Freehold Township is a small community in Monmouth County, New Jersey that is home to the historic site of the Battle of Monmouth, which was fought in 1778 and preserved as the Monmouth Battlefield State Park. The park is also home to several other attractions such as the 1,180-acre Turkey Swamp Park which offers excellent hiking, picnicking and other outdoor recreational activities; the Freehold Raceway where annual horse races are held; and the Freehold Art Gallery which showcases works by talented local, regional, and international artists.
1. Turkey Swamp Park
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Turkey Swamp Park is a 1,180-acre park on the edge of the Pine Barrens that is home to several diverse habitats, including the extensive Metedeconk, Manasquan, and Toms River systems, the Millstone River, and the Assunpink Creek. The park features an array of outdoor recreation, including eight miles of hiking trails, two soccer fields, several picnic grounds and children’s playgrounds, and an archery range. During the summer, the surrounding waterways are great for canoeing, kayaking, paddle-boating, and row boating, and the winter season offers ice-skating on the lake. There is a seasonal campground with 64 pull-through campsites for tent campers and travel trailers, laundry facilities, and bathrooms with hot showers, and two overnight log cabins.
200 Georgia Rd, Freehold, NJ 07728, Phone: 732-462-7286
2. Freehold Raceway Mall
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The Freehold Raceway Mall is a large, light-filled super-regional mall with familiar anchor stores such as Primark, Macy’s, JCPenney, as well as a food court with an array of popular restaurant chains, cafés, and fast-food joints, and a movie theater. Amenities and services at the Mall include complimentary wireless Internet throughout the Mall, 24-hour security, family restrooms on all levels, a nursing room, a children’s play area, and ATMs at various locations around the shopping center.
3710 U.S. 9, Freehold Township, NJ 07728, Phone: 732-577-1144
3. Monmouth County Historical Association Museum
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The Monmouth County Historical Association Museum is the home of the Monmouth County Historical Association’s headquarters, as well as an extensive research library and archives. Designed by J. Hallam Conover and built in the early 1900s, the building is an elegant colonial revival structure that reflects the architectural style of Mt. Vernon. The museum houses a rich permanent collection of artworks, historical and genealogical materials, and prints that are exhibited on a permanent and rotating basis, including ‘The Battle of Monmouth’ and the magnificent work by Leutze Washington at Monmouth. The museum also has a family-centric Discovery Room where children all ages can learn about the history of Monmouth County.
70 Court St, Freehold, NJ 07728, Phone: 732-462-1466
4. Covenhoven House
Covenhoven House is a historic site in Freehold Borough that was built in the mid-1700s by William A. Covenhoven and wife, Elizabeth Van Cleaf. Constructed by the man who built the landmark Old Tennent Church, the impressive house is a standing example of how a prosperous local farmer lived during the American Revolution era. The home features beautiful architectural elements such as ornate fireplaces with ornate paneling, intricately painted woodwork, and cupboards with glazed doors and carved shell bonnets. British General Henry Clinton occupied Covenhoven House just before the Battle of Monmouth in 1778, and today is open for the public to explore with open-hearth cooking demonstrations available by appointment.
150 W. Main St., Freehold, NJ 07728, Phone: 732-431-7310 ext.7476
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5. Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County
The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County is dedicated to celebrating and preserving the rich and unique history of the County’s Jewish heritage. Based in an old barn dating back to the 1800s that was once part of the Levi Solomon farm in Freehold Township, the museum features an array of exciting exhibits telling the story of the Jewish religion in Monmouth County and the role it played in the development of the area. The museum also hosts a variety of educational programs, workshops and presents several publications throughout the year.
310 Mounts Corner Dr, Freehold, NJ 07728, Phone: 732-252-6990
6. Freehold Raceway
Freehold Raceway is a half-mile racetrack in Freehold Borough that has been hosting horseracing since the 1830s, making it the oldest racecourse in the country. The first annual fair with harness racing was held in 1853 by the Monmouth County Agricultural Society, and the track has been drawing crowds to enjoy a variety of horse racing ever since. Popular events over the years have included the annual Cane Pace, a harness race run since 1955, which became the first leg in the Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Pacers. Today, the Freehold Raceway has two distinct racing seasons from January through May and September through December, and host two major events per year.
130 Park Ave, Freehold, NJ 07728, Phone: 732-462-3800
7. Freehold Art Gallery
Located in Historic Downtown Freehold Borough, Freehold Art Gallery exhibits the works of both emerging and established local New Jersey artists in a variety of mediums ranging from paintings, prints, and photographs to maps and documents. Based on the second floor of the former J.J. Newbury Co. Department Store, the gallery features three exhibition spaces, namely the Main and the Central Gallery and the Reception Hall. The galleries are decorated in traditional 19th-century salon-style, creating an elegant and stylish atmosphere and can be rented for private events and functions. The Freehold Art Gallery also consigns and sells artworks such as paintings, ceramics, glassworks, photographs, and sculptures by talented local, regional, and international artists and hosts art shows, book readings, and symposiums.
7 W Main St, Freehold, NJ 07728, Phone: 908-614-6195
618 is a contemporary restaurant with a modern rustic ambiance that offers an unforgettable dining experience. The stylish, sophisticated eatery has elegant décor with soft lighting that creates a romantic atmosphere and serves a farm-to-table menu of signature Pat LaFrieda steaks, fresh seafood, organic chicken and pork, and a range of salads and vegetarian options. The full-service bar has an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, handcrafted cocktails, and a selection of high-end spirits. 618 is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
618 Park Ave, Freehold, NJ 07728, Phone: 732-577-0001
9. La Cipollina
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La Cipollina is a classy BYOB Italian restaurant with a warm, brick-walled dining space that brings the taste and flavors of Old-World Italy to the heart of Freehold. Boasting elegant décor and a smart tuxedoed team of wait staff, the family-friendly restaurant serves a menu of classic Italian and Mediterranean fare such as starters of antipasti, bruschetta, fresh salads, and home-baked focaccia. Hearty entrées range from fresh seafood, prime grass-fed beef and veal, chicken, and house-made pasta like lasagna and spaghetti Bolognese, and decadents desserts of panna cotta, and tiramisu. The full-service bar has an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft and draft beers, and handcrafted cocktails made with high-end spirits. La Cipollina is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Sunday.
16 W Main St A, Freehold, NJ 07728, Phone: 732-308-3830
10. Fred & Murry's Kosher Delicatessen
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Located in the Pond Road Shopping Center, Fred & Murry's Kosher Delicatessen is a small, old-fashioned kosher deli with vintage décor, poster-adorned walls, and comfortable seating that serves a variety gourmet deli fare. Established in 1960 on Ralph Avenue in Brooklyn, New York by brothers Fred and Murry Chalnick, the famous deli Fred & Murry's continues to provide the quality and tradition they are renowned for. The kosher deli serves housemade pickled corn beef, hand-cut French fried potatoes, matzo ball soup, and gourmet sandwiches. Fred & Murry's Kosher Delicatessen is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
4345 U.S. 9, Freehold, NJ 07728, Phone: 732-462-3343
11. Calgo Gardens
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Nature and art blend in beautiful harmony at the Calgo Gardens. Known for its enchanting grounds and visually stunning works of art, the Calgo Gardens is a great place to soak up the positive energy of nature and uplift your spirits. Inside the gardens, guests can see a number of bright, carefully painted decorations dotting doorways and walkways in addition to eye-catching pottery and unique architectural elements. While a walk through the beautiful garden is the main draw, there are also other treats to enjoy in Calgo Gardens like the farm-to-table Tulip Tree Café, the Yoga Loft, a flower shop, and a state-of-the-art aquaponic farm.
462 Adelphia Road, Freehold, New Jersey 07728, Phone: 732-919-7770
12. Battleview Orchards
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Enjoy a great day out on the farm with your nearest and dearest when visiting the Battleview Orchards. Farming since 1908, the Battleview Orchards is home to delicious locally grown fruits like New Jersey peaches, sour cherries, nectarines, and strawberries to name a few. Drop by with your family to spend a few relaxing hours picking all of the freshest seasonal fruit you could possibly want in one of the state’s oldest “Pick Your Own” orchards. Make sure to drop by the Country Store after your time out in the orchards to pick up homemade pies, pastries, and ciders.
91 Wemrock Road, Freehold, New Jersey 07728, Phone: 732-462-0756
13. Bury the Hatchet
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If the thought of chucking a bunch of hatchets at targets in an enclosed space sound exhilarating to you, then make your way to Bury the Hatchet, an axe-throwing center in Freehold. While axe throwing is a pastime that originated in Canada, it has quickly taken the United States by storm and has grown so much in popularity thanks to the fun, stress-relieving nature of the activity. Great for a night out with friends or other similar events, Bury the Hatchet offers 2-hour sessions with a safety briefing and training by their friendly and professional staff. Each lane at Bury the Hatchet can accommodate up to 12 players with several mini-games available to add to the fun. While walk-ins are welcome, it’s best to book your session ahead of time.
Fairfield Industrial Park, 916 Park Avenue, Freehold, New Jersey 07728; Phone: 732-683-0213
14. Amazing Escape Room
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There’s no better way to test your wits and teamwork than in Freehold’s Amazing Escape Rooms. Choose from six available themes like the Wizard’s Apprentice, Space for Rent, The Jungle Escape, or the Great Train Heist, and join forces with your teammates to find clues and solve puzzles to meet your goal within the set time limit. Visitors can play in groups of four, six, or eight, in rooms of various difficulty levels, which should be booked ahead of time to ensure a slot. For visitors who want to try out a room without actually going to the compound, Amazing Escape Room also offers online escape room adventures to navigate from the comfort of your own home.
2 Monmouth Avenue, Freehold, New Jersey 07728, Phone: 732-333-0448
15. Bear and Birch
Get a true-blue Russian experience from within New Jersey at Bear and Birch, a traditional Russian Banya armed with a custom-made brick and stone oven that would have undoubtedly earned praise from the Czars themselves. A banya can be best described as the Russian version of a spa, with the main draw being brick oven heated steam rooms which are often followed by a plunge into a cold pool. Of the many treatments available at Bear and Birch, some of the more popular treatments include a traditional Russian Branch treatment called a Parka and the Deep Tissue or Aromatherapy massages. No visit to Bear and Birch is complete with grabbing a meal at their on-site restaurant which offers authentic Russian fare like Chebureki, Solenia, and Buzhenina, as well as heavier meals like Perogis, Shashliks, and Pelmeni Dumplings.
6 Paragon Way, Suite 108, Freehold, New Jersey 07728, Phone: 732-780-3354
16. iPlay America
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What would you get if you took Jersey Shore’s iconic boardwalk and wrapped it all up in an indoor package? You’ll get iPlay America. iPlay America is the largest indoor amusement park in the whole state of New Jersey and is likely one of the largest in the country as it covered nearly 4-acres of exciting attractions. Perfect for parties and group events, iPlay America features various attractions like a go-kart track, a handful of indoor roller coasters, a laser arena, an arcade, as well as a variety of boardwalk games. Some of the most popular rides in iPlay America include the Reverse Time, a spinning thrill ride, the Freedom Rider roller coaster, and the Kite Flyer, a horizontal rollercoaster perfect for superheroes in the making.
110 Schnack Road, Freehold, New Jersey 07728, Phone: 732-577-8200
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