The 10 Best Things to Do in Hazlet, United States

March 12, 2018 Roseanne Arnett

Hazlet is a township in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 20,334, reflecting a decline of 1,044 (-4.9%) from the 21,378 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 598 (-2.7%) from the 21,976 counted in the 1990 Census.
Restaurants in Hazlet

1. Holmdel Park

44 Longstreet Rd, Holmdel, NJ 07733-2066 +1 732-946-9562
Excellent
82%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 109 reviews

Holmdel Park

Reviewed By Robert S - Holmdel

Don’t come....it’s too nice and special and crowds will ruin it! The 1890s Longstreet Farm anchors one end with a great chance to see an authentic working farm from a century ago. Fit trails, picnic areas, meadows and playgrounds throughout. Beautiful settings everywhere. Really well maintained and always serene.

2. Deep Cut Gardens

352 Red Hill Rd, Middletown, NJ 07748 +1 732-671-6050
Excellent
78%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 57 reviews

Deep Cut Gardens

Reviewed By TheExplorerFamily - Somerset, New Jersey

This is an incredible garden to visit during any season – except, probably winter. There are 55 acres of gardens, large green expanses of grass, huge trees and ponds to explore. Plus, there is a Greenhouse full of several varieties of Cactus plants in pots, and lovely Bonsai trees inside as well as outside.

The renovated and beautifully manicured Parterre/Rose Garden features more than 170 rose bushes with 55 different varieties – some with very cute names identified by labels. Most of the Roses were freshly cut, and done with their first blooms when we visited, but will obviously bloom again. We would like to be back to view those. The Gazebo/Pergola at the end of the garden is simply stunning, and provided an awesome backdrop for some people taking wedding and graduation pictures.

There is a long walking trail that circumvents the entire area. There is a natural pond with frogs at the very back, and a soothing Lily Pond with Koi near the entrance, just outside the Horticulture Center Building. We also saw a Library with lots of books and creative displays about gardening.

We truly enjoyed our two-hour visit to this hidden gem. It was a very relaxing, quiet and serene place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. There are lots and lots of benches all around to sit, chat, read and contemplate about the beauty of these natural surroundings.

Just a word of caution to those with mobility issues. There are many steep steps to go down to the Rose Garden. But there are cleared walking pathways and grassy areas to get there. Make sure you get a map from the Horticulture Center.

Old Gardens always have some historical stories attached to them. These grounds were once owned by Vito Genovese from Naples, who re-fashioned the gardens in an Italian design in 1935. He came to be known as the most powerful gangster in the history of America. The character of Don Corleone in “The Godfather” movie was apparently modeled after Genovese.

Worth a visit.

3. McDonaghs Pub Keyport, NJ

2 W Front St, Keyport, NJ 07735-1210 +1 908-487-0974
Excellent
32%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
13%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

McDonaghs Pub Keyport, NJ

Located In The Heart Of Historic Downtown Keyport In The Turn Of The Century Brick Building Near The Bay, McDonagh's Pub Combines Old-World Charm With Modern, Hip Cuisine. We Offer An Amazing Menu Of Irish Fare, Bistro-Style Salads, Homemade Soups, Signature Sandwiches, Wraps, Sautes, Thin Crust Pizza, Fabulous Fish & Chips. In Addition We Offer Daily Specials And Over 80 Beers And Lagers From Around The World.

Reviewed By JeffS52 - Little Silver, New Jersey

3 couples for cocktails and dinner. Bar service and wait service couldn't have been better - and beat expectations for a Saturday night without reservations. Vast outdoor patio with fireplace and comfortable seating - though is was a little cold so we stayed inside. Great alternative to Red Bank and Long Branch.

4. Union Plaza Liquors

1616 Union Ave, Hazlet, NJ 07730-2462 +1 732-335-1919
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

Union Plaza Liquors

Reviewed By Jem286 - Freehold, New Jersey

Liquor store and bar, what more could you need. Liquor store up front with many different craft beers and alcohol. In the back it's a 20 person bar with standing room and a dart board. Friendly crowd, not too young; not too old. It's like the Cheers of Hazlet

5. Cheesequake State Park

300 Gordon Rd, Matawan, NJ 07747-3668 +1 732-566-2161
Excellent
36%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 107 reviews

Cheesequake State Park

Reviewed By Barbara S

I have been coming here for years. When I was a kid it was for the lake and picnic areas. Now I refuse to go to the lake as the people who seem to go are rude, loud and obnoxious. They do have an area to buy food, but it's a bit over priced. Outside of the lake area are great walking, hiking and biking trails. It is quite beautiful and you may even forget you're in NJ for a bit. Try to load the car up as entry during the "on season" is charged per car.

6. Keansburg Amusement Park

275 Beachway Ave, Keansburg, NJ 07734-1099 +1 732-495-1400
Excellent
30%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
9%
Terrible
13%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 178 reviews

Keansburg Amusement Park

NJ's full-sized family water park with rides and attractions for all ages. Over 19 slides of varying heights and speeds and a huge kids' lagoon area w/interactive water play and mini slides. Relax in the many chairs w/optional sun umbrella and enjoy full menu at Toucon Grill. Keansburg Amusement Park is located across the street so combine both parks for a full day of fun.

Reviewed By JWhyJ - Columbus, Ohio

To sum up this review in a sentence, this place is a dump, operations are poor, operators are rude and there are better parks within a few hours. Although signage clearly states that most adult rides open at 11 with all rides open at noon, that was not the case. We were told their adult coaster would be ready at 12:30 but when we hadn't seen any employees even in the ride's vacinity we found a female wearing a blue Polo and appearing to be running operations for the day to ask. She rudely asked us, "Has that been all you've been waiting on? We will get to it soon." After a little more waiting near the ride, the employee came over with another operator and told us "We're going to open the ride for you now." My wife and I were both off put by that considering they were not opening it for us, people began flocking to the coaster once they saw operators there. Not only that but technically the ride was supposed to be already open over a half hour ago!

We had also bought enough tickets to ride their kiddie coaster but were told we exceeded the height limit without a child. Nowhere is a maximum height posted on any of their signage. When asked about that, I was directed to a post in the station with red electrical tape showing their max height. I've been to other parks with this rule and understand in most situations but here, not being communicated and indicating with a jank piece of tape was very fitting for the status of the park and it's less than helpful staff.

In the end we were frustrated we wasted some time here in the morning waiting for an outdated coaster to open late for no apparent reason. In retrospect, we would have been happier skipping it and spending more time at Casino Pier. Yes this park is cheaper but you get what you pay for in this case.

7. Air Trampoline Sports

111 State Route 35, Cliffwood, NJ 07721-1512 +1 732-583-3000
Excellent
34%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
33%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 3 reviews

Air Trampoline Sports

Reviewed By Geoffrey S - Hazlet, New Jersey

My kids are at Air Trampoline in Aberdeen Nj this evening jumping after dark session...
After over an hour the staff took away their socks because they were Sky Zone and threw them in the trash, which prompted my daughter to do the best thing and call DAD!
I called and spoke with the manager Justin who was totally useless and I politely gave him 2 options...
1) give my kids their socks back within the next 20 min
2) I'm coming down there and bringing Aberdeen police department with me
He then got nasty with me saying he's not going and looking in the trash for socks, which prompted me to say, so you're saying you'd rather option #2??
He then started yelling into the phone which I sad I'll see you shortly......
In the end, they finally got their socks back....
Kids are kids! They grab jump socks and run out the door
NO REASON AND NO RIGHT to take anything from anyone!!!!

8. Count Basie Theatre

99 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701-1108 +1 732-842-9000
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 379 reviews

Count Basie Theatre

Reviewed By philmP451YB

Recently took advantage of an Academy award movie series they were offering. I was really impressed with how the theatre has been transformed. There didn't seem to be a bad seat in the house - décor was really well done, I look forward to going back.

9. Sri Guruvayoorappan Temple

31 Wooleytown Rd, Morganville, NJ 07751-4142 +1 732-972-5552
Excellent
95%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 19 reviews

Sri Guruvayoorappan Temple

Reviewed By Avinash J - Clifton, New Jersey

This is the best temple of all the temples have visited in USA so far. Neatly maintained,lovely atmosphere,peaceful environment.

The alankaram from all the God&Godesses was so adorable. ..so spritual ,above all prasadam was served in a humble and neat manner. ..the organization was so polite.

the arrangements during the Lord Venkateshwara Swamy kalyanam is really fantastic , i personally felt as if as was there in tirupati (India), they offered Tirupati ladoo etc, the way of receiving the people by the temple volunteers in the extreme cold climate is extraordinary.

10. Raritan Bay Waterfront Park

John T O'Leary Boulevard, South Amboy, NJ 08879
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

Raritan Bay Waterfront Park

Reviewed By Shwetha R

Living in the central Jersey.
I always drive down south for beach.

This one place is amazing. Well maintained.

Very scenic and peaceful.

Place looks ideal to take a solo walk too.

Wish I could live by this scenic view.

This place has been a blessing.

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