Yes, it’s cold outside, but with so many fun winter activities in NJ, there’s plenty to do to keep the whole family warm. You can spend the day hitting the slopes, sliding down a sledding hill, trying a snow tube, skating on an outdoor rink, and even visiting an outdoor winter market. And with COVID-19 restrictions in place, heading out to enjoy these winter activities goes a long way to boosting your mood and avoiding a stay-at-home rut. Scroll down to find our #NJMOM bucket list of NJ winter activities, and get ready for icy adventures and frozen thrills this season.
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Here are 7 fun winter activities in NJ:
Hit the slopes on boards or skis via @themilleredition
Grab your skis or hop on a snowboard
Whether you’re looking for a day trip with the littles or a week-long family vacation, you don’t have to go far to get on the slopes. And since we’re spending more time outside thanks to COVID, this is one of the top winter activities in NJ this year. Sign up for lessons, spend the day on the trails, try boarding, or cozy up to an apres-ski fire pit—you can find a mountain to fit your family’s needs in the #NJMOM guide to the best ski resorts for families.
Choose from over 50 hills to go sledding in NJ
It’s been a banner year for snow days, and there’s no doubt sledding is one of the best ways to take advantage of those no-school hours. But where to go? From hidden hills to big drops, check out our #NJMOM guide to the best sledding hills in NJ.
Take on the thrill of snow tubing
If you’re looking for more of a thrill than a traditional sledding day but aren’t quite ready to hit the slopes of the ski mountain—this activity is for you. Snow tubing is a great way to get outside and breathe in the crisp air while laughing the whole way down. Unlike skiing and snowboarding, no experience or lessons are required to enjoy this activity. Not sure where to go? Take a look at these snow tubing spots in and around NJ for a day of thrills.
Glide around on an ice skating rink
Bundle up and try this classic winter activity—the whole family can get in on the action, whether it’s just learning together or having a blast sliding along to tunes. And with many outdoor rinks and indoor ones offering fun ways to slide along (ice bumper cars, anyone?), this is a great way to spend the day or night. Find an ice skating rink near you for a few spins around the rink.
Go on a winter hike
Grab your jacket, water bottle, and mask and hit the trails—yes, even in the winter. Taking a hike is a perfect way to get some fresh air, admire the beautiful scenery, and sneak in exercise. Plus, being outside is a COVID-friendly way to spend the day. And if you’re looking for somewhere you’ve never been or close by, our hiking guide is organized by location and features the best hikes in the state.
See how maple sugar goes from tree to tap
If you’ve always wondered how the sweet stuff goes from tree to your table, you can see it up close at a maple sugaring demonstration at the Great Swamp Education Center, Tenafly Nature Center, and Washington Crossing State Park on select weekends in February and March. You’ll learn how to identify maple trees, all about the taps, and how they boil down the sap to make the syrup. And for more things to do inside and out, like storytime events, winter crafts, virtual classes, and guided nature hikes, here are 40 free things to do this winter in NJ.
Shop at a winter farmers market
Most farmers’ markets have transformed into outdoor open-air markets in 2021 due to COVID-19, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting out to one. This season’s farmers’ markets offer more than just produce—you can find meats, baked goods, soups, chocolates, and artisan gifts all in one place. Check out these delicious winter markets around NJ.