Ocean County

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Ocean County Towns

Barnegat Light Borough

Barnegat Township

Bay Head Borough

Bayville

Beach Haven Borough

Beach Haven West

Beachwood Borough

Berkeley Township

Brick Township

Eagleswood Township

Forked River

Harvey Cedars Borough

Island Heights Borough

Jackson Township

Lacey Township

Lakehurst Borough

Lakewood Township

Lavallette Borough

Little Egg Harbor Township

Long Beach Township

Manahawkin

Manchester Township

Mantoloking Township

New Egypt

Ocean Acres

Ocean Gate Borough

Ocean Township

Ortley Beach

Pine Beach Borough

Plumstead Township

Point Pleasant Beach

Point Pleasant Borough

Seaside Heights Borough

Seaside Park Borough

Ship Bottom Borough

South Toms River Borough

Stafford Township

Surf City Borough

Toms River Township

Tuckerton Borough

Waretown

West Creek

 

Education

Education & Library

College and Universities in Ocean County

Georgian Court University

Ocean County College

 

Library

Ocean County Library

Government

Ocean County is governed by a five-member Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Freeholders are the center of the legislative and administrative resonsibility in Ocean County.

These are the administrative offices:

Public Information
Donna E. Flynn, Director
Phone: (732) 929-2000

Serves as the public information center for county government departments and agencies.

County Administrator
Richard D. Prifold
Justice Complex, 120 Hooper Avenue,
Toms River, N.J. 08754
Phone: (732) 929-2042

Responsible for the day-to-day operation and supervision of the county departments and their divisions and projects.

Clerk of the Board
Betty Vasil
Administration Bldg., Rm. 328
P.O. Box 2191
Toms River, N.J. 08754-2191
Phone: (732) 929-2005

Responsible for the adminstrative and supervisory functions of the board of freeholders.

Prosecutor
Marlene Lynch Ford, Ocean County Prosecutor
119 Hooper Ave., P.O. Box 2191
Toms River, N.J. 08754-2191
Phone: (732) 929-2027


The county's chief law enforcement officer.

County Counsel
John C. Sahradnik, Esq.
212 Hooper Ave, P.O. Box 757
Toms River, N.J. 08754
Phone: (732) 349-4800

Manages all legal matters for the county, and represents the county in litigation.

Ocean County Sheriff's Office
William L. Polhemus, Sheriff
Wayne R. Rupert, Undersheriff
Jeff Thompson, Chief Sheriff’s Officer
Justice Complex, 120 Hooper Avenue,
Toms River, N.J. 08754
Phone: (732) 929-2044 or (732) 349-2010 (4 p.m. - 8 a.m.)

Responsible for providing highly technical and specialized services to local law enforcement agencies.


Parks

Berkeley Island County Park
399 Brennan Concourse
Berkeley Township, NJ


Situated on a scenic peninsula jutting out into the calm waters of Barnegat Bay, Berkeley Island County Park's location provides possibly the best view of the Bay in Ocean County.  It also features a family-oriented beach, complete with warm sand and protected bay bathing.  The crabbing/fishing pier at the park is one of the County's most popular.  Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day sunning, swimming, or crabbing from the 100' pier. Berkeley Island County Park is also the park location for the Annual Beach Bash.

Facilities:

Crabbing, fishing, handicapped accessible, horseshoes, picnic area, grills, playground, restrooms, swimming, covered pavilion. Reserved picnic areas available (fee)(limit 75 persons).

Mill Creek County Park
111 Chelsea Avenue
Berkeley Township, NJ

Mill Creek County Park is located in Berkeley Township between Pine Beach and Ocean Gate.  Cedar chip trails, the Mill Creek and the Toms River beyond, and three playgrounds make this a scenic and inviting park.  It's the perfect spot for a family picnic under the pavilion or at one of several secluded picnic tables. Facilities:

Basketball, conservation area, handicapped accessible, pavilion, picnic area, grills, playgrounds, restrooms, trails.

Robert Miller County Park
901 Route 530
Berkeley Township, NJ

Home of the renowned Ocean County Fair held each July, the grounds are perfect for the many vendors, amusements, entertainers, 4-H clubs and visitors who make the Fair an annual highlight.  The park also has a playground and picnic area and is the site of a local, independently-managed airport.

Facilities:

Conservation area, cross-country skiing, handicapped accessible, open playing fields, pavilion, picnic area, restrooms.


Cattus Island County Park
1170 Cattus Island Blvd
Toms River, NJ 08753

The unspoiled beauty of nature is the main attraction at Cattus Island County Park.  This environmentally sensitive park spans almost 500 acres and boasts miles of trails, many offering lovely vistas of the adjacent Silver Bay.  Cattus Island is home to the Cooper Environmental Center, where visitors of all ages will enjoy our many displays and collections of snakes and reptiles, as well as numerous programs and presentations run by our professional staff.  One of its most popular programs is the Junior Naturalist , which encourages young environmentalists to partake in hands-on activities at the Cooper Environmental Center.  New to the park is the beautiful Butterfly Garden.

PARK HOURS - SEVEN DAYS A WEEK - DAWN - DUSK
COOPER ENVIRNOMENTAL CENTER HOURS - SEVEN DAYS A WEEK - 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Facilities:

Birding, boardwalk through wetlands, conservation area, environmental education site, crabbing, cross-country skiing, fishing, handicap-accessible, nature trails, picnic area, playground, restrooms, scenic overlooks.

 

Parks Adminstrative Offices
1198 Brandon Road
Toms River, NJ 08753

Situated on the Silver Bay, this beautiful site on the Silver Bay is the home of the Ocean County Parks and Recreation Administrative Offices.  Here the administrative staff plans and supervises the numerous activities sponsored by the Department under the guidance of Parks and Recreation Chairman, Freeholder John C. Bartlett.  These activities include recreational and educational programs, a summer concert series, environmental programs, sports programs, arts and crafts classes, and trips to a variety of events and locales.  Additionally, numerous programs and classes for both adults and children are held here in our spacious  and fully accessible program room.  During summer months, our pontoon boat, the "Betty C", is docked here for free ecological tours of the Silver and Barnegat Bay area.

Facilities:

Conservation Area, Handicap Accessible, Picnic Area, Program Room, Registration Desk, Restrooms.

 

Riverfront Landing County Park
Water Street
Toms River, NJ 08753

Located on the River in downtown Toms River admidst a beautiful and tranquil environment.  For those employed in and around Toms River, a picnic at this meticulously manicured park overlooking the Toms River is a great lunchtime alternative.

Facilities:

Benches, crabbing, fishing, handicap accessible, picnic area.

 

Patriots' Field Sports Complex
486 Bowman Road
Jackson Township, NJ

Soccer and softball fields abound on this beautifully maintained sports facility, as do shuffleboard, boccie and basketball courts, horseshoe pits and a fitness trail.

Facilities:

Basketball, bike trail, boccie, conservation area, cross-country skiing, handicap accessible, horseshoes, picnic area, playground, restrooms, shuffleboard, soccer, softball and a fitness trail (app. 1 mile).


Eno's Pond County Park
East Lacey Road
Lacey Township, NJ

Eno's Pond and surrounding area have a long and colorful history dating to the Colonial period.  The observation decks overlook Eno's Pond, which was used as a source of ice for a hotel once on the site and now is a good vantage point for viewing some of the pond's residents and visitors. Eno's Pond County Park is adjacent to part of the Edwin B. Fosythe National Wildlife Refuge Lacey Extension, and both entities are working to develop a trail system between the two properties.

Facilities:

Conservation are, handicap accessible, open playing fields, nature trails, observation decks, picnic areas/grills, playground, restrooms, and volleyball.

 

Lake Shenandoah County Park
Route 88 (Ocean Avenue)
Lakewood, NJ

Tall oaks and pines surround the gorgeous 100-acre Lake Shenandoah, which is the focal point of this park.  Trout-stocked waters, accessible fishing piers and an on-site bait-and-tackle shop with boat rentals make this spot perfect for freshwater fishing, from land or water.

Facilities:

Bike trail, boat rental, conservation area, fishing, handicap accessibility,  picnic area, restrooms, small boat launch (electric motors only).

 

Ocean County Park
659 Ocean Avenue
Lakewood, NJ

Ocean County Park was originally part of Financier John D. Rockefeller's vacation estate.  White pine, hemlock and other unique specim trees, now mature, were imported by Rockefeller from all over the country.  Tennis courts, open play fields, beach volleyball and even a driving range, all free of charge, appeal to adults of all ages, and children will delight in using the playgrounds or swimming in the large, clean swimming lake on hot summer days. 

Facilities:

Bike trail, cross-country skiing, driving range, fishing, fitness trail, handicap accessible, open playing fields, picnic area, playgrounds, restrooms, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, tennis courts, volleyball.

 

Shenandoah County Field Sports Complex
Route 88 (Ocean Avenue)
Lakewood, NJ

Six soccer and and two softball fields await the visitor to this field sports complex, where any Spring or Fall afternoon will find fields busy with local teams and excited onlookers.

Facilities:

Basketball, bike trail, handicap accessible, playground, restrooms, soccer, softball

 

Freedom Fields
Route 539
Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Soccer, softball and baseball fields have been developed to meet the needs of the expanding population of Southern Ocean County.

Facilities:

Softball Fields, Soccer Fields, Little League Fields, Picnic Areas, Hiking Trails & Rest Rooms

 

Wells Mills County Park
905 Wells Mills Road (County 532)
Waretown, NJ

The largest park in the Ocean County park sytsem with over 900 acres of pine and oak forest within southern New Jersey's environmental marvel known as the Pine Barrens.  Miles of hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty can be found here, including a "VIP" (Visually Impaired Persons) Trail.

The three-story Nature Center offers a great display floor, a library, and the third floor "Elizabeth Meirs Morgan Observation Deck", recently dedicated in honor of a very active naturalist and conservationist in Ocean County.

Environmental programs and classes are held regularly at Wells Mills, with experienced naturalists available to answer any questions you may have about the ecology of this area.The monthly "Full Moon Hikes" are but one of the popular events taking place here.

The Annual "Pine Barrens Jamboree" is held at Wells Mills each October.  A day filled with music, piney vittles and hand-made crafts, it's an event not to be missed!

Beautiful Wells Mills Lake has trails meandering around it, perfect for a leisurely stroll through the 900 acres of Pine Barrens located within Wells Mills County Park.  Canoe rentals are also available at a nominal cost.

Facilities:

Bike trail, canoe rental (seasonal), conservation area, fishing, handicap accessible, nature center, open playing fields, picnic area, playground, restrooms.

 

Beaver Dam Creek County Park
3430 Bridge Avenue
Point Pleasant, NJ

Take a leisurely stroll along Beaver Dam Creek's boardwalk through tidal wetlands, seemingly miles from civilization.  This expertly groomed park has something for everyone!  Enjoy a picnic under the pavilion while the kids cavort on one of two playgrounds or engage in your favorite sport on six acres of playing fields.  Two superb tennis courts and a basketball court are also available for use.

Facilities

Basketball, conservation area, handicap accessible, open playing fields, picnic area, playgrounds, restrooms, soccer, softball, tennis.

 

Gull Island County Park & Conservation Area
419 Broadway
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

All but a small parcel of land of this tract is an island conservation area in the Manasquan River, but it's a great place for a picnic lunch or fishing the rich waters of the area.

Facilities:

Conservation area, fishing, handicap accessible, picnic area.

 

A. Paul King County Park
2 W. Bay Avenue
Stafford Township, NJ

It offers a variety of recreation possibilities, a brightly-colored children's playground, a large picnic area shaded by a stand of pines.

Facilities:

Basketball court, fishing, handicap accessible, horseshoes, picnic area, playground, restrooms, volleyball.

 

Stanley"Tip" Seaman County Park
120 Lakeside Drive (Route 9)
Tuckerton, NJ

"Tip" Seaman County Park, located on the shores of Lake Pohatcong, is probably best-known as the site of the Ocean County Decoy and Gunning Show, now in its 28th year.  This two-day event draws exhibitors and visitors from the entire eastern seaboard and beyond and has been named as one of the top 100 events in North America.

"Tip" was also the home of the first Barnegat Bay Decoy Museum. The newly constructed and expanded Barnegat Bay Decoy Museum is just across Route 9 at the site of the Tuckerton Seaport. For more information, call 609-296-5606.

Facilities:

Basketball, bike trail, fishing, fitness trail, handicap accessible, horseshoes, open play area, picnic area, playground, restrooms, shuffleboard, small boat launch, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball.

 

Jakes Branch County Park
1100 Double Trouble Road
Beachwood, NJ

Jakes Branch County Park offers a balance of active and passive recreation opportunities. The nature center in the park will highlight the beauty, history, and natural surroundings of the Pine Barrens. Breathtaking views of the seemingly endless Pine Barrens can be taken in from the observation deck perched atop the nature center. Jakes Branch will also offer opportunities for soccer, baseball/softball, tennis, and basketball in addition to the miles of nature trails laid out by the staff of the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation. The tot lot, picnic grove and open playing fields are sure to appeal to children of all ages.

 

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Barnegat Light, NJ 08006
609-494-2016

The site of Barnegat Lighthouse on the northern tip of Long Beach Island in Ocean County was regarded as one of the most crucial "change of course" points for coastal vessels. Vessels bound to and from New York along the New Jersey coastline depended on Barnegat Lighthouse to avoid the shoals extending from the shoreline. The swift currents, shifting sandbars, and the offshore shoals challenged the skills of even the most experienced sailor. The park is included as a maritime site on the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail.

Facilities & Activities:

Island Beach State Park
Route 35
Seaside Park, NJ 08752
732-793-0506

Facilities & Activities:

  • Trails

  • Recreation Area

  • Barnegat Bay access

  • Island Beach Northern and Southern Natural areas
  • Fishing
  • Waterfowl hunting (in sedge islands only)
  • Canoeing
  • Ocean swimming with shower facilities and wheelchair access
  • Picnicking
  • Bicycling and Horseback Riding
  • Sailboarding and Surfing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Sedge Island Marine Conservation Zone
  • The Emily DeCamp Interpretive Center



Trails:

  • Nature trails, bird
    observation blind
  • Horseback riding
  • Eight-mile bike path along main road

Sports & Recreation

Family/Outdoor Fun

Blackbeard's Cave
136 Route 9
Bayville, NJ
732-286-4414

Offes Paintball Arena, arcade, batting cages, archery, kiddie park, miniature golf, driving range, jousting, go garts, bumper boats, water wars, climbing wall and more.

Casino Pier
800 Ocean Terrace
Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
732-793-6488

Includes Casino Pier rides, Breakwater Beach water park, Casino Arcade games, and the Carousel that is over 100 years old.

Fantasy Island
320 Seventh Street
Beach Haven, NJ
609-492-5000

Offers family style arcades, rides, games, and free entertainment.

Insectropolis - The bug museum of NJ
1769 Route 9
Toms River, NJ 08755
732-349-7090

Motivates visitors to discover the little known lives of insects and foster a greater appreciation for bugs and their place in our world.

Jenkinson's Boardwalk
Parkway & Boardwalk
300 Ocean Avenue
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
732-892-0600

Offers your family a wide range of activities including Jenkinson's Aquarium, the boardwalk attractions, amusement rides, or just lay on the beach.

New Egypt Speedway
720 Route 539
New Egypt, NJ 08533
609-548-5794

Small vehicle racing on a 7/16 mile dirt track.

Six Flags
1 Six Flags Blvd
Jackson, NJ 08527
732-928-1820

Largest Six Flags in the USA. Offers 3 parks as Six Flags Great Adventure Amusement and Ride Theme Park, the 350 acre Six Flags Wild Safari Park, and the 45 acre Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park.

 

Baseball

Lakewood Blue Claws
2 Stadium Way
Lakewood, NJ 08701
732-901-7000


Golf

  • Bey Lea Municipal Golf Course
    1536 North Bay Avenue
    Toms River, NJ 08753
    732-349-0566

  • Cedar Creek Golf Course
    Tilton Blvd & Forest Hills Pkwy
    Bayville, NJ 08721
    732-26-4460

  • Four Seasons Spa & Country Club
    1600 Spring Meadows Drive
    Lakewood, NJ 08701
    732-477-1668

  • Metedeconk National Golf Club
    55 Hannah Hill Road
    Jackson, NJ 08527
    732-928-0111

  • Ocean Acres Country Club
    925 Buccaneer Lane
    Manahawkin, NJ 08050
    609-597-9393

  • Ocean County Golf Course at Atlantis
    261 Country Club Road
    Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08050
    609-296-2444
  • Ocean County Golf Course at Forge Pond
    Chambers Bridge Road
    Brick, NJ 08723
    732-920-8899

  • Pine Barrens
    560 South Hope Chapel Road
    Jackson, NJ 08527
    732-408-1154

  • PineRidge Golf Course
    Route 547 Naval Air Engineering Stat
    Lakehurst, NJ 08733
    732-323-7483

  • Renaissance Golf Course
    3 Renaissance Blvd E
    Lakehurst, NJ 08733
    732-657-8900

  • Sea Oaks
    99 Golfview Drive
    Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087
    609-296-2656

  • Toms River Country Club
    419 Washington Street
    Toms River, NJ 08753
    732-349-8867

  • Woodlake Golf & Country Club
    25 New Hampshire Ave
    Lakewood, NJ 08701
    732-370-1002

Hockey

Philadephia Flyers

NJ Devils

NY Islanders

NY Rangers

Ice Skating

  • Ocean Ice Palace Ice Skating Rink
    197 Chambersbridge Road
    Brick, NJ 08723
    732-477-4411

  • Winding River Skating Center Ice Skating Rink
    1211 Whitesville Road
    Toms River, NJ 08753
    732-244-0720


 

Visitor Center

Ocean County Chamber of Commerce
1200 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, NJ 08753
732-349-0220

 

 


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