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

Go canoeing on Marlu Lake, Thompson Park, this Saturday and Sunday.

Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir        
Friday, July 1 at 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Saturday-Monday, July 2-4 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, 12 and under. Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center.       

You Can Sail
Saturday, July 2 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 where we 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. The cost is $40 per boat; cash or check only.      

Drop-In Surprise Story Time     
Saturday, July 2 from 11-11:45 a.m.        
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown         
Join us for story time!  If the weather is nice, look for the clue at the Horticultural Center's entrance that leads to the secret spot. If it’s rainy, we’ll be inside. Recommended for ages 3-7.  FREE!     

Thompson Park Weekend Canoe Rentals         
Saturday & Sunday, July 2 & 3 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, July 2 & 3 from 1-4 p.m.       
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold          
See the 19th century gristmill in action. FREE!        

Open Swim        
Saturday-Monday, July 2-4 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. Monthly and season swim passes available for purchase at the Rec Center. Cash or check only.  

Celebrate the 4th of July          
Saturday-Monday, July 2-4 from 1-4 p.m.           
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold          
Read a copy of the Declaration of Independence, don a tricorn hat or delicate muslin cap, and dip a quill in an ink well. FREE!            

Music Man Rich Marzec          
Sunday, July 3 from 1-3 p.m.        
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel       
Enjoy music from the 1890s. FREE!        

Seabrook-Wilson House Tours            
Sunday, July 3 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!   

Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay         
Monday, July 4 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.          
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth       
Discover a variety of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures as we pull a seine net through the calm waters of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the park entrance. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Weather permitting. FREE!           

Independence Day Celebration            
Monday, July 4 from 12-3 p.m.        
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel    
Celebrate the holiday with games and contests. FREE!          

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 Summer and Camp/Swim issues of the Program Directory are 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.