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Best Places to Visit During the Winter for Families Around Jersey City

Written by Kayla Costanzo

The Best Places to Visit During the Winter for Families Around Jersey City

With all of the fun-filled places to visit near Jersey City this winter, there won’t be any time for the cold weather blues!  Just because it is cold and snowy doesn’t mean all your fun has to stop for the season. We’ve created a list of the Best Places to Visit During the Winter for Families Around Jersey City!

New Jersey

Lambertville & Winter Festival(CLOSED)

2019 marks the twenty-second year for the Lambertville * New Hope Winter Festival. The Festival is hosted by the Twin Rivertown Projects, Inc., a 501c3 organization consisting of a group of a dedicated board of directors and many volunteers who give generously of their time – from late summer up to and including the Winter Festival activities. You can also opt to partake in free and ticket events like the chili cook-off, pub crawl, fire and ice ball, and so much more. There is certainly no shortage of events to go to at this Winter Festival, making it a perfect addition to the list of Best Places to Visit During the Winter for Families Around Jersey City!

The Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum  

353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township

The Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum was founded in 1972 and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and promote the development of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and other horticultural facilities of the Morris County Park Commission. They’re known for their Gingerbread Wonderland event which will be virtual this year.

Mountain Creek

200 NJ-94, Vernon Township

Mountain Creek offers 167 acres of trails on four mountain peaks, 100% snowmaking coverage and full night skiing, the region’s highest skiable vertical, and is the only true All-Mountain Terrain Park south of Vermont. They offer golf, spa amenities, lodging, several restaurants, skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and more! New to the slopes? No problem they offer lessons and a beginners guide to ensure your safety!

CoCo Key’s Water Resort

915 Route 73,  Mount Laurel

The frigid weather doesn’t mean the water-themed fun has to stop! With over 55,000 sq. ft of space including pools, waterslides of all sizes, and tons more, Coco Key’s Water Resort is the perfect place to take the kids for the day! Check out their hours of operation so you can plan your perfect little winter getaway!


6028 495, US-202, Flemington

Northlandz is the perfect place for the little train enthusiast in your life! This 3-story railroad layout and museum feature hundreds of trains, 400+ bridges, 30-foot tall mountains and so much more! The museum showcases over 200 dolls from all around the world and a 94-room dollhouse.

Liberty Science Center

222 Jersey City Boulevard

Interactive exhibits and fun-to-watch demonstrations earns the Liberty Science Center a spot on our list of Best Places to Visit During the Winter for Families Around Jersey City! The LSC is home to the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, which is the biggest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere! Their films and shows are fit for any age! During the winter season, they have a ton of fun events and exhibitions happening that are great for your curious kiddos.

Ice House

111 Midtown Bridge St, Hackensack

Ice skating is a perfect way to get active and spend the day with your family during the winter months. The Ice House is home to four regulation-size NHL rinks and operates one of the largest full-service hockey and skating Pro Shops in the New York-New Jersey area. Get ready to hit the ice!

Campgaw Mountain

200 Campgaw Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430

Campgaw Mountain offers an alpine escape located about an hour away from Jersey City! This is a great place to learn how to ski or snowboard. Campgaw Mountain offers daily group, private, and semi private lessons for all ages.

Longwood Gardens

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

Years before it was a public garden, the land on which Longwood Gardens stands was home to the native Lenni Lenape tribe and Quaker farmers. Since then, the land has undergone significant transformation to become a magnificent property that is enjoyed by more than a million guests each year. Keep up with all of their winter events and performances and make sure to bring your camera!

These places will give you all the winter wonderland feels and you’ll family will have a blast. Gone are the days of being bored on a snow day!

Updated January 9th, 2023

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