What is our recipe for fun? Beautiful parks, great activities and you! Interested? Here's what's planned for this weekend:   


Cool off by taking a dip in the large outdoor pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area, Tinton Falls.

Open Swim
Friday-Monday, September 2-5 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fort Monmouth Recreation Area, Tinton Falls
Keep cool in our large outdoor pool. The cost is $7 per person; $20 per family (up to four). Costs are per day. Cash or check only.  All 2016 passes will be honored these four days.  

Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir
Friday, September 2 at 5 & 6 p.m.

Saturday-Monday, September 3-5 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.

Parent/Child Morning Chores at the Farm     
Saturday, September 3 from 8-9 a.m.      
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel - Meet at the Visitor Center
Open to ages 4 & up.   Help the staff with morning chores such as milking a cow, collecting eggs from the chickens, and feeding livestock.  Please wear closed-toe shoes.  The cost is $15 per parent/child pair; $5 per additional participant. 

Mill Demonstration
Saturday & Sunday, September 3 & 4 from 1-4 p.m.          
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
See the 19th century gristmill in action. FREE!            

Butterfly and Pollinator Garden Tour     
Saturday & Sunday, September 3 & 4 at 3 p.m.        
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
Tour the Butterfly and Pollinator Garden and learn about native plants. FREE!  

Games Galore
Saturday-Monday, September 3-5 from 1-4 p.m.
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
End the summer with a long weekend of family fun by playing some historical games. FREE!  

Open Ceramics       
Sunday, September 4 from 12:30-4:30 p.m.         
Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, Lincroft         
Choose from a large selection of bisque fired pottery pieces to glaze and make your own. Children age 12 and under are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per hour plus price of bisque ware; cash or check only. Pieces will be fired in about a week.

Seabrook-Wilson House Tours            
Sunday, September 4 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!       

Please note that 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.      

You can also: 

Our Fall issue of the Program Directory is currently available online and in most county parks. Registration 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.