It’s Playground Time!
We are an outdoors family. Once there is no longer a coating of snow outside, you can usually find us at the park. My kids love playing at a playground and nothing excites them more than checking out a new one! While there are a ton of great playgrounds spread all across New Jersey, I am partial to our home turf in Monmouth County. There are some incredible Monmouth County playgrounds and parks in our county and I am here to tell you which ones you CANNOT miss!
Here’s a list of our 5 (plus a bonus!) favorite Monmouth County playgrounds to visit with your family, plus some Jersey Family Fun insider tips.
Monmouth County Playgrounds
Dorbrook Recreation Area – 209 County Route 537 East, Colts Neck, NJ 07722.
- Why we love it: On sheer variety alone, Dorbrook is amazing. Pictures don’t do it justice – this playground has a huge connected structure plus a sandpit, various types of swings, and a separate area for little ones. With new and cool equipment like a roller slide, a moveable bench-boat and curvy balance beams, kids of any age will go nuts for this playground.
- JFF tips: This playground gets very sunny on hot days. Be sure to pack your sunscreen! Also located at Dorbrook Park is a free (and awesome!) sprayground. Pack your suits and visit while you’re at the playground!
Victory Park – Lafayette Street, Rumson, NJ 07760.
- Why we love it: This is the best park we’ve seen for the toddler/preschool age group. With lots of bucket swings, you’ll never need to wait for one to come available for your little guy or gal. In addition, a fun playhouse, cool learning boards, and smaller climbing equipment will keep your kids busy for quite some time.
- JFF tip: There is no boundary fence at this waterfront park so you will have to keep an extra close eye on your kiddos.
George M. Conway Park – Parker Road, West Long Branch, NJ 07764.
- Why we love it: I’m a sucker for any playground that has a rubber ground. This park offers that as well as some great stuff, especially for an older crowd. My kids love the abundance of climbing structures like the rope tower, rock climbing section, and loads of monkey bars.
- JFF tip: There is limited parking for this playground on the main road. However, there is a lot around the back of the playground on Throckmorton Avenue.
Shark River Park – 1101 Schoolhouse Road, Wall, NJ 07753.
- Why we love it: In the hot summer months, this is the absolute best place to come and play. This entire playground is surrounded by the tallest shade-providing trees. It’s chock-full of fun equipment like sand diggers, a rock climbing wall, and a tire swing that are great for all ages.
- JFF tips: Directly behind the playground is a little pond. Bring your fishing pole and let the kids take a shot at reeling one in!
Wolcott Park – 1 Willow Avenue, Eatontown, NJ 07724.
- Why we love it: This park really is a hidden gem. Tucked in a neighborhood, you’d never know this park even exists until you drive up to the entrance sign. This playground has the theme of the woods and treehouses, and my kids go crazy for it. Add in fun little forts, rubber ground, and musical instruments, and this playground is a winner!
- JFF tip: This park is in a full-sun area so pack your sunscreen and be sure to visit on a cooler day.
Honorable mention for Monmouth County Playgrounds:
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park – 221 Ocean Avenue North, Long Branch, NJ 07740.
- Why we love it: This playground has some of the coolest equipment around. Huge pirate ships, musical instruments, spinning stools… you can find it all and then some at this oceanfront playground. So why is it only an honorable mention? This playground is only free during the spring, fall, and winter months. Because it is located inside the entrance for Seven Presidents beach, once Memorial Day hits you must pay a fee to access the park.
- JFF tips: As mentioned above, be sure to visit during off-peak times to avoid the entrance fee. Also, it may be best to visit with a friend. The playground is very long – so long, in fact, that if you have more than one child it may be hard to keep an eye on two at the same time.
Want to find more fun places to play in New Jersey? Visit our New Jersey Parks & Playgrounds listing.