New Brunswick, New Jersey: A Visitors Guide

New Brunswick, New Jersey: A Visitors Guide

New Brunswick, situated on the Raritan River, is a 5 square mile city and a vibrant hub of education, museums, art galleries, theatre, pubs, and restaurants.

This is one of the few cities in New Jersey that you can live in without a car. The city runs free shuttle buses throughout the city, in addition to train and bus service provided by New Jersey Transit to/from New York City.



The driving force behind the growth and culture of New Brunswick has been the cooperative effort amongst academia, and the public and private sectors. These entities include Rutgers University, the oldest state university in America and a group of prominent pharmaceutical and health care industry.

New Brunswick also has one of the most diverse mix of residents in the state with the latest census revealing that it has a resident population of over 75 different ancestries.

Things to See and Do

Alfa Art Gallery

Alfa Art Gallery
Supports and provides exposure for emerging and established artists


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American Hungarian Foundation

American Hungarian Foundation
At the Library and Heritage Center learn about the Hungarian historical heritage and cultural in the United States

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Buccleuch Park

Buccleuch Park
Buccleuch Park is home to the Buccleuch Mansion, a former Colonial Estate. Open for tours on Sunday’s 2-4pm from June - October.
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Henry Guest House

Henry Guest House
One of the oldest historic structures that remains in New Brunswick. It built in 1760 and was the hideout of Revolutionary War activist Thomas Paine.
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Jane Voorhees Zimmerli
Art Museum

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum
On the campus of Rutgers, features American nineteenth and twentieth-century art, French nineteenth-century art, and Russian and Soviet art.
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Cabaret Theatre

Cabaret Theatre
A student run theater at Rutgers University, providing the University and its surrounding community excellent theatrical productions at a minimum price.
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Crossroads Theatre

Crossroads Theatre
The theatre is dedicated to producing professional theatre that celebrates the culture, history, spirit and voices of the entire African Diaspora by presenting an honest and positive portrayal of people of color from around the world.

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George Street Playhouse

George Street Playhouse
The theatre is nationally recognized, presenting an acclaimed main-stage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists.



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State Theatre

State Theatre
The theatre endeavors to enrich the lives of people from diverse backgrounds in NJ and to contribute to a vital urban environment by presenting the finest national and international performing artists and providing arts education programs to inform.
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Rutgers Gardens

Rutgers Gardens
One of the few botanical gardens in the country that does not charge a visitor’s fee and is open 365 days a year. It's a self sustaining operation and relies on your support for maintaining the Gardens.
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Stress Factory

Stress Factory
Entertaining New Jersey with the top stand-up comedians. Located a few blocks from Rutgers University, features national acts as well as up and coming performers.

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Raritan River Festival

Raritan River Festival
Held annually in September, the festival's goal is to bring New Brunswick back together with the Raritan River. The event features live music, picnicking and the main attraction -- The cardboard canoe races.
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Places to Stay

Rutgers Inn and Conference Center

Rutgers Inn and Conference Center
Located on the Cook/Douglass campus of Rutgers University. All guests have access to the campus wide bus system.
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Hampton Inn

Hampton Inn
A new hotel, nice place for moderately priced business or leisure stay .
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Heldrich Hotel

Heldrich Hotel
Convenient downtown location walking distance to shops and restaurants and right across the street from the NJ State Theatre.
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Hyatt Regency

Convenient downtown location and walking distance to NJ Transit from NYC.
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