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New Jersey Guide Newsletter - February 2021 edition
January 31, 2021

New Jersey Leisure Guide Monthly Newsletter
February, 2021

February is one of the the coldest months of the year and a time for many indoor events ---- and for the more adventurous, there are some great outdoor winter fun activities like skiing, snow boarding, and skating. February is also the time to celebrate Valentines Day and Presidents weekend. In the United States, Presidents Day is always celebrated on the third Monday of February.

This Edition's Contents...

  • Popular February Things To Do
  • Seasonal Frequently Asked Question
  • This Month's Featured Restaurant

    COVID-19 executive orders in effect may restrict or require cancellation of events.
    With near term cancellations occurring at a rapid rate, and despite trying to remove them as soon as we learn of the cancellations or restrictions, we recommend viewers contact the event sponsors before heading out to a listed event to confirm their status

February 2021 Things To Do .

Skating On The Square
Now until February 27, 2021; Thursday – Friday, 4pm – 7pm Saturday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm & 4pm – 7pm (Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas)
Hulfish Street (behind the Nassau Inn Hotel)
Princeton, NJ
Cost: $10 cash per person/ $12 card card.
Start new traditions this holiday season at Palmer Square's "eco-friendly" outdoor synthetic skating rink!
Bring your own skates or borrow ours! (skate rental included in ticket price) ALL skaters/guardians must sign the electronic waiver to be eligible to participate! Please sign in advance for a contactless experience at the rink.

Jersey City Restaurant Week
Now until – February 9, 2021
Discover deliciously prepared meals from over 100 participating restaurants offering lunch or dinner options.
For Information and participating restaurants

Vintner Wonderland at Renault Winery
Daily until February 28, 2021
Renault Winery
72 North Bremen Avenue
Egg Harbor City, NJ
(609) 965 2111
The Renault Winery grounds have been transformed into a festive winter wonderland! Wine, dine, shop, skate, and more. Plan to come early and stay late to enjoy the entire Vintner Wonderland experience.
Take a stroll through the Champagne Patio Garden and enjoy spectacular holiday lighting displays. Sip on a Renault seasonal wine or warm up with a hot signature cocktail! Grab a quick, casual bite outside or make a dining reservation inside their newly renovated Tasting Room.
Don't forget to take the kids out for a spin on the all new outdoor ice rink! Reserve your designated 90 minute skate session online now starting at $7.00 for Kids (10 & under) and $10.00 for Adults to guarantee your ice time. Skate rentals are available at an additional cost of $12.00 per person or you can feel free to bring your own skates

Tap the Sugar Maples
Saturday, February 6, 2021: 11:00, 1:30, and 3:00
Howell Living Farms
70 Wooden's Lane
Lambertville, NJ 08530
Hundreds of sugar maple trees line the banks of Moore's Creek and the nearby woods at the foot of Baldpate Mountain. Each year in February farmers begin the annual work of sap collection and maple syrup production.
Visitors can join Howell Farm's expert tree-tappers for a lesson in how to tap a backyard maple tree and make syrup at home. Outside activities include firewood cutting, rail splitting and, if conditions permit, a continuation of ice harvesting operations.
**Please note that all Saturday programs will be modified to encourage social distancing and reflect current State guidelines for public events. Visitors are required to carry masks at all times, and wear them when social distancing isn't possible.

Old-Fashioned Valentine's Day
Saturday, February 13, 2021| 10:00–4:00 p.m
Howell Living Farms
70 Wooden's Lane
Lambertville, NJ 08530
The air may be chilly, but the farm's wintery landscape is the perfect setting for a heartwarming Valentine's Day ride.
Couples can take a romantic spin in a two-seater sleigh or carriage pulled by a team of light workhorses. Families can ride in a bobsled or hay wagon pulled by a handsome team of drafts. No matter the hitch, the horses will be wearing their finest bells. At the farmhouse there will be soup on the stove, and a children's craft program from 11 to 3 p.m. for a small materials fee.
**Please note that all Saturday programs will be modified to encourage social distancing and reflect current State guidelines for public events. Visitors are required to carry masks at all times, and wear them when social distancing isn't possible. Thank you for your understanding, and we hope to see you soon!

The Evil Expo
February 19, 20, 21, 2021
Westin Princeton
201 Village Boulevard
Princeton, NJ
Price: $20 - $30
The Evil Expo is a multi-fandom convention for scifi lovers, geeks, nerds, Rennies, Steampunks, and pretty much any and every imaginative genre. We're a weekend of entertainment, panels, live music, shows, discussions, films, tabletop gaming, spectacular vendors, great discussions, and some of the nicest Villains you'll ever meet. You just might be one of them… Evil Expo is an all-ages event dedicated to fictional Villainy, and we're a genuinely welcoming event dedicated to showing you a good time. Dress any way you want, from cosplay to casual! Bring the whole family, or come by yourself! Run through our huge hotel trying to see every single panel, or just hang out in the dealer room with the cool stuff; just come and have fun!

George Washington - 1778 Battle of Monmouth
Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Visitor Center Auditorium
Monmouth Battlefield
16 Highway 33
Manalapan, NJ
Cost: Free Event
This event features a minute-by-minute accounting of George Washington's actions during the June 28, 1778 Battle of Monmouth. The Battle of Monmouth was the longest continuous battle of the Revolutionary War. It took place here on a brutally hot summer day.

Trading Card Expo
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Wayne PAL
1 Pal Drive
Wayne, NJ
8:00 am - 9:00 am Early Bird: $20.00
9:00 am - 2:00 pm General Admission: $5.00
This event is dedicated exclusively to trading cards (sports, non- sports and gaming). Including Break Boothes - live box breaks that you can participate in. Trading Card Room where you can and trade with other collectors! Music by a DJ

The Grounds for Sculpture
80 Sculptors Way
Hamilton, NJ
Grounds for Sculpture has reopened to the public with reserved timed ticketing.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays.

Lakota Wolf Preserve
89 Mt. Pleasant Road
Columbia, NJ 07832
(908) 496-9244
Currently open for limited capacity tours
Hear the howling of wolves echo through the mountains of the Delaware Water Gap in Knowlton Township, Warren County, NJ. Photo opportunities of a lifetime and the experience of watching and listening to packs of Tundra, Timber, and Arctic wolves will be yours. View wolves here in the East in a natural surrounding for the first time in over a century. Bobcats and foxes also reside at the reserve

Liberty Science Center
Liberty State Park
Jersey City
(201) 200-1000
Kids have plenty of room to burn off steam while enjoying 100s of exhibits, rock climbing, a suspended maze , live demonstrations (volcano pictured), a mini zoo, films, and shows. They even offer special exhibits and programs for kids ages 2-5. There's so much to do that most visits last 4 hours. Try the famous Touch Tunnel maze, see tiny live monkeys, and dodge a sneeze from the Big Blue Nose. Learning has never been so much fun. The new Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium and LSC Giant Dome Theater is the largest and most technologically advanced planetarium in the Western Hemisphere. Only three others in the world—two in Japan and one in China—are bigger

Seasonal Frequently Asked Question:

Question: Kids Snow Sledding; Where are the best places to go snow sledding in NJ?
Answer: New Jersey has many hills with public parks for safe, family snow sledding. Some of the top snow sledding hills and parks are:
Allamuchy Mountain State Park
Hackettstown, NJ, 908-852-3790 - A 7,000 acre designated natural area, they are open daily from sunrise to sunset.
Holmdel Park
Holmdel, NJ 732-946-9562 - The park is open for sledding when there is two or more inches of snow on the ground. Park hours are from 8am-7pm, Sunday through Thursday, and from 8am-9pm Friday and Saturday.
Chestnut Branch Park
Mantua Township; 856-415-9999 - Rest rooms are located in the building near the pavilion.
For information on many more top snow sledding hills and parks, Visit Best NJ Sledding Hills

This Months Featured Restaurant

Rat's Restaurants
Hamilton Township
A perfect place to celebrate Valentins's Day. This romantic restaurant is located on the Grounds for Sculpture park providing a scenic background for an out of the ordinary, romantic dining experience. The grounds are attractively developed along the lines a small European village. The interior has five dining rooms adorned with original artwork, and fireplaces.
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Top Ten Things To Do in February - The popular NJ seasonal outdoor and indoor activities, events, attractions, and points of interest for people of all ages.

Monthly Events - This page has links to events that appear in future months, usually 3-4 months in advance. The Monthly newsletter that you are receiving includes many of the events found on the pages

Valentine's Day Events - There is more to Valentine's Day than a box of chocolates or a dozen roses. Here you will find suggestions, ideas, events, places to go, the best and affordable romantic restaurants, couple's spa's, and romantic getaways.

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