recent years due to loss of protective beaches and increased urbanization in the area with structures susceptible to flooding from rainfall and coastal storm surges, erosion and wave attack, combined with restrictions to channel flow in the tidal creeks. This area was devastated by Superstorm Sandy. The Preconstruction, Engineering and Design (PED) Phase was initiated in May 2002. A Hurricane Sandy Limited Reevaluation Report(HSLRR) approved December 2013. The first set of Plans and Specifications (P&S) have been completed and a Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) between the US Army Corps of Engineers and NJ Department of Environmental Protection was executed in January 2014. The dune, groin, pier extension and beach fill coastal features of the project have been completed. The remaining project components include Wetland mitigation, Pump Stations, Road Raising, Closure Gates, Levees, and Floodwalls. For more information please contact David Gentile, Project Manager U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, Phone: (917) 790-8483, firstname.lastname@example.org. See project map.
- 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).