The days may be shorter and colder, but we've found dozens of fun winter things to do in New Jersey that are sure to get you out of the house. Bundle up and explore NJ's top skiing and snowboarding spots, outdoor ice rinks, and more.
Read on for our top winter tips, and be sure to check out our Family Activity Calendar and Winter Activities Guide for even more great ideas.
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Best Things To Do this Winter in New Jersey with Kids
The 42-acre outdoor sculpture garden is loaded with interesting art and whimsical surprises—including some that are super-sized! Don't miss the Night Forms exhibit (sunset-11pm), which is on view through April 27, 2024.
Experience some cold-weather thrills as you slide down a mountain at a fantastic snow tubing park.
Lace up your skates and glide around the rink or pond. Bergen County's Winter Wonderland rink even has ice bumper cars!
Get the whole crew slope-ready at these nearby ski mountains and resorts.
No matter the season, NJ has lots of great family-friendly hikes to enjoy.
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Ride the rails at Mountain Creek's terrain park for a thrilling wintertime outing.
Sometimes one is better than two! Get the kids to try out snowboarding this winter.
Tee up with Red, the Pigs, and all your favorite characters from Angry Birds at the indoor mini-golf course in American Dream.
Change up the scenery for a day with one of these great family-friendly destinations across the Garden State.
Whether you want to go classic or experience all the bells and whistles, NJ has tons of bowling alleys to enjoy.
Check out more than 85 acres of beautifully maintained exhibits at this Jersey Shore zoo. There are more than 250 species, including mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles, as well as picnic pavilions and a playground. Admission is always free.
Many northern New Jersey culture spots are jam-packed with kid-friendly fun.
This award-winning family entertainment center offers everything from go-karts and an arcade to an exhilarating water park–and more!
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Test your skill and determination on the Urban Air Warrior Obstacle Course.
Try a high-flying adventure at a ninja zone or obstacle course.
We've got the 411 on the best parks to play in when the flakes fly, so stock up on those sleds and saucers now so you're ready when it's time to hit the local slopes.
This indoor children's entertainment center features laser tag, arcade games, climbing equipment, and more.
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Who says theme parks are only for summer? Nickelodeon Universe brings the thrills all year round.
Experience the rush of a roller coaster at the Western Hemisphere's biggest indoor theme park.
Enjoy more than 200 video and skills games as well as the Extreme Laser Experience at iPlay America in Freehold, New Jersey. The Top Golf suite is also open.
See enormous and beautiful glowing lanterns on the grounds of the Bergen County Zoo. These animals, arranged in 30+ glowing scenes, are on view through mid-January.
Visit the Amazon, touch a shark, and much more at Camden's awesome Adventure Aquarium.
This small, charming aquarium offers a glimpse of life under the sea.
Challenge your friends to Pac-Man, Space Invaders, pinball, and other retro games at Yestercades.
Check out the maker studio, Spark!Lab, at the Morris Museum.
Bundle up and enjoy outdoor skating, boardwalk games, amusement rides, delicious food, and more.
These indoor play spaces are tons of fun for younger children.
These backyard games go beyond sledding but add plenty of fun to a chilly day!
Marvel at the amazing ice sculptures lining the streets of Mount Holly. And don't miss the red-hot chili festival, where chefs battle it out for the top honor. The event takes place on January 27, 2024.
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Kids can learn about maple sugaring at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center.
Find out how maple sugar is made at Great Swamp and other NJ sites.
Watch the wolves wrestling in their habitat at the Lakota Wolf Preserve.
Enjoy a taste of summer by splashing in the pool and sliding down the slides at an indoor water park.
Catch me if you can: Challenge the kids to play laser tag at one of NJ's awesome kid-friendly arenas.
Learn what it was like to live on a farm before technological advancements. Some farms have interesting winter programs, like "ice harvesting" at the Howell Living History Farm.
Visit a planetarium and go "stargazing" indoors.
Race the kids on the megatrack at RPM Raceway Jersey City.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the venues
A version of this story was first published in 2015. It is updated annually.