As the heart of New Jersey’s state capital, downtown Trenton is full of cultural, recreational and historical attractions as well as government buildings. You’ll find art galleries, state and local libraries and museums, plus a wonderful planetarium, theaters, public spaces, shops, clubs and restaurants — all the things you would expect to find in a capital city. If you dig a little deeper, you will quickly discover downtown Trenton’s unique attractions and hidden gems as well.
If you are a history buff, you probably already know that Trenton is home to a number of significant Revolutionary War sites. It was here on the morning of December 26, 1776, that General George Washington’s army surprised and defeated mercenary Hessian troops after crossing the icy Delaware River. The Battle of Trenton proved to be a pivotal event that restored the morale of Washington’s army. A few days later, his troops prevailed once again at the Battle of Princeton. For a brief time after the war, in 1784, Trenton served as the U.S. capital.
Today, New Jersey’s capital welcomes visitors year-round to such historic attractions as the Old Barracks Museum, the Douglass House, the Trenton Battle Monument, the William Trent House Museum, and the “Winds of Change.” They can all be found right in the downtown district, along with so many more fascinating things to see and do.
There are events popping up all around town, from concerts and museum exhibitions, to walking tours and live theater. And there is always something amazing to eat. No visit to downtown Trenton is complete without a stop at one of our many restaurants, featuring diverse cuisines to appeal to every taste.
What makes downtown Trenton so special is its active community. Local businesses and organizations are continually hosting new events and smaller-scale happenings. Sign up for our eblasts and follow TDA on Facebook and Instagram for updates and events listings.
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