Recreation and nature—the Princeton area offers an abundance of parks where you can pursue your favorite outdoor activities.
If you enjoy communing with nature or taking part in more adventurous sports, there are many parks and recreation areas in the Princeton area to satisfy your interests.
Mercer County and Plainsboro
In town, the Princeton Battlefield State Park, Barbara Boggs Sigmund Park, and Greenway Meadows offer walking and biking paths, gardens, playgrounds, and peaceful areas for relaxing and enjoying the outdoors. The Mercer County Park in nearby West Windsor has more than 2,500 acres, with facilities for softball, soccer, golf, baseball, tennis and ice skating. It hosts hundreds of diverse events throughout the year.
The New Jersey Audubon Society manages the 1000-acre Plainsboro Preserve, located along the Route 1 corridor—one of the region’s most significant ecological legacies.
The Princeton Recreation Department operates the Community Park swimming pool located on 380 Witherspoon Street for Princeton resident families and their guests. Membership information can be found on the Princeton Recreation Department website.
The Delaware River
Near Lambertville, NJ, just a 30-minute drive from Princeton, you can bike or walk on the Delaware-Raritan Canal path which parallels the Delaware River. Washington Crossing State Park, at Titusville, NJ, is where George Washington made his famous crossing of the Delaware and has miles of trails for biking and hiking. On the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware at New Hope and Point Pleasant, PA, you will find outfitters that can take you upriver for a lazy day of canoeing or tubing.
The New Jersey Pine Barrens, the Jersey Shore, the Appalachian Trail, and ski slopes in the northern part of the state offer other opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
If you like to watch sports, there are athletic events held both at the University and other local colleges and universities and professional sports teams in the New York and Philadelphia areas.
Private Neighborhood Swim Clubs
The Broadmead Pool, located at 184 Broadmead Street, has brought summer joy to Princeton area families since it was first opened over 50 years ago. Princeton University families and students receive preferential membership rates. Lifeguards offer private and group swim lessons, and we also host yoga classes, all available to members
The Nassau Swim Club, located at 2 Lower Springdale Road, is a small co-operative swim club that has been a part of the Princeton community for more than 50 years. Located just down from Princeton University’s Graduate College and the Institute for Advanced Study, the club hosts swim and dive teams, community potlucks, early morning adult lap swims and affordable swim lessons.