Destination guide

The meeting place of great minds

Princeton has been the meeting point for some of the country's best minds for over 200 years. If you like the blend of history, fine dining and thought-provoking attractions, you've come to the right place. There are simply too many things to do during your first stay in a Princeton vacation rental. Summer opens up the opportunities for walking and canoeing, while the cozy cafes and restaurants are inviting during the cold winter months. Whether you're looking for a cultural escape or a place to bring the whole family, Princeton has got you covered.

Things to do

While away the days at Princeton University

Few educational venues in the US are as prized as Princeton University. The Ivy League school has been the home to many a scholar and scribe. It won't be far from your Princeton vacation rental, and a tour of the hallowed halls of the 18th-century campus is well worth an afternoon. While you are there, swing by the Princeton Art Museum, which has a small but fascinating collection, particularly of Asian works. Round off the stay by scoring some tickets for a show at the McCarter Theatre Center to see one of the fine productions.

Activities

Activities for every season

There's no better season in the year to visit, only different things to do. In the glorious New Jersey summer sunshine, you can saddle up to gallop along the exciting equestrian paths. Alternatively, you can rent a kayak and spend a peaceful afternoon gliding downstream. Cycling is popular in this part of the world, and there are plenty of places for you to ride. During winter, you can wrap up warm to ice skate on the rinks in the park or head into town to browse through the boutiques in search of a bargain.

Weather

Hot summers and freezing winters

The weather in New Jersey is typical of the East Coast, filled with hot summers and freezing winters. The months between July and August tend to be the busiest and it can be a little tricky to score a Princeton vacation rental unless you book early. If you can, try to visit in the shoulder months when the weather can be more comfortable and the attractions less busy. December is always a wonderful time of year to visit, when the Christmas decorations light up the town and there is a full calendar of festive events.

Natural features

A tiny refuge, packed with wildlife

If spotting wildlife is important, try to visit outside the winter months. Princeton vacation rentals are just a short drive away from the Charles H. Rogers Wildlife Refuge, which teems with a diverse assortment of animals. While it may be made up of just 39 acres, a walk through the woods and marshland reveals everything from shy racoons to cheeky woodchucks. You'll likely spot a bounding eastern cottontail as well as a white-tailed deer or two. It's particularly scenic in the spring when the refuge comes alive with wildflower like lilies and violets.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Princeton

Fly into Princeton, NJ (PCT), the closest airport, located 4.8 mi (7.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Trenton, NJ (TTN-Mercer), which is 8.6 mi (13.9 km) away.

Where to stay around Princeton?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 115 vacation rentals near Princeton. From 63 Houses to 21 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Princeton for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Princeton?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Princeton. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Princeton University: 76 vacation rentals
  • Princeton University Art Museum: 80 vacation rentals
  • Princeton Public Library: 80 vacation rentals
  • Albert Einstein's House: 82 vacation rentals
  • Jasna Polana: 85 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Princeton listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Princeton?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 63 Houses in Princeton. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Princeton include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 21 rentals available
  • Cottages: 5 rentals available
  • Cabins: 5 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Princeton?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 28 vacation rentals with pool available in Princeton. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.