Arts & Culture

Arts Council of Princeton

The Arts Council of Princeton (102 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-8777) offers a wide variety of art classes and workshops for children, teenagers, and adults.

Central Jersey Dance Society

The Central Jersey Dance Society (CJDS) sponsors dance lessons and dances at local venues.


Princeton Garden Theatre (160 Nassau Street, 609-683-4656) is within walking distance of the Institute. Other cinemas include: AMC MarketFair 10 (Route 1, Princeton, 609-520-8700), AMC Hamilton 24 (325 Sloan Avenue and Quakerbridge Road, Hamilton, 609-890-4900), Hillsborough Cinemas (111 Raider Road, Hillsborough, 908-874-8181), and Montgomery Cinema (1325 Route 206, Skillman, 609-924-7444).

McCarter Theatre

McCarter Theatre, recipient of the 1994 Tony Award as the nation’s “Outstanding Regional Theatre,” was also named “theater of the year” by The New York Times. McCarter is the region’s leading performing arts center and one of the most active cultural centers in the nation, offering over 200 performances of theater, dance, music and special events each year. Located at 91 University Place, McCarter Theatre offers a full season of theater, music, and dance productions.

Radio Stations

WHWH (1350 AM) and WKXW (101.5 FM) are local radio stations that report Princeton Regional School closings. In inclement weather, schools may be closed earlier than the customary dismissal time or may not open at all if road conditions are hazardous. WPRB (91 FM) is the student-operated station of Princeton University. National Public Radio (NPR) is on WHYY (91 FM) in Philadelphia. The Classical Network, WWFM (89.1 FM), is a service of Mercer County Community College.

Westminster Choir College

Westminster Choir College of Rider University is one of the world’s leading schools of music and offers world-class performances by faculty, students, and special guest artists. Westminster Conservatory of Music, the community music school of Westminster Choir College, offers private and group instruction on nearly any instrument for individuals of all ages and stages of ability. The class schedule and a calendar of events can be viewed online.

Books, Magazines & Newspapers

Book Stores

Bookstores in Princeton include Labyrinth Books (122 Nassau Street, 609-497-1600), which is in walking distance of the Institute, and Barnes & Noble (Princeton MarketFair, Route 1, 609-897-9250).

Magazines and Newspapers

The Kiosk at Palmer Square sells magazines, newspapers, and maps. Princeton’s free weekly newspaper, Town Topics, is delivered on Wednesday afternoons to the Laundry Room. Other area papers available by subscription include: The Princeton Packet, published on Tuesdays and Fridays, The Times of Trenton, and The New York Times.

Princeton Public Library

Princeton Public Library (65 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-9529) offers a wide variety of books, audiobooks, periodicals, music CDs, and DVDs. The Library’s quarterly newsletter, Connectionslists upcoming activities, speakers, and performers. A library card may be obtained through an online form or by requesting an application at the circulation desk. 


English as a Second Language

Helen Goddard hosts English Conversation at her home on 43 Maxwell Lane for members of the Institute community. Please see the Institute’s Calendar of Events for more information on dates and times. English language classes are also offered at Princeton YMCA and Princeton Adult School.

Princeton Adult School

Princeton Adult School offers a variety of non-credit courses open to adult residents of Princeton and neighboring communities. Most classes are held at Princeton High School on Moore Street. At the beginning of September, the fall brochure with course offerings will be made available online. 

Princeton University

Princeton University’s Community Auditing Program (CAP) allows individuals to attend University lectures on a non-credit basis for $175 per course. Registration is required, and class size is limited.

Princeton YWCA and YMCA

The Princeton YWCA (59 Paul Robeson Place, 609-497-2100) and Princeton Family YMCA (59 Paul Robeson Place, 609-497-9622) are membership organizations serving the greater Princeton area. They each offer a wide variety of classes and activities for adults, teenagers, and children.

Day Trips & Tours

Day Trips

There are several websites to help you plan family day trips in New Jersey or trips to New York and Pennsylvania. Princeton Online offers a monthly e-newsletter with many area activities and lists a monthly calendar of events.

Princeton Tours

Bainbridge House (158 Nassau Street), the unofficial visitor’s center for downtown Princeton, offers two-hour walking tours featuring the historical sites of Princeton and contains exhibits and a museum shop. The Updike Farmstead is the home of the Historical Society of Princeton (354 Quaker Road, 609-921-6748) and offers a variety of programs and exhibitions.

Princeton University Tours

Princeton University offers student-led tours and information sessions to campus visitors. Campus guides and pocket-sized books for tours of the campus’s sculptures, gargoyles, and trees are available for purchase at the Princeton University Store.

Food & Drink


Bakeries include: Chez Alice Gourmet Cafe & Bakery (5 Palmer Square, 609-921-6760), The House of Cupcakes (30 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-0085), The Little Chef Pastry Shop (8 Tulane Street, 609-924-5335), and Terra Momo Bread Company (74 Witherspoon Street, 609-688-0188).

Coffee Shops

Many coffee shops are within walking distance of the Institute in the town of Princeton: Rojo’s Roastery (33 Palmer Square, 609-924-7600), Small World Coffee (14 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-4377), and Starbucks (100 Nassau Street, 609-279-9204).

Farm Markets

New Jersey is famous for its fruits and vegetables, which are available well into the fall. Terhune Orchards (330 Cold Soil Road, 906-924-2310) offers pick-your-own fruits, vegetables, and flowers, and sells “Jersey fresh” produce, cider, honey, and baked goods. Terhune is open all year, seven days a week except for major holidays, and hosts seasonal events, such as Apple Day and Kite Day, which are popular with both children and adults. Children are also invited to feed the farm animals.

Food Stores and Supermarkets

Cox’s Market and Catering (180 Nassau Street, 609-924-6269) sells bagels, sandwiches, soups, deli meats, and prepared salads.

D’Angelo Italian Market (35 Spring Street, 609-921-0404) sells Italian specialty groceries and produce, including pastas, prepared foods, freshly-made pizzas and salads, and pastries. 

McCaffrey’s (Princeton Shopping Center, 609-683-1600) is open seven days a week and has a full range of grocery items and prepared foods. The Institute Shuttle includes a stop at the Princeton Shopping Center. 

Nassau Street Seafood and Produce Company (256 Nassau Street, 609-921-0620) sells fresh seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables, and prepared foods.

ShopRite (Mercer Mall, 609-275-8555) is open seven days a week from 6:00 a.m. until midnight. It is a full service food store with a pharmacy and floral department. The Institute Shuttle includes a stop at this location.

Wawa (152 Alexander Street, 609-921-3677), open 24 hours, is a convenience store located near the Princeton train station. Wawa sells coffee, drinks, sandwiches and salads, basic groceries, and telephone debit cards. It is equipped with an automatic teller machine (ATM). 

Wegmans (Nassau Park Boulevard, 609-919-9300) is open seven days a week from 6:00 a.m. until midnight and has a full range of grocery items, prepared foods, and pharmacy. A wine and spirits shop is located adjacent to Wegmans. The Institute Shuttle includes a stop at Wegmans. 

Whole Earth Center (360 Nassau Street, 609-924-7429) offers a full line of organically grown fruits and vegetables.

Whole Foods Market (Windsor Green Shopping Center, 609-799-2919) is a supermarket that also offers cooking classes and other family activities. The Institute Shuttle includes a stop at the Market.

Grocery Delivery

Several stores offer online grocery shopping and delivery to the Princeton area (fees may apply):

- McCaffrey’s in the Princeton Shopping Center accepts grocery orders by phone (609-683-1600) or fax (609-683-1893).

Peapod by Stop & Shop is an online grocery shopping and delivery service

- ShopRite from Home offers delivery service to the Princeton area

Ice Cream Shops

Princeton is well-known for its ice cream shops, which include The Bent Spoon (35 Palmer Square, 609-924-2368), Halo Pub (9 Hulfish Street, 609-921-1710), and Thomas Sweet (183 Nassau Street, 609-683-8720). 

Liquor and Wine Stores

In New Jersey, wine and liquor stores may be open seven days a week. There are several in Princeton’s main business district, including Claridge Wines (Princeton Shopping Center, 609-924-5700), CoolVines (21 Spring Street, 609-924-0039), The Corkscrew Wine Shop (49 Hulfish Street, 609-430-1200), and Varsity Liquors (234 Nassau Street, 609-924-0836).

Pizza Delivery

Several local restaurants deliver pizza and other Italian foods to the Institute housing complex, including Massimo’s (609-924-0777), Princeton Pi (609-924-5515) and Pizza Star (609-921-7422). 


In the Princeton area there are a wealth of restaurants, with several located in the town of Princeton. Princeton Dining is a valuable resource for dining information.



CVS (172 Nassau Street, 609-683-1337) is a source for both non-prescription and prescription drugs.

Princeton University Pharmacy (36 University Place, 609-924-4545) has next day delivery Monday through Friday.

Rite Aid (Princeton Shopping Center 609-924-6125) has a pharmacy and also sells personal care products, groceries, cards and magazines, and other household items.

Pet Care

Petco (Mercer Mall, 609-520-8494) and PetSmart (Nassau Park Pavilion, 609-520-9200) sell pet food and supplies and offer training and grooming services. Princeton Animal Hospital (726 Alexander Road, 609-520-2000) operates seven days a week and offers pet wellness services, dental care, and boarding services. 

Religion & Spirituality

Houses of Worship

A full listing of local places of worship can be found on Princeton Online.

Shopping Centers

Nassau Park Pavilion

Retailers at Nassau Park Pavilion (100 Nassau Park Boulevard) include: Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Home Depot, Home Goods, Kohl’s, Sam’s Club, Target, Wal Mart and Wegmans. The Institute Shuttle stops here.

Palmer Square

Princeton’s business district begins at Palmer Square, located off of Nassau Street between Chambers and Witherspoon Streets. Many retail and dining establishments are located along the Square, and the Institute Shuttle makes several daily stops here.

Princeton MarketFair

Retailers in MarketFair (3535 Route 1) include: Anthropologie, Barnes & Noble, Eastern Mountain Sports, Gap, Gap Kids, Gymboree, LensCrafters, and Pottery Barn, among others. The Institute Shuttle stops here.

Princeton Shopping Center

Retailers in Princeton Shopping Center (301 North Harrison Street) include: Bon Appetit, Great Clips, McCaffrey’sMetropolis Spa & Salon, New York Sports Club, Radio Shack, Signature Dry Cleaners, and Smith’s Ace Hardware, among others. Princeton-Nassau Pediatrics is also located in the Center. The Institute Shuttle stops here. 

The Shops at Windsor Green

Windsor Green Shopping Center (Route 1) includes MarshallsWhole Foods, and Sidney Albert Salon & Spa. The Institute Shuttle stops here.

Quaker Bridge Mall

Quaker Bridge Mall (Route 1 and Quakerbridge Road) is the area’s largest shopping center. Retailers include: JCPennyLord & TaylorMacy’s, and Sears, plus a number of specialty shops. The Institute Shuttle stops here.

Trader Joe's - The Square at Windsor Green

Trader Joe's, 3528 Brunswick Pike, Princeton, NJ 08540, 609-897-0581, is located in The Square at Windsor Green. Lowe's, two furniture stores and two restaurants are also located in this shopping center, which is an IAS shuttle stop.

Travel & Transportation


Local resources for purchasing new bicycles and helmets include Jay’s Cycles (249 Nassau Street, 609-924-7233) and Kopp’s Cycle (38 Spring Street, 609-924-1052). Bike Exchange, located in Trenton, NJ, sells refurbished bicycles with proceeds benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Trenton. New Jersey state law requires individuals under the age of 14 to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle. 


Princeton has a bus transportation system with numerous stops around the area. Visit the NJ Transit website for more information about local bus routes. CoachUSA also offers bus transportation around New Jersey and to and from New York City. The Kiosk at Palmer Square sells bus tickets.


There are several local hotels offering services at various prices: Nassau Inn (10 Palmer Square), Hyatt Place Princeton (3565 US Route 1, 800-230-4134), Hyatt Regency Princeton (102 Carnegie Center, 609-987-2584), Marriott Residence Inn (3563 US Route 1, 609-799-0550), Red Roof Inn (3203 Brunswick Pike, 609-896-3388), and The Westin (201 Village Boulevard, 888-627-7036). A full listing may be found in the Verizon Telephone Directory Yellow Pages and on Princeton Online.


To view the Institute Shuttle schedule, click here.


Princeton is roughly equidistant between New York City, NY and Philadelphia, PA, which increases transportation possibilities in the area. Princeton has its own train station less than two miles from the Institute. Princeton Station connects directly with Princeton Junction Station, located along the New Jersey Transit Northeast Corridor line, which runs from Trenton, NJ to New York City’s Penn Station, and the Amtrak Northeast Regional line, which runs from Newport News, VA to Boston, MA.