Blog / / Town Tour! Discover West Windsor New Jersey
West Windsor Township measures just over 26 square miles and has a population of approximately 27,000. Incorporated in 1798, it was one of the state’s first 104 townships. The Borough of Princeton was formed from portions of the township in 1813, and Princeton Junction within West Windsor is a reminder of that era. West Windsor is frequently ranked among the highest income municipalities in the state; in 2018, NJ.com listed the township as the ninth wealthiest in New Jersey.
West Windsor Community Farmers Market is a prime destination for those seeking a variety of seasonal produce and more. Shoppers will discover organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables; locally grown oats; alpaca and llama fiber products; grass-fed beef, pastured pork, lamb, poultry, and eggs; artisan cheese and yogurt; savory and sweet pies; cut flowers; honey; mushrooms; cider; bedding plants and hanging baskets. Non-farm vendors’ offerings include artisan breads and pastries; jams; tomato sauces and ketchups; wild caught fresh fish and shellfish; gluten-free breads and muffins; curries and chutneys; fresh pasta, and knife sharpening. A rain or shine event, the market runs every Saturday from May through November at the Windsor Athletic Club at 99 Clarksville Road.
Mercer County Park at 334 South Post Road in Princeton Junction encompasses 2,500-plus acres in West Windsor, Hamilton and Lawrence Townships. The park has 17 athletic fields, an ice skating center and tennis center. Active pursuits include trails for cross country, mountain biking, inline skating and hiking; a boat house/marina, Finn Caspersen Rowing Center, fishing and a crew course at Mercer Lake; plus opportunities for nature photography, picnics, dog parks, volleyball and cricket. The park is open from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Mercer County Park Marina and Boathouse at 334 South Post Road is a gem for weddings, corporate and social events. The renovated lakefront space in Mercer County Park has on-site catering. Mercer County Park Festival Grounds offers over 200,000 square feet of venue space with a 2,200 square foot, state-of-the-art performing arts stage. It hosts a variety of cultural festivals, the Mercer County Cultural Festival, the annual Freedom Fest and the largest dog show on the East Coast, the Trenton Kennel Club Dog Show. West Windsor’s Mercer Oaks East and Mercer Oaks West Golf Courses are two courses which are open year ‘round weather permitting. Mercer Oaks West is an 18-hole championship golf course and Mercer Oaks East is a links-style course. Each provides two completely different challenges for players of all levels. Mercer Oaks East and West are both located at 725 Village Road West, making them part of the landscape of Mercer County Park and Mercer Lake.
West Windsor Skate Park is located in West Windsor Community Park. As the main recreational facility in the township, this 123-acre park also includes a playground, walking and jogging paths, basketball courts, dog parks and tennis courts. Additionally, the park has Little League baseball and softball fields, a Babe Ruth field, football/lacrosse fields and soccer fields for a variety of township sports organizations. It is home to the West Windsor WaterWorks Family Aquatic Center for a refreshing 9,000 square-foot swimming pool, an eight-lane 25 meter lap pool, a 1,700 square-foot wading pool with spray features, a two-story waterslide, plus changing and shower facilities and a concession stand.
For indoor recreation, jump over to Bounce U at 410 Princeton-Hightstown Road. This trampoline space has summer camps, open bounce times, family bounce nights and hosts lively birthday parties.
Van Nest Park at 218 Cranbury Road features a picnic pavilion, playground, dock, boat launch and open space. A memorial to the hysteria of the War of the Worlds radio broadcast by Orson Welles in 1938 (which “took place” in the West Windsor hamlet of Grover’s Mill) is also on display in the park. The American Legion Centennial Memorial at 271 Clarksville Road in Princeton Junction was a project created and sponsored by American Legion Post 76 to honor all veterans and recognize a century of service of its members. The memorial also marks the centennial anniversary of World War I and the formation of the American Legion in 1919. The artistic program of the memorial weaves together poetry, stone and memory, and in so doing asks the visitor to remember and reflect, to consider for a moment the sacrifices of the fallen, to hear the voices of the veterans and to honor friends and relatives who have gone before us in service to their country.
The Princeton Junction Train Station at 2 Wallace Circle is served by NJ Transit and Amtrak rail lines. Albert Einstein, who lived at 112 Mercer Street in Princeton, used to enjoy sitting at the station and watching the trains go by. More than once, he employed trains to explain the practical effects of his General Theory of Relativity. As of 2017, Princeton Junction was NJ Transit’s sixth-busiest station, with an average of 6,817 weekday boardings. In addition to the Northeast Corridor Line, NJ Transit operates a 2.7-mile spur line to Princeton University. Based on its small scale of just one or two trains, the shuttle is affectionately known as “The Dinky.”