When autumn arrived, the College’s students found time to get off campus and enjoy the crisp, beautiful season. Students visited a variety of places in the surrounding area, some are well known destinations and others are hidden gems.
Grounds for Sculpture:
One town over from the College, in Hamilton, N.J., Grounds for Sculpture is a public modern sculpture garden and museum. The grounds opened to the public in 1992, thanks to the vision of philosopher and sculptor, J. Seward Johnson. Visitors can roam and explore the 42 acres filled with sculptures ranging from Robert Strang’s abstract forms to intricate, realistic scenes sculpted along the river.
“I would say the best part was seeing famous paintings such as “The Scream” brought to life in a 3D sculpture that allows you to actually see the subject from all sides,” said freshman physics major Tim Osborn after his trip to the Garden’s with the College’s honors program. Admission is $12 for adults, and within the garden there is restaurant and small café.
Trenton Farmer’s Market:
When looking for pumpkins and gourds to decorate a dorm room, or fruits and vegetables to do some weekend cooking, the College’s students turn to the Trenton Farmer’s Market.
The market is located on Spruce Street right next to the common ice cream destination, Halo Farms.
The fruitful market has rows upon rows of freshly grown and relatively inexpensive produce from a collection of local farms. In addition to the products that grow there, the market also sells homemade desserts and breads.
Princeton Art Museum:
Hidden a bit deeper within the Princeton University Campus, the Princeton Art Museum has 80,000 pieces of art from a broad range of world regions and time periods.
The museum frequently hosts exhibits in addition to the usual collection.
The museum is an indoor fall activity, but if the weather is beautiful, the University’s campus and Nassau Street can stand alone as destinations to explore when students are looking to make a day of their trip to Princeton.
When it is time for time for the most classic of fall events — apple picking — students at the College pay a visit to Terhune Orchard in Princeton.
The homey, family farm lets apple-lovers pick their own apples in the orchard in addition to picking their own pumpkins and relishing in farm animals and freshly-baked pies.
Tyler State Park:
Across the river, in the neighboring Buck’s County, Tyler State Park offers students a chance to go hiking, fishing and picnic or even enjoy a game of disc golf.
The park is 1,711 acres and has four miles of hiking trails. Along the trails, hikers can stop off at picnic groves or explore the shore of the Neshaminy Creek. The park frequently hosts craft fairs and the Center of the Arts there offers classes and workshops.