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5 Unique Things to Do This Winter in Somerset County, NJ

An older woman poses for a photo next to the snowman she built

Whether you love to get outside to enjoy the crisp, cold air or prefer cozy, indoor activities, there are so many fun things to do in Somerset County, New Jersey, in winter. From the arts to wildlife preserves, here’s a sampling of winter fun in Somerset County:

1. Explore Duke Farms

Duke Farms is a 2,740-acre property, with over 1,000 acres open for the public to explore and experience New Jersey’s native landscape. Depending on conditions, you can hike, bike, snowshoe and cross-country ski through woodlands, meadows and along lakeshores. Learn the fine art of tracking wildlife, following tracks and other signs through the snow. Hone your photography skills, or take a class on birds, trees or environmental stewardship.

2. Sample Local Brews

Craft beer enthusiasts will want to add a tour of breweries to their list of things to do in Somerset County. Make it a winter’s quest and follow the Spirits of Somerset County brew trail or use Craftbeer.com brewery finder to chart your tour of craft breweries.

3. Find Creative Inspiration

Creativity has been linked to a greater sense of purpose, meaning and social connection, and winter can be the perfect time for getting cozy with a craft. Somerset County offers an abundance of craft stores, classes and other opportunities to discover creative inspiration.  Learn bookbinding at Frontline Arts. Take classes or shop a variety of yarns and other supplies for weaving, knitting, spinning and crocheting at The Yarn Attic. Build a terrarium at Spotted Leaf Plant Company, or have a “claydate” with friends at Mud Clay Studios and learn to make pottery.

4. Enjoy Arts and Culture

A recent study found that culture is one important component of strong, stable communities. Somerset County offers many opportunities to enjoy arts and culture. Consider dinner and a show at Sieminski Theater. Performances include theater, musicals, ballet and concerts. Or dive into the visual arts at Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, which houses the world’s largest collection of Soviet nonconformist art and almost 4,000 original illustrations for children’s literature.

5. Take a Walk on the Wild Side

In looking for things to do in Somerset County, New Jersey, animal lovers will want to put The Raptor Trust on their list. The Raptor Trust is a rehabilitation and education center with an infirmary for injured or orphaned birds, an aviary trail open for self-guided tours and offers educational programming for visitors who want to learn more about raptors and other birds.

Close to the Action in Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Whether you want to trek across meadows at Duke Farms, take a bookbinding class, or curl up with your knitting needles and a new skein of yarn, Fellowship Village is the perfect home base for active seniors. We’re a Life Plan Community in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, where you can enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle that gives you more time to do the things you enjoy on campus or in the greater community. Contact us to learn more about senior living at Fellowship Village in Somerset County, New Jersey.