Bored In New Jersey This Winter? Top Places To Cure Your Winter Blues
Stop Hibernating and Get Out There!
Come on, guys. We can't just stay home and eat our feelings away. Fellas, I know your clothes are feeling a little snugger around that midsection. And ladies, your loose arm flab isn't getting any smaller just sitting on your butt. In fact, you'll surely obtain a flat, flabby, fat butt if you don't get up and go do something fun.
New Jersey isn't the dirty wasteland that people think it is, regardless of that funky smell by exit 13 on the Turnpike, and the mosquito is not our state bird, either. Fuq outta here! Go out. Do something on this list.
Kid Boredom Buster
New Jersey State Museum and Planetarium (Trenton)
Families and kids will enjoy experiencing the largest planetarium in New Jersey. You'll zoom through the solar system and beyond from the comfort of specially designed seats. Original exhibits such as "Where In The World Is New Jersey: Historical Maps of the Garden State" are currently on display. Where better for the kids to learn about where they live and grow?
Children under 12 free
Adults and Seniors: $5
Contact: (609) 292-6300
Adventure Aquarium (Camden)
Sharks, stingrays, and and sea turtle, oh my! Dive teams will provide free shows throughout the day. The West African hippos will amaze you with views from above and below the water. Dare to touch a shark or stingray? You can. Get your shark on at the Adventure Aquarium.
Children 2-12: $19
Contact: (856) 365-3300
Medieval Times (Lyndhurst)
Finger licking chicken breast, wenches roaming about, and royal fights. Sounds like a tantalizing night out, huh? You're right. It can be just the right dose of laughter and cheer to cure those winter blues. Conveniently located, one can enjoy a falcon flying show while cheering on the colored night of their section. Swords will spark and knights will joust. Ladies, if you're luck you may win the heart of your mighty knight and receive a beautiful flower.
Under 3 free
Children 12 and under: $36
Boardwalk In A Building
iPlay America (Freehold)
This place is like no other! It's an indoor boardwalk plus more. In this sprawling indoor amusement park you can ride high on the indoor attractions like bumper cars, mini bowling, the two story laser tag arena, and the arcade. If singing is your fancy then you might enjoy the cd recording sound booth.
Tickets start at $23
Contact: (732) 577-8200
Ripley's Believe It or Not! (Atlantic City)
A gallery of shrunken heads and a medieval torture exhibit are among the more adult type attractions to be seen here. Kids can revel in the lazer maze and popular vortex tunnel. The vortex tunnel is pretty cool. You'll feel like you are falling upside down on a motionless bridge. Great illusions. Great fun. Afterwards, you can shop in the outlets or take in a show.
Children 5-12: $10
Who Sunk My Battleship? Not This One
Battleship New Jersey (Camden)
For your military history fix visit this restored BB62. It's America's largest battleship so this isn't your grandpa's canoe. This beast saw action in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East. Hoorah!! Take a 90 minute tour to see the gigantic exterior guns and the guts of this ocean fortress.
Active duty veterans, WW II veterans, and Children under 5 Free
Children 5-11: $17
Seniors and Veterans: $17
Mountain Creek (Vernon)
If you'd love to downhill ski on a bigger vertical drop than Camelback or Shawnee and can appreciate a $20 million renovated base lodge then go to Mountain Creek for fun play in the white, fluffy stuff. Extra thrills include snowboarding and a gravity-propelled roller coaster.
Youth weekend: $51
Adult weekend: $65
Lift ticket, lesson, and rental package: $100
Cornucopia Cruise Line (Perth Amboy)
Cruise NJ's shoreline while appreciating a memorable meal with family or friends. Depart from a private dock with free parking. Have a four hour lunch buffet or or a four hour plated dinner. You can even have Sunday brunch on the boat. Evenings include a cocktail hour, dj, and dancing. This should be right up your alley if you need some time away with your sweetie. What happens after the cruise is up to you. (Maybe that might be the topic of my next article - "What Happens After The Night Cruise" ;)
Dinner: From $65-$75