Monmouth County Park System Calendar of Events

Historic Portland Place Tours

Wednesday-Sunday, June 19-23, 2024

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Tour this beautifully restored 18th century house with exhibits that help tell the story of the region's history and the Hartshorne family legacy in Monmouth County. Tours are limited to 10 persons and may be suspended during severe weather conditions. Register on site at the Portland Place Visitor Center, Hartshorne Woods Park, Locust, day of tour. FREE!
Open Swim at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23, 2024

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, June 22 & 23, 2024

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 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, June 22 & 23, 2024

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 all ages; 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.
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23, 2024

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, June 22 & 23, 2024

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.
Story Time by the Creek at Historic Walnford

Sunday, June 23, 2024

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

Join us for story time beside the picturesque Crosswicks Creek at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Children are welcome to bring a snack and a mat, blanket or towel to sit on. During inclement weather, story time will take place in the Cow Barn. FREE!
Victorian Laundry Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Sunday, June 23, 2024

12-2:30 p.m.

Experience a late-Victorian laundry day at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. From lighting the wood stove to ironing the aprons, we cover loads of material during this demonstration, so make sure to hang around for a bit. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Sunday, June 23, 2024

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!
Music on the Porch

Sunday, June 23, 2024

1-3 p.m.
609-259-6275

Let the sound of bluegrass music enliven your visit to Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Open Pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Monday-Friday, June 24-28, 2024


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 2-8 p.m. Open Swim. Daily, monthly and season swim passes available.
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Monday, June 24, 2024

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!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Monday, June 24, 2024

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!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

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!
Historic Portland Place Tours

Wednesday-Sunday, June 26-30, 2024

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Tour this beautifully restored 18th century house with exhibits that help tell the story of the region's history and the Hartshorne family legacy in Monmouth County. Tours are limited to 10 persons and may be suspended during severe weather conditions. Register on site at the Portland Place Visitor Center, Hartshorne Woods Park, Locust, day of tour. FREE!
Life in a Freshwater Pond

Thursday, June 27, 2024

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. Weather permitting. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Thursday, June 27, 2024

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!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Friday, June 28, 2024

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, June 29 & 30, 2024

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, June 29 & 30, 2024

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 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!
Spinning, Knitting & Weaving Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, June 29, 2024

1-3 p.m.

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, to watch the art of spinning fleece and learn various methods of knitting. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, June 29 & 30, 2024

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, June 29 & 30, 2024

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 Open

Sunday, June 30, 2024

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!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Monday, July 1, 2024

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!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Monday, July 1, 2024

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!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

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!
Historic Portland Place Tours

Wednesday-Sunday, July 3-7, 2024

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Tour this beautifully restored 18th century house with exhibits that help tell the story of the region's history and the Hartshorne family legacy in Monmouth County. Tours are limited to 10 persons and may be suspended during severe weather conditions. Register on site at the Portland Place Visitor Center, Hartshorne Woods Park, Locust, day of tour. FREE!
Independence Day Celebration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Thursday, July 4, 2024

12-3 p.m.
732-946-3758

Join the staff at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, as they celebrate the holiday with games and contests. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Thursday, July 4, 2024

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!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Thursday, July 4, 2024

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.
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Friday, July 5, 2024

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

Friday, July 5, 2024

6 p.m. & 7 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.
Thompson Park Canoe Rentals

Saturday & Sunday, July 6 & 7, 2024

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 all ages; 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.
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Saturday & Sunday, July 6 & 7, 2024

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 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, July 6, 2024

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, July 6 & 7, 2024

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, July 6 & 7, 2024

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 Open

Sunday, July 7, 2024

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!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Monday, July 8, 2024

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!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Monday, July 8, 2024

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 Crosswicks Creek Park

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for a laid-back morning bird walk in Crosswicks Creek Park. Meet in the Province Line Road parking area in Allentown. We’ll meander through the park for about an hour and a half to see what birds we can find. Participants should expect to be walking a few miles (2-4) on sometimes uneven or muddy terrain. No need to be an expert at identifying birds to enjoy. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow if needed. FREE!
Tidal Tuesdays - Seining at Fisherman's Cove

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

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!
Under the Summer Stars at Dorbrook Recreation Area

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

10-11 p.m.

Join our guide and look for key objects and constellations in the night sky at Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck. (Use the soccer field parking lot.) Bring a camp chair to rest on as we star search and a flashlight to light your way in the dark. Program may be cancelled due to overcast skies or inclement weather. Open to all ages, under 18 with adult. FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

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!
Historic Portland Place Tours

Wednesday-Sunday, July 10-14, 2024

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Tour this beautifully restored 18th century house with exhibits that help tell the story of the region's history and the Hartshorne family legacy in Monmouth County. Tours are limited to 10 persons and may be suspended during severe weather conditions. Register on site at the Portland Place Visitor Center, Hartshorne Woods Park, Locust, day of tour. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

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, July 11, 2024

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 30-60 minutes of nature-based fun. FREE!
Life in a Freshwater Pond

Thursday, July 11, 2024

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. Weather permitting. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Thursday, July 11, 2024

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!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Friday, July 12, 2024

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!
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Saturday & Sunday, July 13 & 14, 2024

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 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!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, July 13 & 14, 2024

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, July 13, 2024

10 a.m.-1 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.
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, July 13 & 14, 2024

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 Thompson Park

Sunday, July 14, 2024

12-3 p.m.

Head over to Thompson Park, Lincroft, 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 Open

Sunday, July 14, 2024

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!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Monday, July 15, 2024

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!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Monday, July 15, 2024

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!
Tidal Tuesdays - Seining at Fisherman's Cove

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

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, July 17, 2024

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!
Historic Portland Place Tours

Wednesday-Sunday, July 17-21, 2024

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Tour this beautifully restored 18th century house with exhibits that help tell the story of the region's history and the Hartshorne family legacy in Monmouth County. Tours are limited to 10 persons and may be suspended during severe weather conditions. Register on site at the Portland Place Visitor Center, Hartshorne Woods Park, Locust, day of tour. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

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 Clayton Park

Thursday, July 18, 2024

11 a.m.

Meet in the parking lot at the trail head, 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, July 18, 2024

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. Weather permitting. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Thursday, July 18, 2024

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!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Friday, July 19, 2024

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: JoBonanno & The Godsons of Soul Performance

Friday, July 19, 2024

7-8:30 p.m.

Sing and dance during as this high-energy rock and soul band performs. This Jersey Shore band features amazing horns, keys, guitar and drums. Bring chairs or blankets, food and soft drinks. The concert is outdoors in Thompson Park, Lincroft. If the weather is inclement the concert will be moved indoors in the Theatre Barn. FREE!
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Saturday & Sunday, July 20 & 21, 2024

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 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, July 20 & 21, 2024

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 all ages; 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.
Cookstove Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, July 20, 2024

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!
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s

Saturday, July 20, 2024

1-3 p.m.

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

Saturday & Sunday, July 20 & 21, 2024

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!
Basket Weaving Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday, July 20, 2024

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
609-259-6275

Visit the Penn/Jersey Basket Weaving Guild as they weave baskets at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, July 20 & 21, 2024

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.
Bluegrass and Old-Time Music at Thompson Park

Sunday, July 21, 2024

12-5 p.m.

The Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association will meet outside the Thompson Park Theater Barn, Lincroft, for a jam session. Bring your own bass, banjo, fiddle, mandolin or guitar to join in, or just stop by and enjoy an afternoon music. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Sunday, July 21, 2024

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!
Victorian Laundry Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Sunday, July 21, 2024

12-2:30 p.m.

Experience a late-Victorian laundry day at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. From lighting the wood stove to ironing the aprons, we cover loads of material during this demonstration, so make sure to hang around for a bit. FREE!
Story Time by the Creek at Historic Walnford

Sunday, July 21, 2024

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

Join us for story time beside the picturesque Crosswicks Creek at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Children are welcome to bring a snack and a mat, blanket or towel to sit on. During inclement weather, story time will take place in the Cow Barn. FREE!
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Monday, July 22, 2024

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!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Monday, July 22, 2024

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!
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