Our 14 groups stay and meet at the historic Nassau Inn, centrally located in Princeton's Palmer Square every spring and fall.
Planning your trip to Princeton
Ten Palmer Square
Princeton, NJ 08542
Things to Do During Your Visit
As one of the nation's most beautiful and famous communities, Princeton — the University, the town, and the surrounding area — has much to offer in the way of fascinating shops, memorable restaurants and notable cultural and historical sites. We urge you to use your free time to explore and discover wonderful places to which you will want to return again and again in the years to come.
Nassau Hall was built in 1756 to house what was then the College of New Jersey. The largest stone building in the American Colonies, it was built on land donated by Nathaniel FitzRandolph, after whom the University's FitzRandolph Gate is named. The name "Nassau Hall" was proposed by Governor Jonathan Belcher in honor of King William III, "who was a branch of the illustrious house of Nassau."
During the American Revolution, when Princeton's campus became a battleground, Nassau Hall was ravaged by the occupying troops of both armies. (More)
McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts – the region's leading performing arts center – has a rich history of artists who have graced its stage for over 80 years. Built as a permanent home for the Princeton University Triangle Club (who continue to perform at McCarter to this day) with funds from Thomas N. McCarter, class of 1888, the theater opened its doors on February 21, 1930 with a special performance of the 40th annual Triangle show, The Golden Dog. One of its stars was Joshua Logan, a junior, and a sophomore named James Stewart was in the chorus.
The Lewis Center is designed to put the creative and performing arts at the heart of the Princeton experience. This mission is based on the conviction that exposure to the arts, particularly to the experience of producing art, helps each of us to make sense of our lives and the lives of our neighbors.
During the early nineteenth century, when the United States entered into the industrial revolution, canals were built as transportation routes to link resources, manufacturing centers and markets. The D&R Canal was built across central New Jersey to provide an efficient and safe route for transporting freight between Philadelphia and New York.
Drumthwacket is the official residence of the governor of New Jersey. The mansion is located at 354 Stockton Street in Princeton, close to the state capital of Trenton. (It is one of only four official governor's residences in the country not located within its state capital.) Drumthwacket and the surrounding land was sold to the state in 1966 and was designated as the governor's mansion in 1982.
The Garden Theatre opened its doors on September 20, 1920, with a showing of Civilian Clothes, starring Thomas Meighan. The event also featured a live orchestra with palms and ferns arranged on the stage. The Garden’s name comes from the location, where a rose garden once bloomed next to the Bainbridge house; built in 1766 The house for years was home to the Princeton Historical Society. It is now located at Updike Farmstead at 354 Quaker Road.
Built originally to accommodate Princeton University’s Triangle Club, The Garden took on a new life as a movie theater when Triangle moved to McCarter Theatre in the late ‘20s. The Garden changed hands several times in the next few decades.
Herrontown Woods Arboretum (142 acres) is an arboretum located on Snowden Lane near the junction with Herrontown Road, in Princeton, New Jersey. It is open to the public every day at no cost. There are walking trails, but trail bicycles are prohibited.
The Institute for Advanced Study is one of the world’s leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry. The Institute exists to encourage and support curiosity-driven research in the sciences and humanities — the original, often speculative thinking that produces advances in knowledge that change the way we understand the world. It provides for the mentoring of scholars by the faculty, and it ensures the freedom to undertake research that will make significant contributions in any of the broad range of fields in the sciences and humanities studied at the Institute.
On January 3, 1777, the peaceful winter fields and woods of Princeton Battlefield were transformed into the site of what is considered to be the fiercest fight of its size during the American Revolution. During this desperate battle, American troops under General George Washington surprised and defeated a force of British Regulars. Coming at the end of "The Ten Crucial Days" which saw the well-known night crossing of the Delaware River and two battles in Trenton, the Battle of Princeton gave Washington his first victory against the British Regulars on the field. The battle extended over a mile away to the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University).
Located across from Princeton University, Palmer Square boasts a collection of shopping and dining right in the heart of downtown Princeton. Experience the charm of classic architecture mixed with contemporary elements on beauiful tree-lined streets. You’ll find the best in apparel, shoes, jewelry, beauty, gifts, home furnishings, specialty food, and drink; as well as the historic Nassau Inn at this unique Princeton destination.
The Princeton University Art Museum (PUAM) is Princeton University's gallery of art. Founded in 1882, it now houses over 92,000 works of art that range from antiquity to the contemporary period. The Princeton University Art Museum dedicates itself to supporting and enhancing the University’s goals of teaching, research, and service in the fields of art and culture, as well as serving regional communities and visitors from around the world. Its collections concentrate on the Mediterranean region, Western Europe, China, the United States, and Latin America.
Stony Brook Meeting House and Cemetery are historic Quaker sites located at the Stony Brook Settlement at the intersection of Princeton Pike/Mercer Road and Quaker Road in Princeton. The first Europeans to settle in the Princeton area were six Quaker families who built their homes near the Stony Brook around 1696. In 1709 Benjamin Clark deeded nine and three-fifths acres in trust to Richard Stockton and others to establish a Friends meeting house and burial ground.
Westminster Choir College educates men and women at the undergraduate and graduate levels for musical careers in music education, voice performance, piano performance, organ performance, pedagogy, music theory and composition, conducting, sacred music, and arts management; professional training in musical skills with an emphasis on performance is complemented by studies in the liberal arts. All students study with Westminster's voice faculty, the largest voice faculty in the world.