Many outdoor skating rinks near New Jersey are free on New Year's Day.

Things to Do on New Year's Day With Teens Near New Jersey

by Maria Magher

New Year's Day can be a ghost town in many places since people are still snoozing off the previous night's festivities. However, many teens are still loaded with energy and are looking for entertaining things to do. If you live in New Jersey, or will be visiting for the holiday, there are plenty of activities available on New Year's Day to keep your teen entertained.

First Day Runs

It may still be cool outside, but you can work up a sweat with your teen at one of the many First Day runs that are planned. The Fair Lawn SunRise Rotary Annual 1st Day 5K Run and 3K Family Walk is open to the whole family, and proceeds benefit Rotary charities and The Rotary Gift of Life. T-shirts and post-race refreshments are offered. For serious runners, the track is USATF certified to earn qualifying points. In Hillsborough, teenagers can participate in the New Year's Day Resolution Run 5K and 1-Mile Walk. A warm lunch is served post-race, and T-shirts are available for the first 600 to pre-register. Competitive teens can even win a prize. Both races are an ideal way to emphasize a healthy start to the new year.

Outdoor Activities

There are plenty of other outdoor activities available on New Year's Day to get some healthy exercise or fresh air. Throughout the country, state park services offer First Day Hikes. New Jersey State Parks sponsor 11 hikes, horseback riding and a bike ride on the first day of the year. Trails of all fitness levels are available. Though it's too cold to go to the beach, that doesn't stop hundreds of people from participating in Ocean City's First Dip every year. Crowds run into the ocean for a quick splash or just a toe dip before running back to shore. Many consider it a thrilling way to start the new year.

Educational Activities

Teens may be on break from school, but that doesn't have to mean they are on break from learning. Liberty Science Center in Jersey Center hosts the 12 Days of Science, which culminates on January 1. The event includes special presentations and exhibits to get kids of all ages excited about science. Trenton hosts a variety of activities for Patriot's Week, which sometimes overlaps with New Year's Day. Activities include historical reenactments, concerts, film screenings, and experiments, crafts and games for kids.


Most entertainment was had the night before, but there are still a few options on New Year's Day. The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia hosts a New Year's Day Celebration that includes a variety of live entertainment each year. You can also watch the Mummers Parade on Broad Street from inside the venue and enjoy festive treats and other activities. Central Park in New York City is open 365 days a year. Go for a walk, play Frisbee, fish or visit the Central Park Zoo, which is also open 365 days a year.

About the Author

Maria Magher has been working as a professional writer since 2001. She has worked as an ESL teacher, a freshman composition teacher and an education reporter, writing for regional newspapers and online publications. She has written about parenting for Pampers and other websites. She has a Master's degree in English and creative writing.

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