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Nearby Attractions

Book your stay at the Crowne Plaza Princeton Hotel and Conference Center to enjoy close proximity to the legendary school and tons of exciting things to do in Princeton, New Jersey. Our hotel’s located at the edge of Plainsboro allowing guests quick access to all the best sights and sounds of this iconic university town. Check out our list of things to do in Princeton during your stay with us, or ask our friendly and accommodating concierge for more information and reservation assistance.

Plainsboro Village Center

Guests looking for things to do in Plainsboro, NJ will enjoy a trip to Plainsboro Village Center, where you’ll find delicious restaurants like Jhopri Indian Restaurant, Lotus Garden Chinese Restaurant, Mexican Post Restaurant, and Positano Mediterranean Grill, among other casual dining options. guests will also find a hos tof other personal and professional services in downtown Plainsboro. Just 1.1 miles away, guests can enjoy a scenic stroll into town or take advantage of our complimentary shuttle!

Downtown Princeton

In Palmer Square, in downtown Princeton, you’ll find tons of shopping, restaurants, and attractions. Located 10 minutes from the hotel, take a stroll down Nassau Street to find one-of-a-kind boutique shops and brand name stores, in addition to some of the area’s best restaurants.  In the summer, grab a cone at one of the area’s delicious ice cream shops, and enjoy a range of special outdoor events taking place in the square. During the winter months, guests will enjoy the square’s holiday themed decorations.

Princeton University

The most notable attraction in the area, you can’t miss a trip to Princeton University during your stay at the Crowne Plaza. Check out the 17th century architecture lining the campus, or enjoy a stroll through the university’s acclaimed art gallery, and visually impressive chapel. Whether you’re staying with us to tour the school or attending a meeting or conference at the hotel, make sure to visit this iconic Ivy League institution during your stay with us. Make sure to check out a show at the famous McCarter Theatre Center during your visit!  Also located near the hotel, guests will find Rutgers University and Rider University!


There are a ton of things to do in Princeton that center around the city’s historic past. Among these, make sure to check out the Morven Museum and Garden– a home once owned by Declaration of Independence signer, Richard Stockton. Today the museum features a collection of art and historical items, while the house itself serves as a historic relic. Looking for things to do near Princeton with kids? Make sure to check out Sesame Place, located just 30 minutes from the hotel. This kid-friendly theme park based on the popular television program is the ideal place to spend a day with the family. See everything there is to see in Princeton by hopping a board a tour with the Princeton Tour Company!

Outdoor Activities

There are a ton of beautiful parks and outdoor spaces surrounding the Crowne Plaza Princeton! Make sure to check out Mercer Park, a sprawling park that frequently hosts Collegiate and youth rowing competitions, as well as the Plainsboro Preserve, a beautiful area of protected wetlands and walking trails. Get in a round of golf at the Meadows Golf Course by taking advantage of our special Golf & Stay package. Enjoy a day exploring the ever fascinating Grounds For Sculpture, a beautiful museum and outdoor sculpture park located just 20 minutes from the hotel!


A number of events take place in Princeton, NJ and Plainsboro, NJ each year. Check out some of the area’s most popular events, like:

  • The Freedom Fest State Fair
  • Princeton University Reunion Weekend
  • Princeton Sporting Events