Time to shake up those snow globes! Winter is coming, and there’s no better time of the year to visit Livingston, New Jersey. Along with dozens of shops, restaurants, their very own orchestra, and a theater company, Livingston is surrounded by beautiful woodland natural parks just waiting to be explored. Start dreaming up your next winter vacation with these fun and interactive ideas.
Ride in Horse-drawn Carriages, Wagons, and Sleighs
Do you hear those sleigh bells ringing? Experience the magic of being whisked around in a horse-drawn carriage, wagon, or sleigh. Whether you want to cross a winter sleigh ride off your bucket list with the family or end a romantic date in a horse-drawn carriage, Equishare Horse Drawn Carriages in Morristown, New Jersey, offers one-hour rides on beautifully adorned horses driven by kind and courteous liverymen.
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Explore Nature Go hiking and take in nature’s majesty at Eagle Rock
Reservation in Essex County. Streams flow freely throughout this over 400-acre park along the Watchung Mountains ridgeline. Here, you have the opportunity to pay respects at the Essex County 9/11 Memorial, take in breathtaking views of the New York City Skyline, and explore the 40-mile Lenape Trail and footpaths. You are sure to find abundant wildlife and foliage. If you keep your eyes peeled, you may even spot deer and bears! If you’re hiking with your family or friends, don’t forget to take an outdoor GPS tracking device to keep in touch with each other.
Slip on a pair of snowshoes and go on a guided tour of the Pyramid Mountain Natural Area in Morris city on select Sundays in January, February, and March. For the experienced snowshoers, there are one-day snowshoe rentals available at Pyramid Mountain in Montville Township.Public transportation is available if you are lodging nearby. After spending an adventurous day in the cold, a warm, comfortable room will prove just the treat as you slip out of your snowshoes and into warm socks and slippers.
Enjoy Ice Skating
If ice skating is more your speed, visit the Essex County Codey Arena in West Orange. Take on the rink or learn to skate on their new ice-training arena. Warm up with some hot cocoa and other treats at the concession stand, and play some games at their arcade.
Go Shopping and Play
If you’re looking to take back some souvenirs, the Livingston Mall is the ideal place. There are over 100 stores and ample food selections to find just what you’re looking for. There is also a free indoor playground. This colorful and cushioned playground features activities for infants, toddlers, and children 42 inches and smaller. Plus, there is free Wi-Fi and comfortable seating for the supervising adults.
Study the Stars
Visit the Raritan Valley Planetarium at the Raritan Valley Community College campus. They offer a digital skydome that gives you a rare opportunity to see the solar system, galaxy, and deep space in comfortable seating. There are monthly family-friendly and sensory-friendly shows each month. Visit their website for more details.
Winter in Livingston is a breathtaking experience that will surely create memories to last a lifetime. Your options range widely with both indoor and outdoor activities to suit all tastes and needs. But whatever your adventure, you are sure to experience a memorable time and enjoy your visit to the Garden State.
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