Delaware River winter fun & adventure—no snow required!
Fish & Ships
Right on the banks of the Delaware, you’ll find the river city of Camden. Its thriving waterfront brings the fun year-round—starting with the family-friendly Adventure Aquarium. Plan for a three-hour visit to experience it end-to-end, top-to-bottom. Must-sees include the popular Touch a Shark exhibit, daily live feedings and the 760,000-gallon Ocean Realm. Plus don’t miss out on some of the aquarium’s newest attractions, such as Penguin Park and Piranha Falls.
You can also explore a floating museum that just so happens to be the most decorated battleship in U.S. Naval history. Open weekends throughout the winter, the Battleship New Jersey offers interactive tours that will have you climbing ladders and navigating narrow passageways just like the vessel’s own crews did in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
Brews & Spirits
Speaking of craft beer, New Jersey’s Delaware River Region has its fair share of breweries to enjoy. Spread your wings at Flying Fish Brewing Company, where you can join a tour and savor the hoppy flavors in their tasting room. Or try a fairly new player on the block—Devil’s Creek Brewery, which opened in May 2016. Stop by their tasting room (with its resident Jersey Devil) to sample the brews.
As for the spirits, we’re not talking about whiskey or gin. The Burlington County Prison Museum happens to be one of the most haunted buildings in the state. Of course, you can tour this out-of-commission jail during the day when the formerly incarcerated are on their very best behavior. Don’t worry, you’ll still hear all the spooky stories of murder, mayhem and executions by hanging.
Treats & Treasures
If chocolate is your vice of choice, you’re in luck. The Michel Cluizel Chocolate Museum and Chocolatrium offers private small-group tours of its facility to demonstrate how they make their “single estate” chocolates—they’ll even design a custom tasting menu for your group’s unique interests.
More charmed by vintage china than fine chocolates? Take a trip to the Historic Burlington Antiques and Art Emporium. With 65 individual antique and collectibles dealers offering furniture, primitives, toys, glass, pottery, trains, books, military collectables, radios, paintings, photos, kitchenware, Depression glass, china, dolls, magazines, clocks, jewelry and more under one massive roof—if you can’t find it here, you won’t find it anywhere.
Shop & Awe
Combat the winter blues with some retail therapy. Cherry Hill Mall offers over 140 stores and boutiques for fashion and home so you can shop ‘til you drop. When you are ready to drop, refuel your body at one of the mall’s convenient eateries or restaurants.
Rather fuel your kids’ minds this winter? Look no further than the Garden State Discovery Museum. This hands-on facility is open daily (except Christmas Day) and boasts such awe-inspiring interactive exhibits as Bubble Trouble, a climbing wall, DINOSAURIUM and so much more.
Slides & Rides
Think water parks are only a summertime activity? Think again! The CoCo Key Water Resort is an indoor wonderland of aquatic play areas, water slides of all shapes and sizes and a relaxing lazy river. Play for the day or stay overnight to double the splish-splashing fun.
Prefer rides to slides? Visit The Funplex. From the high-thrills XD Dark Ride, laser tag and Air Shot to classic amusements like bumper cars, arcade games, bowling and go-karts, the indoor adventure is almost endless.
Locals & Legends
This winter is the perfect time to check out the music scene in Downtown Collingswood. 1st Thursday Jazz at the Collingswood Community Center features artists from the region performing live.
Feeling nostalgic for your favorite band? The Scottish Rite Auditorium has an entertainment calendar packed with headliner concerts. You can catch Lyle Lovett with John Hiatt on February 23 and An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories with Graham Nash on March 8.
Steals & Steeds
If the holiday season adds up to cash and gift cards lining your wallet, the Gloucester Premium Outlets should be on your winter to-do list. It’s one-stop shopping for all of your favorite brands at discounted pricing so you can stretch those dollars to the max.
Have a dog or horse lover in the family? Plan a visit to the Gloucester County Dream Park. Upcoming events include Agility Dog Trails the weekends of February 15-17 and 23-24 and March 2-3 and 8-10. And March 29-31 brings the Easter PA Reining Horse Association Show to Dream Park.
But that’s not all. You can discover even more winter fun and adventure 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 and Tourism.