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:  


Go sailing at the Manasquan Reservoir.

Open Swim at the Fort   
Friday, June 23 from 12-8 p.m. 
Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25 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 and season swim passes available. Cash or check only.    

Daylily Day         
Saturday, June 24 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.      
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown   
Presented by the Garden State Daylily Growers, this event features daylily displays, sales, lectures and experts on hand to answer your questions. Admission and parking are free.

You Can Sail at the Reservoir          
Saturday, June 24 at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.          
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell         
See if sailing is for you during this on-the-water class. We’ll provide the captain, you provide the crew. Limited number of boats available; maximum three people per boat. Sailors age 8 and up welcome with an adult. Sailboats leave dock by the Visitor Center. The cost is $40 per boat; cash or check only.    

Thompson Park Canoe Rentals       
Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25 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.   

Mill Demonstration          
Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25 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 24 & 25 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             
Sunday, June 25 from 12:30-2:30 pm.         
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.

Seabrook-Wilson House Tours            
Sunday, June 25 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!           

Roots of Root Beer       
Sunday, June 25 from 1-4 p.m.       
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
Discover the history of this popular soft drink and sample a variety of brews (including our new and improved recipe). FREE!    

Here are some other ways to enjoy your county parks:

Our camp/swim, and summer 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.