Bayshore Waterfront Park

Facebook Logo719 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

Park opens at 7 a.m. 365 days a year.
Closing time is 9 p.m. through August 15; 8:30 p.m. August 16-31; and 8 p.m. September 1-23.

Upcoming Drop-In Offerings 

** We're pleased to announce that the fishing pier is now open!  **


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 227 acres in the Bayshore area.

seabrook-wilson house
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. 
 
Fishing 
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.
 
Drop-in Offerings   
 
Open House of the Historic Seabrook-Wilson House
Sundays now through October 25 from 1-4 p.m.

The historic Seabrook-Wilson House, informally known as the “Spy House”, will open its doors for self-guided tours. 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 including the American Revolution and maritime culture. Enjoy views of New York City and the beauty of the bay while visiting this well-known historic house.

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!

Sharks & Shark Bites    
Saturday, August 8 from 7-8 p.m.    
Monmouth County is home to many different species of sharks: great white, mako, blue and thresher to name just a few. It’s also home to the famous shark attacks of 1916 that inspired the movie “Jaws”. As we enter Shark Week, this talk will get into the history and ecology of local sharks as well as why they are important to protect. Not to be missed by any shark enthusiast!

Seahorses & Pufferfish    
Thursday, September 24 from 7-8 p.m.    
Seahorses and pufferfish seem in the realm of unicorns and mermaids, but they’re real, and actually do live in our local waters. They can often be found in people’s nets or seen swimming in shallow waters. Find out where these fish swim, what they eat, and their fascinating life histories. We will also discover some other weird and wonderful coastal fish that call Monmouth County home.

The Real Story of the Jersey Devil  
Thursday, October 29 from 7–8 p.m.    
We will have some fun right before Halloween by discovering the ecology of the Pine Barrens, which gave rise to the history and folklore of the Jersey Devil. For more than 250 years this mysterious creature is said to prowl through the marshes of New Jersey and emerge periodically to rampage through towns and cities. So famous is this devil that it became New Jersey’s “official demon” in the 1930s. We will have a fun time discovering the many possible origins and stories of the Jersey Devil legend, some are actually real, and the devil’s home in the Pine Barrens.

Drop-in Summer Nature Programs - Fun for the Whole Family!

Join Park System Naturalists this summer and have fun as you explore the natural wonders of Sandy Hook Bay! Each program is about 45 minutes long. Programs will begin inside the Bay House. $5.00 per person. No pre-registration is required, but there is a limit of 25 people per program. Ages 5 and up, under 18 must with adult.  

Make a Fun Fish Print   
We have lots of paint so why not make a colorful fish print of a rubber sea star, flounder, skate and more to take home. Fish printing, the art of Gyotaku, dates back to Japan over 100 years ago. Anglers made fish prints to record their catches and to save information on fish biology. Why not try it yourself to see what you can discover.

From 3-3:45 p.m. on:

  • Wednesday, August 12
  • Wednesday, August 26

Seashell Painting   
Have you ever come home from the day at the beach with a collection of shells you didn’t know what to do with? Why not paint them? We will supply the paint and brushes. Bring your own shells or feel free to use ours to make a unique and attractive coastal attraction. It will be a shell-spectacular time! 

From 3-3:45 p.m. on:

  • Monday, August 10
  • Monday, August 24
  • Thursday, August 27 

Summer Seining   
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 22–August 21, from 11 a.m.–12 p.m.  

Discover a variety of fish, crabs, and other creatures of the bay as we pull a 30' seine net though the calm waters of Sandy Hook Bay. It will be a fun time for everyone as we discover what lives in the bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach. Open to all ages, under 18 with adult, the program is designed for individuals and families, not groups. Sunscreen and drinking water are recommended for all attending the program. Program runs weather permitting.

For more information about any of these offerings, please call Bayshore Waterfront Park at 732-787-3033, ext. 2#.

Park Map (pdf)
Directions
  • 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).