Visiting Princeton

Princeton is a community of approximately 30,000 residents who live in tree-lined neighborhoods, and enjoy a central New Jersey location with a transit network that puts them a quick train ride away from New York City and Philadelphia.

Special Exhibits

There is currently a special exhibit on display at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library at Princeton University titled, "Learning to Fight, Fighting to Learn: Education in Times of War."  Th e exhibit runs from November 6, 2017 to August 31, 2018, and examines higher education in wartime at Princeton University and beyond from the French and Indian War to the Vietnam War.


The quality and diversity of Princeton’s restaurant scene is constantly on the rise. From noodle houses, sandwich shops and gourmet ice cream to farm-to-table fine dining, there are options for everyone. And Princeton’s cosmopolitan community ensures a mix of Asian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Latin American and other cuisines. You’ll also find a seasonal farmers market that operates just steps from campus and, during the warm-weather months, a farmers market on the plaza outside Firestone Library. Please see the list of restaurants on the Princeton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau Site.


Downtown Princeton features a wide variety of retail outlets — everything from thrift shops and fashion boutiques to book stores and a renowned record exchange, all surrounding campus. Free transit shuttles also connect students with larger grocery stores and retail centers in and around Princeton. Please see the list of retailers on the Princeton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau Site.


For arts lovers, the McCarter Theatre Center, winner of a Tony Award for the best regional theater in the country, is a campus treasure within easy walking distance for students. A few streets over is Morven Museum and Garden, which dates back more than 200 years and houses a distinctive collection of fine and decorative arts. Live music acts perform in restaurants, pubs and coffee houses throughout town, and the Princeton Garden Theatre shows the latest major motion pictures as well as classic Hollywood and foreign language films. Not to be missed, the Princeton University Art Museum, founded in 1882, houses over 92,000 works of art that range from antiquity to the contemporary period.


With easy access to parks, waterways and trails, Princetonians are found exploring the outdoors all year round. Students enjoy convenient jogging trails that line the Delaware & Raritan Canal, canoeing on Lake Carnegie, and biking and hiking on trails throughout the region. The beaches of the Jersey Shore and Pennsylvania’s ski mountains are also just a short road trip away.