719 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
Upcoming Drop-In Offerings
Park opens at 7 a.m. daily, year round.
Closing time is 9 p.m. through June 7; 9:30 p.m. June 8-July 17; and 9 p.m. July 18-August 15.
Our drop-in offering to watch the Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower on Friday, May 6 with a
Park System Naturalist has been cancelled due to weather.
Bayshore Fishing Derby
Saturday, May 21 from 4-7 p.m.
Get hooked on fishing while competing in our second annual saltwater fishing derby. Fun for the whole family, this derby is open to beginners as well as experienced anglers. No experience in saltwater fishing? Let us teach you how to rig and cast your fishing pole. Then join Park System Naturalists as they conduct free seining demonstrations and help them identify what they catch. Finally, try landing the longest fish. Participants must supply their own fishing poles, tackle and bait for the tournament. Prizes are awarded for the longest fish caught in three different age categories, see derby rules for more information. Only fishing from the beach is allowed.
Pre-registration is suggested; however, walk-ins are welcome. The cost is $8 per person; $4 each additional person; cash or check only on day of. Online registration is available.
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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 228 acres in the Bayshore area.
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.
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
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours
Sundays, April 24-October 30
The historic Seabrook-Wilson House, locally known as the “Spy House” will open its doors for public tours again this year. 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. Enjoy views of New York City and the beauty of Sandy Hook Bay while visiting this celebrated house.
Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower - Cancelled due to weather.
Friday, May 6
Open to ages 9 and up, under 18 with adult. Join a Park System Naturalist late into the night for a spectacular natural event. The Eta Aquarids is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Most of the activity is seen in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, the rate can reach about 30 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet Halley, which has been known and observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually, radiating from the constellation Aquarius, and peaks this year on the night of May 6! FREE!
Please note that this program is weather dependent.
Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay
11 a.m.-12 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 20-August 26
(all ages, under 18 with with adult)
Discover a variety of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures as we pull a seine net through the calm waters of Sandy Hook Bay. It will be a fun time for everyone as we find out what lives near the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the park entrance. The program will not run during inclement weather. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. FREE!
Please Note: This program is designed for individuals and families; not groups. Groups can reserve a date by calling 732-872-7369. For more information about this event, please call 732-787-3033, ext. 2.
DROP-IN LOCAL NATURE 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!
Striped Bass: Scales and Tales of a Favorite Fish
Thursday, May 26 from 7-8 p.m.
Over the years, many people have caught a striped bass, but what do you really know about this popular fish? Join us for an enlightening and fun-filled program on the history and ecology of striped bass, the myths surrounding them, and their importance to our local aquatic environment. What do they eat, who eats them, and where do the bass go for the winter. It will be a fascinating learning experience!
Sharks and Shark Bites of Monmouth County
Thursday, July 28 from 7-8 p.m.
Join us as we mark the 100th anniversary of the famous 1916 shark attack in Matawan Creek that inspired the movie “Jaws.” Monmouth County is home to many different species of sharks: great white, mako, blue and thresher to name just a few. This talk will get into the history and ecology of sharks as well as why they are important to protect. Not to be missed by any shark enthusiast!
Sea Turtles Swim Near Monmouth County
Thursday, August 25 from 7-8 p.m.
Not many people realize that our local waters from spring through fall are home to a diversity of sea turtles including loggerheads, leatherbacks, greens, and Kemp’s ridley. There are seven different species of sea turtles in the world; five of those have been documented in waters along the Jersey Shore. Because these marine creatures are better known for breeding and nesting in the tropics, most people may not know that sea turtles can be found in our local waters. Join us for a fascinating learning experience!
SUMMER NATURE PROGRAMS AT THE BAY
(ages 5 and up, families, with adult)
Have fun this summer as you explore the natural wonders of Sandy Hook Bay! Each program is approximately 45 minutes long. Programs will begin inside the Bay House. Limit of 25 people per program.
Make a Fun Fish Print!
3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, Thursday, July 28, Wednesday, August 3 & Tuesday, August 23
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 500 years ago. Ancient 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. The cost is $5 per person; cash or check only.
3 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, Friday, July 29, Thursday, August 4 & Wednesday, August 24
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 and put a magnet on? We will supply the paint, brushes, and magnets. 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! The cost is $5 per person; cash or check only.
For more information about any of these offerings, please call Bayshore Waterfront Park at 732-787-3033, ext. 2#.
- 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).