The last time I was at the old "Bell Labs" (or was it AT&T?) in Holmdel it was a very private facility for employees only, with tight security inside the massive building set back upon acres and acres of land.

(Photo by Ben Fig)

But I have been hearing about the Bell Works building and how it now has this great food court, some shopping, and other fun things happening and that the public is allowed in.

I finally had a chance to stop by Bell Works in Holmdel (right off Parkway exit 114) earlier this week to see for myself.

The building is just as massive as I remember it, so there is a little bit of walking required between parking and perusing the giant main floor. To look up a few levels, you can see that not every office space is yet open/rented out, but there are several businesses operating out of there now.

(Photo by Liz Jeressi)

They have some really cool history on the walls about things that were invented there (including the transistor!), those who won Nobel Prizes, and photos from the past that really show you how much amazing technology was invented right here in Monmouth County.

They even have an old telephone booth on site.

The center of the main floor is filled with open space for working out, dancing, etc. While I was there, there were a few people playing virtual reality games, tons of people hanging out in bean bags (they have some pretty cool and interesting seating options), shopping at a pop-up market, and dining at many of the cool eateries.

(Photo from Liz Jeressi)

There is tons of seating in several different areas, depending on which atmosphere you like (and Booskerdoo Coffee has a cafe there, too, in case you love their coffee!) Even my son was impressed. It's not every day you get to walk around such an unusual building!

Definitely worth seeing this great place with such historic significance and having lunch there one day.

The only blight is seeing that much of the land surrounding it was sold off to home builders.

(Photo by Liz Jeressi)
(Photo by Liz Jeressi)

 

(Photo by Ben Fig)