Winter Activities

Winter visits to the parks require careful preparation to guard against frostbite and hypothermia. Please review the information on frostbite and hypothermia before your visit.     
  • The Holmdel Park Sledding Hill is closed.
  • The Thompson Park Ski Hut is closed.  
  • Conditions are unsafe for ice skating and ice fishing at all park locations.  

These conditions remain current until otherwise posted here.  Please check back for update. 



When there is snow on the ground and conditions are safe, Holmdel Park, Longstreet Rd., Holmdel, is the place to go for sledding.  When conditions are safe for these activities, park hours are expanded to 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and  8 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, unless otherwise stated above. Call Holmdel Park at 732-946-9562 for current sledding conditions.

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

When the conditions are right and the ice is at least five inches thick, start looking for the "Skating Today" signs at Holmdel, Shark River and Turkey Swamp Parks. It normally takes at a week to 10 days of subfreezing temperatures to produce safe skating conditions. When the ice is considered safe, skating hours are from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

 Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Equipment Rentals 

Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Rentals
Thompson Park Ski Hut, Lincroft

Cross-country ski and snowshoe equipment is available for rent at the Ski Hut, conditions permitting. Skis and/or snowshoes are available on a first come, first served basis.

  • Offered December 15, 2019 through March 15, 2020.  
  • Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 
  • Closed December 25.
  • Closed January 11 for deer management activities.
  • Daily Rental Pricing     
    • Ski Equipment: $20 per adult; $15 per child 8 & under
    • Snowshoes: $15 per pair
    • Cash or check only.

For more information regarding equipment rentals, call 732-842-4000, ext. 4312.

Cross-country ski trails are groomed at Thompson Park when there is enough snow and conditions are favorable. (Six inches or more of snow.) Here's the Cross Country Ski Trail Map for Thompson Park

Marked, ungroomed trails are available for both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at:

Ice Fishing

Drop a line at the Manasquan Reservoir, Thompson Park, and Turkey Swamp Park. See a park ranger for the designated ice fishing area and times in each park. Those ice fishing should be prepared to cut their own hole.

Please note that the Park System's Deer Management Program will be underway at several of these sites. For complete details on locations and dates, please click here.