This Weekend in the Parks


What is our recipe for fun? Beautiful parks, great activities and you! Interested?     

Julia's Wardrobe
Julia's Wardrobe Exhibit 

Here's what is happening in your county parks this weekend:   
        
Open Swim at the Fort 
Friday, July 12 from 2-8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, July 13 & 14 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center. Please note that the pool is NOT heated. Daily, monthly and season swim passes are available; see details.  

Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.   
All equipment is provided for this open shoot. No outside equipment permitted. This is not an instructional clinic and NOT designed for beginners. If you are new to archery, register for one of our instructional classes prior to attending. Open to ages 10 and up; under 18 with adult. The cost is $10 per person; cash or check only.
      
Historic Portland Place Guided Tours - Includes Julia's Wardrobe Exhibit*  
Saturday & Sunday, July 13 & 14  at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Historic Portland Place - Hartshorne Woods Park, Locust
Tour this beautifully restored 18th century house with exhibits that help tell the story of the region's history and the Hartshorne family legacy in Monmouth County. Tours are limited to 10 persons and may be suspended during inclement weather; visitors must register at the site's Visitor Center the day of the tour. FREE!
        
Historic Battery Lewis Tours    
Saturday & Sunday, July 13 & 14 at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.    
Tour the restored Historic Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of the park, and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. FREE!    
      
Milling Demonstrations
Saturday & Sunday, July 13 & 14 at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
See the 19th century gristmill grind corn into meal. Each demonstration lasts approximately 15 minutes. FREE!
   
Manasquan Reservoir Boat Tours
Saturday & Sunday, July 13 & 14 at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell - All tours leave from the Visitor Center.
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. Life-jackets required. Tickets can be purchased on day of tour only.
   
Climb Time    
Sunday, July 14 from 12-3 p.m.  
Thompson Park, Lincroft  
Try the Park System's 25’ portable climbing wall. You must be 42” or taller to climb. Open to ages 8 and up; under 18 with adult. Weather and conditions permitting.  FREE!   
     
Seabrook-Wilson House Open
Sunday, July 14 from 1-4 p.m.
Visit this house which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
    
    
The Park System is currently hosting the following free exhibit:
         
In Vivid Color Exhibit
April 19-August 2  
Hours are 12-4 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday.  
See works that showcase an aesthetic of bright color palettes and high vibrancy. Admission and parking are free.

*Julia’s Wardrobe Exhibit   
June 7-September 22, 2024 - Please note that this exhibit is inside the historic house; house tours available Wednesday-Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.   
Historic Portland Place - Hartshorne Woods Park, Locust
View five custom-made 19th century gowns that once belonged to a fashionable member of the Hartshorne family during this exhibit presented in collaboration with the Monmouth County Historical Association. Learn more.
 
The Art of War Exhibit    
Now through March 9, 2025   
Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m., daily.   
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
Explore the role art played in uniting the country during World War I. Propaganda posters, uniforms, medals and music are on display.
    
  
Here are some other ways to enjoy the weekend in the parks:  
   
For more information about the Park System, please call 732-842-4000, ext. 4312, between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekends and holidays.