Labor Day Weekend is here! If you are lucky enough to no be working, enjoy what is left of summer by getting outside and heading into some natural water. Of course, the beach is always a great option but there are plenty of other ways to cool off and enjoy yourself in the Princeton Area:
Mercer County Park
Rent 1 or 2-person kayaks, Row and Pedal Boats and cruise around the lake. $15 for the first hour and $5 each additional. (opens at 12pm)
You can also bring your own boat and launch off the slip. Bring a picnic and enjoy some shade or bring the kids to the playground afterwards to really tucker them out.
Round Valley Reservoir
Fish for up to the 19 species that inhabit the reservoir like bass or rainbow trout. A boat launch is on the north end of the Day Area and can be used to launch sailboats, canoes, kayaks or motor boats up to 10HP. Swimming takes place in the Day Area where there is a sandy “beach”, lifeguards on duty and facilities for changing and a restrooms.
Princeton Canoe Rental
Rent a canoe, kayak or 14-ft adventure boat and paddle down Lake Carnegie. $12-18 for the first hour. (Cash Only)
You have 2 locations to rent from. Griggstown off Canal Road or in Princeton off Alexander Street.
Tubing on the Delaware
Take a ride up to Frenchtown and spend the day on the Delaware River on a Tube. Rentals are $35 per Rider and includes free shuttle service, key check and a free meal at the Hot Dog Stand that randomly sits on an island down the river.
Island Beach State Park
Take the hour-plus drive to the shoreline and hit this great park where you can actually bring your cooler on the beach (Gasp!). This is a preserved barrier island that has 10 miles of shoreline. $10 per car and you should plan on getting there early. Once the parking spaces fill up the park is considered full and you won’t get in. Opens at 8am
Enjoy the weather, the water and the time off if you are lucky enough to have it!