How to Spend 24 Hours in Trenton, NJ

Kim Carpenter
Photo of Kate Morgan
1 March 2018

There’s a lot to do in Trenton. There are world-class museums, great shopping and delicious restaurants. It’d take much more than 24 hours to experience it all, but if you only have a day, here’s how to spend it.

Where to eat:

To really experience the variety of the Garden State, make your way to the Trenton Farmer’s Market. You can shop fresh fruit and vegetable stalls, pick up fresh, delicious baked goods, and sample some incredible BBQ. Come hungry, and you’ll leave very, very happy.

You’ll have to leave Downtown Trenton to get to Rat’s Restaurant in Hamilton, but it’s absolutely worth it. The location on the Grounds for Sculpture makes for dinner with a view, and the country French cuisine is absolutely to die for.

What to do:

Visit the New Jersey State Museum, where you’ll find an incredible array of exhibits ranging from fossils and Native American artifacts to fine art. Get up close and personal with stars and comets in a 140-seat planetarium, and enjoy the beauty of the building itself, which was built in the 1800s on the banks of the Delaware.

Catch a game at Arm & Hammer park, where it’s root, root, root for the home team: the Trenton Thunder. It’s the perfect family activity on a warm summer afternoon, and the best part is that tickets are remarkably affordable.

23 fireworks spectaculars in 2018! Be there for the magic #25SeasonsOfThunder

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At the tiny, intimate Mill Hill Playhouse, every seat is the best seat in the house. The gothic revival building was constructed in 1873, and today it hosts the workshops, readings, concerts and plays of the Passage Theatre Company.

Lovely #rainy day in #Trenton @millhilltrenton #passagetheater #millhillplayhouse

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