Go Inside and Play! Winter Outings Along the Delaware River
Thinking about New Jersey’s Delaware River Region probably conjures images of sun-drenched summer days, tubing on the water. But wait until you see the flurry of activity here in winter! Check out these ways to enjoy an indoorsy getaway or daytrip in Burlington and Camden Counties.
You Can Still Make a Splash
Even in winter, the wet-and-wild antics never actually end. Plunge into year-round family-favorite attractions that bubble over with fun for everyone.
On the Camden Waterfront, Adventure Aquarium is a state treasure. Be awed by 15,000+ aquatic species. Shark fans aboard? Experience the East Coast's largest shark collection, the nation's only great hammerhead shark and the world’s longest Shark Bridge (a rope suspension bridge above Shark Realm). Other must-sees are the Touch a Shark exhibit, Penguin Park, Piranha Falls and feedings of Nile hippos, Button and Genny.
Watch Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland, an immersive, 3D movie included with your ticket. Guided by Jeff Corwin, discover the unique, remote Pacific Ocean islands that are home to fascinating animals and plants. Or, opt for Turtle Vision, a coming-of-age story starring an adorable sea turtle.
Water Thrills Despite the Chill
Summertime on your mind? Soak up the area’s all-weather, indoor water parks. Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor & Outdoor Water Park (West Berlin) features water slides, a wave pool, surfing simulators, swim areas and arcade games. Pro challenge: Race your companions on Tut's Twisters, dual headfirst mat racing slides!
Pretend you're in a tropical paradise at CoCo Key Water Resort (Mount Laurel), an indoor wonderland of aquatic play areas, water slides of all shapes and sizes, a relaxing lazy river, a state-of-the-art arcade, multiple eateries and more. Make it a true escape by staying at the connected Hotel ML, also conveniently located to many attractions listed here.
Weather-Proof and Kid-Approved
Hit up The Funplex (Mount Laurel), an incredible, indoor place to let loose together. The boardwalk-style excitement seems virtually endless, from the interactive XD Dark Ride, laser tag and Air Shot to classic amusements like bumper cars, arcade games (hello, Skee-Ball!), bowling and go-karts.
Unleash little ones’ imaginations at the Garden State Discovery Museum (Cherry Hill). Younger children (infant to age 10) can explore a bunch of giant, kid-powered, hands-on exhibits. They include the DINOSAURIUM, the Wildlife Area, the Silver Diner for budding chefs, the climbing wall and Under Construction, where they can help build a two-story house or engineer their own town.
Uber-Cool and Crave-Worthy
Always down to try something new with your friends? This area bursts with trending activities. Release your inner Viking—and perhaps some pent-up frustration and stress—with axe throwing at Bury the Hatchet (Cherry Hill). Hit the bull’s-eye with a two-hour session that includes training and scorekeeping by a professional Axe Master.
At The Great Escape Room Challenge (Cherry Hill), solve your way through a 60-minute series of puzzles to unlock your mystery room. Possibilities include the Bank Heist, Mayan Tomb, Mission to Mars, Runaway Train and Slime Factory (ages 4-12).
Savor the region’s outstanding dining, especially an abbondanza (“abundance”) of Italian, pizza and hoagie joints. Checking off your stops on New Jersey’s Anthony Bourdain Food Trail? Don’t miss Camden’s two authentically local restaurants from the list. Donkey’s Place cooks up a cheesesteak Bourdain claimed “should be a national landmark,” while Tony & Ruth Steaks serves lip-smacking cheesesteaks and breakfast sandwiches.
Celebrate Education, Empowerment and Equality
Begin the 100th anniversary year of women’s voting rights by visiting Paulsdale (Mount Laurel) and honoring Alice Paul, one of the most influential leaders in the fight for gender equality. Among her achievements: She was a major force in the passage of the 19th Amendment and authored the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
Tour Paulsdale, her birthplace and now a National Historic Landmark and home of the Alice Paul Institute, and view the fascinating Alice Paul: In Pursuit of Ordinary Equality exhibit.
Collingswood: A Delightful Dining, Music and Shopping Scene
Charming Collingswood is one of the best dining towns in New Jersey, dishing up excellent, international cuisine all along Restaurant Row. Sample Sabrina’s Café, a Garden State outpost of the Philadelphia favorite, offering American breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.
Rave about the Italian fare of Kitchen Consigliere, Il Fiore and Nunzio Ristorante Rustico, as well as the flair of Sagami (Japanese, sushi bar), El Sitio Grill & Café (South American), The Tortilla Press (Mexican), Thai Basil, Indiya (Indian) and much more. While you’re here, check out the first-rate shopping, such as fine arts and crafts, antique galleries and designer boutiques.
Enjoy the popular 1st Thursday Jazz Series, boasting a great lineup of regional performers. At the Scottish Rite Auditorium, see the Cowboy Junkies (February 1), the ABBA MANIA tribute concert (February 8), The Machine performing Pink Floyd (March 7) and former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and his band playing Genesis (March 13 & 14).
Ready to make some music of your own? Fly on over to Songbird Karaoke, where you can sing karaoke in your own private suite and create wonderful melodies—and memories.
And that’s just the beginning! Explore even more in the Delaware River Region—and all around the state—at visitnj.org, where you can also download a free NJ travel guide or sign up for e-news from New Jersey Travel & Tourism.