221 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740
732-229-0924 (Seasonal Pavilion Office)
732-229-7025 (Park Rangers)
Park Brochure & Map | Tick Advisory
Park opens at 8 a.m.
Closing time is 9 p.m. through June 5; 9:30 p.m. June 6-July 17; and 9 p.m. July 18-August 14.
Skateplex closes at 4:30 p.m.
Our beach season has concluded. Lifeguards are NOT on duty.
2022 Beach Season
The beach is open for guarded swimming weekends only (including Memorial Day) May 28 – June 10; daily June 18 through Labor Day. Guarded swimming hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; weather and conditions permitting.
Park Access Passes are available for purchase at Thompson Park Headquarters
, Lincroft, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday (excluding holidays), March 21-June 17. Passes will also be available for purchase at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park weekends starting May 14 and daily starting June 18.
Here’s how to purchase your pass:
- Call in with a credit card: 732-842-4000, ext. 1 (weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.) to make your purchase and set an appointment time to pick up your pass.
- At your appointment time, bring your completed application to Thompson Park Headquarters, Lincroft. Come to the front entrance of the building into the lobby. The receptionist will give you your receipt and pass.
- Walk-ins are also welcome during the hours listed above.
- Cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover is accepted.
SEASONAL ACCESS FEES:
- Individuals – 17 years old and under Free
- Individuals – 18 through 64 years old $75
- Individuals – 65 years old and over $30
- Individuals – NJ State Disability Pass Holders* $20
- Parking $75
* In order to qualify for this seasonal fee or the waiving of the parking fee, the disabled individual must be the holder of a valid New Jersey State Parks and Forestry Totally Disabled Persons Pass.
Daily admission fees are $10 for individuals 18 years old and over; those 17 and under are free. The cost of a daily parking pass is $10. (fees updated 3/2022)
PLEASE NOTE: All United States Military members, including Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, Retired and Veteran, and their spouse and dependent children can enter the park free of charge. Veterans must show their identification card and be present at time of entry.
In the summer, this 38-acre beach park is a great place to swim, sun and surf. In the off-season, a nice place for quiet walks. Everything needed to enjoy a day at the beach is readily available during the summer months: snack bar, sheltered eating areas, volleyball area, outdoor showers and changing areas, guarded swimming, designated areas for surfing. The park also offers a reservable picnic tent for groups up to 50.
Please be aware that 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. Also, light-weight cartop vessels such as kayaks or canoes may be launched but, boaters can not drive down to the beach and must carry their vessel from the parking lot to the water. Download application for Boat Launch Pass (PDF). See our rules and regulations.
From April 1 to October 31, pets are not permitted in the park; from November 1 to March 31 pets are permitted throughout the park, including the beach, provided they are on a leash at all times. Pets are prohibited year round from the playground, Skatepark, pavilion and decks, boardwalks, dunes and habitats.
In accordance with New Jersey’s recently amended Smoke Free Air Act, all Monmouth County parks are now tobacco free. The new ban applies to cigarettes, pipes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and vaporize cigarettes, as well as smokeless tobacco such as snuff and chew.
The City of Long Branch, since June 2014, is charging for street parking in the vicinity of Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park. Please check signs and use pay stations.
From Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day Weekend, a parking fee will be charged from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (please see above for closing time) at the Skateplex parking lot.
Winner of the NJRPA 2011-12 Excellence in Design Award
Tony’s Place, named in honor of former Board of Recreation Commissioners Vice-Chairman Dr. Anthony Musella, is a universally accessible playground. It is the second joint venture playground project of the Park System, Challenged Youth Sports (based in Middletown) and Friends of the Parks
"Summer Fun at Tony's Place" is a program that provides free access to the playground during the summer for children with special needs and their accompanying families. There is no fee but a permit is required. Phone 732-842-4000, ext. 1, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Reference program #Q4702A.
Host your next family or group outing at the picnic tent, just steps from the beach and Tony's Place playground. Reserve your date for exclusive use of the tent for your group to enjoy. Park admission and parking fees apply during peak season. More details here.
The new section of the Skateplex is now open.
The facility is open year-round, 8 a.m. to dusk and use is subject to weather/safety conditions. An ANSI or SNELL approved helmet must be worn by those under 17 at all times. It is recommended that users age 17 and older also wear a helmet. Elbow and knee pads are recommended for all ages. Bikes and scooters are now permitted. See our rules and regulations for the Skateplex.
More than just a clean place for fun in the sun, this park is also a protected ecological habitat. The Park System regularly reinforces the sand dunes by planting erosion-fighting beach grass. These dunes act as a natural barrier against severe storms and serve as a habitat for threatened bird and plant species. As such, certain areas of the beach are sometimes closed and removed from the beach raking schedule to “let natural processes prevail.” This is done so that various native species may survive and thrive undisturbed.
History of the Site
Long Branch was placed "on the map" in 1869 when President Grant made the city the nation's "Summer Capital," a tradition followed by Presidents Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Harrison, McKinley, and Wilson. In the late 1800s Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park was the site of "The Reservation" that Long Branch businessman Nate Salsbury built for his Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie Oakley, and Chief Sitting Bull were among the many performers.
Garden State Parkway to exit 105. Follow State Hwy. 36 (Joline Ave.) 6.5 miles to park entrance.
State Hwy. 36 southbound, follow to Joline Ave. traffic light. Turn left. Follow to Park entrance.