Welcome to the township of Manalapan, New Jersey! Located just fifteen minutes from the beaches of Jersey Shore and less than one hour from the “capital of the world”, Manalapan offers untold opportunity while still ensuring its residents a suburban safe-haven!
Manalapan, NJ History
The unique municipality of Manalapan traces its origins to the mid-nineteenth century when citizens of the western portion of Freehold Township were informed by the State Legislature they would become members of a brand new township.
Years earlier, during the Revolutionary War, it had been the site of an epic clash between thirty-thousand British and Continental troops in 1778 at the Battle of Monmouth.
The name for Manalapan most likely derives from the Lenape Indian words
“manel” for drinking, and “paune” for bread, perhaps indicating the area as an ideal place to settle.
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This new township contained roughly thirty square miles of astoundingly
beautiful farmland. The population according to the census of 1850 hovered just
below two-thousand people.
These early residents enjoyed bountiful harvests of grains and vegetables,
and over time the area became renowned for its incredible agricultural yields.
Saw mills, carpenters, blacksmiths, and distilleries rounded out the town’s
activities. These commercial businesses were furthered in importance by nearby
shipping yards and seaports.
During the Civil War, Manalapan became an important training camp named Camp
Vredenbergh on the original site of the Battle of Monmouth.
In 1888, the people of Manalapan opted to form a separate local government
from Englishtown and subsequently elected their own local officials. At this
point, the township became its own borough and moved its government offices.
The town has continued to grow in the intervening years and is currently
enjoying rapid development as real-estate specialists have identified the
enormous merit and potential of the conveniently located suburbia.
Parks and Recreation
Manalapan Parks and Recreation
Phone: (732) 446-8355
This gorgeous two-and-a-half acre public park features a full outdoor basketball court, playgrounds, benches, and walking trails surrounded by towering conifers, perennials, and cedars!
Phone: (732) 787-9411
The scenic eleven-acre grounds of Holiday Park contain softball fields,
playgrounds, jogging trails, tennis courts and a duck pond beneath shade bearing oak limbs and gorgeous open blue skies!
Manalapan, NJ 07726
Thompson Grove is comprised of gorgeous forested hills perforated by
breath-taking open meadows and fields. The eight-acre park is intertwined by
luxuriant walkways and paths which wrap around the included bird sanctuary. The
park is also a great place to bring your dog, as it is open to pets!
Phone: (732) 842-4000
Manalapan Recreation Center
At just under one-hundred amenity loaded acres, this recreation center is the
premier site for sports and activities. With handball courts, baseball fields, a
fitness trail, six athletic fields, two hockey courts, six basketball courts,
six tennis courts, two bocce courts, two volleyball courts, a nine-hole disc
golf courts, and fully stocked concession stand, MRC is fully equipped to handle
your complete recreational needs! The incredible site also includes pavilions,
picnic benches, and a skating rink!
Phone: (732) 446-8355
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
This historic site was the location of the infamous Battle of Monmouth, the
longest battle of the American Revolution now preserved as an 18th Century
historic rural archive comprised of open fields and orchards peppered by
majestic pine and cedar trees. The grounds contain miles of horse riding trails,
walking trails, a restored rural farmhouse, and a supremely well kept visitor’s
347 Freehold Road
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Attractions and Activities
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
The five-hundred acre setting of this premier motorsports arena is New Jersey’s top raceway and has a seating capacity of over eighty-five thousand ecstatic fans! Drivers and race enthusiasts come from across the globe to experience the thrill of ten million horse-power’s worth of roaring adrenaline during the numerous drag races and motocross showcases hosted here throughout the year.
Offering classes for all skill, experience, and age levels has helped make Yoga Diversity a local favorite amongst fitness and wellness enthusiasts. Enjoy the relaxing art of internal alignment in this calm, cool setting while under the tutelage of top-notch instructors specializing in creating balance and increasing comfort!
Phone: (732) 409-7117
Crest Fruit Farm
Harvest the most delectable fresh fruit in New Jersey while having a boisterous
good time! Situated amongst the lush green fields directly south of downtown
Manalapan, the sprawling grounds of this fertile farmland offer nature’s bounty
season after season, from strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and apples, to
peaches, pumpkins, and ripe tomatoes!
Phone: (732) 462-5669
Brunswick Country Lanes
The pulsing techno-tronic sights and sounds of this state-of-the-art bowling
center surround eighty-two lanes of fast-paced fun and also offer sensational
arcades, billiards tables, concessions, and party rooms!
Monster Mini Golf
This unique indoor putt-putt course is inhabited by glowing monsters and
chilling special effects, making it a hair-raising, birdie-sinking good time!
Monster golf’s eighteen holes surround a cast of spooky inhabitants including
favorites such as Dracula, King Kong, and a life-size dragon!
Six Flags Great Adventure
This amazing American standard contains over two-thousand acres of award winning
coasters, productions, amenities, and rides in eleven distinct themed areas.
Great Adventure is a local favorite and has proudly provided entertainment and
fun for over thirty years while continually improving its offerings and now
boasts access to an incredible water-park and nearby safari themed wildlife