719 Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth, NJ 07758
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.
732-787-3033 - Activity Center
732-495-2115 - Ranger Station
Park Brochure & Map
Seabrook-Wilson House (Activity Center) Info Sheet
Upcoming Drop-In Offerings
Park opens at 7 a.m. daily, year round.
Closing time is 7 p.m. through November 5; 5:30 p.m. November 6-January 13; and 6 p.m. January 14-February 8.
Information on Clinging Jellyfish
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
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours
Sundays, April 24-October 30
The historic Seabrook-Wilson House will open its doors for public tours again this year. 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. Enjoy views of New York City and the beauty of Sandy Hook Bay while visiting this celebrated house.
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!
The Real Story of the Jersey Devil
Thursday, October 27 from 7-8 p.m.
We will have some fun right before Halloween by discovering the ecology of the Pine Barrens, which gave rise to the history and folklore of the Jersey Devil. For more than 250 years this mysterious creature is said to prowl through the marshes of New Jersey and emerge periodically to rampage through towns and cities. So famous is this devil that it became New Jersey’s “official demon” in the 1930’s. We will have an amusing time discovering the many possible origins and stories of the Jersey Devil legend, some are actually real, and the devil’s home in the Pine Barrens.
The Wonder & Ecology of Knobbed Whelks
Thursday, November 17 from 7-8 p.m.
Did you know New Jersey designated the knobbed whelk as the official state shell in 1995? Commonly called a conch shell, the shell of the knobbed whelk can be found on all beaches and bays of New Jersey. Join us for a fascinating learning experience about the population of whelks and the best time and places to find them.
Captain Kidd - the Pirate of New York & New Jersey
Thursday, January 19 from 7-8 p.m.
Captain William Kidd is one of the most famous pirates in history, remembered for his piracy in the Indian Ocean during the late 1600s. Yet, did you know he once lived in New York City and his crew lived for a time in Middletown, NJ? Plus his treasure is rumored to be buried somewhere along the northeast coast, including Sandy Hook Bay. Find out more about the life of pirates and their dealings in local waters. There’s more to the life of a pirate than just his booty.
Introduction to the Seals of Monmouth County
Thursday, February 23 from 7-8 p.m.
Each winter a large group of harbor seals and other species of seals visit the New Jersey coastline. Join us for an interesting presentation about the behavior of the various species of seals that call local waters home, where they come from, where to find them on our shoreline and how we can protect seals from human disturbances and threats. Discover an insider’s perspective about local conservation efforts being made on behalf of several species of seals.
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).