About Monroe, New Jersey
Monroe Township was established in 1839 and was named after past President of the United States, James Monroe. Monroe is located in the beautiful Middlesex County of Central New Jersey and is part of the Outer Ring Suburbs of the New York Metropolitan Area. Getting here is very simple, the town is located just off the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95), exit 8A.
Just 60 minutes from popular urban centers like New York City, Philadelphia, Monroe is also a quick ride, about 45 minutes, to many New Jersey beaches on the Jersey Shore and Atlantic City is just 90 minutes away. The New Jersey Transit has a bus route to take you from Monroe straight to Port Authority Bus Terminal at Midtown Manhattan and Middlesex County Area Transit (MCAT) has routes that can take you all across the county.
Monroe Township has conveniently low taxes, at just 20 cents per dollar going to municipal operations and local open space areas. It is one of the safest towns in all of New Jersey with a crime rate of just 3.68% per 1,000 residents. Monroe’s public school system is also rated very well, with a 7 out of 10 on Realtor.com which is taken from reports done by the National Center for Education Statistics, Pitney Bowes, and Great Schools. Interestingly, there have been several professional athletes that call Monroe Township “Home.” Athletes that originate from Monroe include; Rand Beverly of the New York Jets, who played in 1969 at Super Bowl III. Nick Dini was born in 1993 and is the catcher for the Kansas City Royals. Dave Meads from the Houston Astros was a Major League Baseball (MLB) relief pitcher and Antonio Pierce played in the Pro Bowl as a linebacker for the National Football Leagues (NFL) New York Giants.
Monroe has about 6 age-restricted living communities including Regency at Monroe. This brings the average age of the township to 53 years young. For this reason, Monroe Township has an active senior community center. The community center offers a variety of activities for you to enjoy, including seminars, lectures, and classes on:
- Qi Gong
- Dance workouts like Zumba
- Meditation, and
- A yearly 4 day, 3 night, trip to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
In addition to exciting activities for you to try, the community center also provides social services, support groups, screenings, and transportation to and from medical appointments and shopping locations. Monroe is also the home to Thomson park, which features 983 acres of conservation land, and 9 miles of trails for hiking, walking, birdwatching, and photography. Manalapan Lake is also located in the park, has a small boat launching ramp, and is great for fishing. Thompson Park offers a variety of areas specific to certain activities including.
- 3 Baseball Fields
- 1 Softball Field
- 1 Soccer Field
- 1 Beach Volleyball Court
- 6 Reservable Picnic Groves and 2 Open Picnic Groves
- 3 Playgrounds
- 1 Off-Leash Dog Area, and
- Animal Haven
There are 3 Animal Havens in Middlesex County, one in Thompson Park, one in Merrill Park, and another in Johnson Park. They have animals for you to come to observe and feed at your convenience. Some animals the Thomas Park Animal Haven features are:
- Turkeys, and
- Many others
Middlesex County Fair
In addition to the events and fairs held at these beautiful parks, the Middlesex County Fair is held annually during the first week of August in East Brunswick. With roughly 85,000 visitors each year, the County Fair is one of the largest annual attractions in the county. Visitors come for one of the largest home art shows in New Jersey, where local artists can participate in the Home Arts competition, and many 4-H exhibits. In addition to rides and wonderful concessions, the fair offers Best in Show ribbons to 16 different categories including: Vegetables, Fruit, Flowers, Baked Goods, Channing, Quilts, Needlework, Knitting, Crochet, Handwork, Sewing, Crafts, Woodworking and Furniture Refinishing, Art, Photography, and Seasonal/Holiday. The Middlesex County Fair is also known for its Ninja Experience, in which spectators can watch competitors in an obstacle course challenge based on “Ninja Warrior”, Parkour, and Free Running. They also offer an impressive UWA Elite Pro Wrestling performance and 2 nights of fireworks. Wade Henry “The High Roller”, a variety entertainer, also makes an appearance with his juggling, fire eating, and tall unicycling act. Boon Hill Gallery will be there making spectacular chain saw art right before your eyes and exhibits like the antique tractors and New Jersey Master Gardeners are there as well. The Middlesex county fair is set to be held from Monday August 3rd to Sunday August 9th of 2020 and will be its 82nd year running! The fair makes attending incredibly affordable with free parking and children 2 and under get in free as well. Kids ages 3 to 12 get tickets for just $1 and seniors age 65 and up will get in for $4. All others get in for a fee of $7. Be sure to mark this event on your calendar and join your neighbors for a day of fun at the fair.