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Crowne Plaza Princeton - Conference Center

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Princeton is a treasure trove of attractions blending education, culture, and leisure. Explore Princeton University, stroll Palmer Square, and enjoy family fun at Sesame Place.

Things To Do

Featured Attractions

Lady looking at art on wall

Princeton University Art Museum

Princeton University, Elm Dr, Princeton, NJ 08544

The Princeton University Art Museum is one of the nation's finest university museums, with collections that feature over 112,000 works of art spanning the globe. From ancient to contemporary art, the museum offers an expansive view of the world's art history through its well-curated exhibitions. Free and open to the public, it serves as a resource for students, scholars, and art lovers alike, providing a diverse and dynamic learning environment that is both educational and inspiring.

Grounds for sculpture area overlooking water

Grounds For Sculpture

80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619

Grounds For Sculpture is a unique outdoor art museum set on 42 beautifully landscaped acres in Hamilton, New Jersey. This magical place offers visitors the chance to experience art and nature intertwined, with over 270 contemporary sculptures by renowned and emerging artists. Enjoy meandering paths, picturesque water features, and seasonal gardens that enhance the sculptural displays. The park also features rotating exhibitions and special events, making every visit a new discovery.

Lit up street at night with Tennessee Theatre sign

Palmer Square

40 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542

Located in the heart of downtown Princeton, Palmer Square boasts a charming blend of shopping, dining, and cultural experiences. This picturesque square is lined with boutique shops, upscale chains, cozy cafes, and fine dining restaurants, all set against a backdrop of historic architecture. Throughout the year, Palmer Square hosts various community events, making it a vibrant hub for both locals and visitors seeking a taste of Princeton's lively atmosphere.

Blossoming tree in park

Morven Museum And Garden Princeton

55 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ 08540

Morven Museum & Garden is a historic site that traces over 200 years of New Jersey history. This former governor's mansion has been transformed into a museum that showcases fine and decorative arts. The beautifully preserved garden offers a peaceful retreat with its elegant plantings and serene walkways. Morven presents a rich educational experience through its permanent collections and changing exhibitions.

Downtown Princeton, NJ in evening

Downtown Princeton

Princeton, NJ 08542

Downtown Princeton offers a vibrant mix of educational, cultural, and commercial activities. You can find everything from local boutiques and international stores to gourmet restaurants and cozy coffee shops. The area is also home to historic sites, including Nassau Hall and Princeton Battlefield State Park, adding a rich historic layer to its lively street scene. Downtown Princeton's walkable streets encourage exploration, making it a perfect destination for a day out.

Theatre seats and stage

McCarter Theatre Center

91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540

McCarter Theatre Center, located at 91 University Place, Princeton, NJ, is a renowned cultural hub offering a diverse array of performances. Enjoy world-class theater productions, music concerts, dance performances, and special events in a historic setting. With a rich history dating back to 1930, McCarter has hosted numerous acclaimed artists and productions. The center features two main venues: the Matthews Theatre and the Berlind Theatre, providing an engaging experience for all audiences.

Local Tips

Local Tips

Must See

Discover Princeton University and the vibrant downtown area; take the free guided tour that delves into the university's history. Visit the Grounds for Sculpture, Morven Museum & Gardens, and Einstein's House. Taste local produce at Terhune Orchards during its seasonal operations. Plan a fun family outing to seasonal attractions like Six Flags Great Adventure Theme Park and Sesame Place.

What's New

The largest Six Flags in the country sits just 30 minutes from our hotel. Discover adventure at Wild Safari, with 1,200 exotic animals and six thrilling roller coasters. Visit the family-friendly Sesame Place, a children’s theme park based on the beloved Sesame Street television program, featuring rides, shows, and water attractions.

Tips

Before venturing out, check the weather and dress accordingly. If visiting Princeton University for the first time, we recommend taking the free tour that explains the history of the university. Additional free parking is available for conference center attendees at 870 Scudders Mill Rd by the attached Holiday Inn Express.

Must Do

Explore Palmer Square and discover boutique shops, diverse dining, and vibrant events. A short drive from our hotel, Plainsboro Preserve features over 1,000 acres of open space with nature trails and the scenic McCormack Lake. Enhance your visit with a round of golf at local courses and delve into history at Morven Museum & Garden.

Don't Go Home Without

Explore the 270 sculptures at the Grounds for Sculpture Park. The 42-acre park includes an outdoor permanent collection and indoor seasonal exhibition. Learn about contemporary sculpture through various educational programs including workshops for adults and children and artist residencies and lectures. Enjoy a first class play at McCarter Theatre in Princeton.