How to Spend a weekend in Princeton

How to spend a weekend in Princeton, NJ

In the center of New Jersey, you’ll find the lovely town of Princeton, best known for its University, however, many flock each day to experience the charm and elegance of this town. Strolling along the streets, you’ll find that Princeton is like a little slice of Europe right in New Jersey. The town is filled to the brim with cute French cafes, diverse restaurants, art, and unique hikes. It’s the perfect place for foodies to experience countless delicious and unique restaurants. Princeton is a town that has it all, and definitely worth visiting for a perfect weekend escape!

  • Spend time wandering around Princeton University’s campus, which is like a real-life Hogwarts. In the spring, you’ll find dozens of cherry blossoms, wisteria, and tulips lining the campus, making it perfect for photo ops, picnics, and admiring the architecture
  • After you explore Princeton’s campus, head to Nassau street and begin to explore the bustling town for some great shopping at both commercial and boutique shops!
  • Stroll or bike along Lake Carnegie at the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
  • Hike the Institute Woods and walk along the suspended bridge, accessed from the Princeton Battlefield State Park
  • 15 minutes outside of Princeton you’ll find Hidden Springs Lavender and Alpaca Farm! This is a lovely family-run farm that makes you feel like you’re in Provence with the endless rows of lavender…and alpacas! During the weekends you can visit the farm for no charge, or pay a small additional charge to walk one of the alpacas 
  • If you’re visiting Princeton in the fall, a popular place to visit is Terhune Orchards, where you can enjoy their wine and pick your own apples! 
  • Enjoy afternoon tea at Prince Tea House, a unique tea room with endless tea options and pastries, which are served by a robot!
  • Princeton University has 2 art museums for the public which both have free admission, great for travel during all seasons
  • Grounds for Sculpture is a must! Located outside of Princeton, this is a unique park full of life size sculptures with incredible detail, many of which are designed by local NJ artists. You can spend hours wandering around the park and admiring beautiful landscapes and sculptures. On site you’ll find a stunning cafe and the Rats restaurant. Be sure to buy tickets and make lunch reservations online in advance as it sells out quickly on the weekends! 
  • Try the delicious homemade chocolates at Thomas Sweet!
  • Finish the day with an ice cream from the Bent Spoon, which is essentially famous within Princeton

For coffee: Maman

For pastries: Chez Alice

For afternoon tea: Prince Tea House

For brunch: The Meeting House

For dinner: Local Greek

For pizza: Nomad

For grilled cheese: Olsson’s Fine Foods

For drinks: The Dinky Bar & Kitchen

For crepes: Jammin’ Crepes