Bayshore Waterfront Park

Facebook Logo719 Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth, NJ 07758 
732-787-3033 - Activity Center  
732-495-2115 - Ranger Station    
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Seabrook-Wilson House (Activity Center) Info Sheet  
Upcoming Drop-In Offerings 
 

Park opens at 7 a.m. daily, year round.
Closing time is 8:30 p.m. through August 31; 8 p.m. September 1-23; and 7:30 p.m. September 24-October 10.  

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.

seabrook-wilson house
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. 
 
fishing pier
Fishing pier
 
Fishing 
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. 
 
House Tours
House Tours
 
  
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!   


Herons, Egrets and other Wading Birds 
   
Thursday, August 17 from 7-8 p.m.     
After decades of being difficult to find, many people are now able to spot a variety of long- legged birds, such as the Great American Egret, the Glossy Ibis, and the Great Blue Heron, the tallest native bird in New Jersey. Wading birds come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Find out who calls the coastline and mudflats of Monmouth County home as we spend time discovering what makes a bird a wading bird, where do they nest, what they eat, where they migrate, and what unique characteristics do wading birds have in common. We will also find what we can do to protect these beautiful birds.

Journey of the Monarch Buttery in Monmouth County
Thursday, September 21 from 7-8 p.m.
The monarch buttery is one of the most easily recognized butterflies in New Jersey. Every fall, this buttery undertakes an annual migration to the mountains of central Mexico. As they y south, the monarchs will often stop along the Jersey Shore to feed and rest. Find out more about the life history of Monarch Butterflies, what they eat and their fascinating migrations. We will also discover some of the threats to Monarch Butterfly’s long-term survival.

The Real Story of the Jersey Devil
Thursday, October 26 from 7-8 p.m.
We will have some fun right before Halloween by discovering the ecology of the Pine Barrens, which gave rise to the history and folklore of the Jersey Devil. For more than 250 years this mysterious creature is said to prowl through the marshes of New Jersey and emerge periodically to rampage through towns and cities. So famous is this devil that it became New Jersey’s “official demon” in the 1930’s. We will have a fun time discovering the many possible origins and stories of the Jersey Devil legend, some are actually real, and the devil’s home in the Pine Barrens.

 

 

ADDITIONAL FREE ACTIVITIES     

Seabrook-Wilson House Tours   
Sundays through 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. 

Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay      
Monday, June 19-Friday, August 25       
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.        
Discover a variety of fish, crabs and other sea creatures as we pull a long seine net along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. It will be a fun time for everyone as we find out what lives and swims in Sandy Hook Bay. Meet on the beach near the park entrance.

  • Closed-toe shoes are required.
  • 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.
  • This program is designed for individuals and families. Groups can reserve a date by calling 732-872-7369.

Wind & Sea Festival 
Saturday, September 16 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.   
A celebration of all things water, visitors will be able to enjoy many coastal activities, including stand-up paddling, kayaking, fishing, sailing, beach volleyball, kite flying, crabbing, sand castle building, seining, shelling, sand casting, children’s crafts, story telling, food vendors, naturalist activities, and more. FREE!            
Please note that parking will be available at the Belford Ferry Terminal. Shuttle buses will take visitors to and from Bayshore Waterfront Park.   

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, david.gentile@usace.army.mil. See project map.

 

Park Map (pdf)
Directions
  • 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).