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


Enjoy Open Swim at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area, Tinton Falls.


Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir       
Friday, June 3 at 6:30 & 7:30 p.m.      
Saturday & Sunday, June 4 & 5 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, 12 and under. Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center.    

Roving Naturalist        
Saturday, June 4 at 9 a.m.          
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch       
Join our Roving Park System Naturalist for a walk and learn about seasonal points of interest. Meet at the pavilion. FREE!     

Drop-In Surprise Story Time       
Saturday, June 4 from 11-11:45 a.m.       
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown      
Join us for story time! If the weather is nice, look for the clue at the Horticultural Center's entrance that leads to the secret spot. If it’s rainy or cold, we’ll be inside. Recommended for ages 3-7. FREE!

19th Century Woodworking Demonstration        
Saturday, June 4 from 12-3 p.m.       
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel              
See how 19th century woodworking tools were used during this demonstration. FREE!      

Discover Disc Golf          
Saturday & Sunday, June 4 & 5 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.         
Thompson Park, Lincroft        
Try out the mini disc golf course that's been set up. Sign in at the Visitor Center and receive the course map and use of disc. FREE!       

Thompson Park Canoe Rentals       
Saturday & Sunday, June 4 & 5 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.          
Thompson Park, Lincroft         
Canoes will be available for rent on Marlu Lake. All equipment provided; limited number of canoes available. Open to ages 3 and up, under 18 with adult. Fee is $15 per boat for 1-3 people for two hours. Cash or check only.

Open Swim   
Saturday & Sunday, June 4 & 5 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.          
Fort Monmouth Recreation Area, Tinton Falls          
Our Open Swim fees are $7 per person per session, $20 per family of four per session. Monthly and season swim passes available for purchase at the Rec Center. Monthly passes are $40 per person or $75 per family (up to four); season passes are $100 per person and $200 per family (up to four). Cash or check only.        

Mill Demonstration             
Saturday & Sunday, June 4 & 5 from 1-4 p.m.             
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold          
See the 19th century gristmill in action. FREE!        

Butterfly Walk         
Sunday, June 5 at 10:30 a.m.         
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell        
Join a Park System Naturalist for a walk to identify butterflies. Meet at Environmental Center. Walk may be a mile or more. Open to ages 8 and up, under 18 with adult. FREE!

Open Ceramics       
Sunday, June 5 from 12:30-4:30 p.m.        
Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, Lincroft      
Choose from a large selection of bisque fired pottery pieces to glaze and make your own. Children 12 and under are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per hour plus price of bisque ware; cash or check only. Pieces will be fired in about a week.

Music Man Rich Marzec          
Sunday, June 5 from 1-3 p.m.         
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel     
Enjoy music from the 1890s. FREE!         

Seabrook-Wilson House Tours        
Sunday, June 5 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!          

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.