Things to do in Monmouth County, NJ

Experience Applewood — Steps from the shores, moments from the city

Located in Freehold, the Monmouth County seat, Applewood Retirement Community is moments away from a whole host of life and activities in the Freehold and Monmouth county area. Experience a bustling downtown area and access to restaurants, cafes, farmers markets, a famous raceway, and one of the state’s best shopping centers: The Freehold Raceway Mall. If the city doesn’t hold your attention, Monmouth County is host to five lighthouses and a number of different museums, cultural, and historic sites that are sure to keep you interested. We even offer day trips into New York City for the museums, shopping, shows, and to try your luck in Atlantic City. With so much nearby, you really can’t beat Applewood’s location.

Looking for something more peaceful? Applewood in Freehold is also nearby to several parks and beaches that are perfect to bring the family for the day. From Seven Presidents Park in Monmouth County to the Monmouth Battlefield State Park, we’re sure that the whole family will find something they’ll enjoy.

The Applewood Retirement Community is also conveniently located nearby some of the best medical centers in the whole of the Monmouth County region. The CentraState Medical center, as well as Surgical, Cancer, Maternity, Neuroscience, and Family Medical centers are all within moments of the Applewood facility.

Use the interactive map below to see some of the most popular local points of interest in the Freehold and the greater Monmouth County area. We designed this to be a helpful resource for those interested in local dining, shopping, visiting local historic sites and parks, as well as cultural, medical, educational, and entertainment options in close proximity to Applewood. If you would like to learn more, scroll further down the page to learn about each individual location!

Cultural & Historic Sites

Court House
Georgia Road School House
Freedom Trail
Durand Arboretum
Center Players theatre
Paramount theatre
Algonquin theatre
George Street theatre
McCarter theatre
Count Basie Red Bank

Light Houses

Sandy Hook Light
Fort Hancock
Navesink Twin Lights
Sea Girt Light


Allaire Village
Information Age Learning Center
New Jersey Museum of Transportation
National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey

Golf Courses

Knob Hill Golf Course
Raintree Golf Course
Pine Brooke Golf Course:
Colts Neck Golf Club
Charleston Springs Golf Course
Pebble Creek Golf club
Hominy Hill Golf Course
Howell Park Golf Course
Cruz Farm Golf Club
Spring Meadow Golf Course
Twin Brook Golf Center

Parks & Beaches

Monmouth Racetrack - Oceanport
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Turkey Swamp Park
Michael J. Tighe Park
Six Flags Great Adventure
Avon by the Sea NJ
Sea Girt
Spring Lake
Seven Presidents Park
Horse Park of New Jersey
Gateway National Recreation Area
Kingda Ka
Wreck Pond


Freehold Raceway Mall
Downtown Freehold
Jackson Outlets
Mounts Corner on Solomon's Shopping Way


Princeton University
Rider University
Rutgers at Brookdale Community College - Freehold
Georgian Court University
Monmouth University
Monmouth County Library


Moore's Tavern
Metropolitan Café
The American Hotel Market
Peking Pavilion
Fred & Murry's Kosher Deli
All Seasons Diner
Jersey Freeze
That's Amore


CentraState Medical Center
CentraState Family Medical Center
CentraState Cancer Center
CentraState Maternity Center
CentraState Neuroscience Center
CentraState Surgical Services