• Outdoor Winter Activities Near Hoboken + Jersey

    Sick of spending all your time indoors this winter? To help you combat cabin fever, here are some fun outdoor activities for those looking to brave the dropping winter temps. Whether your prefer snow tubing, spending time in an igloo, or ice skating, Hoboken and the surrounding area have plenty of fun activities for you this season.

    1. Ice Skating at Newport Center {Jersey City}

    Unleash your inner Tara Lipinski or Michelle Kwan {shoutout to our ’90s girls} and lace up your skates. Newport is home to Jersey City’s only outdoor skating rink and it is open for the 2017-2018 season. Located at 95 River Drive South, skaters can enjoy an afternoon on the ice for a mere $7 {skate rentals are an additional $6 though}. The rink is open Monday-Friday from 4PM-9PM, Saturdays from 11AM-9PM, and Sundays from 11AM-7PM. Private and group lessons are available as well as exclusive rink rentals! For more info call 201-626-RINK or email newportskates@icerinkevents.com.

    2. Snow Tubing at Campgaw {Mahwah, NJ}

    Located less than an hour away in Mahwah, NJ, Campgaw offers a variety of snow activities including snow tubing. At Campgaw, riders can not only ride their tubes down the slope, but they can also ride it up as well! Different levels of rollers and pitch are also available for the more daring riders. Tubers need to be at least 42 inches tall to participate, but there are no age restrictions. Campgaw is open Monday through Thursday from 3:00PM to 8:00PM, Friday from 2:00PM to 10:00PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00AM to 10:00PM. Each ticket is good for two hours of tubing.

    See More: 5 Places to Snow Tube, Ski, and Ice Skate Near Hudson County

    3. Skiing at Mountain Creek Resort {Vernon, NJ}

    Whether you enjoy the skiing or the après, this mountain is only an hour away from Hudson County. Mountain Creek Resort, located in Vernon, NJ, is home to over thirty different recreational trails. Despite being located outside of the more traditional northeast ski ares, the resort has everything from bunny slopes to black diamond level trails, long groomers, night skiing, and three terrain park, which are sure to satisfy skiers {and snowboarders} of all levels. As an added bonus, Mountain Creek also features snow tubing and a zip-line tours over the mountain-top lake.

    4. Igloos at Pilsener Haus {Hoboken, NJ}

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    The infamous igloos are back at Pilsener Haus this winter! The igloos, available by reservation only, are a fun way to enjoy the season and drink al fresco in January. Similar to the Pilsner Haus menu, igloo inhabitants can enjoy signature items such as brats, sausages, and schnitzel, as well as giant Bavarian soft pretzels. With 20 premium drafts or 50 European and American craft beers by the bottle, there really is something for everyone to imbibe. To reserve an igloo for a special occasion or night out on the town call 201-683-5465.

    Read More: All About Pilsener Haus Igloos

    5. Snow-Shoeing at High Point Cross Country Ski Center {Sussex, NJ}

    Located just under 90 minutes from Hoboken in Sussex County, NJ, High Point Cross Country Ski Center has trails for winter athletes of all abilities. Although High Point is best known as a cross country skiing destination and hiking in the summer months, they also have nearly five miles of trails exclusively available for snowshoeing. Rentals are available on-site and run $17 for adults and $15 for children and seniors on weekdays or $19 for adults, $17 for children and seniors on weekends. First-timers can stick to the flat terrain surrounding Lake Marcia and those seeking a challenge can brave the center’s longest path, Monument Trail which gives way to views of the Catskills and the Poconos.

    6. Camelback Mountain Resort {Tannersville, PA}

    Whether you take a day-trip or make it a long weekend, Camelback Mountain Resort is a Poconos retreat suitable for all ages. The resort is best known for its 42 snow tubing lanes {yes FORTY TWO — it’s the biggest in the U.S.} and two magic carpet lifts that take riders up the mountain. As if that weren’t impressive enough, Camelback features “Galactic Snow Tubing” {a tubing park that glows with neons and LED light up snow} and the Basecamp One Lodge, both back for a second season. Riders must be at least 33 inches tall to ride with a partner and 44 inches tall to ride alone. Tickets are $25 for unlimited weekday runs, and $30–35 for three-hour sessions on weekends and holidays.

    What are your favorite winter activities? Share in the comments below!

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    Despite moving to the Mile Square on a whim, Nicole is happy to call Hoboken her home. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in biology and now works as a health & benefits consultant in the city. When she’s not killing it in corporate America, Nicole can be found shopping for her dream home on Park and Bloomfield, sipping a margarita on the rocks (she has yet to find one she hasn’t liked), or being dragged into a dog park by her giant goldendoodle, Sammy.

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