Mercer County Festival Grounds
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County Parks and Events

Mercer County Park 

Mercer County Park encompasses more than 2,500 acres covering areas of the townships of West Windsor, Hamilton, and Lawrence. The Park has year-round facilities for all ages and includes both active and passive recreational opportunities. Open daily, the park includes an athletic complex, softball and soccer fields, golf, championship baseball parks, 26 outdoor tennis courts, 18 basketball half-courts, an ice skating center, Bark Park for large and small dogs, and the Boat Marina's newly renovated boat house is available for rental. Grandparents Grove, a secluded lakeside area located within Mercer County Park, was created by the Park Commission after the Mercer County Office on Aging and the Mercer County Council on Aging recognized the need to provide a special place for the County's older residents to visit and enjoy with loved ones.

In a typical year the park attracts over 400,000 athletes/participants/users and over 430,000 spectators. Mercer County Park hosts hundreds of diverse events throughout the year including charity walks and runs, concerts, sporting tournaments and even NCAA Rowing Championships.

Festival Grounds

Mercer County Park Festival Grounds encompasses over 200,000 square feet of venue space with a 2,200 square foot, state-of-the-art performing arts stage with a wide array of electrical, lighting, sound and rigging capabilities.

Visit the Festival Grounds site for tickets here.   

Equestrian Center

The Mercer County Equestrian Center features 31 stalls, indoor and two outdoor rings, two grooming stalls, two tack rooms, two feed rooms, four wash stalls, and eleven horse pastures.

The program offers:

Riding Lessons

Therapeutic Riding Program for individuals with special needs. Please call or email for additional information

Horses and Youth 4-H Program

Summer Camps

Pony Parties

Educational Tours for scouts, schools, or groups

Pony Rides

Ring Rentals

Horse Shows, Clinics and Seasonal Events 

Click here for more information.

Ice Skating Center 

The Mercer County Ice Skating Center is open to the public seven days a week during the operating season. The rink offers general public skating sessions, birthday parties, private parties and ice time for hockey games & practices. Shake the winter blues with a fun, affordable activity which offers something for kids of all ages (adults too!) 

Click here for more information. 


The marina boat ramp is open for public use seven days a week sunrise to sunset weather permitting. No gasoline engines permitted. Electric motors only.

Pedal boats, rowboats and kayaks may be rented Memorial Day through Labor Day. Pedal and Rowboats hold a maximum of four people. Kayaks are single-person and double person capacity.
There are parking facilities for 500 cars and an area for boat trailer parking.

Boating for canoes, small sail boats, pedal boats, row boats, coast guard approved inflatable and kayaks are allowed on the lake. You must wear a life jacket at all times.

Fishing permitted. Must be 15 years and older (or accompanied by an adult) and must have a valid fishing license.
Picnic outings and biking trails. Three beach volley ball courts are free at Lakeside Village Playground.

The Finn M.W. Caspersen Rowing Center located in Mercer Park is the U.S. Olympic Training Site for Rowing and the only Olympic Training Site in the Mid-Atlantic states. The Olympic, Senior, Under-23 and Junior National Teams all train and/or are selected on Mercer Lake.

Mercer Lake has hosted major rowing competitions including five U.S. Olympic Rowing Team Trials, FISA World Master Rowing Championships, NCAA Women's Rowing Championships, Scholastic Rowing Association of America Championships and the Big East and Metro-Area Athletic Conference (MAAC) Collegiate Championships. The Mercer Lake Sprints in among the five largest Junior Regattas in the United States.

Princeton National Rowing Association (PNRA), through the Mercer Junior Rowing Program (MJRC), provides opportunities for students over 30 Mercer County area schools to excel in competitive rowing.

PNRA provides opportunities for inner city youth from Trenton to experience the sport of rowing.
The Hun School, Lawrenceville School and Peddie School rowing programs all call Mercer Lake home.
For information on rowing programs contact PNRA at

Interesting Facts - Women that train on Mercer Lake won the Olympic Gold Medals in the Women's 8+ in 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games and a Silver in 2004 Athens Games. They have also won seven straight World Championships. The Women's 4x won the Bronze in the 2012 London Games.
Since 2001, every US Olympic or National Team Rowing athlete has trained or been through a selection race on Mercer Lake.

Click here for more information.

Tennis Center

The Mercer County Park Commission Tennis Facility consists of 6 indoor courts and 22 outdoor courts.  

Click here for more information.