Princeton, NJ

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Home of one of the nation’s acclaimed Ivy-League universities, this small colonial town offers history, performing arts and numerous festivals.

Princeton’s culture revolves around Princeton University, the highly revered school brought to the community in 1756. Walk the campus to see several colonial buildings. Visit the college’s cultural attractions as well as historical sites from pre-Revolutionary War times.

Tour Princeton University’s campus to find art and architectural delights. Step through the wrought iron FitzRandolph Gateway to encounter Nassau Hall, a giant stone building which withstood Revolutionary War occupation. The University Chapel features stained glass created by American artists.

At the free Princeton University Art Museum, inspect some of the 92,000 rotating works in collections from around the world, ranging from ancient to contemporary. Self-guided activities engage all members of the family in learning about resident artworks. Enjoy exciting special exhibits that change throughout the year.

Catch one of the more than 200 annual music, dance and theater performances that the McCarter Theatre Center produces annually. Developmental works frequently go on to Broadway success.

Canoe, bike or jog for miles at the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park. Use the massive indoor and outdoor facilities at Mercer County Park for year-round recreational activities.

Tracing the town’s roots to 1675 and the first arrival of Quaker missionaries, Princeton residents love to celebrate their history. Princeton Battlefield State Park commemorates a crucial Revolutionary War victory under George Washington’s command. Nearby are the 18th-century Bainbridge House, Washington’s headquarters at Rockingham House and the governor’s Greek revival mansion of Drumthwacket.

The city hosts many festivals. Celebrate Albert Einstein’s birthday on March 14, “Pi Day” (for pi, 3.14…) with pie and Einstein-related fun. The great physicist lived and taught in Princeton after moving to the United States in 1933. Enjoy performing arts at April’s Communiversity and June’s month-long Princeton Festival. Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, participate in Patriots’ Week festivities with reenactments and other activities telling the story of the Battles of Trenton and other pre-Revolutionary events.

Just over an hour’s drive from New York or Philadelphia, Princeton is an inspirational community well worth a visit.

Home of one of the nation’s acclaimed Ivy-League universities, this small colonial town offers history, performing arts and numerous festivals.

Princeton’s culture revolves around Princeton University, the highly revered school brought to the community in 1756. Walk the campus to see several colonial buildings. Visit the college’s cultural attractions as well as historical sites from pre-Revolutionary War times.

Tour Princeton University’s campus to find art and architectural delights. Step through the wrought iron FitzRandolph Gateway to encounter Nassau Hall, a giant stone building which withstood Revolutionary War occupation. The University Chapel features stained glass created by American artists.

At the free Princeton University Art Museum, inspect some of the 92,000 rotating works in collections from around the world, ranging from ancient to contemporary. Self-guided activities engage all members of the family in learning about resident artworks. Enjoy exciting special exhibits that change throughout the year.

Catch one of the more than 200 annual music, dance and theater performances that the McCarter Theatre Center produces annually. Developmental works frequently go on to Broadway success.

Canoe, bike or jog for miles at the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park. Use the massive indoor and outdoor facilities at Mercer County Park for year-round recreational activities.

Tracing the town’s roots to 1675 and the first arrival of Quaker missionaries, Princeton residents love to celebrate their history. Princeton Battlefield State Park commemorates a crucial Revolutionary War victory under George Washington’s command. Nearby are the 18th-century Bainbridge House, Washington’s headquarters at Rockingham House and the governor’s Greek revival mansion of Drumthwacket.

The city hosts many festivals. Celebrate Albert Einstein’s birthday on March 14, “Pi Day” (for pi, 3.14…) with pie and Einstein-related fun. The great physicist lived and taught in Princeton after moving to the United States in 1933. Enjoy performing arts at April’s Communiversity and June’s month-long Princeton Festival. Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, participate in Patriots’ Week festivities with reenactments and other activities telling the story of the Battles of Trenton and other pre-Revolutionary events.

Just over an hour’s drive from New York or Philadelphia, Princeton is an inspirational community well worth a visit.

Where to stay in Princeton

Hyatt Place Princeton
Hyatt Place Princeton
3 out of 5
3565 US Highway 1, Princeton, NJ, 08540
The price is $123 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Princeton. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (984 reviews)
"Easy, free parking. Restaurants within walking distance."

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2022

Hyatt Place Princeton
Hyatt Regency Princeton
Hyatt Regency Princeton
4 out of 5
102 Carnegie Ctr, Princeton, NJ, 08540
The price is $148 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Princeton. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (987 reviews)
"Very clean and quiet place."

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Hyatt Regency Princeton
The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village
The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village
4 out of 5
201 Village Blvd, Princeton, NJ, 08540
The price is $161 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 2
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Princeton. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (980 reviews)
"Great place very comfortable"

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Princeton house & small garden
Princeton house & small garden
Princeton, NJ
Stay at this vacation home in Princeton. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attractions Palmer Square and Princeton Township Hall are located nearby. ...
4/5 Very Good! (4 reviews)
Reunion and Graduation weekend
"Convenient and with all the amenities we needed for our weekend. Alfons is a great host and his house has everything you need with spacious rooms."

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2022

Princeton house & small garden
BLISSFUL SPACIOUS HOME ⭐ IN HEART OF PRINCETON ⭐
BLISSFUL SPACIOUS HOME ⭐ IN HEART OF PRINCETON ⭐
Princeton, NJ
Stay at this vacation home in Princeton. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Palmer Square and Princeton Cemetery are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"This property had an excellent location, was very clean, and had an owner who went out of his way to communicate and make sure that our stay was enjoyable!"

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2022

BLISSFUL SPACIOUS HOME ⭐ IN HEART OF PRINCETON ⭐
Sunny 2BR Central Princeton Condo W/ Parking
Sunny 2BR Central Princeton Condo W/ Parking
Princeton, NJ
Stay at this condo in Princeton. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attractions Palmer Square and Princeton United Methodist Church are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Such a beautiful property!
"Loved the decor and furnishings! Everything was sparkling clean and just as described. Would highly recommend. Location is PERFECT!"

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2022

Sunny 2BR Central Princeton Condo W/ Parking
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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