Trip Ideas & Itineraries

Need some help planning your trip?

The Princeton-Mercer Region has plenty of activities for individuals and families to explore, but where do you start? Try following some of our pre-planned travel guides to make sure your trip runs smoothly. Whether you are visiting for the day or planning a weekend getaway, we hope these trip ideas will make you want to visit us more than once!

Day Trip

Your Perfect Day Trip

9:00 AM – Grab a breakfast pastry at one of our many specialty cafes, like The Gingered Peach.

10:00 AM – Visit Grounds for Sculpture and their 42 acre outdoor sculpture park.

1:00 PM – Have lunch at Rats Restaurant, Mediterra, or Olives for a classic outdoor Princeton- Mercer experience.

2:00 PM – Stroll through Princeton University campus or take a guided outdoor tour with Princeton Tour Company.

3:00 PM – Enjoy afternoon ice cream at The Bent Spoon.

4:00 PM – Shop at Palmer Square’s world class stores and boutiques.

6:00 PM – Dinner awaits at one of the many outdoor dining restaurants in walking distance. Try The Peacock Inn or Yankee Doodle Tap Room.

7:00 PM – Enjoy the nightlife as you stroll through the illuminated fountains of Palmer Square and Scudder Plaza, where the monumental Fountain of Freedom sculpture lives.

3 Day Weekend Getaway

Friday Night

Grounds for Sculpture

Take a tour of outdoor art pieces at the Grounds for Sculpture exhibit in Hamilton, NJ, only 20 minutes from downtown Princeton. You are even allowed to touch some of these beautiful modern art pieces, which makes it great for all ages!

Princeton Garden Theater

Sit back and enjoy a film at the recently restored Princeton Garden Theater. They have a selection of artistic, classic Hollywood, and foreign language films.


Delaware-Raritan Canal State Park

Spend some time outdoors at the Delaware-Raritan Canal State Park. Go hiking, boating, or picnicking with the family. You can also rent bicycles and explore some historic trails throughout the park.

Hopewell Museum

Visit the Hopewell Museum to see beautiful displays and collections from the colonial times. With its rich history and rotating displays, the Hopewell Museum is a site you want to visit in the Princeton-Mercer Region. Admission is free.


Princeton Canoe & Kayak Rental

Have some fun in the water by kayaking or canoeing in Carnegie Lake! If you’re feeling adventurous you can even paddle your way from the Princeton dock to the Delaware & Raritan Canal. Picnic tables and biking paths are available as well.

Terhune Orchards

Whether you are looking for some fun with the family or some adult activities, Terhune Orchards has entertainment for all ages. You can pick your own fruits and vegetables or attend farm festivals throughout the year with the kids. In addition, the winery has a tasting room where the adults can relax and sip on some homemade wine!

McCarter Theatre Center

The McCarter Theatre Center for Performing Arts is an active cultural center in the state and the nation. The arts center offers hundreds of performances each year in theatre, dance, and music. There are plenty of events to choose from!