Eastern Monmouth County and specifically The Two Rivers Area, known as the jewel of the Jersey Shore, is made up of Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver and Red Bank. Each offer its own unique flavor and flair while sharing the areas beaches, parks, cultural arts centers and other amenities.
Surrounded by the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers, “The Peninsula” in Eastern Monmouth County, NJ offers access to many activities. In one day, you can play golf, go for a swim in the ocean, take a sunset ride on your boat and be at the local theater for an evening show. All this and a mere 45 minute ferry ride to NYC will make your commute not only predictable, but so pleasant. As such, a vast array of professionals, from CEOs of Fortune 500 companies to educators or actors and globally recognized celebrities, world class doctors, financiers and athletes have chosen to call this extraordinary community home. The welcoming members of the local Newcomers Club provide plenty of opportunities to meet people and make friends. From playgroups for children, book clubs for adults and social events for couples, the Newcomers Club will help you integrate into the community in no time!
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The borough of Rumson has a land area of ~5.2 square miles and is home to just over 7,000 residents. It is bound by the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers on either side with waterfront properties of varying sizes boasting stunning views and private docks. Known for it’s stately residences and riverbank properties, homes in Rumson come in a wide variety of sizes and price points. You needn’t have a waterfront estate to enjoy the waterfront lifestyle – rent a boat for an afternoon at the Oceanic Marina or just cast your line or do some crabbing off the picturesque Oceanic Bridge. On weekend afternoons it’s not surprising to see a family in their jeep, surfboards sticking out the top and heading to the beach. The recently restored Bingham Hall is an historic community center serving as venue for various civic, charitable and educational events.
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For the Kids
Rumson has one elementary, middle school and high school. The Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School is attended by students from Rumson and neighboring town Fair Haven. There are two private primary schools located in Rumson: Holy Cross and Rumson Country Day. The Oceanic Free Library, one of New Jersey’s only privately-funded public libraries, has great programming for kids. The playground at Victory Park has a view like no other! Push your little one on the swing while enjoying a water breeze off the Navesink River and spy on Jon Bon Jovi’s former residence and others like it that are built into the cliff overlooking the river. Barnstormers Gymnastics gets both boys and girls tumbling from the time they start to walk, and once they develop their skills they can join the RFH Girls Gymnastics Club Team. The Rumson Recreation department has year round opportunities to get the kids outside. Soccer, flag football, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, field hockey, pickle ball to name a few. Hulafrog’s #1 most loved Marine Biology Camp comes to Victory Park every summer offering kids a “hands on, feet wet” experience where they learn seining, plant and animal identification, water sampling, tide studies, kayaking and more. Canvas art studio has classes for toddlers, teens and adults in a variety of media/processes including but not limited to pastels, acrylics, clay, printmaking and collage.
AMENITIES & RECREATION
In addition to the nearby beaches, boat marinas and parks, Seabrite Lawn Tennis and Cricket Club is the oldest operating lawn tennis club in the US. Tradition reigns at this historic club where members sip lemonade on the clubhouse porch and adhere to a strict all-white dress code. The member-owned Rumson Country Club is the result of a consolidation of a former polo club and yacht club and thus offers many land and water activities such as golf, tennis, swimming, paddle and boating. The town of Rumson has its own boat ramp, making it convenient for residents to explore the pristine waters of the Navesink River, Sandy Hook Bay and even the Atlantic Ocean. Go for a run on Meadow Ridge Park’s wooded path, play tennis at one of the many courts at Victory Park and Piping Rock, or bring your ball to Rodgers Park for some pick-up hoops.
Food & Drink
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Spend an afternoon strolling down East River Road. Bain’s Outdoor Living has everything from patio furniture to women’s accessories. Beauregard Fine Art Gallery always has interesting art installations. Owner and curator Kathy makes house calls to help residents find the perfect artwork for their space. Stop off for a coffee and snack at The French Market or watch the game over a pizza and beer at Val’s Tavern. The Rumson outpost of Upper East Side staple J. McLaughlin has a self-described style of “innovatively nostalgic” including world class quality silks, sporty cottons and cashmere. Pick up a bauble for someone you love at The Golden Goose jewelry store.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Rumson has several noteworthy restaurants. Upscale Undici Italian Taverna has rustic Italian food and a lively bar atmosphere. Salt Creek Grille has waterfront dining or “dock & dine” for those who prefer to arrive by boat. For a special occasion Fromagerie is the place to go, but some prefer to sit in the bar on Tuesday evenings for Burger Night and enjoy entertainment by a one-man-band who sings all your old favorites. Bring the family to Surf BBQ for traditional old school barbecue. No evening out in Rumson is complete without a stop at Murphys, a former speakeasy run out of the owner’s basement on a quiet tree-lined street. This Rumson staple has been in operation since sometime around 1919 and consistently lands on “Best of NJ” lists.
Rumson was settled in 1665 when early American settlers purchased the land from the Lenni-Lanape Indians for a “sum of rum”. The town’s original name, Navarumson, was eventually shortened to Rumson. Around the turn of the 20th century, Rumson was a summer escape for wealthy New York bankers and industrialists and was known for it’s many sprawling estates
The WATERSPIRIT music festival launched in Rumson in 2018. This Blues and Folk Pop Festival takes place at the Rumson Presbyterian Church and is a family-friendly event, with children attending for free. WATERSPIRIT is a nonprofit organization that focuses on water preservation with a religious Christian philosophy.