Fall Activities

With its mild weather and brilliant colors, autumn is a great time to be outdoors. Here are some ways to enjoy your county parks during the fall months:

Manasquan Reservoir

Boat Rentals

Manasquan Reservoir, Howell

Rent a Rowboat or Kayak 
Boat/Kayak Rentals  
Available through October 31
Rentals start at 7 a.m.

At the Manasquan Reservoir Visitor Center, park patrons ages 18 and older can rent rowboats (1-hr $14.54 or 4-hrs $35.64); electric motor powered rowboats (4-hrs $46.42); and kayaks (1-hr single person $14.54 or 1-hr double person $20.63). A $10 cash deposit is required for 1-hour rentals; a $20 deposit is required for 4-hour rentals. (2022 fees. Prices do not include sales tax.) 

Please note that the operation of an electric motorboat requires a NJ boating safety certificate. 

Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold

Rent a Kayak, Rowboat, Canoe or Paddleboat
Rentals are available weekends through Columbus Day.
Boat rental hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The cost is $14.54 per hour. Double kayaks are available for $20.63 per hour. A refundable deposit of $10 is required for individual rentals. Group rentals are available. (2023 fees. Prices do not include sales tax.)

Turkey Swamp Park

Camping at Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold   

The campgrounds, open April 1 through November 15, provide facilities for tent camping and travel trailers. Of the 64 campsites, 52 can be reserved and 12 are available on a first come, first serve basis. All campsites are pull-through with water and electric hookups. The campground also has three cabins. Cabins have two rooms and feature a double bed and two sets of bunk beds as well as lights and electrical outlets. Outside each cabin is a water spigot and picnic area with fire pit. The cabins are ADA accessible and offer heating and air conditioning. Click here for fee information. See our refund policy.

Reserve Your Site at Our Family Campground. 
Visa, MasterCard or Discover accepted.

Golfing at County Park Golf Courses

All Park System golf courses are open daily. With five championship courses, two 18-hole executive courses, and a nine-hole par three course, the Park System is able to accommodate golfers of all skill levels. Automated tee time reservations (after the purchase of an ID card) and information are available online.  

scarecrow contest
Autumn Events

Wind & Sea Festival   
Bayshore Waterfront Park
Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth
Saturday, September 16 from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. 

Harvest Home Festival
Historic Longstreet Farm 
Longstreet Road, Holmdel
Sunday, September 24 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thompson Park Day
Thompson Park
Newman Springs Road, Lincroft
Sunday, October 15 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


This autumn be sure to…

  • Register for some of our activities that can be found in our Fall Parks & Program Guide.
  • Hike, run or bike our county park trails.
  • Stroll the beautiful gardens of Deep Cut Gardens to see what's in bloom.
  • Arrange a group picnic with friends or family.
  • Bring your children to one of our many playgrounds
  • Enjoy the day with your four-legged friend at one of the Park System's off-leash dog areas.
  • Take some time to relax and enjoy the colors of autumn at any of your county parks.