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Cold Weather Fun in New Jersey

There is always something fun going on in our part of NJ – that’s one of the best things about the markets we serve in the Garden State. That doesn’t change couple playing in leavesjust because it gets too cold for beaches and boardwalks; there is still a lot to do around Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties when the days get shorter, colder, and a little more closed in.

In early Fall, Oktoberfests, Chowderfests, Seafood Festivals and Pumpkin Festivals abound in New Jersey towns and boroughs like Avalon, Beach Haven, Highlands, Belmar and Colts Neck. Art festivals, food truck festivals, pumpkin picking and other fun outdoor activities can be found well into November.

As it gets colder and we move inside, there are still so many nearby activities to choose from. Here are just a few we uncovered for you.

Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant Beach is open all year, closing only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Be awed by the aquarium’s aquatic residents, and maybe even get a look behind the scenes.

There are area parks which offer outdoor ice skating, but the weather can be so random. ProSkate Ice Arena (Monmouth Junction), Jersey Shore Arena (Wall Township) and Red Bank Armory Ice Complex are just a few of the rinks in the area for indoor fun on the ice.

Princeton University Art Museum is a treasure and offers a year-round program of special exhibitions and constantly changing displays so that you can go back again and again and always see something new.

The New Jersey State Museum (Princeton) and planetarium is a great cold-weather option. Children and adults will enjoy learning about New Jersey’s cultural and natural history, and the night skies, too!

Tour the Twin Lights Lighthouse atop the Highlands through the Ocean Institute. You’ll see Fresnel lenses that revolutionized the optics of lighthouses, and get a splendid view from the North Light Tower. 

Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton Township) is a 42-acre sculpture park situated on the former NJ State Fairgrounds including three restored historic buildings. Stroll the landscaped acres of art on temperate days; experience its six indoor galleries anytime – have a wonderful time, rain or shine.

Lucy the Elephant (Margate) is a national historic landmark, and the only elephant you can walk through. Climb the spiral staircase to the howdah on her back and enjoy the 360? view of the surrounding Shore area.

Of course, there are endless other ways to have fun in New Jersey, from skiing to indoor water parks to indoor arcades, artsy downtown shopping areas, winery tours, pottery and painting classes, university and gallery features, and fantastic theaters. When you need a quick guide to what’s happening right now, TripAdvisor.com, www.funnewjersey.com and www.njfamily.com are great resources. Have fun and, if you’re in the neighborhood, stop in and say “hi!”


Published November 22, 2017 in New Jersey Living