While you’re in the New Jersey area, a visit to Keyport is a must. With a population of just over 7,000, Keyport takes pride in its humble beginnings. The area was originally an 800-acre plantation owned by the Kearney family in 1714. It was later auctioned off and attained town status in 1870. Keyport got reincorporated as a borough in 1908 and is fondly known today as the “Pearl of the Bayshore” or the “Gateway to the Bayshore.”
Take some time to enjoy the attractive sights and sounds that are unique to Keyport. The Steamboat Dock Museum, once functioned as a machine shop, storing tools and equipment for steamboat operators. Today, it is a historical landmark that houses salvaged artifacts and memorabilia.
Keyport Fire Museum and Education Center display an array of equipment dating back to the 19th century. If you happen to be in Keyport on a Thursday, you’re in for a treat! The borough comes alive with its Thursday events such as ‘Dog’s Night Out,’ the Farmers’ Market, and the Keyport Car Show. Kayak lovers can also enjoy a tour of the picturesque Raritan Bayshore.