This is New Jersey.
Our home may be in central New Jersey, but on a grander scale, it’s central to so much more. Rider's picturesque suburban campus is located in the heart of Jersey for access to key points including historic Princeton, the Poconos, Philadelphia, New York City and the beaches of the Jersey Shore.
Plus, our county, Mercer County, is at the epicenter of the American Revolution with an array of historical sites to visit in Trenton and the surrounding area to learn more about our rich history.
Our town of Lawrenceville is home to activities and dining for all. Varsity Pizza is only a two-minute drive from campus, or grab a bite or treat at our favorite fast-casual spots like La Taqueria, Fedora Bistro Cafe, PJ’s Pancake House, The Gingered Peach Bakery, Route 1 Diner and more. Lawrenceville has several shops where you can get anything you need, or you can travel up Route 1 to shop at Quakerbridge Mall or find stores like Target, Trader Joe's and more.
Here are a few of our favorite spots that are just a short ride away from campus:
Princeton is where classic meets contemporary. Take a short ride from campus to explore the shops in Palmer Square and enjoy your pick of unique cafes and restaurants. This charming town is also home to several historic landmarks and picture-perfect spots.
Enjoy a game of bowling or laser tag and have a great time with friends! Located only 10 minutes from campus, it is just a short drive away from a fun afternoon.
Experience the thrills of Six Flags amusement park! Roller coasters, safaris, thrill rides and more adventures are just 30 minutes away from Rider.
Visit this outdoor sculpture park with expeditions for all. Snap some unique photos and admire the beautiful art that is only 10 minutes from campus.
Activities in the surrounding area
Not only are there many things to do around the Lawrenceville area, but the surrounding area is home to big cities and exciting places to visit. Check out our favorite locations to travel just for the day, or a weekend.
Located less than half an hour away from campus, New Hope and Lambertville are popular cultural destinations. Shopping, award-winning dining, events and more make the waterside towns the perfect place to visit for the day. Walk the state line between New Jersey and Pennsylvania and enjoy beautiful views of the Delaware River.
Plan an adventure to this scenic state park. Explore nature with beautiful recreational trails along a historic canal. Enjoy biking, hiking, kayaking, and more.
Located about an hour away, the Jersey Shore is home to several free beaches and places to explore! Take a drive to see the sunrise or relax in the sunshine on a weekend.
Tour the city of Philly and explore landmarks, restaurants, and more. Less than an hour from campus, Philly is one of the best places to go for a day trip or just a fun afternoon.
Explore the metropolitan area of New York City and the adventures it has to offer. With its close proximity to Rider, NYC is the perfect place for a day trip. The city is located about 90 minutes away from campus.
Less than 2 hours away is the beautiful Pocono Mountain range. Visit indoor water parks, ski, swim by the lakes, hike, and more in this Pennsylvania mountain area. There is always something to explore.
Navigating Lawrenceville and beyond
Rider’s central location also offers easy accessibility to public transportation for commuting to campus, exploring the area, or taking long-distance trips. Learn more about the various transportation options offered by Rider’s Auxiliary Services.
Rider operates a free campus shuttle Monday through Saturday each week during fall and spring semesters that includes stops at area commercial centers, transportation hubs and local attractions.
- NJ Transit
NJ Transit operates New Jersey's public transportation system including buses, trains and light rails. Students and visitors can take advantage of NJ Transit to navigate across the state and travel to New York City.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) operates public transit throughout counties in and around Philadelphia.
From the Trenton Transit Center, students and visitors can board an Amtrak train traveling between cities along the Northeast Corridor Line. In addition, the Trenton Transit Center is also a hub for NJ Transit trains to and from New York City and SEPTA Trenton Line Regional Rail trains to and from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Trenton-Mercer Airport (5 mi.)
- Philadelphia International Airport (39 mi.)
- Newark Liberty Airport (41 mi.)
Staying in town
Heading to Rider’s campus and looking for a place to stay overnight? Well, you’ve got plenty of options. Take a look at our list of hotels that are just a short ride away from campus or near the highway for easy travel home.
See Rider for yourself
Our Lawrenceville, NJ campus offers 280 acres to wander, discover and learn by heart. Get familiarized with our vibrant campus community by taking a virtual tour or visiting us in person for a campus tour.