15 Things to do in Princeton, New Jersey [With Suggested 3 Day Itinerary]

By Fatima Turla November 6th, 2021 Posted in North America Travel Blog, Travel Blog One Comment

Princeton, a town in New Jersey is popularly known for its Princeton University. This university itself is already an attraction that would give you an idea about the town’s rich history. Boasting with historic buildings and beautiful surroundings, Princeton should be a part of your travel bucket list. Especially if you’re in New Jersey.

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To help you have more ideas of what to expect in this city, we listed the things that you can do or visit during your stay in Princeton. We hope that this will help you plan your trip here in case you decided to visit this town in New Jersey. 

Best Things to do in Princeton, New Jersey

1. Princeton University

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Considered as the fourth-oldest institution in the United States. It is also a private Ivy League campus that’s ideal for a stroll. Inside, you’ll see a lot of Gothic style buildings that you can visit. Walking along this campus feels like you’re back in time. 

Suggested Tour: Princeton – Center for Science and Education

2. Princeton University Art Museum

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Princeton University Art Museum features over 92,000 works of art that focus on the 5,000 years of world history. These collections of arts range from ancient times to the contemporary period.

Suggested Tour: Princeton Scavenger Hunt: Let’s Roam Princeton Flourish!

3. Princeton University Chapel

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Grab the opportunity to visit this amazingly beautiful and historical church. This is a place full of historic facts and beauty. The stunning stained-glass windows, the wonderful details, and the magnificent architecture, this chapel is indeed gorgeous inside and out. 

Suggested Tour: Princeton and Sculpture Park

4. Princeton Public Library

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Whatever you feel like doing, reading, studying, or want to have some quiet time, Princeton Public Library is for you. The library is spacious and you can have a relaxing time while reading your favorite book.

5. Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park

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Experience a memorable walk in Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park. The walking trail is easy to navigate and everyone would really have a leisurely walk along the canal. But if you prefer biking, then no problem as you can also do that here. Either way, they are both offering a nice experience.

6. Carnegie Lake

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This man-made lake offers a pristine atmosphere. The water is calm and peaceful. If you’re exhausted from your trip, this is the ideal place to just hang and chill.

7. Terhune Orchards & Winery

 

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Have a unique experience here at the Terhune Orchards and Winery. You can pick fruits here such as apples or berries. And on Sundays, they have live music in the afternoon. This lovely farm has beautiful flowers with a great atmosphere. 

8. Morven Museum and Garden

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This historic 18th-century house served as the governor’s mansion for almost four decades. It is a small museum with a beautiful garden outside. If you want to learn about the history of the mansion, just go here. 

9. Princeton Battlefield State Park

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A paradise for history lovers. Enjoy seeing all the relics of times past and learn more about the history of the battle here. So if you are a history buff when it comes to the American Revolutionary War, then you shouldn’t miss this one out.

10. Princeton Cemetery

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There is a lot to learn here at the Princeton Cemetery. A lot of notable people are buried here. There is a map provided that will help you find those interesting gravestones of famous people. The cemetery itself is huge and beautiful, you would definitely have a unique experience here.

11. Nassau Hall

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This is a very historic building near the Princeton battlefield. Considered as the iconic and oldest building of Princeton University. It once served as the US Capitol. Grab the opportunity to visit this historic building.

12. St. Paul’s Catholic Church

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This is an old church that can only require a short visit. You can have a peaceful prayer here or just admire the beauty of this church.

13. Marquand Park

 

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A park for all ages. Marquand Park is a botanical and recreational area located in Princeton. It features walking paths and a baseball field. And if you’re traveling with kids, it’s not a problem. This park offers fun attractions for children such as a sandbox and a play structure. 

14. Trinity Church

 

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Another beautiful church in Princeton, New Jersey. The atmosphere is extremely welcoming. The beautiful Gothic style of the church is very picturesque. Beautiful stained glass windows, stone arches and pillars, carvings and more, Trinity Church is one of the must-visit churches in the city.

15. Princeton Battle Monument

 

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The Princeton Battle Monument pays tribute to the Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777. This iconic monument deserves a quick stop by to have a look and get some pics too.

Things to do with 3 days in Princeton, New Jersey

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Day 1 in Princeton, New Jersey

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Start your trip with a peaceful one in this State Park. You can either walk or ride a bike. 

Day 2 in Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton University No trip to Princeton would be complete if you will not go to Princeton University. As you go inside, you can visit a lot of historic buildings such as the Princeton Public Library, Princeton University Chapel, and Princeton University Art Museum. All of them offer different exciting experiences. You could spend your whole day here at the university as there are so many things to see and do. 

Day 3 in Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton Cemetery On your last day, don’t forget to visit the Princeton Cemetery. A lot of famous people are buried here. Plus, the cemetery is huge and beautiful.

Frequently Asked Questions about Princeton, New Jersey

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1. Is it safe to travel to Princeton, New Jersey?

Princeton is considered safer than other cities in New Jersey. Traveling here won’t be of any danger for tourists. Of course, it is still advisable to be alert all the time. 

2. When is the best time to visit Princeton, New Jersey?

To fully enjoy your Princeton getaway, it is recommended to visit between the months of May and October. During these months, the weather is warmer and rainfall is not common. 

3. How to get to Princeton, New Jersey?

The main airport in Princeton is Princeton Airport. However, if you choose to fly here, you will have a hard time finding a direct flight. For your convenience, it is recommended to fly a direct flight from your city to Newark New Jersey. Newark airport is the nearest airport in Princeton which is 56km from the said city. To check flights available, just visit Skyscanner.

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Hi there! I’m Fatima. My first major travel was in 2016 in the beautiful city of Cebu. After that, I got interested in traveling. Now I enjoy learning languages and other country’s cultures. My goal is to visit at least one country each year and to share my experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness my journey by following me on Instagram.

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  1. Make sure you take a nice walk down to Princeton’s very own Pompeii, namely the remnant of what was once one of the world’s finest music schools, Westminster Choir College. Now a luxurious parking lot, the school was first taken in protection with exploitation of the world-renowned name to help a mediocre school be called a university. The promises were all in the direction of preserving great art, a special institution, an education unique. The true motivation was greed. At the time, I told the faculty, this is like bequeathing an Iguana to a restaurant entrepreneur who believes in serving exotic foods. Wait! It was just plain greed. In good American fashion, money was the only notes these people wanted to hear and particularly see. Patriots all, the school was to be sold to the ChineseCommunist Party for 50 million notes. That fell through. The great choir is another—and not to be dismissed—a college chorus. There could be a great future for Westminster if 1) we would flush the notion that a college is a corporation and its leader is a CEO. That idea ruined the Choir College in the first place. 2) The Choir College could be the American equivalent of Boulez’s Institute for Advanced Musical Study that he established in Paris—like the Institute ommn the other side of town. 3) As usual, the big wigs will wait too long to realize what they are losing, monetarily, artistically, spiritually. If you have deep pockets, do yourself a favor. Save our Pennsylvania Station before it’s too late. Contribute to the soul of America.

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Written by Fatima Turla

Fatima is a full-time writer of Two Monkeys Travel. Her first major trip was in 2016 and got really interested in traveling. She also enjoys learning languages and other country’s cultures. She has a goal to visit at least one country each year and share her experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness her journey by following her on Instagram.