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91 University Pl, Princeton, NJ 08542 · 609-258-2787
Description: DOWNTOWN. Considered one of the nation’s top regional theaters (and with the Tony to prove it!), the McCarter thrives in Princeton‘s inquisitive, academic atmosphere. Artistic director Emily Mann advocates a two-pronged approach to theater: nurturing new works and reinvigorating classics. The latter often includes updated translations of foreign plays that elucidate themes for the modern age. Along with drama, the McCarter presents
158 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542 · 609-921-6748
Description: DOWNTOWN. This Georgian home, built in the late 18th-century, now houses the Historical Society of Princeton. The ordered, architecturally-rich brick structure charts the history of Princeton through artifacts, artwork, and informative displays. A library and photographic archives also track the region’s past, and a gift shop makes available souvenir items related to the community. On Sunday afternoons, beginning at 2pm, walking tours of Princeton are scheduled. They last approximately two hours and cover two miles of territory.
Washington Rd, McCormick Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544 · 609-258-3788
Description: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY. Marked by a large Picasso sculpture, this well-respected museum boasts a collection numbering almost 60,000 items. Instituted at the end of the 19th century, the facility was initially built around a donated collection of pottery and porcelain. In years since, the holdings have burgeoned and now include a global sampling of art from a broad range of time periods. Classical, pre-Columbian, and contemporary works are representative, as are media like bronzes, photography, drawings, and stained glass.
Snowden Ln, Princeton, NJ 08540 · 609-989-6530
Description: PRINCETON. Alive with nature and seasonal beauty, this arboretum grants an inviting measure of quiet. The 142-acre site includes a stand of pine woods, along with more than thirty different species of trees. These, of course, are in addition to a wealth of shrubs, wildflowers, and their attendant wildlife. A variety of color-coded trails wend through the terrain, and visitors can educate themselves about the plants as they go along or simply enjoy the arboretum for its spectacle.
Washington and Faculty Rds, southern edge of Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08540
Description: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY. Made possible by the generosity of industrialist Andrew Carnegie, this lake was a boon to Princeton University. When the Delaware & Raritan Canal proved unsatisfactory for the sport, two brothers from the class of 1876 implored Carnegie to create a rowing venue for undergraduates. A dam across Millstone River resulted in this three-mile-long body of water. Since its appearance in 1906, the lake has attracted not only rowers but sailors, ice skaters, and picnickers alike.
Lovers Ln, Princeton, NJ 08540 · 609-921-9480
Description: PRINCETON. These seventeen acres were private land for many decades until forward-thinking heirs donated them to the city for a public park. The site is a mix of open fields and wooded parcels, ideal for exploring on sunny days. Paved walkways provide access, and picnic areas, a ball field, and a playground add a family-friendly quality. Especially prominent in the park are a collection of approximately 200 specimen trees. Identified and mapped, these rare, old, and impressive trees are easily tracked by visitors.
354 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ 08542 · 609-683-0057
Description: PRINCETON. Built in 1835, this Greek Revival mansion was built by Charles Olden, then-governor of New Jersey. Many years later, after extensive renovations, the structure again serves as the governor’s official home. Docent-conducted tours highlight Drumthwacket’s architecture, artwork, and grounds. Volunteers also explain how the home is used presently and share with visitors its role in the Revolutionary War. Tours last about an hour and a half and must be scheduled a week in advance.
55 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ 08542 · 609-683-4495
Description: PRINCETON. This mid-18th century Georgian home was originally the home of Richard Stockton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Stockton‘s wife, Annis, named the home after a legendary Gaelic kingdom. At one time, Morven was also the residence of New Jersey governors. Restorations completed in 2004 returned the home to its glory, and now – along with its refurbished rooms – Morven houses exhibits on state history, its residents’ contributions, and furniture and decorative arts. Beautiful, reconsidered gardens add to the home’s plentiful charm.
500 Mercer St, Princeton, NJ 08540 · 609-921-0074
Description: PRINCETON. Site of the Battle of Princeton in 1777, this park is now recognized as a national historic landmark. American victories here helped raise spirits for the cause of independence, and General George Washington proved his leadership abilities to the fledgling nation. The Mercer Oak, which gave Princeton Township its symbol and was where General Hugh Mercer rested while mortally wounded, stood here for nearly 300 years until it fell in 2000. Also on the site are the Clarke House (where Mercer died), soldier graves, and a stone colonnade designed by the architect of the national Capitol. Nearby is forested land, complete with hiking trails.
Witherspoon St and Wiggins St, Princeton, NJ 08542 · 609-924-1369
Description: DOWNTOWN. Since 1757, this cemetery has been the burial site for local families and for prominent Americans – for which reason it’s been called the “Westminster Abbey of the United States.” Affiliated with the Nassau Presbyterian Church, the cemetery shelters the graves of parishioners and other town residents; a special part is also designated as the Presidents’ Plot for leaders of Princeton University. Maps of the cemetery (available at the superintendent’s house on Greenview Avenue) indicate the tombstones of historical figures like Aaron Burr, Jonathan Edwards, and Grover Cleveland.
Washington Rd and Prospect Ave, Princeton, NJ 08544 · 609-258-3603
Description: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY. What began as the College of New Jersey in Elizabeth has evolved into one of the nation’s most well-regarded and wealthiest universities. Established in 1746, Princeton offers an incredibly picturesque campus, characterized by Gothic-style buildings and impressive Nassau Hall, the university’s oldest structure, rife with history. Other familiar sights on the sculpture-strewn, Ivy League campus include Firestone Library, the Art Museum, and the elaborate FitzRandolph Gateway, a portal between town and gown. Orange Key Tours leads daily excursions around the university; call for details (609-258-4554).

Gary Bembridge

I grew up in Zimbabwe, but I have been based in London since 1987. My travel life spans more than three decades and that includes more than 95 cruises. In 2005, I launched Tips for Travellers to make it easy and fun for people to discover, plan and enjoy incredible cruise vacations. And the rest, as they say, is history. I have the largest cruise vlogger channel currently on YouTube, with more than 3 million video views per month.

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