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: 


Parent/Child Morning Chores
Saturday, August 2 at 8 a.m.
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
Take a step back in time as you help our farm staff with their morning chores! You and your child (ages 4 & up) will help us milk the cows, collect the eggs, and feed the animals. Cost is $15 per parent/child pair, $5 each additional person; cash or check only.

You Can Sail
Saturday, August 2 at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell
Drop-in for your opportunity to sail a 15-foot American sailboat. We'll provide the captain, you provide the crew! Maximum of three people per boat. Cost is $30 per boat; cash or check only.

Climb Time
Saturday, August 2 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold
Reach new heights as you try our 25-foot rock climbing wall. Climbers must be 42 inches or taller. FREE!

Surprise Storytime
Saturday, August 2 from 11-11:45 a.m.
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown
Join us for a nature or garden related story. If the weather is nice, look for the clue at our entrance that will lead you to our secret spot in the gardens. If it's rainy, we'll be inside the Horticultural Center. FREE!

Feed the Fish
Saturday & Sunday, August 2 & 3 at 12 p.m., 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
Join a Park System Naturalist as you help us feed the fish of the Environmental Center. At 12 p.m. we'll meet at the Front Pond; at 1 p.m. we'll meet at the Lobby Aquarium; and at 2 p.m. we'll meet at the 3rd Pavilion Pond. FREE!

Potato Harvest
Saturday & Sunday, August 2 & 3 from 12-2 p.m.
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
Learn about how potatoes are grown and handled as you assist the staff in the potato field. FREE!

Eco-Kayak Drop-In Tour of the Navesink River
Saturday, August 2 from 12:30-2 p.m.
Hartshorne Woods Park (Claypit Creek section), Middletown
Join a Park System Naturalist for a paddle on the beautiful Navesink River. All equipment is provided; single and tandem kayaks are available. Open to ages 12 and up, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $20 per person; cash or check only. First come, first served. Will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

Mill Demonstration
Saturday & Sunday, August 2 & 3 from 1-4 p.m.
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
See the 19th century mill in action. FREE! 

Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir
Saturday & Sunday, August 2 & 3 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 adults: $6; children 12 & under: $3.75. 

Men's Open Gym Basketball
Sunday, August 3 from 9-11 a.m.
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls
Get out of the heat and shoot some hoops in our indoor, full court gymnasium. Cost is $5 per person; cash or check only.

Historic Seabrook-Wilson House Open for Tours   
Sunday, August 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!

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

You Scream, I Scream, for Ice Cream!
Sunday, August 3 from 3-4 p.m.
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
Family fun and food history intertwine as we crank and then sample batches of cold, sweet ice cream made using historic recipes and techniques. FREE!

Our Camp/Swim and Summer issues of the Program Directory are available online and in most county parks. Registration is underway and available 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.