2021 Summer Fun Guide! - The Monmouth Moms


 Summer is here, and we’re ready to do it ALL! Don’t know where to start? That’s where we come in! Our 2021 Summer Fun Guide is packed with it all! Find out where to go, eat, and play for the whole family! We’ve even included some special coupon codes from local businesses (just for The Monmouth Moms) you can use all summer long! Enjoy!





We love Jersey Freeze for amazing ice cream, burgers, grilled cheese, and more! With two Monmouth County locations, Jersey Freeze has been serving up delicious ice cream to families since 1952. For the perfect summer treat, head to Jersey Freeze all summer long in Freehold, NJ, or try their newest location in Bell Works of Holmdel.


Mention coupon code MONMOUTHMOMS10 for 10% off your order this summer!
(excludes cakes and pre-packaged goods)



Location & Contact Information

Jersey Freeze

Freehold, NJ & Holmdel, NJ (inside Bell Works)





    Escapology is a high adrenaline escape game where players are locked inside a themed room and must complete their mission before time runs out. During the 60-minute experience players are immersed into a real-life adventure where they must find hidden clues, crack codes, solve challenging puzzles and escape! The perfect way to have some summer fun, and stay cool inside! Located inside Bell Works in Holmdel (and another location in Garwood, NJ!), Escapology provides family fun they won’t forget!


WINNER – Best Escapology Franchise Worldwide
WINNER – USA Today Escape Room Award
WINNER – Top 10 Best Places to Have a Birthday Party in NJ

Use coupon code LETMEIN for 20% off all escape room games!


Location & Contact Information


Holmdel, NJ & Garwood, NJ






Nothing says local summer like a hot dog and cheese fries from WindMill! With multiple Monmouth County locations, head to any WindMill this season for delicious hot dogs, burgers, chicken sandwiches, cheese fries, shakes, and more!




Location & Contact Information
Windmill Restaurants

Belmar, Long Branch (two locations), Red Bank







Head to the beach! Monmouth County is full of beautiful beaches perfect for some family fun! Check out out our Guide to Local Beaches & Pools with the link below!


Local Guide to Beaches & Pools


Fossil Hunting at Big Brook


Take the kids fossil hunting at Big Brook Park! Big Brook is incredibly beautiful, and even has some walking trails to take the kids on a little adventure. Once down by the stream, you can sift out some old rocks and look for shark teeth and other remains. Click the link below to learn more about our trip there last year!




Fossil Hunting at Big Brook


Walk the Boardwalks


Monmouth County is home to a few boardwalks full of family fun!


  • Pier Village
  • Asbury Park
  • Keansburg


Head to a Local Fair


What’s more fun than a local fair?! We’re so excited to ride the rides, eat fried oreos, and burn through $50.00 for a $2.00 stuffed animal at the games! Here are a bunch happening in our area this summer:


  • St. Mary’s Great Fair
  • Atlantic Highlands Fireman’s Fair
  • Monmouth County Fair




Visit a Monmouth County Park


We love our Monmouth County Park system, and with good reason! You could spend the entire summer visiting the parks, going fishing, hiking trails, and renting boats and canoes! Here’s a list of must-tries if you’re new to the area, or haven’t been yet!


  • Historic Longstreet Farm
  • Manasquan Reservoir
  • Dorbrook Recreation Area
  • Fort Monmouth Recreation Area
  • Thompson Park Canoe Rentals
  • Historic Walnford


Monmouth County Park System Information



Monmouth Museum

  Monmouth Museum, located on the same campus as Brookdale Community College, is a hidden gem for the whole family! The Monmouth Museum, a Museum of Ideas, presents changing art, history and science exhibitions to educate and entertain while providing a destination for creative expression and life-long learning to the diverse community it serves. Each of the programs and exhibitions at the Museum is designed with the goal of increasing curiosity and learning. For children who visit with their families and schools, the Museum has developed strategies to make learning fun by employing hands-on, participatory activities which engage and focus young visitors.


Location & Contact Information

Monmouth Museum

765 Newman Springs Rd.

Lincroft, NJ




Huber Woods Park Reptile House

From slithering snakes to hopping frogs, the Huber Woods Park’s Reptile House is once again teeming with life.  Reopened after extensive renovations, the Reptile House invites visitors to see native reptiles and amphibians and learn about their role in our environment. Visitors to the Reptile House can see and learn about a Natural Corn Snake, Northern Pine Snake, Eastern King Snake, Northern Diamondback Terrapins, Spotted Turtles, Fowlers Toads, and Gray Tree Frogs among other creatures.


Location & Contact Information

25 Browns Dock Rd.

Middletown, NJ






If you’re looking for something new and exciting to do in Freehold, NJ then it’s time to try Axe Throwing! What could be more fun than throwing axes at a wooden target with friends?

The sport of axe throwing is a Canadian past time that’s becoming increasingly popular across the U.S., and now in Freehold, NJ. Throwing hatchets is both fun and stress relieving at the same time, plus axe throwing is a great group activity!

Book an axe throwing session in Freehold, NJ at Bury The Hatchet.

Use code FUN20 for 20% off!




Location & Contact Information

Bury The Hatchet

916 Park Ave

Freehold, NJ 07728







Escape Rooms are a fantastic hobby grabbing attention worldwide. At Amazing Escape Room they’re all about bringing a family together!  Amazing Escape Room will challenge your minds and abilities to work together with others in a high-stress and interactive, team-building environment. They guarantee no matter where you play or which room you choose you’ll leave with good memories from an amazing time at Amazing Escape Room!


Use code FUN20 for 20% off!


Location & Contact Information

2 Monmouth Ave.

Freehold, NJ 








Located at 838 Route 35S in Middletown (the Stop & Shop/Kohl’s/Big Lots plaza), Freshii is a “fast-casual” restaurant led by nutrition, offering delicious, quick, healthy, and affordable meals to Middletown and the surrounding areas.

  Freshii serves made-to-order and customizable bowls, burritos, salads, wraps, soups, smoothies, and juices using only fresh, natural ingredients. Optional proteins include chicken, steak, tofu, and falafel, their meals cater to regular, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, keto, paleo and/or dairy-free diets, and all dishes can be customized. Their portions are super-satisfying and very reasonably priced. And although kids often choose from the regular menu, they do have a special kid’s menu with items that appeal to smaller eaters!




Location & Contact Information

828 Route 35

Middletown, NJ 07748







Welcome to the neighborhood’s premiere indoor golf venue. Golfers of all ages are welcomed, from first-timers to the accomplished, play with real golf clubs and real golf balls on the world’s most realistic and reliable golf simulator – TRACKMAN. Your golf shot is projected on a 9′ x 16′ movie screen. It’s stunningly realistic. Whether you have someone in the family who wants to practice golf, play golf, record their swing or compare it to the pros, or test and compete, there’s something for every level golfer to enjoy! Conveniently located in Bell Works of Holmdel, visit all summer long!



Location & Contact Information

Swing Loose Golf

Bell Works Complex

101 Crawfords Corner Rd.

Holmdel, NJ 07733







  Hearthly Burger is reinventing fast food! Located in Shrewsbury, NJ, Hearthly Burger uses only organic and non-gmo in all of their ingredients. The menu offers delicious burgers, chicken sandwiches, shakes, and vegan options too!

What motivates Hearthly Burger is to show our community that there is no need to sacrifice quality for a quick food fix. We, at Hearthly, strive to cultivate a sustainable food community that is Organic & Non-GMO, and free of Hormones/Antibiotics. They are thankful every day to work with local farmers and like-minded food purveyors.

Stop by all summer long for lunch or dinner at Hearthly Burger!



Location & Contact Information

Hearthly Burger

The Grove West

520 Broad St.

Shrewsbury, NJ 07702





Go for a Bike Ride


The Henry Hudson Trail or Sandy Hook are perfect for a long bike ride! We got our bikes from the Trek store in Middletown. If that’s too far for you, check out Brielle Cyclery or Asbury Park Cyclery!


Visit a Local Winery

Have a babysitter for the evening? Visit or pick-up some local wine and do a tasting at a local winery! We’ve listed some below!


Learn More at Monmouth County Library!

Our library system is home to dozens of classes for all ages, with branches located all throughout Monmouth County. Head to the library to cool off, grab some summer reading books, and learn something new! Check out their website for the latest events and programs available.



Monmouth County Library Website

  Storybook Land is your one stop child dream!  Take a drive outside to Ocean County! Your pay-one-price admission to Storybook Land includes unlimited rides, along with access to all of our storybook attractions! At Storybook Land, our emphasis is on fun for the entire family with special attention given to its youngest members. The rides at Storybook Land – like our entire park – are clean and impeccably maintained, with ride operators who are trained to take the time to insure your child’s comfort and well being. If this is your child’s first visit to an amusement park, you can be certain that it will be a very positive experience. Equally important, if you have visited any of the country’s theme parks for small children, we think that you will agree that a visit to Storybook Land is unsurpassed either in terms of quality or good old-fashioned family fun!
Location & Contact Information

Storybook Land

6415 Black Horse Pike

Egg Harbor Township, NJ

(609) 646-0103




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