Freehold Travel Guide

  • Monmouth Battleield State Park
    Monmouth Battleield State Park
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Freehold Things to Do

  • Turkey Swamp Park

    For all you nature lovers out there, turkey Swamp park is the perfect place. Just a couple of miles outside of downtown Freehold is this nature lover's paradise, complete with 2 large lakes, miles and miles of trails, and camping facilities. Kayak and Canoe rentals available during the summer in the lake.

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  • The Lengend of Molly Pitcher

    On the north side of Route 522 on the historic Monmouth Battlefield, some 7,000 soldiers of the Continental Army Artillery were stationed here on Perrine Hill. Here, on the roadside sits a blue, informative sign and tells an "historical" tale of Molly Pitcher. It reads: "Molly PitcherAmericas First HeroineDuring the Revolutionary War, on...

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  • Monmouth Battlefield State Park

    Monmouth Battlefield State Park is the site of one of the largest battles of the American Revolutionary War. The park is located in Manalapan and Freehold Townships.Scottish and Dutch families settled this area in the 1680s, and by 1770 seven well-established farms stood on the site that is now that park.On June 18, 1778, General Sir Henry Clinton...

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  • Kruise Nights and Bands

    generally, the Freehold Center Partnership organizes the outdoor activities in the boro. Last Thursday from May through September is Kruize Night when antique cars are driven into town. On other Thursdays, there are usually bands playing. And most recently, a gazebo has been set up on Main Street for other performers on random nights. The...

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  • U-Pick Farms

    Anywhere in NJ, you can visit many farms and pick your own fruits and vegetables. Freehold/Monmouth County have several.http://www.state.nj.us/jerseyfresh/searches/pyo.htmIf for some reason, this site is not working, just do a search of "New Jersey" and "u-pick" and I am sure you will find something.There are also a working historic farm in the...

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  • Revolutionary War Era

    Freehold area played a big part in the American Revolution, and its prevelant in parts of town. Allaire Historic Village, Railroad, and State Park is only about 15 minutes outside of Freehold, and is a beautiful place to spend a day.See a real, working 1700's steel mining and milling town, complete with buildings restored and reenactments, as well...

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  • Six Flags Great Adventure

    Six Flags Great Adventure, about 15-20 minutes southwest of downtown is a great, however expensive, place to spend a day. Only about a mile from the Jackson Outlet Village, Six Flags Great Adventure is one of the largest Six Flags theme parks in the country. Every year, this park is breaking records as far as tallest and most intense rides.The...

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  • Shopping, anyone?

    Freehold has not only world class cuisine, but also many places for both budget and world class shopping.->The Freehold Raceway Mall, about a 1 1/2 miles southwest of downtown (W. Main St. to Trotters Way or 67, 833, or 836 buses from Freehold Center Bus Terminal), is one of the nation's largest shopping malls, offering stores for both shoppers...

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  • In the summer, on the beach

    The Jersey Shore. It's one of those world famous places that everyone knows about, but not everyone gets a chance to experience. Coming to Freehold during the summer months will allow one an easy daytrip to one of NJ's many famous beaches. Since traffic and parking in beach towns are nightmares during the summer (I once circled Point Pleasant for 2...

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Freehold Restaurants

  • Great Italian

    Try Angelo's on Rt 9 South. Great italian dishes. Love the Eggplant Parm and the Vodka Pizza. Very reasonable, great tuscan ambiance, private parties, BYOB and entertainment on Fri and Sat nights. Also kid friendly (recommend early evening though). I'm originally from North Jersey and this place is the best, not like the other mediocre italian...

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  • Great Mexican Food

    Got to be the largest menu of any Mexican restaurant that I have ever gone to! Along with your choice of beef, chicken or pork in many entrees, you can choose lamb as well. Kind of unusual I think. My wife chose one of the appetizers and the server offered to make it into a meal size portion. They have an outdoor section and it is BYOB.

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  • The ORIGINAL Federicis

    A mainstay on Freehold's Main Street for 50+ years, I love the feel of Federicis - this is no "fern bar", just an old school Italian restaurant with some of the best pizza in the world. Baked in brick ovens, it has a thin, crisp crust, and just the right amount of FRESH toppings. I can't say too much about their other offerings, as I cannot seem to...

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  • Where apples are always happy!

    Once an old stagecoach stop in the 1800's, the Happy Apple Inn is now one of the few businesses still opened in the ghost town of Imlaystown. Literally miles from the nearest civilization, the Happy Apple Inn is a place that gets around by word of mouth, and cannot be found easily by even the most avid road traveller, because it is on a side road....

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  • Great Italian Food

    Goodfella's is by far my favorite Italian restaurant, serving most Italian foods and great pizza. Like Federici's, this restaurant is waited service only, although is a *bit* more upscale than Federici's. Weekday lunch specials. Downtown. A smaller restaurant. Friday/Saturday night be prepared to wait. The Signature Pizza a la Vodka is the best...

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  • Upscale dining, anyone?

    In Freehold, there are many upscale dining places, which I will condese all into this one topic. My recommendations, with my personal ratings, and location:-Main St. Bistro 4/5 - American and European foods. Located at East Main across from the intersection of Sheriff St. -Metropolitan Cafe 5/5 - The best of the best! Upscale dishes and a busy...

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Freehold Nightlife

  • by matt1168 Written Nov 22, 2004

    The Freehold area's "local" bar, located in the small, historic town known as Tennent, is only about 5 minutes from downtown in a car or cab, and is a great place to grab a beer and a snack, as well as mingle with some people! Kids allowed in the back dining room only!

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Freehold Transportation

  • Getting to Freehold-Bus (Continued)

    Academy Bus-"5" Series Buses- Provide rush hour service to New York in the north and Lakewood in the South, with some limited service mid-days. This service compliments NJT 139 service, and NJ Transit 139 tickets are cross-honoured on the Academy Lines Express buses as well.-586: Provides frequent rush hour trips to Wall St. in New York City's...

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  • Getting around Freehold

    When in Freehold, the bus (or even walking) is by far the easiest and most hassle-free way to get around. Within downtown, for the most part, everything is walkable. To visit areas like the Freehold Raceway, Monmouth Battlefield, Historic Englishtown, Turkey Swamp Park, and the Freehold Racway Mall, you will most likely need to take a bus or a cab....

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  • Getting to Freehold-Bus

    Although no longer served by Greyhound, the bus terminal in Freehold is still extremely active. Both local and medium-distance buses serve the Freehold Center Bus terminal, located in the historic train station (no longer used as a train station), in the "triangle" between Throckmorton, Broad, and W. Main Sts. The buses that serve Freehold Center,...

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Freehold Shopping

  • Artist Sketch of MDP

    by matt1168 Written Dec 26, 2004

    For those of you looking for an expensive diamond jewlery product, the Marlboro Diamond Plaza is a brand new (and very fancy) Jewlery exchange just outside of Freehold. They sell every and any kind of diamond jewlery piece you could imagine, and you can pick up some good bargains. Marlboro Diamond Plaza is the country's largest indoor jewlery bazaar, which has over 40 jewlery retailers and 3 restaurants.

    From Freehold Center, take Broadway (NJ-79) north about 5 and a half miles to Rt. 520 (Newman Springs Rd.) and turn left. (5th light from Center St. in downtown Freehold). Take Rt. 520 to the 5th light and turn left (US-9). Drive about 1/4 of a mile to the Diamond Plaza on right.

    By public transportation, take the 67 or 139 bus from the Freehold Center Bus terminal to the Rt. 520 (Robertsville Rd.) stop, and walk about 1/4 mile south to the Diamond Plaza. Coming back to Freehold, the Diamond Plaza has a busstop on the southbound side.

    What to pay: Bartar!

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Freehold Local Customs

  • Figure out the bus terminal (cont)

    Here is a guide to which buses stop where at the Freehold Bus Terminal, so that you know where to stand to not miss your bus. The number represents the bus route number. Also, do not follow the signs at the bus terminal, because many are outdated and incorrect. Abbreviations: TO- Ticket office side (covered side); OS- side opposite ticket...

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  • Figure out the Bus Terminal

    A trip to Freehold will problably mean you will have to figure out how the bus terminal works, which to many people is very confusing. First of all, the bus terminal is located on Broad St. across the street from the 6-12 convenience store, just past the light at Throckmorton St., located in the old train station.The bus station is located along a...

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  • Learning a little Spanish might benefit

    Although there is only one "primary" language in New Jersey and the USA (English), the city of Freehold really has two "primary" languages; English and Spanish. About half of the population, if not more, of Freehold is Hispanic, and many don't speak English, so in order to communicate with some local residents, and in some neighborhoods even with...

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Freehold Warnings and Dangers

  • Most expensive taxicabs anywhere!

    Watch out for the cabs that you can call or hail along Main St. or at the bus terminal! Cabs in this city WILL cost you a fortune, so try to walk or take the bus whenever possible, to avoid high fares.Example:The cab fare between downtown Freehold and the Freehold Raceway Mall will cost you somewhere between 5 and 7 dollars. The same trip on the...

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  • Neighborhoods to stay away from!

    As in many other towns and cities across our nation, there are many neighborhoods in Freehold to stay away from. I will outline some of these neighborhoods here:1. Throckmorton St. west of Broad St. to Rhea St.: This neighborhood, not too far from downtown, is home to many illegal Mexican immigrants and, unfourtunately, alot of drugs and crime....

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  • Traffic/driving

    Driving in Freehold and surrounding areas can be a nightmare! The roads are crowded and confusing, and traffic moves slowly, if you're lucky, through downtown. The preferred method of travel around downtown is walking or the public bus, which takes back streets and the busway. You will see plenty of wreckless driving in Freehold; you have to watch...

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Freehold Tourist Traps

  • Freehold Raceway Mall

    Yes, I did include it in my "shopping" section, because it is one of the two major shopping areas in the area, but if you're going to go to a mall, stay away from this pathetic place and try going to the Monmouth, Woodbridge, or Menlo Park Malls. Monmouth Mall.

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  • Freehold Raceway

    Yes, it's what's known most about Freehold, and yes, it's a famous race track.While I may not be the biggest racing fan myself, even avid racing fans will most likely feel this racetrack crowded, small, cramped, and old. Want good horse racing? Go to the Meadowlands, plain and simple. Bet. Meadowlands.

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Freehold Off The Beaten Path

  • The Boss

    Every once in a while, there are tours coming through town that deal with the life of Bruce Springsteen. He is everywhere and yet nowhere. The tours generally go past his homes, E Street, passed St. Rose (his church and school), Vinyard Park, the fire station to see the Born to Run fire truck, they eat at Federici's, look for bricks on the ground...

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  • Biking in and around Monmouth

    There are some bike trails in the area.A rail trail starting off of 537, near the Shell Station - this is the southern section of the Henry Hudson rail trail; and there is a "monmouth Battlefield" ride (see below), and of course other nearby parks. If you go to the Freehold Library check out a book called 30 NJ bike rides (or something like that),...

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  • Take a joy ride!

    Only about 20-30 minutes west of Freehold lay the primarily undeveloped townships of Millstone and Upper Freehold, with Allentown acting as a "downtown" area for these townships. You can make a great afternoon by just cruising the winding, country roads in this area, which will lead you through endless farms, forests, and hills. A recommended route...

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