Parks & Attractions | The Monmouth Moms

Beaches, Parks, Pools, and Attractions!


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 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!


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

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






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



Middletown Sports Complex

214 Harmony Road
Middletown, NJ 07748
(732) 856-9700


Sandy Hook Kayaks

128 Hartshorne Drive

Highlands, NJ 07732

(732) 708-4004



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



Middletown Sports Complex 

214 Harmony Road
Middletown, NJ 07748
(732) 856-9700




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



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




Silverball Pinball Museum

1000 Ocean Ave.

Asbury Park, NJ 07712

(732) 774-4994




Bell Works

Holmdel, NJ




Oasis VRX

Bell Works

Holmdel, NJ

(833) 627-4787



Amazing Escape Room

Freehold, NJ




Hot Sand Asbury Park

Asbury Park, NJ




Count Basie Theatre

Red Bank, NJ




Basie Center Cinema

Red Bank, NJ




Mini Golf Centers:


Hole in One Mini Golf – Leonardo 

Farmer Brown’s Mini Golf – Farmingdale

Asbury 18 Mini Golf – Asbury Park

Swing Time Family Fun – Howell

Shipwreck Island – Bradley Beach



Monmouth Race Track

Oceanport, NJ


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