This Weekend in the Parks

Please note that due to mechanical difficulties, the mill at Historic Walnford will not be operating this weekend. Also our Drop-in Surprise Storytime at Deep Cut Gardens on July 4 has been cancelled.

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

Open Swim at the Rec Center
Keep cool during our Open Swim periods at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center.

Free Summer Seining  
Friday, July 3 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.   
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth
Join us as we use our 30’ seining net to discover what’s living in the shallow waters of Sandy Hook Bay. After identifying the creatures, we’ll release them back into the water. Meet on the beach. Weather permitting. FREE!

Boat Tours at the Manasquan Reservoir   
Friday, July 3 at 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, July 4 & 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, 12 and under. Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center.

Independence Day Celebration    
Saturday, July 4 from 12-3 p.m.   
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
Join the staff as they celebrate the holiday with games and contests. FREE!

Open Gym     
Friday & Saturday, July 3 & 4 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls 
Stop by and have fun in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! We’ll have play equipment available as well as the table games in our lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day.

Open Swim - Family Swim     
Friday, July 3 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, July 4 & 5 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls 
Our Open Swim fees are $5 per person per session, $15 per family of four per session. Monthly swim passes available for purchase at the Rec Center and are $30 per person or $60 per family of four.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness   
Saturday & Sunday, July 4 & 5 from 1-4 p.m.  
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
Celebrate July 4th with a variety of historical activities for young and old. FREE!

Men's Open Gym Basketball  
Sunday, July 5 from 8-10 a.m.   
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls
Shoot some hoops on its full court gym. The cost is $5 per person; cash or check only.

You Can Sail   
Sunday, July 5 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 program where we provide the captain and you provide the crew. Limited number of boats is available; maximum three people per boat. Sailors age 8 and up welcome with an adult. Sailboats leave dock by the Visitor Center. The cost is $35 per boat; cash or check only.

Summer Sundays Open Basketball    
Sunday, July 5 from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls   
Looking for a place to play or practice? Drop by the Fort’s climate controlled gym and play half court hoops. Use our basketball or bring your own. Open to ages 14 and up; under 18 with adult. The cost is $5 per person per day; cash or check only.

Family Gym Time  
Sunday, July 5 from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.   
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls 
Play hoops or enjoy our other sports equipment in our climate controlled gymnasium. We will bring out tunnels, gym mats, scooters and more play equipment for your entertainment. This is an open play format with no instruction provided; adult supervision is required for those under 17 years old. The cost is $10 per family per day; cash or check only.

Music Man Rich Marzec  
Sunday, July 5 from 1-3 p.m.   
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel  
Enjoy piano music from the 1890s. FREE!

Open House of the Historic Seabrook-Wilson House   
Sunday, July 5 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!

Our Camp/Swim and Summer 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.