Some Unexpected Winter Activities in NJ to Get You and the Kids Out of the House!

Full disclosure: I have no idea when my daughter and I took this picture! I think it was last winter and she definitely won the snowball fight!

I came across a great article in the 'New Jersey Travel Guide Magazine' and I wanted to share with all of you. This winter, try something new with these unexpected activities throughout the state.

I know I‘m sick of the cold and need to get my kids away from their computers and get out of the house…so I thought some of these ideas sounded awesome. Hope you do too! Let me know if you try any!

1. Ice Fishing

February is the perfect time for ice fishing in New Jersey, as the cold winter months mean a solid ice base for heading out on the lakes. Find your perfect fishing spot at these popular ice fishing locations.

Lake Hopatcong and Lake Musconetcong at Hopatcong State Park in Landing, where you can reel in winter catches such as perch and pickerel. Assunpink Lake in Allentown is home to an array of fish, from pickerel to crappie to bass. Wawayanda Lake in Hewitt is stocked with everything from trout to landlocked salmon.

2. Maple Sugaring

With New Jersey’s vast woodlands and numerous nature preserves, the Garden State is the spot to discover one of nature’s best sweets: maple sugar. Bundle up and head to the forests, where you can get a glimpse into this fascinating industry during the height of the maple sap season.

On February 29, 2020 (two sessions: 9:30 - 11:30 am and 11 am - 1 pm) at The Watershed Institute in Pennington, discover the history, folklore and science about the maple sugaring process, and then you can enjoy a pancake brunch served with real maple syrup.On March 14, 2020 (9 am - 2 pm, tours every 20 minutes) at Echo Hill Park in Hunterdon County, attend the Maple Sugaring Living History Program to experience the tradition of maple sugaring. You'll see tree tapping, visit a sugar farmer at an evaporator, listen to a Native American story and then get a taste of real maple syrup served on a silver dollar pancake.

3. Polar Bear Plunge

If you're looking for an invigorating, thrilling experience this winter, there's nothing to get your heart rate going like an icy dip into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Take the plunge at these charitable events on Jersey Shore.

On February 22, 2020, take part in a good cause when you do the Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside, a fundraising event for the Special Olympics New Jersey, which provides sports training and health screenings to more than 25,000 athletes. On March 14, 2020, the Stone Harbor Shiver Polar Plunge features an array of activities ("kegs and eggs" breakfast, costume parade, plunge into the ocean and a post-party), and proceeds benefit the Family Promise of Cape May County, which supports homeless parents and children.

4. Train Museums

Train enthusiasts of all ages will love spending some time indoors with their favorite hobby. New Jersey has train museums and lots of train rides!

At Northlandz in Flemington, watch with delight as more than 100 miniature trains chug along more than 8 miles of track, passing by tiny houses, cities and forests.Start planning ahead by booking your trip for the Easter Bunny Express train ride at Black River & Western RailroadDelaware River Railroad Excursions or the Whippany Railway Museum. The train travels throughout New Jersey, along with the Easter Bunny, which you can have your picture taken.

5. Escape Rooms

Go on an adventure indoors when you enter the immersive experience of escape rooms.

The Other Tales Escape Rooms in Hawthorne, work with your friends to solve puzzles and mysteries.Trap Door Escape Room (Morristown and Red Bank), go on an adventure that combines immersive theater and video game technology for a thrilling experience teeming with spooky creatures such as zombies or witches.At Montclair’s Adventure Rooms, use your knowledge and street smarts to gather clues and solve puzzles that will set you free.

My own two cents here: go to Circle Lanes in Roxbury, hit the city and spend the day like a tourist going to the Sugar Factory and Madam Tussauds, go to a dine-in movie theater or snow tubing at Mountain Creek! If you want to get away but hate being outside try a nearby indoor water park or the ropes course at the Palisades Center in NY! Whatever you do, just get out of the house! 

For more ideas in NJ go to or check out our own "things to do in NJ page!

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