Princeton Travel Guide

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Princeton Things to Do

  • Morven

    Morven is a historic house that was once the headquarters of Lord Cornwallis' during the Revolution. The land was originally owned by William Penn and was purchased from him in 1701 by Richard Stockton. Around fifty years later, Stockton's grandson, also named Richard Stockton, built the Morven house. Generations of Stocktons lived here and...

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  • Revolutionary War Battle Monument

    Commissioned in1908, this beautiful limestone monument commemorates the Revolutionary War ""Battle of Princeton" which took place on one day in January, 1777. Sculptor Frederick MacMonnies completed the monument in 1922 and the dedication took place in the same year with President Harding in attendance.Located in Princeton Battlefield Park in a...

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  • University Chapel

    "University Chapel" was a great surprise and a fascinating building!! University Chapel had a very humble entrance which opened into a marvelous interior with many fascinating nuances. Even the title of "chapel" is a simplistic and somewhat misleading misnomer IMHO. The cornerstone of the chapel was laid in 1925 and the cross-shaped building is a...

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  • Chancellor Green Library

    One of the most unique-looking and beautiful buildings we saw on Princeton's campus was the "Chancellor Green Library." Designed by William Potter, and considered an example of High Victorian Gothic architecture, it has a central two-story rotunda with 2 matching, single-story reading rooms on either side (now probably used for different purposes)....

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  • Nassau Hall

    "Nassau Hall", the centerpiece and one of the most significant buildings on Princeton's campus has an intriguing history of its own. Completed in 1756 and named in honor of Prince William of Orange & Nassau, Nassau Hall was once the one and only building housing the institution now known as Princeton University. With its three stories and basement,...

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  • Doris Duke Estate

    Duke, the founder of the American Tobacco Company, lavished over $10 million in landscape his central New Jersey estate. Over two million shrubs and specimen trees were planted. Man-made hills were created and nine small interconnected lakes were dug. The 2,700 acre estate was built by James B. Duke in the late 19th and early 20th centuries....

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  • Visit the Institute for Advanced Study...

    The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) is just a mile from Princeton downtown, but it feels like is far away from the bustle of everyday life. First, visit Fuld Hall, where Einstein worked, and then head to the pond before you take a walk in the woods. So peaceful and quiet! When the pond is frozen in winter, you can do ice-skating (look for the...

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  • Princeton Cemetery ~ History in...

    The Princeton Cemetery, established by the Nassau Presbyterian Church in 1757, has been called the "Westminster Abbey of the United States" by 19th century historian John F. Hageman. It is the final resting place of some of the most illustrious citizens of New Jersey and some who were also important national figures as well. Here you will find...

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  • Tiger Park ~ Memorial to Edgar Palmer

    Just on Nassau Street and somewhat in front of Palmer Square is a nice little park called "Tiger Park." This is a smallish park with a couple of benches surrounded by low shrubs and green areas all in the shape of a rectangle. A brick walkway cuts through the park and leads to a granite memorial topped with a Tiger and hence the name, "Tiger Park"...

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Princeton Restaurants

  • Fabulous Cheesesteaks

    We were actually in line at another well-known local eaterie discussing what to eat, when a Princeton student overheard us. He suggested we go to "George's", only a couple doors down the street, for great cheesesteaks and said it was less crowded. The young man certainly did us a favor! The cheesesteaks at George's were fabulous!Service at George's...

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  • A Well-Loved Tap Room with Some...

    We didn't eat at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room while visiting, but the name of the place really piqued my interest so I had to do a little research to find out what cooks here. I was a little surprised. Rather than being based on a Colonial America theme "Yankee Doodle" surprisingly sports a friendly, well-loved pub atmosphere with a few elegant...

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  • Almost Legendary

    Some people like hoagies (also known as subs or even grinders in some parts of the country), and some don't. For those who do, Hoagie Haven is THE place to go in Princeton. It really is legendary. Just look at all the talk on internet sites about it. It's a place so beloved by some that it has a special place in their hearts and memories.Now there...

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  • Terrace Dining in a Mall

    This is one of my sister and BIL's favorite restaurants. We ate out on the terrace I had the Soup of the Day (top middle of the collage $4.95), and Spinach and Ricotta Farfalle (top right of collage - $13.95) with walnuts and sun dried tomatoes. My BIL had the Kansas City Strip Steak ($22.95) with baby bliss potatoes and asparagus (bottom left of...

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  • Lunch inside or out, Take-out or...

    My sister described this (for some reason) as a non-spicy Chinese restaurant. I don't know why. I had the General Tso's chicken and it was just as spicy as ever. We met our first cousin once removed for lunch.Delivery charge: $2.00Last delivery: 9:15 PMEstimated current delivery wait time: 40 minutesPlease remember to tip your driver.Hours Open For...

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  • A BIG sandwich

    My sister insisted that we should have lunch here because it was a Princeton institution, but in the end, she stopped by here and brought us hoagies on the last day. I asked for a whole one, only to find out that each half was as big as a whole one from other places (like Subway). She gave us several options, but she did not mention the new...

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Princeton Nightlife

  • Triumph

    Triumph Brewing company is a great Princeton Hangout. Its a nice brew pub restaurant that offers live bands on select days. It can get crowded when there is live music. I've never been too impressed by their food. It's a better bar than restaurant. Casual

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  • Triumph

    This is a really nice, "swanked-out" brewery with some great beers and food. There's a $5 in the cover, unfortunately, but there is oftentimes live music. The ambience is really neat, as you have giant pots you can see through glass windows where the beer is made. 3 floors. Really nice place. Make sure that you look presentable, this isn't just...

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Princeton Transportation

  • Arriving in style

    My buddy Ed (VTer etfromnc) who I used to work with in Charlotte, North Carolina drove up to Philly his sweet Mercedes SL500. From Philly, we drove to Princeton and it was a pleasure arriving in style with a good friend. From Philadelphia, just head up 95 North, to US 206 (exit 7B) hang a right and go about 6 miles and you'll end up in Princeton.

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  • Princeton Jct Train Station

    The Princeton Junction (PJC) Train Station, conveniently located between NYC and Philly, is the ideal way to travel between the cities. The train station ever offers a service known as the "dinky". A little train car that runs between the PJC Train Station and Princeton.

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  • Princeton Airport - K39N

    It's a small airport, located about 5 miles North of town.You can't catch any commercial flights here.I can fly you here, but it will cost you. :-)

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Princeton Shopping

  • Shopping in Princeton's Unique Palmer...

    Princeton has a lively, prospering downtown area and Palmer Square is a special part of it. It serves as somewhat of a focal point of downtown, with levels of shops, restaurants, the Nassau Inn, the Princeton Post Office, and Tiger Park all of which are distinctive. The Square's center is the green & peaceful Palmer Square Green.The Square was the...

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  • Traditional Gifts ~ Special Appearance &...

    The beautiful 1896 Tudor-style, half-timber building you see in the accompanying picture is the home of Hamilton Jewelers. This traditional, special jewelry store is where you will find designer jewelry, Swiss watches, china and gifts for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays or graduations. You might come here if you're in the market for corporate...

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  • Melt-in-Your-Mouth Swiss Chocolates!!

    If you are in the mood for sweets, the famous Swiss chocolate-maker, Lindt, has a store in Palmer Square. In every square foot you will find Lindt chocolates of all varieties. Little gift packages, boxes, by the piece or by the pound, there is something for every chocolate lover. But be prepared, Lindt is not your everyday chocolate and the prices...

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Princeton Local Customs

  • Are you for Princeton or Yale?

    On the side of the University Chapel there is a storm drain that has a scowling bulldog carved on it. While Ed and I were walking around, a campus tour guide walked over with a small group and we were listening in when she told the story behind this. I didn't catch everything she was saying, but apparently it was left there as a joke by the...

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  • Pricey

    Princeton is a pricey town, even for having a college there. However, it does in fact have the college there, which precludes students from going to a lot of the places in town -- thus, you can still get by cheaply if you look around.

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  • If you are in the need of a...

    If you are in the need of a toilet, the nicest one I have found is in the Nassau Inn, a posh hotel located at 10 Palmer Square. Just walk past reception like you belong there and the restrooms are down the hallway.

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Princeton Off The Beaten Path

  • Stonybrook Meeting House

    My sister took us by this Quaker Meeting house (which is the meeting attended by my mother's first cousin who is a Quaker) after she picked us up at the Trenton train station. This was the first house of worship in Princeton (1726) and the wounded from the Princeton Battlefield were brought here after the battle.The Stonybrook Meeting House is on...

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  • Lambertville, New Jersey

    Lambertville is a great little town on the edge of the Delaware River which divides New Jersey from Pennsylvania. If you get here early on a Saturday morning, you can check out the Golden Nugget Antique Market where you should be able to pick up a great bargain or two. The town itself is a quaint place perfect for a day trip. Across the river,...

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  • Lambertville and New Hope, PA

    Lambertville is maybe 20 minutes from Princeton, sitting on the Delaware River. It's an historic town with cute buildings housing antique shops, restaurants, etc. Walk (or drive) across the small bridge and you'll find yourself in New Hope, PA, which has more of the same (but maybe a little bit more than the New Jersey half... but maybe more...

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Princeton Sports & Outdoors

  • Good basketball program

    Princeton University is a fantastic academic institution and is very respectable within the Ivy League with regard to its athletic program, but on a national scale, they're not exactly big time. However, their men's basketball team has received some national notoriety with some gutty performances in the NCAA tournament. Check them out if you're...

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  • D&R Canal State Park

    Winter, Summer, Spring, and Fall this is one of my most favorite places to go for long walks. The canal itself 36 miles along a path runs along much of it especially through the Princeton-Kingston corridor.

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  • Herrontown Woods

    The Herrontown Woods is a great little hidden away wooded area to hike through. It's located on142 acres right in Princeton and offers more than three miles of color-coded trails. I never even knew it existed until recently. We enjoyed a great hike.

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Princeton Favorites

  • Stoney Brook Graveyard

    Under construction There are two famous people buried here. Richard Stockton, Signer of the Declaration of Independence from New Jersey was one of them, and Charles Smith Olden who served as the Governor of New Jersey from 1860 to 1863 is the other one.Richard Stockton has a memorial plaque, but does not have a grave marker.

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  • Einstein's Violin Practice

    Princeton was the home of Einstein who used to practice the violin in his bedroom in the nude (according to an old lady who was his next door neighbor when she was a child.)My sister said that tourists think that the house next door (photo 4) is Einstein's house because that was the one they used to film a movie when the movie company couldn't rent...

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  • Famous Individuals

    Numerous famed individuals studied at Princeton or were associated with the town. The former residences of Albert Einstein, TS Eliot, and Woodrow Wilson, among other illustrious historical figures are dotted throughout Princeton, Wilson's a prominent feature of the university campus itself. Other figures also contributed to the university's copious...

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