Princeton, New Jersey
History of the Princeton area began in the late 17th century when Washington and his troops marched through several portions of Princeton and encountered the revolutionary Battle of Princeton in its territory. Princeton—currently a community of 14,239 residents—is located in Mercer County, New Jersey. Home to one of the top three University’s in the nation, Princeton is a town filled with college students, beautiful scenery, and historical features.
- Getting There:
By Train: Located in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey Transit offers a shuttle train, locally known as the “Dinky,” which connects Princeton to Princeton Junction’s station. At Princeton Junction, you can transfer to either Amtrak or New Jersey Transit trains.
By Plane: Princeton can be reached via four international airports. The closest airport, Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) located in Newark, NJ is about 40 miles north of Princeton. Other major airports located near Princeton are, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), and LaGuardia International Airport (LGA).
By Car: Two major highways- Route 206 and Route 27, pass through Princeton. U.S. Route 1, runs just east of the town while Interstate 95 and the New Jersey Turnpike are two alternative routes to get into the area.
Whether with family or by yourself, there is a variety of things to do throughout the duration of your stay in Princeton. From walking Princeton University campus grounds, to visiting the Princeton art museum there are many cultural activities to take part in. One in particular is a tour of Princeton Battlefield, located at 500 Mercer Road, (609) 921-0074. Located only 5 miles outside of Palmer Square, you will be able to gain first hand knowledge of the area, the culture of Princeton, as well as the events that took place during the revolution. Walk the same paths that Washington and his troops once took, and learn all the fascinating facts about this remarkable town.
There are many famous and well-known restaurants located with in Princeton, but one to defiantly catch while you’re in town is Teresa’s Café, located at 23 Palmer Square East, (609) 921-1974. It is a simple Italian inspired atmosphere located in Princeton’s Palmer Square. All seasonal pasta dishes, sandwiches, and pizza are made with fresh local ingredients, all at a reasonable price range for both families and for that special someone.
Since it is a college town, there are unlimited places to go to for a nice brew or two. One bar in particular called, Triumph Brewery at 138 Nassau St, (609) 924-7855, is one not to miss out on. This is the only spot in town that brews there own beer as they have a large unique selection of beers to choose from. Not to mention they have a great, hip, atmosphere that offers live bands every weekend.
A great place to stay in Princeton is the Nassau Inn, located right in the heart of Palmer’s Square at 10 Palmer Square, (609) 921-7500. It is a full service hotel featuring 203 elegant guestrooms, 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space and the historic Yankee Doodle Tap Room- where Einstein himself sipped on a brew and then carved his name into one of the booths. This location is ideal for shopping, dining, museum visiting, and for exploring the campus.
Princeton is known for its many lavish boutiques. One in particular, Zoe, located at 11 Hulfish Street, (609) 497-0704, is one of the most well known shops especially for its upscale clothing. Although a bit on the pricey side, you will without a doubt find everything, and more than what you’re looking for. Zoe carries anything from designer men’s and women’s clothing as well as accessories, shoes, bags, and jewelry. The store also hosts many events during the summer months, that draw’s in thousands of locals from all over New Jersey.