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Although best known for its eponymous Ivy League university, Princeton, New Jersey, is an historic locale in its own right. The site of a crucial battle of the American Revolutionary War, this atmospheric college town is nestled on the bank of (manmade) Lake Carnegie.
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8 Somerset St, Hopewell, NJ 08525, USA
Four hundred years of playful history—that's the purview of the Princeton Doll and Toy Museum, which has a collection of antique dolls and toys from the United States and abroad. Among its holdings are a rare papier-mâché clapper doll and...
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
Maybe you normally avoid walking tours, but Princeton walking tours aren't your typical guided tour. On the Princeton Genius Tour, the so-called "Shameless Name-Dropping Tour," a guide shows you all the places where Princeton's most learned men...
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Carnegie Lake, New Jersey 08540, USA
On sunny days, you could do worse than pack a picnic and head down to the banks of Carnegie Lake, the three-and-a-half-mile expanse of water that serves as the training site for the Princeton University rowers. Created in 1906, the Lake was a gift...
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
Undoubtedly one of the best things to do when visiting Princeton is to spend an afternoon walking around the university campus. One of the oldest and most beautiful campuses in the United States, Princeton is also among the most architecturally...
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Princeton Pike, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
Founded in 1930, the Institute for Advanced Study is one of Princeton’s more renowned research centers, not least because the IAS was where Einstein decided to take up a position. And if it’s good enough for him . . . Those of us who are less...
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35 Palmer Square W, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
Few, if any, foodie destinations in Princeton have gotten as much press as The Bent Spoon, a homemade ice cream shop and “good ingredient” bakery on Palmer Square. The attention is well-deserved, as anyone who samples the creamy mascarpone gelato...
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252 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
As Princeton’s main drag, Nassau Street features an eclectic mix of restaurants, from the higher-end spots frequented by visiting dignitaries, to reliable and affordable student favorites. Tiger Noodles falls into the latter category. Come here...
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154 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
What’s an old-fashioned college town without a proper hotcake joint? Maybe it’s that I’ve seen too many movies, but for me the image of a tweedy (and slightly cracked) professor having an informal diner breakfast with an ambitious underclassman is...
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33 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
The blustery Northeast can be pretty dire during the colder months, when you may want to brighten your spirits with a tropical juice infusion at this Princeton oasis. Then again, Tico’s Eatery and Juice Bar is also a pretty ideal destination for...
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73 Palmer Square W, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
Touting the resplendent creations of the late Lilly Pulitzer, Palm Place on, yes, Palmer Square is the ideal antidote to a drab wardrobe. You may need to don some shades when you enter this haven of Palm Beach-chic attire, with its bright, floral...
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25 Palmer Square E, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
The mobiles hang from the ceiling and the display windows flaunt small-scale architectural wonders at JaZams, a toy store geared toward mini Ivy-Leaguers. The children’s book section is one of the more extensive I’ve seen, with innumerous...
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35 Spring St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
From caprese to cannolis, D’Angelo Italian Market on 35 Spring Street is Princeton’s premier location for vittles from bella Italia. Part supermarket, part deli/restaurant and bakery, D’Angelo will help you stock your pantry or satisfy your...