Hibernating in your apartment isn’t the only option now that winter has arrived in New Jersey. No matter what the weather, the state offers plenty of things to do and see this time of year. The season is bound to be a lot more enjoyable when you include a few of these activities in your winter calendar.
Play in the Snow
New Jersey ski resorts offer snowy fun for the entire family. Located near the New Jersey/New York border, Campgaw Mountain in Mahwah is a popular destination for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing.
Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon offers four mountain peaks, eight lifts, and enough snow-making guns to keep every slope snow-covered. In addition to skiing, other activities at the resort include ski lessons and snowboarding and tubing. After you work up an appetite on the slopes, head to one of the resort’s four restaurants and bars for a delicious snack or meal.
Put on Your Ice Skates
Has it been a while since you’ve glided across the ice at an indoor or outdoor rink? Luckily, there’s no shortage of places to ice skate in Central New Jersey, including these three spots:
Frenchtown Boro Park: Every winter, the borough erects an outdoor rink at the park. Skating is free, although you’ll need to bring your own skates.
Bridgewater Sports Arena: Inspired by the figure skaters in the Winter Olympics? Practice your jumps and spins during public skating sessions at the Bridgewater Sports Arena. Lessons and skate rentals are available at the indoor rink. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger.
Palmer Square’s Outdoor Rink: This outdoor rink in Princeton is made of Glice, a synthetic, eco-friendly skating surface. The rink is open Thursday through Sunday until February 27. Admission is $10 and includes a skate rental if you don’t have your own skates.
Become a Polar Bear
A day at the beach takes on a whole new meaning when you’re plunging into the cold Atlantic Ocean with a thousand other brave New Jerseyans. If you’ve always thought the polar bear challenge looked like fun, you’ll want to try Brigantine's Polar Bear Plunge, held on New Year’s Day at 10 a.m. The event features live music, refreshments, and official merchandise. (After all, will anyone really believe you took the plunge without a tee shirt to prove it?) After your dip in the ocean, join the other participants at the post-plunge part at Laguna Grill.
Expand Your Mind
Winter is the perfect time to master a new skill or hobby at the Princeton Adult School. Course offerings include personal finance, ballroom dancing, yoga, cooking, baking, genealogy research, drawing, painting, knitting, beginner bridge, foreign languages, and other topics. Some classes meet in person, while others are offered online.
Try a Virtual Activity
It may be too cold or snowy to visit your favorite golf course, but that doesn’t mean you can’t practice your swing. The Topgolf Swing Suite at the Hunterdon Sports Complex in Flemington offers golf simulators that will make you feel like you’re on the links. Suites cost $40 and are available for up to six people. The complex also offers other simulated games, including zombie dodgeball, hockey shots, quarterback challenge, and baseball.
Visit an Indoor Waterpark
Do you need a break from winter weather? When you spend the day at DreamWorks Water Park in East Rutherford, you’ll soon forget about the cold wind blowing outside. The indoor waterpark, located inside the American Dream entertainment and shopping center, offers 40 waterslides and attractions, including the world’s biggest indoor wave pool, a water coaster, a 14-story body slide, a lazy river, and a water play structure for kids. Private cabanas, available for an extra fee, provide a private place to relax during your visit.
Of course, if you happen to live in Frenchtown, NJ - you don't have to leave town to have fun this winter. Discover the joys of a winter walk along the Delaware River, go for a hike on a snowy trail, browse downtown stores, or practice your singing skills at an open mic night.
Do you want to live somewhere close to winter and summer fun? Country Classics’ apartments and new home communities are located in prime locations throughout Central New Jersey. One of them may be the perfect spot for you.