Summer Activities

Enjoy summer at a county park. Warm weather activities include:

Guarded Swimming at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park
Ocean Avenue, Long Branch       
Lifeguards are on duty daily through September 1. Guarded swimming hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Remember, swimming is only permitted when lifeguards are present. Season beach badges for 2014 are currently available. Prices are:

  • $45 for ages 13 to 17
  • $65 for adults 18 to 64
  • $25 for adults 65 and older 

Weekday beach fees are $7 for individuals 18 years old and over; those 17 and under are free. On weekends and holidays, the fee is $7 for individuals 13 and over; those 12 and younger are free. The cost of a daily parking pass is $7.

Beach badges are valid through September 1. Season parking passes are $65. Beach and parking fees are charged daily through Monday, September 1.
Both daily and seasonal beach badges are available for purchase at the Seven Presidents pavilion located on Ocean Avenue in Long Branch from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  For further information, call 732-229-0924 during the beach season.

Tee off this summer at one of the Park System golf courses. Whether you’re just getting started or are an old pro, the Park System has a golf course that’s sure to be a perfect match. Choose among Bel-Aire, Wall; Charleston Springs, Millstone; Hominy Hill, Colts Neck; Howell Park, Howell; Pine Brook, Manalapan; and Shark River, Neptune. Play often and take advantage of 2014 Golf Specials including our Loyal Golfer and Family and Friends Golf Programs. Love to golf but are a little rusty or just getting started? Then check out our golf lessons.

Seining at Bayshore Waterfront Park
Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth  
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, June 23 through August 22
11 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Discover fish, crabs and other critters of Sandy Hook Bay as Park System Naturalists pull a seine net through the water. Children ages 5 and up (under 18 with an adult) are invited to help haul the net through the water. Please note that this is not a swimming program and closed-toe shoes must be worn. This program is designed for individuals and families; no groups. For more information on arranging a group visit, please call 732-872-7369.




Thompson Park 
Newman Springs Road, Lincroft

Canoe Rentals at Marlu Lake:

Weekend Rentals from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on:

Saturday & Sunday, June 14 & 15
Saturday & Sunday, June 28 & 29
Saturday & Sunday, July 12 & 13
Saturday & Sunday, July 26 & 27
Saturday & Sunday, August 9 & 10
Saturday & Sunday, August 23 & 24
Saturday & Sunday, September 13 & 14

Wednesday Evening Rentals from 6-9 p.m. on:  

Wednesdays, June 11, June 25, July 9, July 23, August 6 & August 20 

Please Note: Canoes must be back on shore by 9 p.m.

Cost: $15.00 per boat (tax included) for 1-3 people for 2 hours; cash or check only please.
Canoes are available for visitors (age 3 and up, under 18 with adult) on select weekends. All equipment is provided; a limited number of canoes are available. For more information, call 732-842-4000, ext. 4312.

Manasquan Reservoir  
Windeler Road, Howell 

Rent a Rowboat or Kayak 
At the Manasquan Reservoir Visitor Center, park patrons ages 18 and older can rent rowboats (1-hr $12.15 or 4-hrs $34.35); electric motor powered rowboats (4-hrs $44.86); and kayaks (1-hr single person $14.02 or 1-hr double person $20.09). Cash or check only please. A $10.00 deposit is required for a 1-hour rental; a $20 deposit is required for a 4-hour rental. Motor boat rentals are available April 1-October 31 and kayak rentals from May 1-October 31. (Prices do not include sales tax.)

Turkey Swamp Park  
Georgia Road, Freehold 

Rent a Kayak, Canoe or Paddleboat   
Boat rentals are available at Turkey Swamp Park weekends only from May 1 through June 14, daily through Labor Day, and weekends only again from Labor Day through Columbus Day. Boat rental hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The cost is $12.15 per hour; each additional 15 minutes is $4.21. A refundable deposit of $10 is required for individual rental. Group rentals are available; a deposit of $50 is required. (Prices do not include sales tax.) 

Boat Tours at the Manasquan Reservoir
Windeler Road, Howell
Enjoy a 45-minute boat tour on the beautiful Manasquan Reservoir. Tours are narrated by Park System Naturalists and include opportunities to view local wildlife including turtles, egrets, herons, ospreys, and perhaps a bald eagle! Life-jackets required (provided). Please Note: Tours are both weather and water level dependent. Cost: Adults $6; Children 12 & under $3.75 (tax included).

May 3-October 13
(Includes Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Columbus Day)
2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5 p.m.

July 9-August 27
2 p.m., 3 p.m. & 4 p.m.

June 6 at 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 
July 4 at 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 
August 1 at 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
September 5 at 5:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.


Boat Tours at the Manasquan Reservoir

Monmouth County Fair
Wednesday-Sunday, July 23-27
East Freehold Showgrounds
Kozloski Road, Freehold

It only comes around once a year! The Monmouth County Fair features 4-H exhibits, amusement rides, entertainment, fireworks, home and garden competitions and other special attractions.

This summer be sure to....

All prices have been updated for 2014.