Things to do in Princeton, NJ

Step out of the Nassau Inn, and you will find yourself across the street from Princeton University and walking distance from the upscale boutiques, galleries, theaters and restaurants of vibrant Palmer Square.

Shopping At Palmer Square

shops and cars in quaint town


Located across from Princeton University, Palmer Square boasts a collection of shopping and dining right in the heart of downtown Princeton. >> LEARN MORE <<

Community Park Pool

pool lanes


Guests can purchase vouchers at the Front Desk to gain access to Community Park Pool! Fill out this waiver in advance to show upon entry.

Pool is Open:

  • Weekends May 25th through June 16th
  • 7 Days a Week beginning June 17th through September 2nd


Weekday public swim 12pm – 7:30pm

Weekend public swim 11am – 7:30pm

Child: $7
Adult: $14

Location: 380 Witherspoon Street PrincetonNJ 08540

Contact the Front Desk or Reservations for more information!

McCarter Theatre

inside mccarter theatre


McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts in Princeton is one of the most active cultural centers in the nation, offering over 200 performances of theater, dance, music and special events each year. 91 University Pl, Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 258-2787

Pure Barre Princeton


Pure Barre is more than just a workout; it’s a lifestyle.

Lift. Tone. Burn. Get your sweat on and sign up for a single class to take during your stay!

Located on the second floor above Mediterra Restaurant.

Princeton Tour Company


Public walking tours of Princeton every Saturday & Sunday. Private tours year round! Ranked the #1 Tours in Princeton by TripAdvisor, AAA and NY Times. Guided tours include sites on Princeton University campus, neighborhoods of Hollywood celebrities, Signers of the Declaration of Independence and much more.

Go on a self-guided Einstein tour, Revolutionary picnic for two or a expertly guided Princeton Ghost Tour/Hunt & Cemetery Visit!

Visit Princeton Tour Company at | 116 Nassau St Princeton, NJ, 08542 | 1-855-743-1415

Princeton Summer Theatre


A non-profit theater company, based in the Hamilton Murray Theater at Princeton University, that has offered Mercer county residents great theater since 1968. Address: Murray Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544 Phone: (732) 997-0205

Princeton Canoe & Kayak Rental


Enjoy canoeing or kayaking along the D & R Canal or Lake Carnegie. Blocks from Palmer Square. 483 Alexander St Princeton, New Jersey (609) 452-2403

Arts Council of Princeton

aerial view of the Arts Council of Princeton building


The Arts Council of Princeton fulfills its mission by presenting a wide range of arts and arts education programs including studio-based classes and workshops in the visual, performing and media arts, exhibitions, performances, and free community cultural events. 102 Witherspoon Street Princeton, NJ 08542 Phone: (609) 924-8777 Fax: (609) 921-0008

Princeton Public Library


Princeton Public Library, the community’s living room, connects people with ideas, information, technology, resources and each other in ways that enrich their lives and help them to realize their dreams. 65 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ 08542 | 609.924.9529 | HOURS: M – Fri, 9 am – 9 pm ; Sat, 9 am – 6 pm; Sun, 1 – 6 pm

Morven Museum & Garden


A National Historical Landmark, situated on five acres as the former New Jersey Governor’s mansion that now showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Garden State through exhibitions, programs and special events. 55 Stockton Street | Princeton, New Jersey 08540 | 609.924.8144

Princeton University Art Museum


The Princeton University Art Museum’s main is closed for construction until 2025. 

This world-class campus museum features art collections ranging from ancient to contemporary. Admission is free. McCormick Hall (609) 258-3787 Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5: 00 p.m. Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.



Drumthwacket: official Governor’s residence of New Jersey. This Greek Revival mansion was built circa 1834 for Charles S. Olden, Governor of New Jersey during the Civil War. Moses Taylor Pyne, the second owner, enlarged the house in the late 1890’s. Now owned by the State of New Jersey, it is the official residence of the Governor. Open Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. Group tours by appointment. Drumthwacket Stockton Street – Route 206 Princeton Phone: 609-683-0057

Historical Society of Princeton

historical society building


Enjoy a 2-mile, two-hour walk around downtown Princeton and the University campus as you learn about historic sites in the area, including Bainbridge House, Nassau Hall, the University Chapel and Palmer Square. 354 Quaker Rd, Princeton, NJ, 08540 (609) 921-6748

Princeton University Tour


Arrange to take an Orange Key Tour of the campus and visit the Art Museum, Chapel, and Nassau Hall. Catch a Princeton University football game or crew competition — all within walking distance from the Nassau Inn. P.O. Box 430 (609) 258-3060

Herrontown Woods Arboretum


Herrontown Woods Arboretum is a 142-acre containing a pine forest, over 30 species of trees, shrubs, and flowers, and walking trails. 624 Snowden Ln, Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 303-0700

Richardson Auditorium


The Richardson Auditorium in Alexandria Hall at Princeton University is home to both the Princeton University Orchestra and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. 68 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ

Grounds for Sculpture


Featuring more than 270 sculptures by renowned and emerging contemporary artists, each thoughtfully positioned on meticulously landscaped parkland full of thousands of exotic trees and flowers. 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619 (609) 586-0616

Mercer County Park Festival Grounds


Family-friendly park venue for concerts and community events. 1638 Old Trenton Rd Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

CURE Insurance Arena


CURE Insurance Arena, formerly known as the Sun National Bank Center, opened on October 6, 1999. Over the past decade, the Arena has hosted international music sensations like Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, Cher, Bruce Springsteen, and Shania Twain; top sports events such as the 2006 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball First and Second Rounds and 2009 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Trenton Regional; and family-friendly entertainment like the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, The Harlem Globetrotters, and Disney On Ice. 81 Hamilton Ave Trenton, New Jersey (609) 656-3200

Arm & Hammer Park


Catch a minor league baseball game at the home of the Trenton Thunder, the AA affiliate of New York Yankees. One Thunder Road, Trenton (609) 394-8326