This Weekend in the Parks

What is our recipe for fun? Beautiful parks, great activities and you! Interested? Here's what's planned for this weekend:

Eco-Elephant Family Flea Market
If you're looking to buy or sell, the Eco-Elephant Family Flea Market is the place to be.

Open Swim at the Fort
Friday, August 18 from 12-8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, August 19 & 20 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fort Monmouth Recreation Area, Tinton Falls
Our Open Swim fees are $7 per person per session; $20 per family of four per session. Monthly swim passes available. Cash or check only.

Eco-Elephant Family Flea Market           
Saturday, August 19 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.          
Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck
Browse vendors at this outdoor market for the one-of-a-kind item you did not even think you needed. Admission and parking are free.

Accordion Melodies of the 1890s         
Saturday, August 19 from 1-3 p.m.          
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
Hear music from yesteryear played on an accordion. FREE!         

Thompson Park Canoe Rentals        
Saturday & Sunday, August 19 & 20 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.           
Thompson Park, Lincroft          
Canoes will be available for rent on Marlu Lake. All equipment provided; limited number of canoes available. Open to ages 3 and up, under 18 with adult. Fee is $15 per boat for 1-3 people for two hours. Cash or check only.        

Potato Harvest        
Saturday & Sunday, August 19 & 20 from 12-2 p.m.    
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel       
Help the farm staff bring in the crop. Stop by the summer kitchen for some 19th century inspiration on how to prepare them. FREE!         

Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir     
Saturday & Sunday, August 19 & 20 at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5 p.m.

Manasquan Reservoir, Howell
These 45-minute tours are narrated by Park System Naturalists and include opportunities to view local wildlife. The cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child, age 12 and under. Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center. 

Open Gym at the Rec Center       
Saturday, August 19 from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.    
Sunday, August 20 from 12-3:30 p.m.                 

Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls          
Have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day; cash or check only.

Mill Demonstration          
Saturday & Sunday, August 19 & 20 from 1-4 p.m.          
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
See the 19th century gristmill in action. FREE!          

Seabrook-Wilson House Tours            
Sunday, August 20 from 1-4 p.m.       
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth     
Visit this house, which dates back to the early 1700s, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!     

Open Pickleball for Experienced Players    
Sunday, August 20 from 3-4:30 p.m.       
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls
Three pickleball courts are available for open doubles pickleball play (no instructor). Limited to 24 players per session. Open to ages 16 & up. The cost is $5 per person per session; cash or check only. 

Here are some other ways to enjoy your county parks:

Our camp/swim, summer and fall issues of the Parks and Programs Guide are available online and in most county parks.  Registration for these issues is underway and accepted online; by phone at 732-842-4000, ext. 1; or in person at Park System Headquarters in Thompson Park, Lincroft. 

For more information on any of these activities or parks, call 732-842-4000, ext. 4312, between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Please note:

  • Our outdoor offerings are weather dependent. Before heading out, please call 732-842-4000, ext. 6, to see if the activity you're interested in has been cancelled due to inclement weather.  
  • It is understood and agreed that park visitors and participants in Monmouth County Park System programs, activities, and events may have their names and pictures used, without fee, in broadcast, telecast, and print media accounts for promotional and publicity purposes.