Holmdel is conveniently located 15 miles from the shore and about 45 miles from New York City. The town is known for its rich history and as the location of the PNC Bank Arts center.
The PNC Bank Arts center is an outdoor amphitheater that holds concerts from May through September. The center holds between 35-45 different events each year. Each event can be attended by up to 17,500 people.
Holmdel Park contains picnic areas, tennis courts, playgrounds, and hiking trails over 566 acres. The park permits fishing with a license and, when conditions are safe, ice skating and sledding in the winter.
The park is home to the David C. Shore Arboretum, which covers 20 acres and contains nearly 3,000 trees and shrubs. Also located on park land is the Longstreet Farm, which is open year-round. It is an accurate representation of a 19th-century farm. The farm consists of a barn, outbuildings, and a 14-room Federal-style farmhouse. There are also interpreters in clothing reenacting what life was like in the 1890s.
Holmdel's other historic sites include Kovenhoven, the Holmes-Hendrickson House, Old Kentuck, and Upper Meeting House of the Baptist Church of Middletown, which is the oldest Baptist church congregation in New Jersey. Perhaps the towns most notable location is Bell Labs, which has been the site of numerous scientific discoveries and inventions. In 1964, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson won the Nobel Prize for their work on cosmic microwave background radiation done in Holmdel.
Holmdel's school district is made up of 4 schools. Village Elementary School houses grades pre-K to 3. Then, students are transferred to Indian Hill School for 4th grade to 6th grade. Middle schoolers attend William R. Satz School for two years, before attending Holmdel High School for grades 9-12. Holmdel High School is consistently ranked one of the best high schools in the state and the country. In 2016, the school was ranked 91st out of the 500 best high schools in the country on Newsweek's list of America's Top High Schools.