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

Feel the thrill of the Monmouth County Fair.

Monmouth County Fair        
Wednesday-Friday, July 27-29 from 5-11 p.m.    
Saturday, July 30 from 3-11 p.m.      
Sunday, July 31 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.    
East Freehold Showgrounds, Freehold          
Enjoy the old-fashioned fun of this country fair, including 4-H exhibits and shows, amusement rides, entertainment, home and garden competitions, and so much more! Learn more about the Monmouth County Fair.       

Roving Naturalist     
Saturday, July 30 at 9 a.m.      
Holmdel Park, Holmdel    
Join our Roving Naturalist for a walk and learn about seasonal points of interest. Meet in the Ramanessin Trail parking area. FREE!     

Thompson Park Weekend Canoe Rentals
Saturday & Sunday, July 30 & 31 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.    

Open Swim         
Saturday & Sunday, July 30 & 31 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.  

Fantastic Frogs
Saturday & Sunday, July 30 & 31 at 1 p.m.
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
Learn about frogs that live in our area. FREE!  

Mill Demonstration
Saturday & Sunday, July 30 & 31 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, July 30 & 31 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.      

Seabrook-Wilson House Tours            
Sunday, July 31 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 Summer,  Camp/Swim and Fall issues of the Program Directory are currently available online and in most county parks. Registration is underway for our Summer and Camp/Swim issues and accepted online, by phone at 732-842-4000, ext. 1, or in person at Park System Headquarters in Thompson Park, Lincroft. Registration for programs listed in our Fall issue starts on August 3.

For more information on any of these activities or parks, call 732-842-4000, ext. 4312, between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.