-- Best New Jersey Day Trips - Trenton & Washington Crossing
-- Restaurants -- Hotels -- Theaters
-- Stadiums/Arenas/Teams -- Historic Homes
-- Battlefields/Military -- Lighthouses
-- Art Museums -- History Museums
A trip to Trenton might be scheduled in conjunction with a visit to the State House while the legislature is in session (typically Mondays and Thursdays, committee meetings in morning or early afternoon, full sessions of Senate and General Assembly generally in late afternoon or occasional evenings, long recesses in summer and during fall campaign seasons, see legislative calendar) Free tours are available of the legislative chambers and other portions of the building, but the front area and Governor's Office are closed as they undergo a major renovation. begun in 2017 and scheduled for completion in 2021).
The State House Complex also includes the New Jersey State Museum with permanent historical and art exhibits and rotating exhibits on special themes, as well as a Planetarium with an auditorium which can accommodate groups of up to 140,. Directly across the street from the State House is the World War II Memorial, a plaza featuring a Lady Victory at the center under a domed archway and flanked by a soldier and engraved timeline of the war.
Grounds for Sculpture
Opened to public in 1992 on site of former New Jersey State Fairgrounds approximately ten-minute drive from central Trenton, Grounds for Sculpture was founded and originally financed by J. Seward Johnson, sculptor and philanthropist and heir of Johnson & Johnson fortune, now a 42-acre public sculpture garden and museum in Hamilton Township with sculptures by Johnson himself and other prominent artists such as New Jersey sculptor George Segal. Frequent themed exhibits, also rents grounds and auditorium for weddings, other events. Daily docent-led tours are available to groups and individual guests, also maps for self-guided visits. Admission $20 adults, $17 for seniors, $10 students aged 6-17, children 5 and under free, online discounts available. Open Monday thru Thursday 10 am-6 pm, Friday thru Sunday 10 am-9 pm. Rats Restaurant (named for character in The Wind in the Willows, Seward Johnson's favorite childhood story book), offers lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch menus featuring country French cuisine with bar and outdoor patio, dinner entrees $21-34, burgers $18, rated 4.4 of 5 stars on OpenTable.com
Trenton Area Dining:
Once well-known for Italian restaurants centered in its Chambersburg section, Trenton's evolution to have greater numbers of Latino and minority residents has seen several of its traditional Italian dining options close down or relocate outside the city.
* Amici Milano now claiming to be the last of the Italian restaurants left within the city (dinner entrees $13-25).
* Marsilio's Kitchen (Italian founded 1951 in Trenton, now in Ewing near Mercer Airport, dinner entrees $21-38)
* . Rossi's Bar & Grill (founded 1932 in Trenton, now relocated to larger facility in Hamilton, known best for burgers, including trademarked Rossiburger at $9.99, also pasta, chicken, pork chops etc)
* . DeLorenzo's Pizza ("Home of the Trenton Tomato Pie" founded 1938 in Trenton, remains owned by DeLorenzo family, now relocated to Hamilton, one of NJ's best-known pizza places, ranked among America's 101 Best Pizzas by DailyMeal.com)
* . Malaga Restaurant (Spanish menu, ranked #1 of restaurants in Hamilton and 4.5 of 5 stars, TripAdviser.com, dinner entrees $22-34)
* Rats Restaurant (within Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, see above comments)