Beaches, Parks, Pools, and Attractions!

Beaches

One of the best perks about living in Monmouth County is how close we are to the beach! Whether you like to lounge all day by the water, surf with the kids, or dine at great restaurants, there’s something for everyone. Check out some of our favorite spots to have some fun in the sun!!

 

 

Belmar

Belmar Beach is always a family favorite. It was ranked the highest in NJ in the “Testing the Waters” report done by the Natural Resources Defense Council. It also offers several playgrounds for the kids, which is great when you need to break up the day. Have a child interested in surfing? There’s a surf camp offered at 3rd Ave beach. Click here for more info. It’s also incredibly easy to wheel strollers and gear onto the beach, as they were one of the first towns to install Mobi-Mats. Didn’t pack lunch? There’s lots of great spots including a pizzeria, Playa Bowls, Dunkin’, and 7-11 for snacks!

 

Season badges: $70

Daily passes: $9 (16 and up)

 

 

Sea Girt

 

 

Our family been heading to Sea Girt beach for years. It’s beautiful, quiet, and family-friendly. There’s a great boardwalk to bring the running stroller, or take the kids for a walk. The pavilion offers breakfast and lunch items. You can also walk a block or two and grab some lunch on the patio at the infamous Parker House. Sea Girt is a great spot to relax and enjoy the family.

 

Season badges: $105

Daily passes: $10

 

 

Long Branch

 

 

Long Branch beaches are packed with things to do with the family. It’s home to Pier Village, a ‘city by the sea.’ Take a break for lunch at Stewart’s Rootbeer, Sirena, Playa Bowls, and McLoone’s Pier House, to name a few! There’s also great shopping! Long Branch beaches also have four different playgrounds for kids, concessions throughout the boardwalk, and beach gear rentals. Look out for movies on the beach this summer, click here for the schedule!

 

Daily passes:
– $5 M-F
– $7 weekends/holidays
– $3 every day for ages 14-17
Annual passes:
– $45
– $30 for 14-17
Always FREE for 13 and under/62 and older with ID and for disabled individuals!
This is for municipal beaches only and does not apply to Seven Presidents (North of Seaview Avenue).

 

 

 

Asbury Park

 

This historic shore town is home to some great beaches and family-friendly fun. Spend the morning on the beach, and take the kids up to the splash pad on the boardwalk to break up the afternoon. Bring the stroller and check out some unique shops and delicious lunch spots. End the day with some mini golf and ice cream at Coney Waffle!

 

RATES-SEASONAL
Regular (Age 18 thru 61 ) $70
Teens (age 13 thru 17) $20
Seniors (age 62 and over ) $20

RATES-DAILY
Monday-Friday $5
Saturday & Sunday: $7

 

 

 

Sea Bright

 

 

Sea Bright is an adorable beach town in Monmouth County, and definitely one of our favorites. Spend the day on the beautiful sand, and bring the kids to the brand-new playground, complete with swings and slides for all ages. Grab lunch walking distance at Woody’s Ocean Grille, Yumi, or Tommy’s Tavern + Tap. Don’t forget ice cream at Gracie & The Dudes!

 

Season badge: $100

Daily pass: $8

Under 12: Free

 

 

 

Sandy Hook

 

 

With seven miles of ocean and bay beaches, there’s a lot to do while visiting this national park. Take the kids on a bike trail, bring the dog for a walk on the bayside, plan a picnic for lunch, and go on a hike (perfect for your nature enthusiast!). Sandy Hook is also home to the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in the U.S. Parking fills up quickly on the weekends, so make sure to leave early!

Beach parking is $15 per day or $75 per season.

 

 

 

Spring Lake

 

Dubbed the “Jewel of the Jersey Shore,” Spring Lake is by far the cutest beach town in Monmouth County! The beaches are clean and pristine, family-friendly, and offer plenty to do. Downtown is a short walk from the shore where you can stay at adorable B & B’s, shop in their infamous shopping district, dine for lunch, or just take a stroll down the tree-lined, picturesque streets of this cozy beach town.

Seasonal badge: $105 (12 & up)

Daily pass: $10

 

 

 

 

Parks

Dorbrook Recreation Area

353 ROUTE 537

Colts Neck, NJ 07722

(732) 542-1642 – Visitor Center

(732) 460-1167 – Activity Center

(732) 542-1643 – Ranger Station

 

Clayton Park

161 Emley’s Hill Rd.

Upper Freehold, NJ 08526

Trail Head Parking

202 Davis Station Rd.

Upper Freehold, NJ 08514

(609) 259-5794

 

Crosswicks Creek Park

County Route 537

Upper Freehold, NJ 08514

(609) 259-5794

 

Veterans Park

1764 Union Ave.

Hazlet, NJ 07730

 

Holmdel Park

44 Longstreet Rd.

Holmdel, NJ 07733

(732) 946-9562 – Ranger Station

 

Allocco Park

299 Middle Rd.

Holmdel, NJ 07733

 

Historic Longstreet Farm

44 Longstreet Rd.

Holmdel, NJ 07733

(732) 946-3758

 

Manasquan Reservoir

311 Windeler Rd.

Howell, NJ 07731

(732) 919-0996

 

Thompson Park

805 Newman Springs Rd.

Lincroft, NJ 07738

(732) 842-4000 ext 4312

 

Big Brook Park

521 Route 520

Marlboro, NJ 07746

(732) 842-4000 ext. 4312

 

Tatum Park

151 Red Hill Rd.

Middletown, NJ 07748

 

Deep Cut Gardens

152 Red Hill Rd.

Middletown, NJ 07748

(732) 671-6050

 

Bayshore Waterfront Park

719 Port Monmouth Rd.

Port Monmouth, NJ 07758

(732) 787-3033- Activity Center

(732) 495-2115 – Ranger Station

 

Bodman Park

50 Market St.

Red Bank, NJ

 

Pools

Coming soon!

Attractions

Jersey Shore Arena

1215 Wyckoff Rd.

Farmingdale, NJ 07727

(732) 919-7070

 

iPlay America

110 Shanck Rd.

Freehold, NJ 07728

(732) 577-8200

 

Keansburg Amusement Park

Boardwalk, Rides, and Water Park

275 Beachway Ave.

Keansburg, NJ 07734

(732) 495-1400

 

Monmouth Museum

765 Newman Springs Rd.

Lincroft, NJ 07738

(732) 747-2266

 

Chuck E Cheese’s

1107 Route 35

Middletown, NJ 07748

(732) 615-9091

 

A Time To Kiln Too

50 Broad St.

Red Bank, NJ 07701

(732) 450-9525

 

Gymboree Play and Music

26 Applegate St.

Red Bank, NJ 07701

(732) 872.8500

 

Red Bank Armory Ice Complex

Ice Skating

76 Chestnut St.

Red Bank, NJ 07701

(732) 450-9001

 

Little Dreamers Play Cafe

2153 Highway 35

Sea Girt, NJ

848.469.8733

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