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30 Amazing Things To Do in New Jersey This Winter

30 Bucket List Things To Do In New Jersey
For An Unforgettable Winter

Wow – we’ve had quite a stretch of ridiculous winter weather here in New Jersey, and we’ve still got several long winter months to go before spring arrives. It’s easy to catch the winter doldrums – especially after the holidays have passed – but there are plenty of fun ways to shake the winter blues here in New Jersey. From awesome New Jersey museums, to fun winter sports like ice skating and snow shoeing to sampling fine New Jersey wines or craft beers – it’s not hard to find fun things to do in New Jersey this winter.

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So whether you’re looking for a winter getaway in New Jersey, you’ve resolved to take up a new hobby this New Year, or you’re taking a “mental health” day from work, here are 30 bucket list things to do in New Jersey to make this winter one to remember.

30 Amazing Things To Do In New Jersey This Winter

Visit the frozen Great Paterson Falls at Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park

…then check out the Paterson Museum when you need to warm up.

Rent a cabin in one of New Jersey’s beautiful state forests.

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Camping cabin in New Jersey’s Wharton State Forest on a snowy day. Source: Wharton State Forest / Facebook

Brendan Bryne and Wharton State Forests have cabins available for rent throughout the winter.

Do some indoor stargazing at a New Jersey planetarium.

Spend a day at one of New Jersey's planetariums | Find out more at | #nj #newjersey #planetariums #rainyday #fieldtrips #daytrips #tomsriver #trenton #newark #randolph #northbranch #museums #kids #thingstodoThe largest planetarium in the United States just opened at Liberty Science Center!

Got cabin fever? Escape to an escape room!

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Explore a few of the fabulous museums in New Jersey.

New Jersey State Museum - Things to Do In New Jersey - Trenton, NJ
New Jersey State Museum – ©Things to Do In New Jersey

Find New Jersey museums with free admission here, or find out how to visit other NJ museums for free here.

Got the Olympic spirit? Give curling a try!

Photo: Teresa Alexander-Arab via Flickr
Photo: Teresa Alexander-Arab via Flickr

Yeah, it’s a little weird… but also fun!

Catch a screening of The Princess Bride at the historic Union County Performing Arts Center.
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“As you wish…”

Take advantage of an AWESOME deal on a getaway to Crystal Springs Resort

crystal springs resort nj sussex county new jersey skiing snow tubing… and enjoy skiing, snow tubing, and Crystal Springs’ amazing Biosphere pool complex featuring a heated indoor pool, underground aquarium, and a 140 foot water slide!

Learn something new! Take a class and learn how to make pottery, beer, or even how to belly dance!


Raise money to support the Special Olympics and take the Polar Plunge in Seaside Heights!

Photo: NJ Polar Plunge / Facebook
Photo: NJ Polar Plunge / Facebook

Be Bold! Get Cold!

Visit Cape May – named one of prettiest winter towns in America by Travel & Leisure magazine!

Photo: Stephen Harris via Flickr
Photo: Stephen Harris via Flickr

While you’re there, enjoy a wine tasting at Natali Vineyardstake a trolley tour around town, and explore Cape May National Wildlife Refuge.

Warm up at a New Jersey winery. We have over 3 dozen of them!

nj wineriesNew Jersey’s wineries are a great place to visit in the winter with many special events including live music nights, specialty tastings, and more.

Take in some amazing ice sculptures at these New Jersey winter festivals.

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Meet the Harlem Globetrotters and watch as they display their jaw-dropping blend of athletic precision and razzle-dazzle showmanship when they visit the Garden State on their 2018 World Tour!

globetrotters in njPurchase a magic pass for a special 30-minute exhibition of tricks and hands-on basketball fun with the players prior to the game!

Come to the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the NJ Expo and Convention Center and browse everything from fashion and fine art to woodcraft and specialty foods.

1514430531-Sugarloaf_Crafts_Festival_ticketsWhether you’re looking for jewelry, ceramics, glass or metal arts – with over 300 of the most creative independent artisans around – chances are you’ll find it at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Edison.

Warm up to a new workout class…like hot yoga.
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And actually commit to those New Years resolutions.

Visit Camden’s Adventure Aquarium

hammerhead shark adventure aquarium camden nj
Photo: Jim the Photographer via Flickr

… and get an up-close view of sea turtles, penguins, stingrays, sharks, and other amazing aquatic creatures!

Take a hike to the highest point in New Jersey…

Photo: Jared Kofsky
High Point State Park | Photo: Jared Kofsky

…and take in breathtaking views of three states.

Go ice skating at an outdoor ice skating rink.

ice skating mercer county park nj
Photo: Mercer County Park Commission / Facebook

Go maple sugaring at Trailside Nature Center….

maple sugaring in nj, making maple syrup in nj…and enjoy some sweet and tasty treats .

Discover and drink great craft beer and wine at the Cheers Bergen Craft Beer and Wine Festival.

cheers bergen craft beer wine festival
Save big on admission HERE!

Get outside and try snowshoeing in New Jersey! New Jersey’s state parks have great trails for beginners.

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Photo: Yuichiro Haga via Flickr

Learn how to get started with some tips from the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Or do some cross country skiing!

cross country skiing nj, cross country skiing new jerseyNeed some help getting started? Register for a FREE cross country skiing workshop at Washington Crossing State Park and find some great equipment here.

Get a group of friends together and enjoy some indoor laser tag!

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Photo: heipei via Flickr

Prefer a more low-key activity? How about indoor glow-in-the-dark mini golf?

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Enjoy a weekend getaway in Atlantic City

claridge atlantic city deals… hit the casino, catch a comedy show, and enjoy some fine dining,

Raise your spirits – literally – with a distillery tour and tasting at Skunktown Distillery.

skunktown distillery flemington njThe distillery uses locally grown and non-GMO ingredients and a portion of the proceeds support the Wounded Warrior Project.

Or sample craft whiskey from all over the world at the Jersey City Whiskey Festival.

jersey city whiskey fest nj

Get in touch with your inner dancing queen at ABBA Mania

abba mania collingswood nj… the amazing tribute act that’s garnered rave reviews in London’s West End, as well as across Europe and South America!

Bring the family to Discover the Dinosaurs at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus!

discover the dinosaurs secaucus njStep back in time and observe enormous prehistoric dinosaurs and glimpse at mythological dragons. This experience is all about hands-on family-friendly fun!

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