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Sandy Hook Region

Other Things to Do

Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area
3rd Avenue, Manasquan
North shore Coastal Ponds, Lakes, Inlets and Oceanfront Manasquan to Long Branch
The 52-acre Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area is the last undeveloped mixed upland/shore on the Manasquan Inlet. Several ponds, inlets and oceanfront areas from Manasquan to Long Branch afford great bird watching from late summer to March. Ducks, geese, gulls and sea birds are common. Check out Stockton Lake, Wreck Pond, Lake Como, Silver Lake and Lake Takanassee, one or two blocks inland of the first road paralleling the ocean. Large numbers of mute swans are often on Wreck Pond. spring Lake is trout stocked. Shark River and Inlet are good for fishing and birding. The Belmar Marina houses the largest recreational fishing fleet in NJ and a ramp for small boat launchings. Oceanfront access for fishing and kayaking is available at designated sites.

Sea Girt Lighthouse
Beacon Blvd. and The Ocean, Sea Girt
Originally built in 1896 to bridge the 45-mile gap between Barnegat Light and Navaesink Twin Lights, the Sea Girt Light was the last live-in lighthouse built along the Atlantic Coast. It features a square brick tower attached to a keeper's dwelling and was equipped with the first radio fog signal. decommissioned in 1945, the interior has been carefully restored by the Sea Girt Lighthouse Citizen's committee. Open Sundays 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Ocean Grove/Asbury Park
Pilgrim Pathway, Ocean Grove
Ocean Grove was settled in 1869 by a group of spiritual lay leaders. This one-square-mile community is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, for its largest assemblage of authentic Victorian architecture in the nation. The focal point is the impressive Great Auditorium, still surrounded by the original Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association tent residences. The Great Auditorium continues to be used for Sunday services and family-oriented concerts and other special events.

Asbury Park
Just stroll up the boardwalk from Ocean Grove is the city of Asbury Park. Rock superstar Bruce Springstein grew up nearby, playing to summer crowds at the Stone Pony early in his career. As early as the late 19th century, Asbury Park was already known as a resort community. The Palace Amusements, the Casino and the boardwalk flourished through the first half of the 20th century. In 1928, the Asbury Park Convention Hall was built as the jewel of the boardwalk. Recently, the Paramount Theater, which is located within the Convention Hall, has been restored to its original splendor and is now open for special events.

Seven Presidents Park
State Highway 36 (Ocean Avenue), Long Branch
This oceanfront beach park is located on a site with a rich, colorful history. President Grant made Long Branch the nation's "summer capital" in 1869. a tradition followed by Presidents Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Harrison, McKinley and Wilson. Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park was also the site of "The Reservation,": built is the late 1800's by Long Branch businessman Nate Salsbury for his Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, whose performing troup included Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie Oakley and Chief Sitting Bull.

Monmouth Beach Cultural Center
Ocean Avenue and Seacrest Road, Monmouth Beach
The original Monmouth Beach Lifesaving Station, built is 1849, was little more than a boat shed with a lookout tower on top. During the 1890's, the boatshed was replaced by the structure known today as the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center. The U. S. Lifesaving Service became the U. S. Coast Guard in 1915 and many former stations were decommissioned in the years that followed. But the Monmouth Beach Lifesaving Station remained in maritime service as a station for the State Marine Police until the late 1990"s.

Hartshorne Woods Park
Navesink Road, Middletown
This 736-acre recreation area offers excellent opportunities for hiking, biking and birding with a well-marked 11-mile trail system, including 2 miles of paves paths. sections of the park boarder the Navesink River, accessible for fishing.

Huber Woods Park
Brown's Dock Road, Locust
Enjoy a fabulous view of the Navesink river and hike along 7-miles of multi-use trails nestled within 258 acres of forest and meadows. The park also contains an Environmental Center with hands-on nature displays.

Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor
Simon Lake Drive, Atlantic  Highlands
This quaint municipal harbor is home to the area's largest recreational fishing fleet and scores of pleasure boats. There is a paved path that runs the length of the harbor and around its perimeter, with views of the New York skyline (which will never be the same again), a playground, tennis courts and a gazebo.

Bayshore Waterfront Park/Henry Hudson Trail
Port Monmouth Road, Prot Monmouth
Located just north of the Earle Naval Weapons Stations Base, Bayshore Waterfront Park is a recently developed 145-acre tract that includes a boat launch, fishing pier and beach access. Nearby, the Henry Hudson Trail runs 10 miles north up to the Matawan/Aberdeen border. The trail was built along a former Jersey Central Railroad right-of-way, running  roughly parallel to Route 36 and paved for multiple uses. the Trail provides a convenient walking and biking route that tours through the Bayshore region with many scenic views of the New York skyline , which will never be the same again.

Belford Seafood Co-Op
Port Monmouth road, Belford
The Belford Seafood Co-Op is a cooperative commercial fishing operation located on the shores of Sandy Hook Bay. More than two centuries old, Belford is reported to be the oldest fishing port on the East Coast, with many third and forth generation fishermen. It maintains a fleet of thirty boats. The site includes a sales outlet for fresh seafood and an interpretive exhibit which is accessible only during daylight hours.

Copyright 2001- , Terry Muse 
Revised: October 22, 2001
Contact: Terry Muse
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