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 8 p.m. through April 12; 8:30 p.m. April 13-May 2; and 9 p.m. May 3-June 7.
Information on Clinging Jellyfish
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
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!
Whales of the Jersey Shore
Thursday, March 23 from 7-8 p.m.
Once plentiful in the area, before turning mostly absent for more than half a century whales are once again being spotted along the Jersey Shore, including along the coastline of Monmouth County. Join us as we discover about the many species of whales that can be found in our coastal waters, and see skeletal specimens of past whales found on local beaches. We will also learn about threats to these magnificent mammals and ways to help save the whales. This will be a whale of presentation not to be missed.
Sea Turtle Recovery Along the Jersey Shore
Thursday, May 18 from 7-8 p.m.
Increased sea turtle strandings along the Jersey Shore has created the need for long term critical treatment to help sea turtles in need. Tonight we will be joined by staff from Sea Turtle Recovery, a new non-profit group in South Jersey dedicated to the rehabilitation, preservation and conservation of Sea Turtles, and the goal to rehabilitate sick or injured Sea Turtles for their release back into the wild. Find out what sea turtles call the Jersey Shore home and ways to help these endangered and threatened pelagic animals.
Earth Day Event
Saturday, April 22 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Celebrate the shore as we discover cool coastal animals like whales, sea turtles, fish, crabs, and even tiny plankton during this interactive touch and tell program. Tours will also be given of the historic Seabrook-Wilson House, which dates back to the early 1700s.
Celebrate Biodiversity Day
Monday, May 22 from 7-8 p.m.
Meet at the Bay House
The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 the International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. Join Park System Naturalists as we explore the tidal shores and wetlands of the Bayshore Waterfront Park to discover many creatures such as birds, fish, and mollusks, and uncover their secrets for survival in an environment inundated twice daily by the tide. Plus we will gain knowledge how to preserve and protect the wide diversity of life along our coastline. Please dress to get dirty. Wear old shoes, no flip flops.
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours
Sundays, April 23-October 29 from 1-4 p.m.
The historic Seabrook-Wilson 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.
For more information about any of these offerings, please call Bayshore Waterfront Park at 732-787-3033, ext. 2#.
Flood Control Project
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is undertaking a multi-phased flood control project in Port Monmouth. The project involves the construction of about 7,070 feet of levees, 3,585 feet of floodwalls, 2,640 feet of dune, and beach renourishment at 10-year intervals along the Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay in Port Monmouth. The project provides protection to low-lying residential and commercial structures, built upon and near salt and freshwater marshes that are experiencing flooding caused by coastal storm inundation. This problem has progressively worsened in recent years due to loss of protective beaches and increased urbanization in the area with structures susceptible to flooding from rainfall and coastal storm surges, erosion and wave attack, combined with restrictions to channel flow in the tidal creeks. This area was devastated by Superstorm Sandy. The Preconstruction, Engineering and Design (PED) Phase was initiated in May 2002. A Hurricane Sandy Limited Reevaluation Report(HSLRR) approved December 2013. The first set of Plans and Specifications (P&S) have been completed and a Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) between the US Army Corps of Engineers and NJ Department of Environmental Protection was executed in January 2014. The dune, groin, pier extension and beach fill coastal features of the project have been completed. The remaining project components include Wetland mitigation, Pump Stations, Road Raising, Closure Gates, Levees, and Floodwalls. For more information please contact David Gentile, Project Manager U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, Phone: (917) 790-8483, firstname.lastname@example.org. See project map.
- 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).