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New Jersey State House

The lively and entertaining tour of this grand government building sheds light on American civic architecture, New Jersey history and democracy’s inner workings.

The New Jersey State House is one of the oldest capitol buildings in continuous use in the United States. The original state house was built with local stone in 1792 for only $400. Portions of the original building are still contained in the current structure, but as New Jersey expanded, so has the building, taking today’s elegant form in the early 20th century. Tour this living government entity to appreciate both its architecture and its longstanding importance to the functioning and development of the Garden State.

As you walk toward the building, look for the golden dome gleaming between the towers. It’s now somewhat hidden by later additions to the building’s façade. 

Spot the enormous rendering of the state seal near the peak of the front of the building before you enter, with the motto “Liberty and Prosperity” scrolled along the bottom. 

On Monday or Thursday afternoons before the tour, sit in on a legislative session, with New Jersey State congresspersons debating the day’s important issues.

Follow an engaged and enthusiastic tour guide who will introduce you to the history and current stories of the building. 

Crane your neck to view the remarkable red rotunda, crowned with Victorian wrought iron balustrades and an enormous cast iron eagle. 

Admire the golden airiness beneath the dome and the stateliness of the caucus rooms. Step inside the governor’s office and imagine yourself in his place, making decisions and signing bills.

Find the New Jersey State House in the heart of downtown Trenton next to the Delaware River. Drive here in 5 minutes from the Trenton Transit Center, which offers bus and rail connections to the area or walk in 20 minutes. Bring your photo ID to park in the free lot under the state house or use metered parking along the street and in nearby lots. 

Free tours run every weekday on the hour from mid-morning to early afternoon and on the first and third Saturdays of the month in early afternoon. Access to the building is available only on a tour.


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Quality Inn & Suites NJ State Capital Area ¥7,445
Quality Inn & Suites NJ State Capital Area

Quality Inn & Suites NJ State Capital Area

7 South Pennsylvania Ave, Morrisville, PA
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of CURE Insurance Arena, New Jersey State Museum, and Waterfront Park. New Jersey State Library and Trenton War Memorial Theater are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Great Bucks County Getaway
    Great Bucks County Getaway

    Great Bucks County Getaway

    Morrisville, PA
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Morrisville vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of New Jersey State Museum and New Jersey State Library. Old Barracks Museum and Trenton War Memorial Theater are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Amazing Home in Historic Berkeley Square
      Amazing Home in Historic Berkeley Square

      Amazing Home in Historic Berkeley Square

      Trenton, NJ
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Trenton, this historic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of New Jersey State Museum and New Jersey State Library. WWII Memorial and New Jersey State House are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Cozy Home Perfect for Families of up to 12!
        Cozy Home Perfect for Families of up to 12!

        Cozy Home Perfect for Families of up to 12!

        Trenton, NJ
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Trenton, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cooper University Hospital Obgyn, Waterfront Park, and CURE Insurance Arena. Capital Health System is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

          SpringHill Suites by Marriott Philadelphia Langhorne ¥11,937
          SpringHill Suites by Marriott Philadelphia Langhorne

          SpringHill Suites by Marriott Philadelphia Langhorne

          200 N Buckstown Dr, Langhorne, PA
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jefferson Bucks Hospital and Sesame Place. Aria Health and Oxford Valley Mall are also within 15 minutes.

            SpringHill Suites by Marriott Ewing Princeton South ¥11,937
            SpringHill Suites by Marriott Ewing Princeton South

            SpringHill Suites by Marriott Ewing Princeton South

            1000 Charles Ewing Blvd, Ewing, NJ
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Ewing hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and Rider University. New Jersey State Museum and Old Barracks Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Courtyard by Marriott Ewing Princeton ¥11,413
              Courtyard by Marriott Ewing Princeton

              Courtyard by Marriott Ewing Princeton

              360 Scotch Rd, Ewing, NJ
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Capital Health Medical Center - Hopewell and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). Washington Crossing Open Air Theater and Delaware Canal State Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Element Ewing Princeton ¥11,413
                Element Ewing Princeton

                Element Ewing Princeton

                1000 Sam Weinroth Road E, Ewing, NJ
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Ewing, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Capital Health Medical Center - Hopewell and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). Washington Crossing Open Air Theater and Delaware Canal State Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).