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: 

Head over to the Eco-Elephant Family Flea Market on Saturday, August 18.

Eco-Elephant Family Flea Market   
Saturday, August 18 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.
Please note - space permitting, vendors accepted day of event. On-site vendor registration is $40 per spot and is cash or check only.     

Accordion Melodies of the 1890s   
Saturday, August 18 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 18 & 19 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, August 18 & 19
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, August 18 & 19
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. Open for tours every week, Thursday-Sunday until October 28.  FREE!  

Potato Harvest      
Saturday & Sunday, August 18 & 19 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!    

Mill Demonstration
Saturday & Sunday, August 18 & 19
from 1-4 p.m.
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
See the 19th century gristmill in action. Weekend and holiday demonstrations run through November. FREE!  

Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir         
Saturday & Sunday, August 18 & 19 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. Tours offered through the Labor Day Weekend.  See our schedule.

Open Gym at the Rec Center    
Saturday, August 18 from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.     
Sunday, August 19 from 12:30-4 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.  

Seabrook-Wilson House - Open     
Sunday, August 19 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.