Top 10 Things to do in Pennington, United States

February 20, 2018 Darwin Bolte

Pennington is a borough in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 2,585, reflecting a decline of 111 (-4.1%) from the 2,696 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 159 (+6.3%) from the 2,537 counted in the 1990 Census.
Restaurants in Pennington

1. Hopewell Valley Vineyards

46 Yard Rd, Pennington, NJ 08534-3905 +1 609-737-8816
Excellent
57%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 94 reviews

Hopewell Valley Vineyards

Blending Old World flair with New World style, our winery brings three generations of Tuscan wine-making experience to the beautiful Hopewell Valley. Just a short drive down a country road, Hopewell Valley Vineyards is your escape to another world. Come join us to sample our wines which include vinifera, New World and Italian varieties at our copper tasting bar; sit alongside the grand piano and enjoy classical and jazz performances on the weekends, and breathe in the view of the Sourland Mountains. We invite you to slow down and enjoy our award winning wines!We're also thrilled to now be able to offer a convenient way to order HVV wines online and take advantage of direct shipping. Visit our website -> SHOP -> ONLINE WINE STORE to enter our new online wine catalog which also features many wine related articles for the many wine lovers out there!

Reviewed By worktotravel14 - Arlington, VA

Enjoyed visiting this vineyard for the first time. They have a variety of estate grown, estate fermented, and wines just hosted at the estate. Many of their reds are actually made from grapes coming out of California, which generally means that they are superior to others that you might have in this area of the country. There's is something for everyone including whites, reds, sparkling and even one blush. They have a variety of dry, off dry, and sweet wines. I was surprised to see that many of their wines were off dry. That feature seemed to smooth out the wine rather than sweeten it.

Jazz on Sundays is fabulous as is the variety of foods that they offer - which includes different types of cheese plates and Sicilian pizzas.

The wine tastings are just the right price at $6 or $10 including the glass. The day we visited the counter was very hectic, so it wasn't much of an experience. Thus, the removal of 1 star. I would have liked to have learned about the wines a little bit more and about the vineyard. The pourer thought I was young so perhaps contributed to why they were superficial about handing over the knowledge.

2. Rosedale Park

Federal City Road, Hopewell, NJ 08525 +1 609-448-1947
Excellent
79%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 28 reviews

Rosedale Park

Reviewed By Tom T - Hopewell, New Jersey

Rosedale lake is so serene and beautiful. Whether it's a summer morning or a winter sunset, the park is my go to place for finding peace. Take a stroll on the LHT trail or plan a picnic lunch overlooking the beautiful lake, it's all good!

3. Washington Crossing State Historic Park

355 Washington Crossing Pe Rd, Titusville, NJ 08560-1517 +1 609-737-0623
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 89 reviews

Washington Crossing State Historic Park

Reviewed By podrozniczka60 - New Jersey

It costs $5 per car to get in on weekends - free on weekdays which favors leisure people who do not work on weekdays.. You can get the trail map at the entrance or in the Visitor Center. Our picnicking was surprisingly inconvenient. One of the picnic grounds you have to preregister for - likely for groups or large families - so we could not use it. The largest picnicking area was behind the Visitor Center .It is a very large beautiful space with many tables and at least three barbecues but nobody using the facilities, nobody sitting at the tables. The reason is - there is only handicapped parking and NO regular parking. We had to carry the supplies through the grass 200 or more meters. We did it but I can see why others do not . Totally awkward. There is a third picnic area which we discovered later where parking is close to the tables. So if you want to picnic and have a lot of supplies go to Knox Grove area.
We enjoyed our hiking but objectively the trails are poorly maintained and marked just OK. The best it is to combine a few trails -red,green,blue - to have a more substantial hike. The Nature center area offers "clockwise" and "counterclockwise" trails. Continental lane trail is probably most enjoyable if you want something simple.

4. Crossing Vineyards and Winery

1853 Wrightstown Rd, Washington Crossing, PA 18940-2607 +1 215-493-6500
Excellent
75%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 292 reviews

Crossing Vineyards and Winery

Reviewed By terrifina - Pennsy

The winery is really beautifully done, with lush flora everywhere. They have invested well in the property and made it a place to admire the charming atmosphere.

The problem is it serves less than charming wine, witch is kind of why you would go to a winery in the first place, Worth a visit to see, but my guess is you won't be coming back for the libations...

5. River Horse Brewing Company

2 Graphics Dr, Ewing, NJ 08628-1546 +1 609-883-0890
Excellent
51%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 54 reviews

River Horse Brewing Company

Local brewery handcrafting unique beers and offering weekend tours with tastings, plus company swag.

Reviewed By P F B - Edison, New Jersey

Small sampling area. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Good tasting brews. They offer a 45 minute to tour of the brewery or you can take a virtual tour. Pints or samplers are available. You can bring food and there’s also a food truck that stops by. Some of the brews are available to take out as sixes and also growlers are available. I did find the prices of the sixes a little high.

6. Princeton University

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544-0001 +1 609-258-3788
Excellent
78%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 834 reviews

Princeton University

The ivy league campus is ideal for a stroll, where some interesting buildings may be visited.

Reviewed By Herstory_62 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A classic magnificent campus in the heart of a bustling & charming historic town that maintains centuries of tradition, alongside state of the art libraries, museums, facilities & a magnificent chapel. An obviously diversified student population of women & men enhances the ambiance, as well as the appeal for generations to come.

7. Grounds For Sculpture

80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619-3451 +1 609-586-0616
Excellent
84%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Grounds For Sculpture

The perfect day trip! Grounds For Sculpture (GFS), located in Hamilton, New Jersey (midway between Philadelphia and New York), is a forty-two acre not-for-profit sculpture park and arboretum founded by Seward Johnson. Its collection features more than 270 contemporary sculptures by renowned and emerging artists. Exhibitions change seasonally in five indoor galleries. With rich educational offerings, a robust schedule of performing arts, and fun family events, the park is open year-round. Shopping and dining options complement every visit. Members receive free admission year-round plus a host of other benefits. For hours, admission prices, membership information, and a calendar of events, visit us online.

Reviewed By Barbara P

Not sure how I never heard of this place but I've been twice now and looking forward to going back. Amazing grounds and gardens and interesting sculpture everywhere you turn. Both times we started by going to Ratt's Restaurant and then actually driving around to the visitors center. I've been in summer and spring and now looking forward to a fall visit. This would be difficult for someone with limited mobility or anyone in a wheelchair due to spots with uneven terrain so call ahead to reserve a guide / golf cart tour. For everyone else -- as large as the grounds are - you're walking at your speed with plenty of places to take breaks - including a few snack locations throughout the park. We've never had alot of luck following the maps but you really don't need them - and all the sculptures are well labeled.

8. Howell Living History Farm

70 Woodens Ln, Lambertville, NJ 08530-2504 +1 609-737-3299
Excellent
61%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

Howell Living History Farm

Reviewed By Jimrad - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

We take our Grandchildren here so much, the period-dressed staff remember their names! From feeding the chickens, to gathering eggs and pumping water for the cattle, it's a great experience for young minds. Depending on the time of year, there are various scheduled activities (usually on the weekends) but don't let that stop you from visiting during the week.

9. Cherry Grove Farm

3200 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-1111 +1 609-219-0053
Excellent
61%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Cherry Grove Farm

Cherry Grove Farm is a diversified, sustainable dairy farm and creamery situated on 480 acres of woodland, wetland and pasture in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. We make award-winning farmstead cheeses from our grass-fed cows' milk. Our cheeses are made in small batches and aged on the farm, with attention paid to the craft of artisanal cheesemaking. Each piece reflects the distinct flavors, aromas and seasonal variations of our unique terroir. Developed from classic European recipes, our cheeses are American originals. As part of our sustainable ecosystem, we also raise a small number of pigs, lambs, chickens and beef cattle, producing grass- and whey-fed meats, raised without hormones, antibiotics or steroids. By raising a variety of animals we use our resources more efficiently, creating a farm that is sustainable not only in production, but also as a business. With this ethos comes a commitment to the long term health of our land. We believe in building from the soil up, working every day to ensure that our organically certified pastures are nourished and thriving. If we take care of the land, the land will sustain us. Our commitment as a farm is to be transparent, to educate and engage with our community, reconnecting our neighbors to the land and the source of their food.

Reviewed By djfs - West Milford, New Jersey

This is a quaint farm store with lots of homemade goodies. However, the prices were for the very wealthy. There were people buying, but this fare was way beyond my wallet. I can't rate the food since I left quietly and will not return

10. Lawrence Hopewell Trail

197 Blackwell Rd, The Historic Hunt House, Pennington, NJ 08534-4204 +1 609-734-5254
Excellent
83%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 17 reviews

Lawrence Hopewell Trail

Reviewed By Altonmann - Pennington, NJ

This is quite an extensive trail suitable for biking or walking. There is an amazing variety of landscape to experience- farmland, lakes, meadows- all well preserved. Best of all the trail is extremely well marked, with signs at every turn and distances as well. If this is your sort of entertainment, it is one of the best we've seen.

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