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For other places with the same name, see Trenton (disambiguation).
The NJ State House on West State St.

Trenton is in Mercer County, and is the capital of New Jersey.

Get in

By plane

The nearest airport is Trenton Mercer Airport (TTN IATA) in Ewing, NJ with only limited regional coverage. The more likely option is to fly into major airports in Newark (EWR IATA) or Philadelphia (PHL IATA), both of which allow access to Trenton both by road and rail. From Newark, take the Northeast Corridor NJ Transit Line (it is cheaper than the Amtrak line) to Trenton. From Philadelphia, take the R1 SEPTA Line to the R7 SEPTA Line.

By train

Trenton is located along the Northeast Corridor rail line, accessible to most of the Northeast's major cities. Amtrak, New Jersey Transit, and SEPTA all stop at the Trenton Amtrak Station (72 S. Clinton Avenue). If you are traveling from New York City or Philadelphia, taking NJ Transit or SEPTA respectively will be much cheaper than Amtrak. An alternate which is right in the vicinity is the West Trenton Station, where SEPTA's R3 terminates.

By car

Old Trenton Masonic Lodge, built in 1793

U.S. Highway 1 is the only major highway the runs through the city; however, I-95 runs nearby and offers easy access to Trenton along US 1. NJ Route 129 connects US 1 in the city with the New Jersey Turnpike, I-295, and I-195.

Get around

By bus

New Jersey transit runs a number of bus lines through the city to the surrounding communities. See New Jersey Transit's website [1] for more details.

By rail

Trenton is the southernmost stop on the NJ Transit Northeast Corridor Line, which regularly runs trains from NYC to Trenton. Trenton is also northernmost end of the River Line light rail system, which serves communities along the Delaware River from Trenton to Camden, and the R7 SEPTA line, connecting Trenton and Philadelphia.

By taxi

Trenton also offers taxi services throughout the surrounding regions by companies such as Yellow Cab and United Cab Company.

See

Trenton's City Hall
  • 1 William Trent House, 15 Market St, +1 609 989-3027. 12:30PM-4PM daily, closed on municipal holidays. The home of William Trent, the namesake of the city. Offers tours and educational programs on Colonial American life.
  • 2 New Jersey State House, 125 W State St, +1 609 633-2709. Tours M-F hourly from 10AM-3PM, Sa noon-3PM, closed on state holidays. Offers tours of the state legislature house, assembly, senate, and, when schedules permit, the governor's office. Walk-ins are fine and the tour is free. Reservations are required with a one month notice for groups of 10 or more.
  • Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Rd, Hamilton, +1 609 586-0616. Tu-Su 10AM-6PM. Outdoor art park in nearby Hamilton on the former site of the old Trenton Fairgrounds; some of the old buildings have been incorporated into the site housing galleries, sculpture studios, a gift shop, and cafe. Selected sculptures on display and botanical plantings change throughout the seasons, but don't miss the three-dimensional tableau of Henri Rousseau's "The Dream" hidden in a grove. The highlights of the 35-acre, beautifully landscaped park have paved paths and those in wheelchairs should have no problem getting around; some paths, however, are gravel or stepping stones, and should be navigated with care. Peacocks wander the grounds and beg to be fed a breadcrumb or two. Parking is abundant. Special tours for the blind, those in wheelchairs, small children, artists, and students are available. Note: picnicking is not allowed inside the park. $10, $6 for children up to age 12, and $8 for students and minors over age 12 and seniors.
  • 3 Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack St. Where General George Washington housed troops during the American Revolution.
  • 4 The Planetarium at New Jersey State Museum, 205 W State St, +1 609 292-6333. This facility, which seats 150 people, has been a tradition for years. Thousands of school children and visitors travel to the planetarium each year to see laser shows and exhibits of the solar system.
  • 5 Trenton War Memorial Theater, 200 Barrack St, +1 609 984-8484. This theater seats more than 1,800 people for music events, graduations, and plays.

Do

  • Sovereign Bank Arena, 81 Hamilton Ave, toll-free: +1-888-SBA-TIXX (722-8499). Host to countless events throughout the year including Trenton Devils hockey games, ice shows, monster truck shows, concerts, conventions, circuses, graduations, and boxing matches.
  • The Delaware River also offers a great place for fishing especially with new renovations made to the surrounding land.
  • Watch the Trenton Thunder minor league baseball team.

Learn

  • The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)
  • Thomas Edison State College

Buy

Although there is not much recreational shopping in the city of Trenton, the surrounding area is full of options. Just a few minutes up Route 1 is the Quaker Bridge Mall as well as several strip malls and shopping centers containing dozens of stores.

Eat

In Chambersberg, an Italian neighborhood, there are countless excellent Italian restaurants including:

  • John Henry's Seafood Restaurant, corner of Washington & Mifflin, +1 609 396-3083.

All of these places have been in "The Burg" for many years and are the first places that come to mind for most Trentonians.

  • Malaga, 511 Lalor St, +1 609 396-8878. Spanish food including seafood paellas and wines. On certain nights there is flamenco dancing.

Drink

  • 1 Rho Waterfront, 50 Riverview Plaza. Large riverside nightclub.

Sleep

  • 1 Wyndham Garden Hotel Trenton, 1 W Lafayette St, +1 609-421-4000.

Stay Safe

Trenton has been a pretty dangerous city for a long time. Use common sense and avoid any neighborhood that looks seedy. It is not advisable to walk in the streets at night.

Go next

  • A few miles north of Trenton is Princeton, home of the famed university.
  • Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Rd, Langhorne, PA (take Route 1 S into PA and take Oxford Valley exit), +1 215 752-7070, [2]. Great for families, a Sesame Street-themed amusement park featuring water rides and kid-friendly thrill rides. $53 a person, but discounts are regularly available.

If you are looking for a different experience close to the area, the Jersey Shore is perfect. Point Pleasant, Seaside, and Belmar all offer beaches and boardwalks within 45 minutes of the city via I-195.

Trains also provide a quick ride to Philadelphia and a somewhat longer one to New York City.

Routes through Trenton (by car)
Becomes Ellipse sign 29.svg North  W I-195.svg E  RobbinsvilleHamilton Township
Becomes I-95.svg South  N I-295.svg S  BordentownNewport
New York CityWest Windsor  N US 1.svg S  → Jct US 13.svg S Template:Rtarrow LanghornePhiladelphia
FrenchtownLambertville  N Ellipse sign 29.svg S  Becomes I-195.svg East


Routes through Trenton (by long-distance rail)
Washington, D.C.Philadelphia  SW Amtrak Acela Express icon.png NE  WoodbridgeNew York City
BaltimorePhiladelphia  W Amtrak Cardinal icon.png E  NewarkNew York City
New York CityNewark  N Amtrak Crescent icon.pngAmtrak Palmetto icon.pngAmtrak Silver Meteor icon.pngAmtrak Silver Star icon.png S  PhiladelphiaBaltimore
PhiladelphiaBensalem  W Amtrak Keystone icon.pngAmtrak Northeast Regional.png E  PrincetonNew York City
HarrisburgPhiladelphia  W Amtrak Pennsylvanian icon.png E  NewarkNew York City
BaltimorePhiladelphia  SW Amtrak Vermonter icon.png NE  WoodbridgeNew York City


Routes through Trenton (by commuter rail)
END  SW NJT Northeast Corridor Icon.png NE  PrincetonWoodbridge
CamdenBordentown  SW River Line icon.png NE  END
PhiladelphiaTullytown  SW SEPTA Trenton icon.png NE  END



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