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
Upcoming Drop-In Offerings
Park opens at 7 a.m. daily, year round.
Closing time is 6:30 p.m. through March 12; 8 p.m. March 13-April 12; and 8:30 p.m. April 13-May 2.
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
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours
Sundays, April 24-October 30
The historic Seabrook-Wilson House, locally known as the “Spy 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.
Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower
Friday, May 6 from 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
Open to ages 9 and up, under 18 with adult. Join a Park System Naturalist late into the night for a spectacular natural event. The Eta Aquarids is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Most of the activity is seen in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, the rate can reach about 30 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet Halley, which has been known and observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually, radiating from the constellation Aquarius, and peaks this year on the nights of May 6! The new moon will ensure dark skies this year for what could be an excellent show. FREE!
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!
Whaling and Whales Along the Jersey Shore
Thursday, February 25 from 7-8 p.m.
Believe it or not, the Jersey Shore once had a thriving whaling industry, including along Monmouth County, and a diversity of whales that called our coastline home, from Right Whales to Blue Whales. Join us as we discover some of the hidden history and ecology of the Jersey Shore by finding out the latest research about whales as well as the important role they played for the international whaling industry and the rise of laws protecting them from commercial hunting.
The Piping Plover Population of Monmouth County
Thursday, March 31 from from 7-8 p.m.
In 1984, the piping plover, a small shorebird approximately seven inches long, was listed as an endangered species in New Jersey. Over 30 years later, an intensive recovery effort is still going on to increase the breeding population along the Jersey shore, including in Monmouth County, and to reduce the many threats it faces. This presentation reviews the recovery process, including its successes and challenges, and identifies future efforts needed to delist this still vulnerable population.
Striped Bass: Scales and Tales of a Favorite Fish
Thursday, May 26 from 7-8 p.m.
Over the years, many people have caught a striped bass, but what do you 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 learning experience!
For more information about any of these offerings, please call Bayshore Waterfront Park at 732-787-3033, ext. 2#.
- 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).