WHY MONMOUTH COUNTY? As we look forward to the New Year we can be forever grateful for all the good that came our way in 2016 and start our plans for 2017. I thought I would start the year with an introduction to the county that I call home.
Monmouth County is in Central New Jersey hugging the Jersey shore. We are a very diverse community with dozens of towns and communities to visit from Seaside Sandy Hook in the North, to equine Allentown in the southwest, to the coastline lining the eastern portion of the county.
There are twenty-one theatres in the county ranging from small neighborhood theatres and college campuses, to larger venues including the Count Basie in Red Bank and the Alconquin in Manasquan.
Put the many historic sites on your list, from state parks to churches and battlefields. Allaire State Park consists of 3,035 acres and is best known for its historic village and narrow gauge railroad. Allaire also provides opportunities for picnicking, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, camping, hunting, and fishing.
Historic Allaire Village is situated within the park. Originally the site of a bog iron furnace and forge that date back to the late 1700's, this self-contained community once housed over 400 people. Products manufactured at the village included caldrons, pots and kettles, stoves, screws, and some pipe.
Ocean Grove, a National Register Historic District, was founded by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association in 1869. The focal point of Ocean Grove and the hub of all major summer program activities is the Great Auditorium, a majestic structure built in 1894, seating 6,500 persons. Throughout every summer season you will hear the finest preachers and evangelists on Sunday mornings and evenings, top-name popular and classical artists and name bands on Saturday evenings, plus free organ concerts on the world-famous Hope-Jones pipe organ every Wednesday and Saturday.
Camp Evans Info Age is an Interactive learning center focused on communication pioneers of wireless, WWI, WWII, space exploration and the cold war. They have many exhibits throughout the year for children and adults alike.
There are fifteen public golf courses; many of professional quality. Restaurants abound in all the towns and downtown shopping streets are always popular. In addition, we have many historic hotels including the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, The Hewitt Wellington in Spring Lake and the Berkeley Oceanfront in Asbury Park. Looking for quaint? Head to the many B&B offerings.
There is horse racing, stock car racing, charter boats, bowling alleys, miniature golf and the Lakewood Blue Claws ball team in a neighboring town.
So often when we talk about this part of the state we focus on the beaches. As you can see there are so many fun, historic and amazing things to do in Monmouth County. I have only touched on a few. Please visit http://tourism.visitmonmouth.com.
I hope you will put Monmouth County on your list of places to visit in 2018. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!