Things to Do in Monroe

Things to Do in Monroe

Whether you prefer to explore a new destination by car, bus, train, on foot, or by renting an ATV and heading off the beaten track, Monroe, New Jersey keeps things interesting morning, noon, and night with its many points of interest, activities, and attractions. With its down-to-earth atmosphere and unassuming lifestyle, the township has its own allure compared to big-city environments and is fast becoming a popular destination for vacation visitors and those looking for a new place to call home. Here are some of the most popular things to do in Monroe.

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Outdoor Adventures in Monroe

Exploring Monroe's Landscape

  • Thompson Park
  • Veterans Park
  • Rutgers Gardens
  • Jamesburg Park
  • Sourland Mountain Preserve

Monroe's outdoor landscape is rich in diversity providing residents and visitors a variety of opportunities to explore, encounter nature, and enjoy outdoor adventures. For an all-in-one outdoor experience, the 675 acres that comprise Thompson Park offers an assortment of activities from nature trails and fishing in the lake to picnic areas and playgrounds and a zoo for the kids. There is also an 18-hole disc golf course to tackle.

Veterans Park is an ideal place on a hot summer day with its spray fountain to cool off. A short drive to New Brunswick offers a relaxing day filled with an array of visual beauty at Rutgers Gardens. The 180-acre botanical wonderland is open year-round and free of charge. While visiting, you'll have access to a variety of plants, gardens, natural habitats, a farmer's market, and a student-run farm.

Spending a day on a scenic trail is a great way to enjoy nature and the environment, and Jamesburg Park and Sourland Mountain Preserve are just two of the nearby parks offering activities such as hiking trails, wildlife observation, a wetland, mountain biking, and bird watching.

Monroe Shopping and Dining

Restaurants and Shopping Centers

  • The Shoppes at North Brunswick
  • Freehold Raceway Mall
  • Princeton Meadows Shopping Center
  • Englishtown Antiques and Used Furniture
  • The Diner
  • Mendoker's Quality Bakery
  • Taqueria Maria's
  • Italian Touch Restaurant and Pizza

Two favorite activities to enjoy in Monroe are discovering the many interesting shopping venues and sampling the menus at restaurants serving up the cultural tastes of the city. When it comes to shopping, there is no shortness of options. Select from among several malls with a variety of stores such as The Shoppes at North Brunswick, Freehold Raceway Mall, and Princeton Meadows Shopping Center.

If you're interested in vintage items, peruse the goods at Englishtown Antiques and Used Furniture and Barbara's Unique Antique Boutique. From sporting goods and art supplies to bookstores and fashion boutiques, shopping is an adventure in Monroe. Whether before or after a shopping spree, satisfying taste buds is part of the day's itinerary.

Local restaurants provide plenty of tasty tidbits in a variety of flavorful cultural dishes. Choose Italian, Greek, Mexican, Jamaican, and American. Dine on family favorites at restaurants such The Diner, enjoy a sweet dessert at Mendoker's Quality Bakery, savor fresh bread and olive oil at Faros Greek Cuisine, go south of the border at Taqueria Maria's, sample a plate of pasta or a slice of pizza at Italian Touch Restaurant and Pizza, or a brew and sandwich at Vine Restaurant.

Monroe Museums and History

Where to Discover Monroe's History

  • Princeton University Nassau Hall
  • Thomas Warne Museum
  • Monmouth Battlefield State Park
  • Abraham Staats House
  • William Trent House
  • Absecon Lighthouse

Discovering and exploring history is a visual and educational experience available at local museums and historical sites. A good place to start a historical journey is at Princeton University Nassau Hall built in 1756. It is a U.S. National Historic Landmark and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Located a short distance away in Matawan, the Thomas Warne Museum is a long-standing source of historical information featuring artifacts, collections, living histories, events, and programs.

Step back in time when visiting the 1,818-acre Monmouth Battlefield State Park that was the site of the Battle of Monmouth that took place during the American Revolutionary War. Tour the historic Abraham Staats House in nearby South Bound Brook or plan a visit to the William Trent House in Trenton. The Trent plantation home originally consisted of 1,000 acres and represents the style, architecture, and furnishings of the time, and is a Registered National Historic Landmark.

Enjoy a day trip to Atlantic City and climb the 228 steps to the top of the Absecon Lighthouse, which is the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey and the third tallest in the United States. Along with stunning views of the Atlantic, the lighthouse features the expansive grounds, the Keeper's Cottage, Fresnel Lens exhibit, gift shop, and educational museum.

Monroe Nightlife and Music

Bars, Night Clubs, and Music Venues

  • Baker's Bar and Grille
  • Station Bar and Grill
  • Tavern on the Lake
  • Escondido Mexican Cuisine and Tequila Bar
  • Working Dog Winery
  • 4JG's Winery
  • Perle Night Club and Lounge

There are many options for getting out to enjoy music and nightlife in and around Monroe. For a casual outing, several bars and pubs provide food, fun, dancing, and music in Monroe and the surrounding cities. For sports enthusiasts, dig into wood-fired pizzas, traditional American or Irish fare while watching the game on big-screen TVs at Baker's Bar and Grille in Monroe. Enjoy a casual vibe at the Station Bar and Grill where games, karaoke, and good food await. At Tavern on the Lake, live music, karaoke, pub fare, cool brews, and happy hour are always on the menu.

Add a little spice to the night at Escondido Mexican Cuisine and Tequila Bar where more than 70 creative tequilas concoctions are served. If palate-pleasing wines are more to your liking, make plans to visit the vineyards and sample the grapes with friends at the Working Dog Winery and the 4JG's Winery. When dancing the night away is on the agenda, the ultra-chic Perle Night Club and Lounge offers plenty of room to show off your moves on the dance floor.

There's Always Something to Do in Monroe

When making the decision to explore all that Monroe has to offer, you will find the cozy township has a lot of flavorful activities to entice and entertain people of all ages and interests. With short driving distances to nearby townships, there are even more things to do, places to go, and opportunities to experience the area's intriguing history. Consider renting a place for a longer stay, or get involved with a new construction dream home and stay for even longer. Whether you stay for the day or move to Monroe and make it your home, there is never a dull moment. 

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