10 Things to Do in Princeton, NJ This Fall

Princeton is amazing any time of year but take it from us - in fall, this time-honored town is one wow after another after another. There are so many things to do in Princeton – from sensational live shows and supreme global cuisine to centuries-old estates and a world-famous Ivy League University.

  1. Be Square, Shop Early – Get a jump on holiday gift buying at eye-catching and iconic Palmer Square. Explore all your favorite boutiques and brand name stores – J. Crew, Miya Table & Home, NIC + ZOEUrban Outfitters and newer arrival – Johnny Was.
  2. Be Picky - Terhune Orchards Vineyard & Winery has the homegrown fall experiences you’re looking for – apple and pumpkin picking, wholesome hayrides, tasty local wines, friendly farm animals, fall crafts and  apple cider donuts baked fresh every day, yum!
  3. Take a Bite - Delight in flavorful fall pies at LiLLiPiES. Gather the family for steaks and seafood towers at Witherspoon Grill, Mediterranean-inspired dishes at Mediterra Restaurant & Taverna or homemade Italian-American cuisine at Metro North – and raise a glass to their fall cocktails including the Spiked Cider.
  4. Stay Downtown - In the heart of Princeton’s downtown, the historic Nassau Inn offers an unforgettable blend of elegant touches and modern comforts for the ultimate stay. Visit the Yankee Doodle Tap Room for legendary gastropub dining too.
  5. View Hallowed Halls - Major in Ivy League charm and Neo-Gothic architecture as you stroll the revered Princeton University this fall. Be sure to check out majestic Nassau Hall – the oldest building on the campus, built in 1756.
  6. Tour an Estate - The Drumthwacket Estate. Explore the elegant interior and spectacular gardens at this 1835 Georgian-style mansion built on the grounds of the historic Battle of Princeton, now the official residence of the Governor of New Jersey.
  7. Get Showy - Ovation-worthy dance, theatrical, musical, dance and cultural performances are yours to enjoy at McCarter Theatre for the Performing Arts. Click here for tickets and upcoming events taking the stage this fall.
  8. Take a Hike - Or a stroll, a bike ride or even a jaunt on horseback. Do it all and view Princeton’s eye - catching fall foliage at oh-so-scenic Delaware & Raritan State Park, which also happens to be a hotspot for birding and 19th-century architecture history buffs adore.
  9. Walk Through History - Once the home of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Morven Museum & Garden is now a stunning showcase of Garden State heritage open for tours and outdoor history walks.
  10. Get Revved Up - Journey back to the winter of 1777 at Princeton Battlefield Park, the site of what is regarded today as one of the fiercest battles of the Revolutionary War. Visit the historic Mercer Oak and Clarke House too.

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