Trenton Tourist Attractions

In the centre of the state, on the Delaware River, is the state capital, Trenton, which preserves a number of historic buildings and sites. This is where Washington inflicted a decisive defeat on the Hessian soldiers stationed in the Old Barracks.

Washington Crossing State Park

Washington had to cross the Delaware, which he did at Christmas 1776 in icy cold conditions, north-west of Trenton in what is now Washington Crossing State Park - a name that recalls the famous painting "Washington Crosses the Delaware", an icon of American art.
After crossing the rough winter river at night, General George Washington and the Continental Army landed at Johnson's Ferry, at the site now known as Washington Crossing State Park. At 4 am, they began their march to Trenton where they defeated the Hessian troops in an unexpected attack. The park is also well known for its trails and wildlife habitat.
Address: 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ 08560-1517, United States

Ferry House

This early 18th-century gambrel roof farmhouse and tavern was owned by Garret Johnson, who operated a 490-acre colonial plantation and a ferry service across the river in the 1700s. The house was likely used briefly by General Washington and other officers at the time of the Christmas night crossing of the Delaware. Several rooms are furnished with local period pieces; similar to the furniture used by the Johnson family from 1740 to 1770.
Address: 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ 08560-1517, United States

New Jersey State House

Collections of art and period rooms are located within the New Jersey State House. The 1792 building is crowned with a gold dome. Legislative sessions and committee meetings are open to the public.
Typical tours of the State House include the Senate and Assembly chamber galleries, party conference rooms, the rotunda and Governor's Office reception room.
Address: 125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08625-0068, United States

William Trent House

Built as a summer home around 1719 by William Trent, a wealthy Philadelphia merchant trader and ship owner. It is furnished according to an inventory completed in 1726, although not original furnishings the contents of the house provide a good picture of life in a privileged household of the early eighteenth century.
Official site:
Address: 15 Market Street, Trenton, NJ 08611-2147, United States

Cadwalader Park

Trenton purchased the Farlee estate for a city park and contracted landscape designer, Frederick Law Olmstead. The park honors Dr Thomas Cadwalader, the community's first chief burgess and a pioneer in the use of preventive inoculation.

Ellarslie Mansion - Trenton City Museum

Ellarslie, an Italianate villa, was built for Henry McCall Sr. of Philadelphia as a summer residence in 1848. The Trenton Museum features a permanent collection of artifacts highlighting the historical past of Trenton. The second floor is home to tableware, sanitary ware and artware produced by Trenton's ceramic industry in the 19th and 20th century.
Official site:
Address: 319 East State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608-1809, United States

Invention Factory

The John A. Roebling's Sons company has had an impact on then lives of many Americans. The Roebling Bridge Division created the Brooklyn Bridge, other Wire and Wire Rope Products came from Roebling too - even the Slinky.
Address: 379 Hamilton Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08611-1822, United States

Old Barracks Museum

The Old Barracks Museum was originally built in 1758 to house troops during the French and Indian War. It played a major role in the 1776 and 1777 Battles of Trenton during the Revolutionary War.
Official site:
Address: Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ 08608, United States

Watson House

The Isaac Watson House, built in 1708, serves as the New Jersey State Society DAR Headquarters. The furniture in the house dates to 1790 and some pieces were made by New Jersey craftsmen.
Address: 151 Westcott Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08610-5721, United States

New Jersey State Museum

The New Jersey State Museum features Native American archaeological exhibits, fine and decorative arts, and a flag collection that consists of 191 flags.
Address: 205 West State Street, Box 530, Trenton, NJ 08625-0530, United States

Main Museum

The Main Museum has three floors of exhibits featuring archeology, fine arts, cultural history and natural science.
Address: 205 West State Street, Box 530, Trenton, NJ 08625-0530, United States


This 150-seat Planetarium features a wide range of sky shows as well as virtual recreations of the solar system.
Address: 205 West State Street, Box 530, Trenton, NJ 08625-0530, United States

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