This winter pack up the family and head up to North Jersey for exciting winter fun. Sussex County is a must-see destination this winter as it offers a wide variety of exciting seasonal fun! Residents of Sussex County will agree when I say, Sussex County offers something for everyone to enjoy this winter!
While many families are looking for indoor fun this winter, Sussex County is the place to go for outdoor family adventures!
5 Great Ways to Have Fun This Winter in Sussex County
1. Ice Fishing is a favorite winter activity for many Sussex County residents. It offers a wonderful way for families to get together and enjoy the fresh air while engaging in a little sport. Sussex County has numerous lakes for families to spend the day ice fishing. They include Lake Hopatcong, Cranberry Lake, Jefferson Lake, Lake Aeroflex, Lake Musconetcong, Swartswood Lakes and Lake Wawayanda. **Before fishing, make sure you research the policies and regulations for each lake.
2. High Point State Park is one of the most beautiful and scenic parks New Jersey has to offer. The winter is no exception. In the winter, High Point offers families the opportunity to enjoy cross country skiing and snowshoeing with gorgeous views. Half-day, full day and season passes are available for a reasonable rate. In addition, families can enjoy the Winter Festival on January 31, 2015 from 12pm-3pm at the Interpretive Center. This event is FREE but a donation of $5 per family is appreciated. Families can also enjoy nature programs and snowshoe walks.
3. Lusscroft Farms is a gorgeous historic farm located on Nielson Road in Wantage, NJ. The property contains 23 buildings including the Outlook Lodge, Turner Mansion, the dairy barn and various farm structures. Lusscroft Farms offers a 5 mile Trails Network through grassland, wetland habitats and hardwood forest perfect for hiking. Trails range from beginner to advanced levels, and it is open year-round. A guided hike is offered on February 8, 2015 from 2pm-3pm. On March 14-15, 2015, Lusscroft Farm will also be holding its annual Maple Sugar Open House.
4. Hopatcong State Park is a favorite family destination for families in Sussex and Morris Counties. All season, this amazing park if FREE to enter and enjoy. Families can have a blast hiking, walking the dogs and playing sports. After a big storm, kids really enjoy sledding and tubing down the big hills inside the park. I have even seen kids on skis! Families can also enjoy 2 playgrounds, basketball courts and a great historical museum. Check out our review of Hopatcong State Park.
5. Kittatinny Valley State Park, located in Andover, is another wonderful park to visit in the winter. Families can enjoy fishing, biking, hiking, hunting and much more! Some programs families can enjoy at Kittatinny Park this winter are Owls: Hunters of the Night, Winter Wonders, Backyard Birds: Winter Visitors and Cabin Fever Nature Hike. Most programs cost only $3 for adults and $1 for children. Pre-registration is required which can be done by calling (973) 786-6445.
6. Waterloo Village, located in Stanhope, is one of my family’s favorite places to visit in Sussex County. My boys truly enjoy exploring this 19th century restored village which was once a port along the Morris Canal. Waterloo Village is a State Park which is free to enter every day of the year. It is not only perfect for hiking and taking pictures, it’s amazing historical value makes it a wonderful educational experience for families and school programs. Visitors can take a look at an old gristmill, sawmill, general store, 19th century homes, blacksmith house and more!
As you can see, Sussex County has a lot to offer families this winter. So pack up the family and head up to North Jersey today!