Manalapan is a township in Monmouth County, NJ that is rich in history. Native Americans recognized its desirability – the word “manalapan” means “land of good bread” or “good land to settle upon” in the Lenape language. The Battle of Monmouth was fought, in 1778, on parts of land that have been [preserved as the Monmouth Battlefield Park there. A lovely area to raise a family, with much to do, such as the Manalapan Recreation Center which is on 162 acres of land. Baseball fields, soccer fields, pavilions, playgrounds, tennis courts, a fitness trail and much more make up the Recreation Center. Manalapan was ranked as the 2nd hottest town in Money Magazine in 2004. Many highways such as Route 33, Route 9, 522, 527 and 537 run through or border Manalapan, making getting around the township easily traversed.