Fall Activities

With its mild weather and brilliant colors, autumn is a great time to be outdoors. Here is a sample of activities to enjoy during the fall months:


Boat Rentals

Manasquan Reservoir, Howell 

Rent a Rowboat or Kayak
Motor boat rentals from April 1-October 31
Kayak rentals from May 1-October 31
At the Manasquan Reservoir Visitor Center, park patrons ages 18 and older can rent rowboats (1-hr $14.49 or 4-hrs $35.51); electric motor powered rowboats (4-hrs $46.26); and kayaks (1-hr single person $14.49 or 1-hr double person $20.56). Cash or check only. A $10 deposit is required for 1-hour rentals; $20 deposit required for 4-hour rentals. (Prices do not include sales tax.)

Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold

Rent a Kayak, Canoe or Paddleboat
Boat rentals are available weekends only Labor Day through Columbus Day.
Boat rental hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The cost is $14.49 an hour. Each additional 15 minutes is $4.44. Double kayaks are available for $20.56 an hour. A refundable deposit of $10 is required for individual rentals. Group rentals are available. (Prices do not include sales tax.)

Thompson Park, Lincroft

Marlu Lake Canoe Rentals at Thompson Park
(ages 3 and up, under 18 with adult)
All equipment is provided; limited number of canoes available. The cost is $15 per boat for 1-3 people for 2 hours of canoeing; cash or check only.

Marlu Lake Canoe Rentals are available on the following weekends from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.:

    • September 10 & 11
    • September 24 & 25

Camping at Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold   

The campground, open through November 15, provides facilities for tent camping and travel trailers. Of the 64 campsites, 52 can be reserved and 12 are available on a first come, first served basis. All campsites are pull-through with water and electric hookups. The rates per night are as follows: $36 for residents and $40 for non-residents. For information about reservations, please call 732-462-7286.

The campground also features two cabins. The cost per cabin is $62 a night for county residents and $72 a night for non-residents.


fall golf

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 by telephone at 732-758-8383 and online at http://www.monmouthcountygolf.org


Autumn Special Events

Wind & Sea Festival   
Bayshore Waterfront Park  
Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth 
Saturday, September 17 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Harvest Home Festival
Historic Longstreet Farm 
Longstreet Road, Holmdel
Sunday, September 25 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thompson Park Day
Thompson Park
Newman Springs Road, Lincroft
Sunday, October 16 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


(All prices updated 8/16)

This autumn be sure to…

  • Register for some of our activities that can be found in our Fall Program Directory.
  • Hike, run or bike our county park trails or sign up for one of our leader led hikes.
  • 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 the parks.