Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park

Facebook Logo1 Joline Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740
732-229-0924 (Seasonal Pavilion Office)
732-229-7025 (Park Rangers)
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Park opens at 8 a.m.     

Closing time is  9 p.m. April 30-June 10; 9:30 p.m. June 11-July 15; and 9 p.m. July 16-August 19.    


All parks are open, but picnicking and group gatherings are prohibited. Parking is at 50% capacity so periodic closures should be expected. Face coverings are required in all restrooms.

Some park facilities remain closed.  See details

(updated 6/1/2020)

   

Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park News:

  • Starting Saturday, May 23, Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park’s lifeguards will be on duty weekends and Memorial Day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Daily guarded swimming starts Saturday, June 13.
  • The Skateplex is closed. 

2020 Beach Season
   
Beach open for guarded swimming weekends (including Memorial Day) May 23 – June 7; Daily June 13 through Labor Day.
    

Season passes for park access and parking are currently on sale. Daily park capacity will be limited to achieve mandated social distancing objectives. This applies to parking and walk-in visitors. Purchasing a season pass, or a daily access pass, does not guarantee visitors entry into the park if capacity is reached. Once capacity is reached, the park will remain closed until a sufficient number spaces open.

To purchase a season Park Access Pass or Parking Pass by phone through Thompson Park Headquarters:    

  • Call-in with credit card: 732-842-4000, ext. 1 (weekdays, 9 a.m.– 3 p.m.) make your purchase, and make an appointment time to pick up your pass
  • Bring your completed application to Thompson Park and pick up you pass under tent in adjacent to the Headquarters parking lot – call when you arrive (732-842-4000 ext. 1) and your passes and receipt will be brought out to you

**Please note – you cannot pay at Headquarters and pick up at Seven Presidents. Payment to be made at location of pass purchase.

To purchase a season Park Access Pass or Parking Pass in person at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park:   

  • Visit the pavilion office (daily, 9 a.m.– 3 p.m.) with cash, check or credit card.
SEASONAL ACCESS FEES:  
  • Individuals – 17 years old and under Free
  • Individuals – 18 through 64 years old $70.00
  • Individuals – 65 years old and over $25.00
  • Individuals – NJ State Disability Pass Holders* $15.00
  • Parking $70.00

Download an application for Park Access Passes

Daily Admission   
Daily admission fees are $8 for individuals 18 years old and over; those 17 and under are free.  The cost of a daily parking pass is $10.

VIPLY logo Save time and prepay!    

Visitors now have the option to prepay for their daily park access pass to speed entrance booth transactions through the free Viply app - see how it works. Convenience fees apply and a prepaid pass does not guarantee entry if park reaches capacity. Prepaid passes are valid through the end of the season in which they are purchased.  Prepaid daily parking passes are not available at this time. (updated 5/20)
 

Free Access for Military Service Members and Veterans
Active duty military members, veterans, their spouses and dependent family members are admitted free (including parking) with appropriate military ID.  Accepted ID includes active duty military/national guard ID cards, retired military ID cards, and or a Veteran's ID card. For information on how to obtain a Veteran ID card for Monmouth County residents please click here.

seven presidents oceanfront park

In the summer, this 38-acre beach park is a great place to swim, sun and surf.  In the off-season, a nice place for quiet walks. Everything needed to enjoy a day at the beach is readily available during the summer months: snack bar, sheltered eating areas, volleyball area, outdoor showers and changing areas, guarded swimming, designated areas for surfing. The park also offers a reservable picnic tent for groups up to 50.

Please be aware that 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.  Also, light-weight cartop vessels such as kayaks or canoes may be launched but, boaters can not drive down to the beach and must carry their vessel from the parking lot to the water. Download application for Boat Launch Pass (PDF). See our rules and regulations.

From April 1 to October 31, pets are not permitted in the park; from November 1 to March 31 pets are permitted throughout the park, including the beach, provided they are on a leash at all times.  Pets are prohibited year round from the playground, Skatepark, pavilion and decks, boardwalks, dunes and habitats.

In accordance with New Jersey’s recently amended Smoke Free Air Act, all Monmouth County parks are now tobacco free. The new ban applies to cigarettes, pipes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and vaporize cigarettes, as well as smokeless tobacco such as snuff and chew.    

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Parking Advisory 
The City of Long Branch, since June 2014, is charging for street parking in the vicinity of Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park. Please check signs and use pay stations.

From Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day Weekend,  a parking fee will be charged from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (please see above for closing time) at the Skateplex parking lot.

TONY'S PLACE


Winner of the NJRPA 2011-12 Excellence in Design Award
 
Tony’s Place, named in honor of former Board of Recreation Commissioners Vice-Chairman Dr. Anthony Musella, is a universally accessible playground. It is the second joint venture playground project of the Park System, Challenged Youth Sports (based in Middletown) and Friends of the Parks

"Summer Fun at Tony's Place" is a program that provides free access to the playground during the summer for children with special needs and their accompanying families.  There is no fee but a permit is required.  Phone 732-842-4000, ext. 1, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Reference program #Q4702A. 

GROUP OUTINGS   
Host your next family or group outing at the picnic tent, just steps from the beach and Tony's Place playground.  Reserve your date for exclusive use of the tent for your group to enjoy.  Park admission and parking fees apply during peak season. More details here.

SKATEPLEX

The Skateplex is officially reopened and better than ever. During the recent renovation, the Skateplex underwent a massive redesign that replaced nearly all of the existing features with a new concrete street course. Designed to allow skaters to move seamlessly through its features, the course offers floating ramps, ramps, stairs, planters and stainless steel grind rails while incorporating the existing bowl. 

The Skateplex is open year-round, 8 a.m. to dusk and use is subject to weather/safety conditions. An ANSI or SNELL approved helmet must be worn by those under 17 at all times while in the Skatepark.  It is recommended that users age 17 and older also wear a helmet. Elbow and knee pads are recommended for all ages. Bikes and scooters are NOT permitted.  See our rules and regulations for the Skateplex.

Please note that the in-line skate rink will not reopen as a result of storm damage. There are no plans to rebuild the rink but various options for construction of other skate features are being considered, should funding become available. 

redesigned skateplex

 

Dunes
More than just a clean place for fun in the sun, this park is also a protected ecological habitat. The Park System regularly reinforces the sand dunes by planting erosion-fighting beach grass. These dunes act as a natural barrier against severe storms and serve as a habitat for threatened bird and plant species. As such, certain areas of the beach are sometimes closed and removed from the beach raking schedule to “let natural processes prevail.” This is done so that various native species may survive and thrive undisturbed. 

History of the Site 
Long Branch was placed "on the map" in 1869 when President Grant made the city the nation's "Summer Capital," a tradition followed by Presidents Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Harrison, McKinley, and Wilson. In the late 1800s Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park was the site of "The Reservation" that Long Branch businessman Nate Salsbury built for his Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie Oakley, and Chief Sitting Bull were among the many performers.

 

 
 
Directions
  • Garden State Parkway to exit 105. Follow State Hwy. 36 (Joline Ave.) 6.5 miles to park entrance.
  • State Hwy. 36 southbound, follow to Joline Ave. traffic light. Turn left. Follow to Park entrance.