Five New Jersey Parks To Visit This Winter

Posted on: December 1st, 2016by
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Warm up with some winter fun!

So the cold weather finally arrived and now you find yourself longing for a way to get the kids up off of the couch and outside. Just because the temperatures have dropped doesn’t mean you can’t bundle up the family and head to one of New Jersey’s parks. Did you know that many New Jersey parks offer nature centers, cross country skiing areas and ice skating rinks. Winter is the perfect time to take advantage of all of these added features!

Atlantic County

Estell Manor Park: 109 Rt 50, Mays Landing,NJ 08330

We love Estell Manor Park’s ability to give kids both an indoor and outdoor fun and educational experience. In colder months, the nature center lets kids get up close with frogs, turtles, and other creatures. Their nature programs for kids provides a free educational activity not just during the colder months, but year-round.

  • Warren E. Fox Nature Center

    • Open daily 8:00 am-4:00 pm.
    • There is an auditorium for classes, public restrooms, experienced staff on hand and live animal displays
    • Themed classes are offered  based upon seasons.
    • Please see their website for a schedule of upcoming events. You can also click over to read more about Estell Manor Park.


Great memories and pictures can be made in the great outdoors. @Jersey Family Fun

Great memories and pictures can be made in the great outdoors. @Jersey Family Fun


Mercer County

Mercer County Park: Paxon Ave, West Windsor Township, NJ 08550

  • Ice Skating Center

    • Open 7 days a week for public skating during the season, which is usually November – March.
    • Open air sheltered ice skating  facility.
    • Adults 12 and older $8.00 to skate.
    • Juniors 11 and under and seniors 62 and older, $6.00 to skate.
    • $4.00 rental fee for ice skates.
    • For more information please see website.


Middlesex County

Roosevelt Park: 151 Parsonage Road, Edison, NJ 08837

  • Family Skating Rink

    • Open WED-SUN for public skating during the season, which is usually November-March. (weather permitting)
    • Open air ice skating rink.
    • Adults 12 and older $6.00 to skate.
    • Children 17 and under and seniors $5.00 to skate.
    • $5.00 rental fee for skates.
    • There is a Skate Zone Cafe concession stand that sells hot and cold beverages, snacks like popcorn and pretzels and kid favorites such as mozzarella sticks, hamburgers, grilled cheese sandwiches and chicken nuggets.
    • For more information please see website.


Monmouth County

Holmdel Park: 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733

  • Holmdel Pond Ice Rink

    • When ice on the pond freezes to at least 5 inches thick skaters may use the pond for skating or ice hockey.
    • Signs will posted when it is safe to skate.
    • The skating areas are open Sunday-Thursday 8 am-7 pm and Friday-Saturday 8 am-9 pm.
    • Please call 732-946-9562 if you have questions regarding the condition of the pond.
  • Cross County Trails

    • Marked un-groomed trails for cross county skiing are open from 8:00 am -dusk.
    • * Rental skis are available at Thompson Park Ski Hut in Lincroft.  Weekdays Monday-Friday 10 am-6 pm. and weekends Saturday-Sunday 9 am-6 pm.
    • For more information regarding rentals call 732-842-4000 ext 4312
  • Sledding Hill

    • Supervised sledding area is open when more than two inches of snow covers the ground.
    • Sledding hills are open Sunday-Thursday from 8 am-7 pm and Friday-Saturday 8 am-9 pm.
    • Please call 732-946-9562 for question concerning the conditions for sledding.
    • For more information on any of the winter activities at Holmdel Park please click here.


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Ocean County

Jakes Branch County Park: 1100 Double Trouble Road, Beachwood, NJ 08722

  • Nature Center

    • Recreational and environmental programs all winter long.
    • Live animals are on hand in some presentations.
    • Informational exhibits and knowledgeable staff on site to answer questions.
    • 5 story high observation deck with view of the pine barrens.
    • For more information please see website.


Jakes Branch County Park Nature Center

Inside the nature center


For more Jersey Family Fun check out our list of New Jersey Nature Centers!

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