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:

Kayak Rentals

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 $14.50 or 4-hrs $35.56); electric motor powered rowboats (4-hrs $46.32); and kayaks (1-hr single person $14.50 or 1-hr double person $20.58). Cash or check only. A $10 deposit is required for 1 hour rental; $20 deposit required for 4 hour rental. (Prices do not include sales tax.)

Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold

Rent a Kayak, Canoe or Paddleboat
Boat rentals are available weekends only from May 1 through mid-June, daily through Labor Day, and weekends only again from Labor Day through Columbus Day.
Boat rental hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The cost is $14.50 an hour. Each additional 15 minutes is $4.44. Double kayaks are available for $20.58 an hour. A refundable deposit of $10 is required for individual rental. Group rentals are available. (Prices do not include sales tax.)

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: a tent site is $30 for county residents and $34 for non-residents; a recreational vehicle/trailer site is $36 for county residents and $40 for non-residents.

The campground also features three cabins. The cost of each cabin is $65 a night for county residents and $75 a night for non-residents. Weekly rates are $310 for county residents and $360 for non-residents. For information about reservations, please call 732-462-7286.

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


Thompson Park Day Autumn Special Events

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.


(All prices updated 8/17)

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 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.