With its mild weather and brilliant colors, autumn is a great time to be outdoors. Here is a sample of activities to enjoy during the fall months:


Thompson Park

Boat Rentals at the Manasquan Reservoir   
Visitor Center, Windeler Road, Howell

At the Visitor Center, park patrons ages 18 and older can rent rowboats (1-hr $12.62 or 4-hrs $35.51), electric motor powered rowboats (4-hrs $46.26), and kayaks (1-hr single person $14.49 or 1-hr double person $20.56). Cash or personal checks only; credit cards not accepted. A deposit is required for all rentals: $10 deposit for 1-hour rentals; $20 deposit for 4-hour rentals. Motor boat rentals are offered from April-October 31 and kayak rentals from May 1-October 31. (Prices do not include sales tax.)

Camping at Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold   

The campground, open through November 15, provides facilities for tent camping and travel trailers. Of the 64 campsites, 52 can be reserved and 12 are available on a first come, first served basis. All campsites are pull-through with water and electric hookups. The rates per night are as follows: $36 for residents and $40 for non-residents. For information about reservations, please call 732-462-7286.

The campground also features two cabins. The cost per cabin is $62 a night for county residents and $72 a night for non-residents.

Autumn Special Events

Wind & Sea Festival   
Bayshore Waterfront Park  
Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth 
Saturday, September 19 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Harvest Home Festival
Historic Longstreet Farm 
Longstreet Road, Holmdel
Sunday, September 27 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thompson Park Day
Thompson Park
Newman Springs Road, Lincroft
Sunday, October 18 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Golfing at County Park Golf Courses    
All Park System golf courses are open daily. With five Championship courses, two 18-hole executive courses, and a nine-hole par three course, the Park System is able to accommodate golfers of all skill levels. Automated tee time reservations (after the purchase of an ID card) and information are available by telephone 732-758-8383 and online at http://www.monmouthcountygolf.org/GolfMonmouth/Login.aspx.

(All prices updated 10/15)

This autumn be sure to…

  • Register for some of our activities that can be found in our Fall Program Directory.
  • Hike, run or bike our county park trails or sign up for one of our leader led hikes.
  • Stroll the beautiful gardens of Deep Cut Gardens to see what's in bloom.
  • Arrange a group picnic with friends or family.
  • Bring your children to one of our many playgrounds
  • Enjoy the day with your four-legged friend at one of the Park System's off-leash dog areas.
  • Take some time to relax and enjoy the colors of autumn at any of the parks.