Winter Day Trip Ideas in New Jersey and Beyond: Indoor Winter Fun in NJ

Friday, December 20, 2019
Winter day trip ideas are a big topic of a discussion on message boards and in Facebook groups. It's hard to figure out where to take the kids when the weather is bad. Finding fun indoor play ideas is hard enough, but entertaining kids on the weekend or during a vacation when it's too cold to do anything else, well, that ain't easy! So here's a list of over 25 fun things to do in and around The Garden State during the winter months. From play mazes to museums, I've got ya covered!

*2020 update coming soon!!

I'll update and add to this list as I find new places to visit (or if places close). Please bookmark this article or Pin it on Pinterest so you can come back to it every year!

New Jersey Winter Day Trip Ideas

Here are some of our favorite places to visit during the winter months! We've visited most of them first-hand so I can attest that they're worth seeing. If I have written a post about the venue, you'll find the link leads to my review. If you have additional ideas for winter day trips in our state or nearby, feel free to leave them in the comments below!

Rizzo's Wildlife World - Flanders, NJ
American Dream - East Rutherford, NJ
Morris Museum - Morristown, NJ
Jenkinson's Aquarium - Pt. Pleasant, NJ
Atlantic City Aquarium - Atlantic City, NJ
Montclair Art Museum - Montclair, NJ
Sterling Mining Museum - Ogdensburg, NJ
Insectropolis - Toms River, NJ
Northlandz Train Museum - Flemington, NJ
Liberty Science Center - Jersey City, NJ
Battleship NJ - Camden, NJ
Adventure Aquarium - Camden, NJ
Whippany Railway Museum - Hanover, NJ
Imagine That! - Florham Park, NJ
Thomas Edison Center - Menlo Park, NJ
Newark Museum - Newark, NJ
Franklin Mineral Museum - Franklin, NJ
Garden State Discovery Museum - Cherry Hill, NJ
Old Barracks Museum - Trenton, NJ
Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum - Wildwood, NJ
Medieval Times - Lyndhurst, NJ
Branchburg Sports Complex - Branchburg, NJ
Flemington Ice Arena - Flemington, NJ
Villa Roller Rink - Broadway, NJ
Frenchtown Roller Rink - Frenchtown, NJ
The Funplex - East Hanover, NJ
Pole Position Raceway - Jersey City, NJ
Sahara Sam's Oasis - West Berlin, NJ
Speed Raceway - Cinnaminson, NJ
Bridgewater Sports Arena (ice skating and more) - Bridgewater, NJ
Raritan Valley College Planetarium - Branchburg, NJ
Dreyfus Planetarium Newark, NJ
Longo Planetarium - Randolph, NJ
iPlay America - Freehold, NJ
Robert Novins Planetarium - Toms River, NJ
Museum of Early Trades and Crafts - Madison, NJ
*Lakota Wolf Preserve - Columbia, NJ (outdoors)
*Turtle Back Zoo - West Orange, NJ (outdoors, with some indoor areas)
*Grounds for Sculpture - Hamilton, NJ (outdoors)

Pennsylvania Winter Day Trip Ideas

If you're up for a road trip, these Pennsylvania locations are not far from New Jersey and can certainly keep the kids occupied on a cold winter day!

America on Wheels Auto Museum - Allentown, PA
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia - Plymouth Meeting, PA
Crayola Experience - Easton, PA
Mercer Museum - Doylestown, PA
DaVinci Science Center - Allentown, PA
Hershey's Chocolate World - Hershey, PA
*Hershey Gardens - Hershey, PA (outdoors with indoor butterfly pavilion)
*ZooAmerica - Hershey, PA (some outdoor areas)
The Hershey Story Museum - Hershey, PA
Roadside America - Shartlesville, PA
Crystal Cave - Kutztown, PA
Lost River Caverns - Hellertown, PA
Lehigh Valley Zoo - Shnecksville, PA
Philadelphia Zoo - Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Museum of Art - Philadelphia, PA
The Franklin Institute - Philadelphia, PA
The Turkey Hill Ice Cream Experience - Columbia, PA
Please Touch Museum - Philadelphia, PA
Cabela's - Hamburg, PA
Martin Guitar and Visitor Center - Nazareth, PA

If you like this post, be sure to check out my other interactive day trip articles, including:

-Best New Jersey Day Trips (and PA, too!)
-10 Fun Spring Day Trips in New Jersey (Pennsylvania and New York, too!)
-The Great Big List of Fall Day Trips in New Jersey and Beyond!
-The Great Big List of Summer Day Trip Ideas in New Jersey and Beyond!

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