Introduction to Middletown, New Jersey
Middletown, New Jersey, in Monmouth county, is 23 miles S of Newark, New Jersey. In 2006 Middletown was ranked 50th in CNN Money's list of Best Places to live. Belford, Lincroft, Fairveiw, Portmouth, North Middletown, Leonardo and Navesink, are unincorporated areas situated within Middletown Township. It's located along the Navesink River and includes a collection of distinctive neighborhoods.
In the mid-1660's English residents of western Long Island and New England established settlements. Three villages were founded, Shrewsbury, Portland Point and Middletown. During the Revolutionary War some important landholding families gave their loyalty to England while others were on the side of the Colonials. Beginning in the early days, Middletown has been known for its numerous distinct neighborhoods.
Farming was prominent in the area and agricultural items were transported to other regions. The fish processing industry was a significant factor for the economy. The township experienced significant population growth after World War II ended. During the third quarter of the 20th Century, Middletown was converted from an agricultural rural region to a suburban community.
- Middletown Arts Center.
- Middletown Day features a variety of family entertainment.
- Summer Concert Series.
- The Village at Middletown is a National Register of Historic Places historic district.
- Starland Ballroom.
- The Moses D. Heath Farm Exhibit features a blacksmith shop and antique farm equipment.
- New Jersey Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Foundation.
- Deep Cut Gardens features a variety of native plants.
- Longstreet Farm.
- Poricy Park Conservatory offers events and programs regarding the natural history of the region and the history of the region's Native Americans.
- Monmouth Museum.
- The PNC Bank Arts Center offers a variety of entertainment.
- The Asbury Convention Hall and Paramount Theatre features a variety of concerts.
- Malprit Hall.
The town includes a vast number of parks for outdoor activities. Middletown offers numerous recreation centers. The nearby Runaway Rapids Water Park, Astroland Amusement Park and Keansburg Amusement Park are popular with families. The close by Shadow Lake is utilized for paddling and canoeing. The township offers a variety of festivities and events each year.
The Waterfront Park and the Monmouth Cove Marina are popular destinations. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking, golfing, bicycle riding and picnicking. The wooded areas provide a variety of outdoor activities. Tatum Park features scenic wooded areas and trails. The Huber Woods Park includes trails for bicycle riding, hiking and horseback riding.
The township includes a New Jersey Transit rail station.
Middletown Higher Education
Monmouth University and Brookdale Community College are close by.