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: 

Keep cool during Open Swim at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area.  

Felting Demonstration
Saturday, June 23 from 1-3 p.m.       
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
See the process of felting wool and learn how it was used in garments. FREE!         

19th Century Woodworking Demonstration   
Saturday, June 23 from 1-3 p.m.       
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
See how 19th century woodworking tools were used to create various items. FREE!    

Thompson Park Canoe Rentals      
Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24 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. All rentals must be returned by 3 p.m. Fee is $15 per boat for 1-3 people for two hours. Cash or check only.

Open Swim at the Fort
Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fort Monmouth Recreation Area, Tinton Falls 
Keep cool in the Fort's pool. Daily, monthly and season swim passes available for individuals and families (up to 4 people). See fees. Cash or check only.  

Historic Battery Lewis Tours
Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rocky Point section, Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands
Tour the newly restored Historic Battery Lewis and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. Tours start on the hour. Last tour begins at 3 p.m. FREE!  

Open Gym at the Rec Center
Saturday, June 23 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Sunday, June 24 from 10:30 a.m.-4 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 16 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, June 23 & 24 from 1-4 p.m.
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
See the 19th century gristmill in action. FREE!  

Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir        
Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24 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 732-751-9453 to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center.

Roots of Root Beer   
Sunday, June 24 from 1-4 p.m.          
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
Sample a dozen different root beers while learning about entrepreneur Charles Hires and his wife Emma Waln. FREE!   

Seabrook-Wilson House - Open    
Sunday, June 24 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!     

Here are some other ways to enjoy your county parks:

Our summer and camp/swim issues of the Parks and Programs Guide are available online and in most county parks.  Registration for our summer and camp/swim issue 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.