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


Keep cool in the large outdoor pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area.

Open Shoot Archery       
Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.    
Thompson Park Activity Barn, Lincroft
This open shoot is designed for experienced archers only. All equipment is provided. No outside equipment permitted. Open to ages 10 and up (under 18 with adult). Cost is $10 per person; cash or check only.

Drop-in Kayak Tour of the Swimming River     
Saturday, July 23 from 1-2:30 p.m.       
Swimming River Park, Middletown       
Join a Park System Naturalist for this guided kayak tour. Open to ages 12 and up, under 18 with adult. Novice paddlers are welcome; all equipment is provided. Both single and tandem kayaks are available on a first-come first-serve basis. The cost is $20 per person; cash or check only.        

Turtle Time     
Saturday & Sunday, July 23 & 24 at 12 p.m.       
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell       
Meet some of our favorite resident turtles. FREE!       

Open Swim         
Saturday & Sunday, July 23 & 24 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.          
Fort Monmouth Recreation Area, Tinton Falls     
Keep cool in our large outdoor pool. The cost is $7 per person; $20 per family (up to four). Costs are per day. Monthly and season swim passes available for purchase at the Rec Center. Cash or check only.  

Mill Demonstration
Saturday & Sunday, July 23 & 24 from 1-4 p.m.
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
See the 19th century gristmill in action. FREE!  

Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir
Saturday & Sunday, July 23 & 24 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 to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center.      

Seabrook-Wilson House Tours            
Sunday, July 24 from 1-4 p.m.           
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth            
Visit this house, which dates back to the early 1700s, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!   

Please note that our outdoor programs are weather dependent and may be cancelled due to inclement conditions.  Please check back for possible updates before heading out.      

You can also: 

Our Summer and Camp/Swim issues of the Program Directory are currently available online and in most county parks. Registration is underway and accepted online, by phone at 732-842-4000, ext. 1, or in person at Park System Headquarters in Thompson Park, Lincroft. 

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