New Jersey New Year’s Day Events for Families

Posted on: December 10th, 2019 by

 

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How will you celebrate New Year’s Day with your kids?

 

Will you be sleeping in to make up for staying up late or attending one of these New Year’s Eve events for families in New Jersey? Did you try one of our 16 Fun New Years Eve Ideas for Kids?

 

Kim New Year Baby New Jersey New Year's Day Events for families

 

Would you like to go out for a local New Year’s Day event?

Do you want to attend a New Year’s Day event in New Jersey where kids are welcome?

 

We’ve got you covered!

 

To start your 2020 year with an amazing family memory, we are sharing our listing of local New Jersey New Year’s Day Events for families. These are New Year’s Day events in New Jersey that are FAMILY FRIENDLY.

 

Most of these New Jersey New Year’s Day events for families are free. Some may have a charge for attending and some may require advance tickets. Check the links for more detailed information and a complete schedule of what New Year’s activities they are offering for kids and families. Keep checking back with this list until New Year’s Day. We’ll keep adding new events as we find them.

 

Local New Year’s Day Events for Families

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New Jersey New Year's Day Events for families

 

New Jersey New Year’s Day Events for Families

  • Asbury Park New Year’s Day event – Participate in a Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, from 10 am till 4 pm at the Convention Hall. Watch as participants dive into the freezing ocean! The donation to watch the plunge is $25 which supports two local Monmouth County charities. Learn more at their site www.sonsofireland.org.

 

  • Ocean City New Year’s Day event – In Ocean City, there will be a First Day At The Beach event on Wednesday at 2 pm. In the past there were shopping specials, a 5K, horse and carriage rides and more. Find out more on our calendar of events.

Tuckerton Seaport's Fire and Ice Festival

  • Tuckerton New Year’s Day event – Tuckerton continues its Fire and Ice Food Trucks and Fireworks tradition on Wednesday from 12 pm – 6 pm at the Tuckerton Seaport. Activities include, Ice Cutting Demo, Ice Sculpture, Children’s Activities, Make and Take Craft, Nature Walk, Captain’s, House Tours, Live Music by Gary Philips and Fireworks at 6 PM.  Learn more in our New Jersey Calendar of Events listing.

 

  • Sandy Hook New Year’s Day event  – Join the American Littoral Society for a beach walk on Sandy Hook Wednesday at 11 AM. Start your year with some fresh air! Hot dogs and cider served after the walk! For more information see our New Jersey Calendar of Events listing.

 

  • Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson ends its season on Wednesday January 1 with fireworks over the park at 9 PM. Find out more in their Facebook event.

 

  • Hiking during the winter might not sound like too much fun. But with the right clothing and the right attitude, some sunlight and crisp air could be a great cure for the winter doldrums. Get back to nature, get off the screens, and spend time together exploring the outdoors with one of more than 25 First Day Hike events in New Jersey! Consider spending New Year’s Day on a guided “First Day Hike.” The First Day Hike program is sponsored by America’s State Parks, and open to all ages. For more information visit our calendar of events or the NJDEP website here.

 

 

 

First Day Hikes in New Jersey

New Jersey First Day Hikes

Start off the New Year right with some fresh air and movement at one of the First Day Hikes in New Jersey! New Jersey State Parks will be offering 24 family friendly hikes (and one mountain bike ride, one horseback ride and one lighthouse climb) across the state! Some First Day Hikes in New Jersey require registration. Please click on their links to be taken to our Calendar of Event listings.

 

Northern New Jersey First Day Hikes

Jersey City – Hudson County
US Flag Plaza to Caven Point Beach Walk, Liberty State Park, 200 Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City. 10 AM – 12 PM

Registration is required.

 

Join a 3-mile, all ages leisurely hike to Caven Point Beach. Explore the manmade and natural shoreline of the Upper NY Bay, with unique views of the Statue of Liberty and New York Skyline. You can also explore the unique features of Caven Point Beach. Check in will be at the Park Office located at 200 Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305.

Free parking is available. For more information click here.

Branchville – Sussex County
First Day Hike, Stokes State Forest, 1 Coursen Road 9 AM – 11:30 AM

Registration required.

Kick off 2020 with the first hike of the year! Ring in the New Year right by getting outdoors and enjoying our public lands. During a 3.5 mile hike go past waterfalls and historic sites while searching for wildlife along the way.

For more information click here.

Hewitt – Passaic County
Wawayanda State Park, 885 Warwick Turnpike, 10 AM

No registration required.

Wawayanda State Park’s first annual First Day Hike! This is a great opportunity to kick off a healthy New Year with friends and family exploring your neighborhood park! There are two options – a moderate hike, or an easy family-oriented hike. One hike is a family friendly 2.5 mile hike and the other is more moderate 7 mile hike for teenagers and adults.

For more information click here.

 

Ringwood – Passaic County
First Day Hike, New Jersey State Botanical Gardens, Ringwood State Park, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

No registration required. 

 

Two self-guided family friendly hikes in the State Park woodlands at the NJ State Botanical Garden. Weather permitting; you can climb to the Mt. Defiance overlook on the Halifax trail and return, or choose an alternate hike without a climb. This annual event is a joint project of State Park staff and volunteers from the NJBG/Skylands Association. Meet at the Carriage House Visitor Center at NJBG between 1pm and 2pm. Map and hike directions will be provided at the start. Allow about 90 minutes for the hike. 1 or 3 miles. 2 possible routes, one route is flat terrain of the Botanical Garden and one has ups and downs in the wooded areas. Children with parents/guardians are welcome; small children may need to be carried.

For more information click here.

 

Montague – Sussex County
High Point “First Day Challenge Hike” Route 23, Montague.

 

Come for the Third Annual High Point “First Day Challenge” Hike. This will be a great way to start off the new year and get in some exercise. The first, more rugged half of the hike will be on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in scenic High Point State Park. The return will be on the easier Iris Trail, a well-graded, old wagon road. There will be numerous scenic views along the AT on the ridge. Hike starts at 10 AM, recommended for ages 12 and up. Registration is required for this New Year’s Day hike in New Jersey.

For more information click here.

 

Elizabeth – Union County
First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, 42 Broad St 1 PM – 3:30 PM

Registration required.

Walk through Mid-Town Elizabeth, NJ—where NJ began! See how it has grown & changed over the past 355 years. Tour includes interiors of First Presbyterian Church (founded 1664) & Boxwood Hall (where Washington was entertained) & the historic cemetery of First Pres.

For more information click here.

 

Blairstown – Warren County
Paulinskill Valley Rail Trail Committee Annual New Year’s Day Hike, Paulinskill Valley Rail Trail (extension of Kittatinny Valley State Park). 10 AM – 2 PM.

Registration not required.

 

35th Annual New Year’s Day Hike. Join the Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee (PVTC) at 10:00 AM for their 35th Annual New Year’s Day Hike starting at Footbridge Park in Blairstown, NJ. The PVTC, the Officially Recognized Friends Organization of the Kittatinny Valley State Park, will host the hike. The trail is cinder-based which provides easy, level walking.

For more information click here.

 

First Day Horseback Ride, Sussex Branch & Paulinskill Valley Rail Trails (extension of Kittatinny Valley State Park), 11:00 AM or 1:00 p.m.

Registration is recommended.

Bring your OWN HORSE if you’d like to participate in a guided horseback ride. Trail ride approx. two hours – “Easy Peasy ride along the rail trail. Horse Rig Parking only at Halsey Farm. Lunch in Branchville. (Please note: The horseback ride is the only organized, guided activity at this location. All other suggested activities are your responsibility and should be conducted independently) 

For more information click here.

 

National park service logo for First Day Hikes

 

Central New Jersey First Day Hikes

High Bridge – Hunterdon County
15 mile all day hike for ages 10 and up, not for beginners.

Registration not required.

 

9 AM start A 15.2 mile hike that will take you along the Warren Highlands Trail at Spruce Run, starting a little further along the reservoir, then following the Spruce Run through state owned lands. There are informal paths that connect the Union Furnace Nature Preserve to the Honachefsky Tract. From there, a walk and history talk through Glen Gardner, and then the new trail system recently installed along the Spruce Run in Lebanon Township.

For more information click here.

 

Lebanon – Hunterdon County
New Year’s Hike, Round Valley Recreation Area, 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration required. 

 

Whatever you did the night before, this is your chance to get outdoors in New Jersey and start 2020 off on the right foot. The hike will be either the Cushetunk or Water Trail – look for signs of new life as the year begins. Easy to moderate hike of 3 miles. Children with adults welcome.

For more information click here.

 

South Brunswick – Middlesex/Mercer County
Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park Princeton Nursery Lands First Day Hike 145 Mapleton Road Princeton 12 -2 PM.

No registration required.

Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands invites everyone to a First Day Hike in the Mapleton Preserve. Exercise your New Year’s resolution to walk more, or make new friends on this easy 1.5 mile loop hike through the Mapleton Preserve.  It will begin and end at the Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park Headquarters at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. Gather for cocoa afterwards. Dress for the weather, whatever it is. The walk is free and all are welcome.

For more information, visit www.fpnl.org as we get closer to the New Year. For more information click here.

 

Hopewell – Mercer County
Family Nature Hike and Tomahawk Throw.

For ages 10 and older. 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration required.

 

Come out for a short-guided winter walk in the park. After the hike try your hand at sticking a small hand ax into a wooden target at a range of about 15 ft. Maybe hit a bull’s-eye. Hike is for all ages however, the tomahawk throw portion is only for adults. Leashed dogs are welcome.

For more information click here.

 

Old Bridge – Middlesex County
First Day Hike, Cheesequake State Park, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Registration not required.


Enjoy a guided hike on the trails of Cheesequake to celebrate the New Year. 

For more information click here.

 

Highlands – Monmouth County
Lighthouse climb at Twin Lights. 10 AM – 2 PM

Registration not required.

 

Make a resolution and start your new year right by celebrating history atop the North Tower at Twin Lights! The North Tower will be open between the hours of 10:00-2:00 for a self-guided walk up the 64 steps to amazing view. Please bring along binoculars and warm clothes as the tower is not heated.

For more information click here.

 

Manalapan – Monmouth County
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Registration recommended.

Walk the ground where Molly Pitcher fought at Monmouth! Meet Dr. David Martin, President of the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield, at the Visitor Center for an overview of the Battle of Monmouth, then drive approx. 2 miles (in your own vehicle) to the northern section of the Park, and walk along the American lines to the position of Proctor’s Artillery and other sites associated with Molly Pitcher. Finish with a visit to the likely site of Molly Pitcher’s “well.” The length of this interpretive tour is subject to change depending on weather and conditions. The tour is 2 miles over open fields and hills and includes detailed information about troop movements at the Battle of Monmouth. Ages 10 and up welcome.

For more information click here.

 

Southern New Jersey First Day Hikes

Browns Mills – Burlington County
Whitesbog Historic Village, 799 Lakehurst Road, 12 PM – 2 PM

Registration required.

Join Pinelands Institute staff and the local Americorps Watershed Ambassador for a First Day Trash Hike! Hike through Historic Whitesbog Village and out into the bogs as you explore the Pine Barrens environment! Along the way pick up any trash  littered along the side of the trails. Help keep Whitesbog beautiful while also working off those holiday calories!

Hike Info
Easy ~ 1.5 miles
All ages are welcome, children under 16 must be accompanied by and adult. BYOG (bring your own gloves) snacks and water. Extra gloves and trash bags will be provided.

 

For more information click here.

Hainesport – Burlington County
First Day Hike at Rancocas ~ Hike 1, Rancocas State Park, Westampton section, ages 6 and up. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Registration requested.

 

Join Burlington County Park Rangers for a hike at Rancocas State Park in Westampton. Begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike. Rancocas State Park Westampton main entrance, Rancocas Rd. Please park along the right side of the gravel road. Hikes will begin at park kiosk at the park entrance.

For more information click here.

 

Shamong – Burlington County 

New Year’s Day Hike, Wharton State Forest/Atsion Recreation Area, for ages 10 and older. 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Registration not required.

Once again, the OUTDOOR CLUB OF SOUTH JERSEY will be leading their First Day Hike starting from the Atsion Camp Office/Ranger Station of Wharton State Forest. As part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes program, Wharton State Forest is a fantastic location for a 6 mile January 1st hike!

For more information click here.

 

New Year’s Bike Ride, Wharton State Forest for ages 14 and up. 11 AM – 1:30 PM

Registration is required.

 

Come out for a brisk cross-country mountain bike ride through the Pinelands of Wharton State Forest. Be ready to pedal up some short hills!

For more information click here.

 

Village Walk, Wharton State Forest 10:30 AM – 12 PM

Registration is required.

 

Start your new year with a family history walk through Batsto Village.

For more information click here.

 

Woodland – Burlington County
NJCF Michael Huber Preserve, Sooy Place Road, 10 AM

Registration required

An enjoyable start to the new year begins with an introduction to the NJCF Michael Huber Preserve on Sooy Place Rd for a 2-mile hike through a variety of habitats. A good chance to see some winter birding and tree identification along the floodplain of the Burrs Mill Brook.

For more information click here

 

Woodbine – Cape May County
1st Day East Creek Trail Hike, Belleplain State Forest, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Registration not required.


Join others for a 3.5 mile hike on the East Creek Trail. The hike will cover half the distance of the trail. Please dress for the weather and bring water. Dogs are welcome!

For more information click here.

 

Bayville – Ocean County
Double Trouble State Park, 581 Pinewald Keswick Road 10 AM – 12 PM

No registration requiredJoin us New Year’s Day for leisurely jaunt along the Mill Pond Trail and the picturesque clear waters of Cedar Creek. We’ll finish our morning with a guided tour of Double Trouble Village including inside a century-old sawmill and cranberry packing house.

For more information click here

Berkeley – Ocean County
New Year’s Day Beach Hike. Island Beach State Park 2 – 4 PM

Registration is required.


Ring in the New Year at beautiful Island Beach State Park! Join the Friends of IBSP for a scenic walk down the beach. Walk is approximately 1 mile out and back, but feel free to turn back at anytime. Winter is a great time to experience the natural beauty of the IBSP! Bonfire and smores to follow, weather permitting.

For more details click here.

 

Jackson – Ocean County

11 AM – 12 PM

Registration is required.

Enjoy a guided one-hour hike along flat sandy roads at FREC’s First Day Walk of the NJ State Tree Farm, Nursery and Education Center in Jackson.

For more information click here.

 

Stafford Township – Ocean County
Bass River State Forest. Approximately a 5 mile hike, for ages 10 and older, 1 PM – 4 PM.

Registration required.

 

Enjoy a hike in the Warren Grove Recreation Area, at Bass River State Forest, which encompasses the Little Pine Plains and the “Pygmy Pines” – the world’s largest acreage of this globally rare forest community. Portions of the hike will be through places where the mature trees are scarcely taller than the hikers themselves and in some places are not. The hike will traverse several ridges that will provide fantastic views of the surrounding area.

For more information click here.

 

Pittsgrove – Salem County
Parvin Historic Walk, Parvin State Park, 1 PM – 3 PM.

Registration is required. 

 

Explore the history of Parvin State Park, as we walk through the park and imagine things 90 years ago. About 3 miles, children with parents/guardians are welcome.

For more information click here.

 

 

Philadelphia New Year’s Day Events for Families

  • Kimmel Center FREE New Year’s Day Celebration, Wednesday 10 am – 5:00 pm. Looking to see the Mummers Parade in a warmer environment? The Kimmel Center is open to you and offers a hot chocolate bar, performances and activities, views of the Mummer’s Parade, giveaways, and more. Learn more at their site.

 

  • The Mummers Parade, Wednesday, 9 am, City Hall and Broad Street, Free. This 120+ year tradition brings lavish costumes, festive music and excited crowds to the streets of Philadelphia! Learn more here.

 

Tell us! How will you celebrate the new year with your kids?

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Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! Did you know that boys behave better when they are out exploring? As her boys transition from tweens to teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 20+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 8+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 10 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

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