If you're looking for the picturesque place to raise your family in New Jersey, look no further than Monmouth County. This county offers both commuter access to New York City, quick drives to beautiful beaches, and new developments with the modern house features and large yards that everyone is dreaming of. Plus, the schools are excellent; many high schools are rated top in the state and the county has some great magnet school options. It's no surprise that Middletown, the largest city in the county, has repeatedly ranked on Money Magazine's best places to raise a family list.
There are tons of great little towns in Monmouth, each with their own identity. No matter where you are, you'll have access to the great parks system of the county. There are parks almost everywhere you turn. Some, like the Henry Hudson Trail provide paved paths for bikers and runners to enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery. Others, like Turkey Swamp Park are great for taking a weekend camping trip, complete with lake access for fishing and boating. Of course, there are great neighborhood parks as well, where the kids will make new friends over pick-up games of soccer and four square.
People love going over to Red Banks for a leisurely Saturday afternoon. You can stroll along Broad Street, one of the main streets in town that has become known for its excellent and high-end shopping. Broad street has it all, from Tiffany & Co. to Urban Outfitters to CoCo Pari, a wonderful boutique store. Plus, Red Banks is a center for arts in the county. It is home to the Monmouth County Arts Council and hosts great events like the Red Banks Jazz and Blues Festival and a spectacular and very popular Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza. Be sure to also see a show at the historic Count Basie Theater, where great acts like BB King, Foreigner, and Bill Cosby have performed.