Monmouth County Park System Calendar of Events

Open Pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Monday-Friday, August 15-19, 2022


848-456-4278

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. The Open Pool schedule is as follows: 7-9 a.m. Early Bird Workout and 2-7:30 p.m. Open Swim. Daily, monthly and season swim passes available.
Enviro-Quest at Clayton Park, Upper Freehold

Thursday, August 18, 2022

11 a.m.

Meet in the parking lot on Emley's Hill Road, Upper Freehold, and follow the Enviro-Quest signs to where the Park System Naturalist is waiting. Once there, join in a mini-nature lesson, activity, or walk for 30-60 minutes of nature-based fun. FREE!
Life in a Freshwater Pond

Thursday, August 18, 2022

11 a.m.-12 p.m.
732-264-7277, ext. 1

Join Park System Naturalists to explore a freshwater pond at Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen. Meet outside the Visitor Center. We’ll look for basking turtles, hopping frogs, hunting herons, splashing fish and anything else that catches our eye. We will also discover the unique life that lies underneath the water in a freshwater pond. Wear closed-toe shoes. Open to all ages, under 18 with adult. FREE!
Fishing 101 – A Beginner’s Guide to Fishing

Thursday, August 18, 2022

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Learn how to rig, bait, cast, and, hopefully, catch your first fish during this program offered at the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell. Come and go at any time. Bait and tackle provided. Open to all ages; under 14 with adult. Fishing license required for ages 16-69. Stop by the Manasquan Reservoir Bait Shop to register. No groups please. FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Friday, August 19, 2022

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join us at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth for this hands-on nature program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures as we pull a long seine net along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the parking lot. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. This program is designed for individuals and families. Weather permitting. FREE!
Open Swim at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Saturday & Sunday, August 20 & 21, 2022

10 a.m.-6 p.m.
848-456-4278

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. Daily, monthly and season swim passes available.
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Saturday & Sunday, August 20 & 21, 2022

12-4 p.m.

Tour the restored Historic Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands, and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. FREE!
Thompson Park Canoe Rentals

Saturday & Sunday, August 20 & 21, 2022

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
732-842-4000

Canoes will be available for rent on Marlu Lake in Thompson Park, Lincroft. All equipment provided; limited number of canoes available. Open to ages 3 and up, under 18 with adult. All rentals must be returned by 3 p.m. Fee is $15 per boat for 1-3 people for two hours. Cash or check only.
Walking Tour of Thompson Park

Saturday, August 20, 2022

10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Join our historical interpreter on a walking tour of Thompson Park, Lincroft. The tour covers the park’s origins as an 18th century farmstead, its horseracing days, and eventual use as a county park. Tours last approximately one hour and are weather dependent. Participants should be prepared to walk a mile. Meet in front of the Visitor Center. FREE!
Cookstove Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, August 20, 2022

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

See what's cooking on the woodstove at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and discover how recipes, cooking techniques and kitchens have changed since the 1890s. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, August 20 & 21, 2022

12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
609-259-6275

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Each demonstration lasts approximately 15 minutes. FREE!
Performance in the Park - Travels Through Time: Roaring 20s Through the Fabulous 50s and Beyond

Saturday, August 20, 2022

7-8 p.m.

Join us in the Thompson Park Theater Barn, Lincroft, as we take you through the history of social dance styles born in the United States from the 1920s to the fabulous 1950s and beyond. Enjoy performances of iconic dance styles like The Charleston, The Lindy Hop, The Carolina Shag and more! Historical information about their cultural influences through the decades will also be shared. Performance presented by Jumpin Entertainment and The Roaring Rascals. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, August 20 & 21, 2022

2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5 p.m.
732-751-9453

These 45-minute tours of the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, 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. Life-jackets required. Tickets can be purchased on day of tour only.
Blue Grass and Old-Time Music at Thompson Park

Sunday, August 21, 2022

2 & 3 p.m.

The Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association will have you stomping your feet during live performances in the Thompson Park Theater Barn, Lincroft. There will also be musicians jamming from 12-5 p.m. Rain or shine. FREE!
Story Time in the Park at Historic Walnford

Sunday, August 21, 2022

11-11:45 a.m.
609-259-6275

Join us as we read a story in front of the picturesque Crosswicks Creek at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Bring a snack and a blanket or towel. During inclement weather we will meet in the front hall of the historic house. Open to ages 2-7, with adult. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours

Sunday, August 21, 2022

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Open Pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Monday-Friday, August 22-26, 2022


848-456-4278

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. The Open Pool schedule is as follows: 7-9 a.m. Early Bird Workout and 2-7:30 p.m. Open Swim. Daily, monthly and season swim passes available.
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Monday, August 22, 2022

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join us at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth for this hands-on nature program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures as we pull a long seine net along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the parking lot. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. This program is designed for individuals and families. Weather permitting. FREE!
Tidal Tuesdays - Seining at Fisherman's Cove

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Stop by Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan, and join a Park System Naturalist for this free seining program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs and other sea creatures that may be found along the cove. Closed-toe shoes are required. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Weather permitting. FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join us at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth for this hands-on nature program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures as we pull a long seine net along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the parking lot. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. This program is designed for individuals and families. Weather permitting. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

2 p.m., 3 p.m. & 4 p.m.
732-751-9453

These 45-minute tours of the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, 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. Life-jackets required. Tickets can be purchased on day of tour only.
Enviro-Quest at Perrineville Lake Park

Thursday, August 25, 2022

11 a.m.

Meet at the Agress Road parking lot in Perrineville Lake Park, Millstone, and follow the Enviro-Quest signs to where the Park System Naturalist is waiting. Once there, join in a mini-nature lesson, activity, or walk for 30-60 minutes of nature-based fun. FREE!
Life in a Freshwater Pond

Thursday, August 25, 2022

11 a.m.-12 p.m.
732-264-7277, ext. 1

Join Park System Naturalists to explore a freshwater pond at Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen. Meet outside the Visitor Center. We’ll look for basking turtles, hopping frogs, hunting herons, splashing fish and anything else that catches our eye. We will also discover the unique life that lies underneath the water in a freshwater pond. Wear closed-toe shoes. Open to all ages, under 18 with adult. FREE!
Fishing 101 – A Beginner’s Guide to Fishing

Thursday, August 25, 2022

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Learn how to rig, bait, cast, and, hopefully, catch your first fish during this program offered at the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell. Come and go at any time. Bait and tackle provided. Open to all ages; under 14 with adult. Fishing license required for ages 16-69. Stop by the Manasquan Reservoir Bait Shop to register. No groups please. FREE!
Nature Lecture Series - Box Turtles of Monmouth County

Thursday, August 25, 2022

7-8 p.m.

Come to the Freneau Woods Park Visitor Center, Aberdeen, for this talk by a Park System Naturalist and learn about this small- to medium-sized turtle with a domed shell. Discover what box turtles eat, where they can be found, and what are some threats to them. FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Friday, August 26, 2022

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join us at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth for this hands-on nature program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures as we pull a long seine net along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the parking lot. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. This program is designed for individuals and families. Weather permitting. FREE!
Concert in the Park: Jukebox Heroes Live with the Mahoney Brothers

Friday, August 26, 2022

7:30-9 p.m.

Show includes tributes to The Beatles, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and more! Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, food and soft drinks. The concert is outdoors at the Thompson Park Theater Barn, Lincroft; however, if the weather is inclement, the concert will be moved indoors. FREE!
Open Swim at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Saturday & Sunday, August 27 & 28, 2022

10 a.m.-6 p.m.
848-456-4278

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. Daily, monthly and season swim passes available.
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Saturday & Sunday, August 27 & 28, 2022

12-4 p.m.

Tour the restored Historic Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands, and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. FREE!
Cookstove Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, August 27, 2022

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

See what's cooking on the woodstove at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and discover how recipes, cooking techniques and kitchens have changed since the 1890s. FREE!
Potato Harvest at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday & Sunday, August 27 & 28, 2022

12-2 p.m.

Learn how potatoes were grown and harvested at the end of the 19th century. Help the Longstreet Farm staff bring in the crop and dig some potatoes for your own family. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, August 27 & 28, 2022

12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
609-259-6275

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Each demonstration lasts approximately 15 minutes. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, August 27 & 28, 2022

2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5 p.m.
732-751-9453

These 45-minute tours of the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, 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. Life-jackets required. Tickets can be purchased on day of tour only.
Climb Time at Freneau Woods Park

Sunday, August 28, 2022

12-3 p.m.

Head over to Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen, and try the Park System's 25’ portable climbing wall. You must be 42” or taller to climb. Open to ages 8 and up; under 18 with adult. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours

Sunday, August 28, 2022

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Story Time in the Park at Historic Walnford

Sunday, August 28, 2022

11-11:45 a.m.
609-259-6275

Join us as we read a story in front of the picturesque Crosswicks Creek at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Bring a snack and a blanket or towel. During inclement weather we will meet in the front hall of the historic house. Open to ages 2-7, with adult. FREE!
Naturalist Walk at Winter Run Activity Center

Sunday, August 28, 2022

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist at the new Winter Run Activity Center property, part of the beautiful Manasquan River Greenway and adjacent to the Manasquan Reservoir. Walks are approximately 45 minutes and a mile in length. Sturdy shoes and bug spray are highly recommended. FREE!
Open Pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Monday-Friday, August 29-September 2, 2022


848-456-4278

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. The Open Pool schedule is as follows: 7-9 a.m. Early Bird Workout and 12-7 p.m. Open Swim. Daily, monthly and season swim passes available.
Tidal Tuesdays - Seining at Fisherman's Cove

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Stop by Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan, and join a Park System Naturalist for this free seining program. Discover a variety of fish, crabs and other sea creatures that may be found along the cove. Closed-toe shoes are required. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Weather permitting. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

2 p.m., 3 p.m. & 4 p.m.
732-751-9453

These 45-minute tours of the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, 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. Life-jackets required. Tickets can be purchased on day of tour only.
Open Swim at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Saturday-Monday, September 3-5, 2022

10 a.m.-6 p.m.
848-456-4278

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. Daily, monthly and season swim passes available.
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Saturday & Sunday, September 3 & 4, 2022

12-4 p.m.

Tour the restored Historic Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands, and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. FREE!
Thompson Park Canoe Rentals

Saturday & Sunday, September 3 & 4, 2022

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
732-842-4000

Canoes will be available for rent on Marlu Lake in Thompson Park, Lincroft. All equipment provided; limited number of canoes available. Open to ages 3 and up, under 18 with adult. All rentals must be returned by 3 p.m. Fee is $15 per boat for 1-3 people for two hours. Cash or check only.
Piano Ballads from the Turn of the Century

Saturday, September 3, 2022

1-3 p.m.

Tap your feet, dance a one-step, or sing-along to popular turn-of-the-19th-century ballads as they are played inside the farmhouse at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, September 3 & 4, 2022

12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
609-259-6275

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Each demonstration lasts approximately 15 minutes. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday-Monday, September 3-5, 2022

2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5 p.m.
732-751-9453

These 45-minute tours of the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, 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. Life-jackets required. Tickets can be purchased on day of tour only.
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours

Sunday, September 4, 2022

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
The Casual Birder at Fisherman’s Cove

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for a laid-back morning bird walk at Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan. We’ll meander through the park for about an hour and a half to see what birds we can find. No need to be an expert at identifying birds to enjoy. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow if needed. FREE!
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Saturday, September 10, 2022

12-4 p.m.

Tour the restored Historic Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands, and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. FREE!
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, September 10, 2022

1-3 p.m.

Hear melodies of the 1890s played on the accordion during your visit to Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Cookstove Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, September 10, 2022

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

See what's cooking on the woodstove at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and discover how recipes, cooking techniques and kitchens have changed since the 1890s. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, September 10 & 11, 2022

12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
609-259-6275

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Each demonstration lasts approximately 15 minutes. FREE!
Open Shoot Archery

Saturday, September 10, 2022

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join us for this open shoot at the Thompson Park Activity Barn, Lincroft. This is NOT a beginner instructional program. If you are new to archery, register for one of our instructional classes prior to attending. All equipment is provided. Open to ages 10 and up; under 18 with adult. The cost is $10 per person; cash or check only.
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Sunday, September 11, 2022

1-4 p.m.

Tour the restored Historic Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands, and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. FREE!
Bonsai Day at Deep Cut Gardens

Sunday, September 11, 2022

12-4 p.m.
732-671-6050

The Monmouth County Park System and the Deep Cut Bonsai Society present Bonsai Day at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown. Experience this intricate and ancient art through demonstrations and displays, with experts on hand to answer your questions. Admission and parking are free.
Nature on the Move

Sunday, September 11, 2022

3 p.m.

Look for our colorful Nature on the Move van at the Clayton Park Activity Center, Upper Freehold, and join one of our Park System Naturalists for a 30-45-minute hands-on interactive program. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours

Sunday, September 11, 2022

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
9/11 Memorial Ceremony at Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook

Sunday, September 11, 2022

9 a.m.

Join us for this remembrance ceremony at Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook in Atlantic Highlands.
The Casual Birder at Manasquan Reservoir

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for a laid-back morning bird walk at Manasquan Reservoir, Howell. Meet at the Visitor Center. We’ll meander through the park for about an hour and a half to see what birds we can find. No need to be an expert at identifying birds to enjoy. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow if needed. FREE!
Climb Time at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

3-6 p.m.

Head over to Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch, and try the Park System's 25’ portable climbing wall. You must be 42” or taller to climb. Open to ages 8 and up; under 18 with adult. FREE!
Nature Lecture Series: Knobbed Whelks of New Jersey

Thursday, September 15, 2022

7-8 p.m.

Come to the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth, for a fun talk by a Park System Naturalist about knobbed whelks, seashells, and other mysterious marine life. FREE!
Fall Plant Swap at Tatum Park

Saturday, September 17, 2022

8:30 a.m.

Bring perennials to Tatum Park, Middletown (Red Hill Road entrance), in one-quart, one-gallon or two-gallon containers and take home the same size and number of plants. Please label all plants. Houseplants may also be exchanged, but no annuals please. Plant intake from 8:30-10 a.m. Swap starts at 10 a.m. FREE!
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Saturday, September 17, 2022

12-4 p.m.

Tour the restored Historic Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands, and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. FREE!
Wind & Sea Festival

Saturday, September 17, 2022

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Celebrate all things water-related during this family-friendly festival at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth.
Preserving the Harvest at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, September 17, 2022

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and learn about 19th century techniques for food preservation such as salting, pickling, drying and jelling. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18, 2022

12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
609-259-6275

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Each demonstration lasts approximately 15 minutes. FREE!
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