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:

Try our climbing wall.

Roving Golfzilla  
Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls
See if you can hit golf balls through the hands, feet, or mouth of Golfzilla. All are welcome. This is a non-instructional offering, however, if needed we will teach you the very basics of the golf swing. All equipment is provided. FREE!  

Look! I’m Sailing! 
Saturday, June 22 - Sailboats will leave the dock between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.   
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell     
We'll provide the captain, you provide the crew. Limited number of boats; maximum three people per boat. Open to ages 5 and up; under 18 with participating adult. The cost per boat is $25 for 30 minutes, $40 for 1 hour; cash or check only.

Cookstove Demonstration  
Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.    
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
See what's cooking on the woodstove and discover how recipes, cooking techniques and kitchens have changed since the 1890s. FREE!   

Climb Time  
Saturday, June 22 from 12-4 p.m.   
Clayton Park Activity Center, Upper Freehold
Try our 25’ portable climbing wall. You must be 42” or taller to climb. Open to ages 8 and up; under 18 with adult. The cost is $2 for three attempts or climbs; cash or check only.

Historic Battery Lewis Tours   
Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  
Sunday, June 23 from 12-4 p.m.    
Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands – Rocky Point section
Tour the newly restored Historic Battery Lewis and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. FREE!    

Thompson Park Canoe Rentals  
Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23 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 22 & 23 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.        
Fort Monmouth Recreation Area, Fort Monmouth
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 

Mill Demonstration   
Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23 from 1-4 p.m.
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
See the 19th century gristmill in action. Weekend demonstrations run through November. FREE!    

Boat Tours of the Reservoir    
Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23 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.

Seabrook-Wilson House Tours      
Sunday, June 23 from 9-11 a.m.  
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth  
Enjoy a guided tour of this house, which dates back to the early 1700s and was constructed in several phases over the course of two hundred years. The house is also open from 1-4 p.m. today for self-guided tours. FREE!    

The Roots of Root Beer     
Sunday, June 23 from 1-4 p.m.   
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold  
Sip a tasty brew and identify some of the many ingredients used in what was originally considered a healthful tonic. FREE!      


Here are some other ways to enjoy your county parks:   

Our Summer and Summer Camps & Swim Lessons issues of the Parks & Programs Guide are available online and in most county parks. Registration is underway for the both issues and is 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.