When the weather outside is frightful, a trip to the beach is delightful! (Yes, you read that right. Stay with us.) While New Jersey shore towns may be a bit quieter in the winter, there are still plenty of fun things to do with the family. You can enjoy local cuisine, spend the day shopping, or bring the kids to an arcade. Whatever you choose, we promise the beach will warm your heart! Here are some of our favorite things to do during winter weekend getaways in NJ.
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How to Enjoy WInter Weekend Getaways in NJ
1. Visit the Silverball Museum
For a fun, inexpensive activity the whole family 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!
2. 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 must-see 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.
3. 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 an arcade game area with awesome prizes.
4. 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 blog for details.
5. Book Your Stay at the Inns of Ocean Grove
When it’s time to reserve your lodging, look no further than the Ocean Plaza Hotel. Our Bradley Suite is the perfect place to stay during winter weekend getaways in NJ! You’ll have a full-sized kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a private balcony overlooking the ocean. It’s also walking distance to numerous restaurants and shops. For a family vacation that doesn’t break the bank, call us at (732) 774-6552 and ask about our fabulous Weekday Specials. We look forward to having you!
Want to plan a trip without the kids? Check out our blog about romantic getaways in NJ in winter.