Monmouth County Park System Calendar of Events

Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19, 2019

1-4 p.m.
609-259-6275

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19, 2019

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.
Walnford Day

Sunday, May 19, 2019

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

It’s our annual celebration at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Enjoy milling demonstrations, hands-on activities, games, exhibits and displays. FREE!
Seashell Sunday at Bayshore Waterfront Park

Sunday, May 19, 2019

1-2 p.m.

Starting a shell collection this year? It’s the best way to get to know the Jersey Shore. Want to know where shells come from? Can’t figure out what you found on the beach? Bring it to the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth, and we will tell you all about seashells, how to collect them without harming the environment, and feature an assortment of live mollusks, crustaceans, and cool beach finds and artifacts. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Sunday, May 19, 2019

1-4 p.m.
732-787-3033, ext. 2#

Visit this house, which dates back to the early 1700s, in Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth. See displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Sunday, May 19, 2019

10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and play basketball in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! Our lobby table games including air hockey and ping pong will be available as well. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Open Shoot Archery

Sunday, May 19, 2019

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join us for this open shoot at the Thompson Park Activity Barn, Lincroft. All equipment is provided. No outside equipment permitted. This is not an instructional program and is designed for those already familiar with archery techniques. Open to ages 10 and up (under 18 with adult). Cost is $10 per person; cash or check only.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Monday, May 20, 2019

9 a.m.-7 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and play basketball in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! Our lobby table games including air hockey and ping pong will be available as well. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

2-4:30 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and play basketball in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! Our lobby table games including air hockey and ping pong will be available as well. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and play basketball in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! Our lobby table games including air hockey and ping pong will be available as well. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
The Casual Birder at Manasquan Reservoir

Thursday, May 23, 2019

9 a.m.

Adults are invited to join a Park System Naturalist for this laid-back morning bird walk at the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell. Meet by the Visitor Center. We’ll meander for about 1.5 hours and see what birds we can find. No need to be an expert at identifying birds to enjoy this walk. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow if needed. FREE!
#inviteHER Women’s Meet and Greet at Hominy Hill Golf Course

Thursday, May 23, 2019


Join LPGA Professional Kathy Ricci for this meet and greet as well as a driving range session at Hominy Hill Golf Course, Colts Neck. Designed for women interested in trying the game or picking it back up. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Thursday, May 23, 2019

12-4 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and play basketball in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! Our lobby table games including air hockey and ping pong will be available as well. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Friday, May 24, 2019

11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and play basketball in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! Our lobby table games including air hockey and ping pong will be available as well. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Saturday-Monday, May 25-27, 2019

12-4 p.m.

Tour the newly 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, May 25 & 26, 2019

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.
Cookstove Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, May 25, 2019

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

See what's cooking on the woodstove at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, May 25 & 26, 2019

1-4 p.m.
609-259-6275

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday-Monday, May 25-27, 2019

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, May 26, 2019

1-4 p.m.
732-787-3033, ext. 2#

Visit this house, which dates back to the early 1700s, in Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth. See displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Decoration Day Celebration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Monday, May 27, 2019

12-3 p.m.

Join in the celebration as the staff of Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, enjoys an old-fashioned Decoration Day. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

2-4:30 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and play basketball in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! Our lobby table games including air hockey and ping pong will be available as well. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Splendid Spring Stroll at Thompson Park

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

3-4:30 p.m.

Say “farewell” to the frigid weather as you join a Park Naturalist on a peaceful trail walk through Thompson Park, Lincroft. Meet at the Old Orchard parking lot. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and play basketball in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! Our lobby table games including air hockey and ping pong will be available as well. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
The Casual Birder at Thompson Park

Thursday, May 30, 2019

9 a.m.

Adults are invited to join a Park System Naturalist for this laid-back morning bird walk in Thompson Park, Lincroft. Meet in the Marlu Lake parking area. We’ll meander for about 1.5 hours and see what birds we can find. No need to be an expert at identifying birds to enjoy this walk. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow if needed. FREE!
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Thursday, May 30, 2019

12-4 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and play basketball in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! Our lobby table games including air hockey and ping pong will be available as well. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Friday, May 31, 2019

11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
848-456-4278

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and play basketball in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! Our lobby table games including air hockey and ping pong will be available as well. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.
National Trails Day Extravaganza

Saturday, June 1, 2019

9-10:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Enjoy a free guided nature walk to commemorate the day. Wear closed-toe footwear and dress for the weather. Open to all ages; under 18 with adult. Tours meet in the parking areas of the following Park System locations: Clayton Park, Upper Freehold - Emley’s Hill Road parking lot; Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown; Hartshorne Woods Park - Rocky Point section in Highlands; Holmdel Park, Holmdel - Hilltop Section; and Thompson Park, Lincroft - Old Orchard parking lot. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & 2, 2019

1-4 p.m.
609-259-6275

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Smocking Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, June 1, 2019

1-3 p.m.
732-946-3758

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and see Colleen Minis demonstrate this forgotten art. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & 2, 2019

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.
Open Ceramics

Sunday, June 2, 2019

12:30-4:30 p.m.
732-842-4000, ext. 4343

Come to the Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, Lincroft, and choose from a large selection of bisque fired pottery pieces to glaze and make your own. Children age 12 and under are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per hour plus price of bisque ware; cash or check only. Pieces will be fired in about a week.
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Sunday, June 2, 2019

1-4 p.m.
732-787-3033, ext. 2#

Visit this house, which dates back to the early 1700s, in Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth. See displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Drop-In Kayak Tour of Swimming River

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

10-11 a.m.

The Park System is offering a kayak nature tour at Swimming River Park, Red Bank. Novice paddlers welcome. All equipment is provided. Both single and tandem kayaks are available for use on a first come, first served basis. The program is limited to only 12 participants. Wear appropriate clothing that can get wet. Weight limit 250 lbs. for singles; 450 lbs. for tandems. Open to ages 12 and up; under 18 with participating adult. The cost is $20 per person; cash or check only.
Superb Summer Saunter at Big Brook Park

Thursday, June 6, 2019

10-11:30 a.m.

Engage your curiosity as you explore the trails with a Park System Naturalist in Big Brook Park, Marlboro. Meet in main parking lot. FREE!
Concert in the Park

Thursday, June 6, 2019

7:30 p.m.
732-842-4000, ext. 4312

Enjoy an evening of music and fun with the Colts Neck Community Band in the Thompson Park Theater Barn, Lincroft. The concert features selections from popular music and show tunes. Indoor seating available or bring your lawn chairs. FREE!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Friday, June 7, 2019

6:30 p.m. & 7:30 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, June 8 & 9, 2019

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.
Deep Cut Gardens Open House

Saturday, June 8, 2019

8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Stop by Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown, and enjoy tours, demonstrations, drop-in activities for children and more. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions as well. FREE!
Antique Auto Display at Historic Walnford

Saturday, June 8, 2019

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

See pre-WWII automobiles on display at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Weather permitting. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, June 8 & 9, 2019

1-4 p.m.
609-259-6275

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Cookstove Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, June 8, 2019

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!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, June 8 & 9, 2019

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 9, 2019

1-4 p.m.
732-787-3033, ext. 2#

Visit this house, which dates back to the early 1700s, in Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth. See displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
The Casual Birder at Big Brook Park

Thursday, June 13, 2019

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for this laid-back morning bird walk at Big Brook Park, Marlboro. Meet in main parking lot. We’ll meander for about an hour and see what birds we can find. No need to be an expert at identifying birds to enjoy this walk. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow if needed. Open to ages 11 and up; under 16 with adult. FREE!
Superb Summer Saunter at Freneau Woods Park

Thursday, June 13, 2019

10-11:30 a.m.

Engage your curiosity as you explore the trails with a Park System Naturalist in Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen. Meet in Visitor Center parking lot. FREE!
Eco-Elephant Family Flea Market at Dorbrook Recreation Area

Saturday, June 15, 2019

9 a.m.-2 p.m.
732-542-1642, ext. 31

Browse vendors at this outdoor market at Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck, for the one-of-a-kind item you did not even think you needed. Admission and parking are free.
Roving Naturalist at Holmdel Park

Saturday, June 15, 2019

9 a.m.
732-872-2670

Join our Roving Naturalist for a walk in Holmdel Park, Holmdel. Meet in Ramanessin Trail parking lot. We'll discuss seasonal points of interest, search for signs of wildlife, and identify a bird or two. This is a 1.5-2 hour program, but feel free to join in or drop out at any point. Dress for the weather as light rain is not a deterrent. FREE!
Crochet/Lacemaking Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, June 15, 2019

1-3 p.m.
732-946-3758

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and see Dorothy Gratton demonstrate the art of crochet and lacemaking from the Victorian era. FREE!
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, June 15, 2019

1-3 p.m.

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and hear music from yesteryear played on an accordion. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, June 15 & 16, 2019

1-4 p.m.
609-259-6275

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Freshwater Fishing Derby at the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday, June 15, 2019

2-5 p.m.

Join us at the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, for our annual freshwater fishing derby. Prizes will be awarded for the longest fish in three different categories. Fishing pole rentals available on a first come, first served basis, limited equipment. Rental cost is $5 per pole. A container of worms included with each registration. The cost is $25 per family of 4; $8 per person. Walk-ins are welcome (cash or check only on site).
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday & Sunday, June 15 & 16, 2019

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 16, 2019

1-4 p.m.
732-787-3033, ext. 2#

Visit this house, which dates back to the early 1700s, in Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth. See displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Freshwater Fishing Derby at Turkey Swamp Park

Sunday, June 16, 2019

2-5 p.m.

Join us at Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold, for our annual freshwater fishing derby. Prizes will be awarded for the longest fish in three different categories. Fishing pole rentals available on a first come, first served basis, limited equipment. Rental cost is $5 per pole. A container of worms included with each registration. The cost is $25 per family of 4; $8 per person. Walk-ins are welcome (cash or check only on site).
Open Shoot Archery

Sunday, June 16, 2019

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join us for this open shoot at the Thompson Park Activity Barn, Lincroft. All equipment is provided. No outside equipment permitted. This is not an instructional program and is designed for those already familiar with archery techniques. Open to ages 10 and up (under 18 with adult). Cost is $10 per person; cash or check only.
Drop-In Kayak Tour of Swimming River

Monday, June 17, 2019

9-10 a.m.

The Park System is offering a kayak nature tour at Swimming River Park, Red Bank. Novice paddlers welcome. All equipment is provided. Both single and tandem kayaks are available for use on a first come, first served basis. The program is limited to only 12 participants. Wear appropriate clothing that can get wet. Weight limit 250 lbs. for singles; 450 lbs. for tandems. Open to ages 12 and up; under 18 with participating adult. The cost is $20 per person; cash or check only.
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