It’s no secret that the Jersey Shore is an incredible summer destination. But if you thought that high season was the best time to visit, think again! Winter weekend getaways in NJ are perfect for couples, families, and solo travelers alike. And while you may not be able to lay out on the beach, there are still plenty of fun things to do! Read on to discover our favorites and check out our free Travel Guide for helpful trip planning tips.
Experience the Ultimate Winter Weekend Getaway in NJ
Treat your special someone to some much-needed alone time! Locals know that things really start to heat up here in the colder months, and couples planning romantic getaways in NJ in winter can take advantage of unobstructed views, holiday celebrations, and, of course, fewer crowds. Use our list of winter activities below to ignite that spark!
Things to Do During Romantic Weekend Getaways
Attend a Show
The Stone Pony in Asbury Park is the most famous music club in central NJ. This historic venue has hosted performances by countless world-renowned musicians, and the music doesn’t stop during the offseason! The Pony’s schedule is booked year-round, so if you and your spouse are lucky enough to get tickets, you might just see one of the best performances of your life at the Jersey Shore this winter.
There’s nothing better than letting loose before the chaos of the holidays. For a fun night out with the one you love, check out the Wonder Bar, Watermark, or Bond Street Bar in Asbury Park. These Jersey Shore bars are just as fun in the winter as they are in the summer, and you won’t have to wait in line to get in! Simply pull up a seat and enjoy a different atmosphere than when the tourists are in town. Cheers!
Walk the Boardwalk
Strolling the Ocean Grove Boardwalk is a simple yet romantic activity. There’s something special about walking up and down the promenade, talking and enjoying each other’s company. In the wintertime, the beach and boardwalk are essentially empty and provide the perfect backdrop for a peaceful stroll. If you get the chills, cozy up together on a bench and watch the sunset over the ocean.
Climb a Lighthouse
If climbing to the top of a lighthouse is on your Jersey Shore bucket list, you’re in luck! A number of lights are open to the public in the winter, and each offers a breathtaking view. We recommend visiting the Sea Girt Lighthouse, which is a 20-minute drive from Ocean Grove. Guided tours are available every Sunday through November and explore the keeper’s office, living quarters, and the top of the tower. Another must-see is the Navesink Twin Lights in Highlands, NJ. This historic site is open on weekends and has a museum with unique displays and exhibits. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
Spend Time with Family
When the weather outside is frightful, a family vacation is delightful! Head to the beach and indulge in local cuisine, spend the day shopping, or bring the kids to an arcade. Whatever you choose to do, we promise that a winter weekend getaway in New Jersey will warm your heart. Check out a few of our family-friendly ideas below.
Enjoy Winter Getaways with the Kids
Visit the Silverball Museum
For a fun, inexpensive activity that everyone will love, consider visiting The Silverball Museum in Asbury Park. This one-of-a-kind facility takes guests on an interactive journey through pinball history, with machines that range from the 1930s to the present. During the wintertime, you can play the games without the hustle and bustle of summer crowds. There’s also a well-stocked cafe that serves up classic boardwalk fare. Yum!
Stroll Jenkinson’s Boardwalk
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. The rides close in October, but many attractions are open all year – including the arcade. Here, kids can win big prizes like stuffed animals, electronics, and more. Plus, it’s rarely crowded in the winter, allowing for more time to play.
Another excellent option is Jenkinson’s Aquarium. It’s only closed for major holidays and is completely enclosed to protect the animals from harsh winter weather. Stop in and say hi to the fish, penguins, birds, seals, and sharks before grabbing a treat from Jenkinson’s Sweet Shop.
Experience Indoor Mini Golf
No trip to the Jersey Shore is complete without a game of mini golf! If your family is visiting in the winter, head to Monster Mini Golf in Eatontown. This indoor course is just a 20-minute drive from Ocean Grove and features 18 holes of glow-in-the-dark fun. It’s challenging for adults yet very playable for children. There’s even a game room with awesome prizes.
Celebrate the Holidays
Looking to start a new family tradition? Bring the kids to the shore this Christmas! There’s so much to enjoy during the holiday season, from historic home tours to parades, parties, tree lighting ceremonies, and more. Read our Jersey Shore Christmas blog for details.
Book Your Stay at the Inns of Ocean Grove
From romantic trips to fun family adventures, Ocean Grove is ideal for winter weekend getaways in NJ. The Ocean Plaza Hotel is open year-round, offering impeccable lodging and a location that’s second to none. Our bed and breakfast sits on the historic Ocean Pathway and is just a short walk from Ocean Grove’s many shops and cafes. It’s also walking distance to numerous restaurants, art galleries, and antique stores in Asbury Park.
When it’s time to reserve your room, consider our Bradley Suite. Amenities include a full-sized kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a private balcony overlooking the ocean. (Don’t forget about our complimentary breakfast each morning!) With modern touches and plenty of space, the Bradley Suite provides a peaceful escape for families and couples alike. Check our availability and make your reservations today.