5 Hidden Gems to Explore in Monmouth County This Summer
Warmer weather is here, the sun is shining, and most of us can enjoy a slower pace to life for a few
months. Whether you are new to the area, or a long-time Monmouth County resident and ready to be
a tourist on your own turf, here’s a few great spots in the area that are worth planning a visit.
The Brewer’s Apprentice, Freehold – For the past 20 years, they have been New Jersey’s largest
home brewing supply shop. There is also beer brewing, wine making and mead brewing in house.
(And for those unfamiliar with mead, it's actually the oldest alcoholic drink known to man, made from
just honey, yeast and water. And for those who prefer non-alcoholic beverages, you can visit and enjoy brewing your own sodas, like old fashioned root beer, birch beer, or cream soda. This is a truly unique destination if you are looking for an interactive, “hands-on” private event – think bachelor party, family reunion, retirement party, or any major milestone birthday party gathering.
Wesley Lake, Asbury Park – Back in the 1960’s, the lake was home to a rather unusual, but popular
local attraction – a large, motorized Swan Boat. Eventually, that giant Swan boat disappeared, but
after more than 50 years, the area gained new interest and attention from visitors with the arrival of a
fleet of swan pedal boats. Now, Wesley Lake has seen a resurgence in popularity, and is a relaxing
and beautiful way to enjoy the lake area. Not to mention, for those who enjoy sightseeing, you’ll spot
some amazing lake front properties as you make your way around the shores.
Navesink Twin Lights, Highlands – Although it is no longer an operating lighthouse, Twin Lights has
been positioned as a navigating lighthouse in this very spot since 1828, and then rebuilt in 1862 after
the original structure crumbled. These twin lights have been the brightest coastal navigating light for
generations of sea travelers passing through the entrance to The New York Harbor and Atlantic
Ocean. It’s well worth a visit to tour the lighthouse. After a fairly easy climb up, you’ll be rewarded with
a magnificent view from the North Tower. Then enjoy touring the Twin Lights museum and the Seeing Stars exhibit featuring the history of the American Flag.
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown – This not-so-secret garden covers a sprawling 54 acres filled with
greenhouses and gardens featuring over 50 varieties of roses alone! It is part of the Monmouth
County Park System and is a beloved destination for many at-home gardeners and other horticultural
devotees. They offer walking tours with staff to offer answer all your gardening questions. Special
garden events and classes are also available. And for the very adventurous visitors, check out the
Garden Backpack Safari. That’s right! Stop by the Horticultural Center and pick up a backpack full of
everything you and your crew will need to discover everything living (and non-living) throughout the
National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt – For all those history and war buffs, this museum is right
under your nose, explain the military heritage of New Jersey museum collects, preserves and displays
artifacts, documents, and memorabilia that have specific historical significance to the Army National
Guard, the Air National Guard, and the Naval Militia of New Jersey. And don't miss Intelligent Whale,
the 4000lb experimental hand-cranked submarine built during the Civil War in 1863, currently on
display at the museum.