10 Things to Do In Princeton

Known for its Ivy League University and vibrant arts scene, Princeton delivers a refreshing blend of New Jersey history, hallowed halls, spectacular open-air shopping, eclectic eateries and performing arts. There is so much to explore and adore - here are ten great places to start.

  1. Be Square – Some of the best boutiques, brand-name stores, experiences and palate-pleasing menus around are at The Square, Palmer Square. Pull up a chair in the indoor dining room or outdoor patio and enjoy a bite at Mediterra Restaurant & Taverna and the nationally recognized the bent spoon, followed by shopping at icons of cool preppy fashions in Madewell, Ralph Lauren and more.

Palmer Square

  1. Stay Classy – In the heart of downtown Princeton stands the timelessly elegant Nassau Inn, offering a mix of historic touches and elevated contemporary comforts for the ultimate relaxing stay. Hungry? Savor the gastropub cuisine at the Inn’s legendary Yankee Doodle Tap Room.
  2. Take Your PickTerhune Orchards Vineyard & Winery has it all - fresh Jersey produce, all-ages activities, farm animals and more fun with kids. Adults can raise a glass to its award-winning local varietals, listen to toe-tapping live music and leisurely sip at wine-tasting events too.

Terhune Orchards

  1. Adore Tours - Morven Museum & Garden is a showcase of Garden State heritage open for tours and outdoor history strolls. This National Historic Landmark was once the home of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the former New Jersey Governor’s Mansion
    Morven Museum & Garden
  1. Grab a Paddle – If you haven’t tried kayaking or canoeing yet, now is the perfect time to try. Princeton Canoe & Kayak Rental offers easy and direct access from their dock to the D&R Canal and a short portage to Stony Brook and Carnegie Lake. It’s the perfect outing to take in the tranquil scenery while getting in some cardio!
  2. Set the Stage – Ovation-worthy live performances are taking the stage at Grace Theater in Princeton this summer. Check out Festival 56’s current season for an amazing line-up of shows you won’t want to miss.
  3. Battle it Out – Explore scenic Princeton Battlefield State Park and journey back to the winter of 1777 when peaceful fields and woods transformed into the site of what is regarded as one of the fiercest battles of the Revolutionary War. A history buff must-see.
  4. Explore More – Hike, bike, jog, fish, go horseback riding, you name it. All within the charm and beauty of the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park. Be greeted by 19th-century bridges, cobblestone spillways, calm waterways and hand-built stone-arched culverts.

    D&R Canal Towpath
  5. Be Spa Savvy – Princeton is a haven of history, but it’s full of harmony and balance too. Indulge in a spa day or wellness weekend at serene sanctuaries that recharge and renew your mind, body and soul. Two to try: The Metropolis Day Spa and Spa at Forrestal.
  6. Stroll Studiously – A visit here wouldn’t be complete without setting your sights on the ivy-covered historic buildings of Princeton University. Saunter down the aesthetically appealing walkways and admire the Neo-Gothic architecture.

Princeton University

Bonus Side Trip: Less than 12 miles from the heart of downtown Princeton, you’ll find BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham, the second-largest Hindu mandir in the world. Believe us when we say it’s worth the short drive to explore this cultural wonder!

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