Believe it or not, it’s wintertime. Depending on where you are in the state, you may have gotten some sleet last night, but temperatures are unseasonably warm. The next week will likely have highs in the 40s and low 50s, which means it an ideal time to do some exploring. Certain spots in New Jersey are even more incredible in the winter months, here are a few favorites.
1. Wharton State Forest
Wharton State Forest is the largest state park in New Jersey, coming in at over 115,000 acres. There is so much to do and see here, all year long. Enjoy hiking, Pinelands scenery, historic Batsto Village and more.
2. Mountain Creek
This Vernon ski resort can make its own snow, once it gets cold enough. I absolutely can not wait to hit the slopes!
Visit any time of year for fine dining and unique shopping, but be sure not to miss Lambertville's Winter Festival. The event will be held from January 23-31, complete with a chili cook-off, ice sculptures & parade.
4. Allamuchy Mountain State Park
This Byram park is perfect for sledding with its peaks, hills and valleys. You may need to wait a while for snow, but it will happen... eventually.
5. The Pool At Harrah's
The gorgeous pool complex is a tropical paradise in the heart of Atlantic City. The water is always 82 degrees!
6. High Point State Park
The perfect place for a winter hike, visitors will be treated to views of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The High Point Cross Country Ski Center will be hosting a special Winter Trails event on January 9th to introduce visitors to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, weather permitting.
7. Island Beach State Park
You may have better odds of spotting an elusive Red Fox without the summer crowds. It's also a great spot for nature walks and horseback riding.
8. Reeves-Reed Arboretum
This stunning Summit arboretum with be hosting a Maple Sugaring Fest on March 6th. Learn all about maple sugaring and enjoy the lovely grounds.
9. Renault Winery
The Egg Harbor City winery will be hosting its Winter Wine Festival on January 16th. Tickets are $10 in advance and include tastings as well as a souvenir wine glass. There are also overnight getaway packages available.
10. Laurita Winery
Wineries are the place to be this winter, and not just for adults! Laurita Winery in New Egypt is hosting an Ice Sculpture Festival on January 23rd and 24th. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and will include a souvenir glass. Guests will enjoy ice sculptures, winter activities, vineyard tours, food trucks, games for kids, and fireworks on the 23rd.
11. Morris County Parks
The Morris County Parks Department hosts a wide range of wintertime events. Check out the Trail Treasure Hunt on Sunday, January 10th, to enjoy an easy nature hike and seasonal scavenger hunt - fun for the whole family. The event will be held at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham from 1 - 2 pm.
12. The Ice House, Flyers Skate Zone, Skylands Ice World
We're lacking in snow and ice this winter, but an indoor rink has always got you covered. The Ice House in Hackensack offers skate camps, classes, tournaments and more. Skylands Ice World also offers camps and classes in both skating and hockey. Flyers Skate Zone has New Jersey locations in Voorhees, Pennsauken and Atlantic City. Voorhees is the official training location of the Philadelphia Flyers.
There are so many great places to go in New Jersey during the winter, what are your favorites? High Point and Harrah’s are my top picks. Let me know yours, on or off this list.