The Princeton-Mercer Region is a bustling area that offers an array of activities to enjoy during the day — but the fun doesn't have to end when the sun sets. The county has a vibrant nightlife scene that caters to many different interests and lifestyles. From live music performances to ghost tours, there's something for everyone to do after dark in Mercer County. Here are a few ideas:

Enjoy live music performances
Princeton-Mercer features various venues that offer live music performances from both local and international artists. Catch a show at the CURE Insurance Arena or head to the world-renowned McCarter Theatre for the epitome of arts, culture, and entertainment.

Have a drink at a local brewery
Mercer County has a growing craft beer scene with more breweries and taprooms than you count. Check out one of the largest and most well-known craft breweries in the state, River Horse Brewing Company in Ewing, which offers tours and tastings. If you're in the Hopewell area, be sure to look into Brick Farm Tavern, which hosts seasonal events, such as a "Game Dinner" featuring wild-game dishes paired with local wines and beers.

Sing karaoke
Looking for something to do after you've enjoyed a few brews at your new favorite pub? Let loose and showcase your own live entertainment at a karaoke bar. You can find plenty of venues that offer karaoke nights, including the Ivy Inn in Princeton and the Nottingham Tavern in Hamilton.

Take a night tour of the Grounds For Sculpture
Grounds For Sculpture, a 42-acre sculpture park, is a popular tourist attraction during the day, but it is equally impressive at night. Take a guided tour of the grounds and marvel at the sculptures illuminated by strategically placed lights for an unforgettable experience that's perfect for a romantic date night. One recent visitor noted, "Every time I go I find something new. I really enjoy going at night since everything takes on a whole new look. I do recommend a flashlight since some of the paths can be dark."

Visit a comedy club
Mercer County may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of comedy, but it's actually a hidden gem if you're seeking a night of laughs. You can catch both local comedians and national talent at your choice of comedy venues in the area, including Catch a Rising Star in Princeton and open mic nights at Mercer County Community College's West Windsor campus.

Go on a ghost tour

Up for some spookiness after the sun sets? One popular ghost tour in the area is the Princeton Ghost Tour, offered by Princeton Tour Company, which takes visitors on a guided walk through the historic streets of Princeton, highlighting some of the town's spookiest stories and legends. The tour includes stops at historic landmarks such as Nassau Hall, the Princeton Cemetery, and the Albert Einstein House.

Watch a movie under the stars
During the summer months, many of the popular parks in Mercer County offer outdoor movie screenings, so grab a blanket and some snacks and enjoy a movie under the stars. Check out the Free Summer Movie Series at Veterans Park in Hamilton or the Movies in the Park series at Mercer County Park in West Windsor.

Go on a night hike
Princeton-Mercer has over 10,000 acres of parklands, rich with both passive and active recreation opportunities. And the good news is many of the trails are open after dark. Grab a flashlight and explore the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park for a night filled with nature.

Whether you're looking for a relaxing night out or a thrilling experience, the Princeton-Mercer area has it all!