It's (practically) winter, it's getting dark earlier and earlier, but you still feel like getting out of the house and having some fun, right?

Luckily, this is New Jersey and your options are practically limitless as there are all kinds of cool attractions within an hour or two from where you are right now.

Whether it's fun for kids and/or adults in the Poconos, going face-to-face with killer sharks, or checking out a drive-in movie theater in the middle of December, it's easy to feel like you're on vacation without having to change time zones -- and without spending a small fortune.

We've assembled a list of well over a dozen places that you can visit this winter by simply loading-up the family truckster and hittin' the road.

(Dan Zarrow, Townsquare Media)
(Dan Zarrow, Townsquare Media)

Note: many of these attractions have seasonal and/or limited hours -- check their website before visiting.

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