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Princeton, NJ
Travel Guide

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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.

Where to stay in Princeton

The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village
The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village
4 out of 5
201 Village Blvd, Princeton, NJ
The price is $127 per night from May 25 to May 25
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Princeton University, Princeton University Stadium, and McCarter Theatre. Palmer Square ...
4.1/5Very Good! (968 reviews)
"Cleanliness"

Reviewed on May 9, 2021

The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village
Hyatt Regency Princeton
Hyatt Regency Princeton
4 out of 5
102 Carnegie Ctr, Princeton, NJ
The price is $129 per night from May 31 to May 31
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from University Square Shopping Center and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Princeton University. Delaware ...
4.4/5Excellent! (970 reviews)
"Easy check in and clean rooms."

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Hyatt Regency Princeton
DoubleTree by Hilton Princeton
DoubleTree by Hilton Princeton
3.5 out of 5
4355 US Highway 1 at Ridge Rd., Monmouth Junction, NJ
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $107 per night from May 20 to May 20
Situated in Monmouth Junction, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Herrontown Woods Arboretum and within 6 mi (10 km) of Princeton University and Princeton University ...
4.1/5Very Good! (994 reviews)
"Very clean"

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Princeton
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.
New! Charming Getaway < 1 Mi to Dtwn Lambertville!
New! Charming Getaway < 1 Mi to Dtwn Lambertville!
Lambertville, NJ
Located in the heart of Lambertville, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Haas Gallery and New Hope-Lambertville Toll Supported Bridge. Delaware Canal ...
New! Charming Getaway < 1 Mi to Dtwn Lambertville!
New! Lambertville Abode in the Heart of Downtown!
New! Lambertville Abode in the Heart of Downtown!
Lambertville, NJ
Located in the heart of Lambertville, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Haas Gallery and New Hope-Lambertville Toll Supported Bridge. Delaware ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Cute place, great Location, weather didnt permit use of backyard. Hadnt appreciated note on steep
"Only complaint was no kitchen towels, pot holders or paper towels."

Reviewed on May 9, 2021

New! Lambertville Abode in the Heart of Downtown!
Global Luxury Suites at the Junction
Global Luxury Suites at the Junction
4 out of 5
900 Wessex Place, Princeton, NJ
Situated in Princeton, this apartment building is 2 mi (3.2 km) from University Square Shopping Center and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Delaware River Heritage Trail ...
4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)
"I had a great experience overall , I will come back for sure !"

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2017

Global Luxury Suites at the Junction
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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Reviews of Princeton

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4/5 - Good

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Feb 24, 2020

The food was good, but the pastry was all hard. and the same kind of food everyday should be changed and rotated.

4/5 - Good

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Feb 7, 2020

Lots of traffic on Rte1 Lots of walking in hotel for my parents

5/5 - Excellent

yonathan

Feb 4, 2020

Beautiful town with a lot of nice people.

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 28, 2019

Great hiking areas and University Campus

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 7, 2019

Always lovely.

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 7, 2019

We love the beautiful town of Princeton.

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