Things to do in Lambertville NJ
July 2, 2022
Lambertville NJ has delightful Victorian architecture, antiques, art + artisans, galleries, coffee shops, shopping, and a vibrant food scene. Nestled on the banks of the Delaware River, this famed “river town” is sure to charm and surprise you!
The Scenic Delaware River
Let’s start at the river! Stroll on the pedestrian walkway of the iconic Lambertville-New Hope Bridge, and stop right in the middle. Look down and you will see the state lines for NJ and PA painted right on the bridge! Enjoy an amazing view of the mighty river, watch the boat and ducks, and make sure to take a photo!
Head back over the bridge to the entrance to the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, often referred to as “the towpath.” The towpath’s earlier travelers were mules and horses who towed barges of freight along the canals. The D&R is one of New Jersey’s most popular recreational areas for canoeing, jogging, hiking, bicycling, and fishing. With its wooden bridges and 19th century bridge lock tender houses, remnants of locks, cobblestone spillways and hand-built stone-arched culverts, the canal is a tremendous attraction for history lovers as well. During the warmer months, look out for herons, eagles, and swans.
Explore on a Bike
Popular with cyclists of all ages, Lambertville is the perfect starting point for exploring Hunterdon on a bike. The D&R Canal Towpath – Lambertville to Frenchtown is a family friendly ride alongside the river. The Lambertville Loop offers gradual climbs and descents, quiet country roads and gorgeous scenery. Add a tour of the nearby Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum, a fascinating look at Hunterdon’s farming heritage. The museum is open Wednesdays all year long and Sundays May- October.
Not sure you’re in the mood to work hard on your day off? Pedego offers electric bike rentals and suggested excursions in and around Lambertville. With Pedego’s built-in tailwind you can easily explore every charming street in town as well as scenic vistas of the Delaware River.
Eats + Treats
Back in town, it’s time to eat! From gastro pubs to historic inns, Lambertville’s quaint streets are lined with restaurants, cafes, bakeries, ice cream shops, and candy makers – there’s something for every taste and every occasion!
Combining luxury and history, The Lambertville House is a premier destination for social gatherings, a business lunch, or a weekend getaway. Built in 1812, the extensively restored Lambertville House Lounge offers an impressive wine list and creative small plate dining. Upstairs are charming guest rooms, including some with wrought iron balconies and stone fireplaces.
Located alongside the river, with stunning views, the Lambertville Station is a meticulously restored 1867 railway station. The Station’s New American Cuisine features signature dishes such as Chesapeake Lump Crab Cakes and classic Rack of Lamb. The cozy downstairs Wine Cellar has stone walls, overstuffed couches and roaring fires in the winter. In the warm months, the canal-side open air bar and patio is a picture perfect spot to enjoy a specialty cocktail or a relaxing lunch. The Inn at Lambertville Station has 46 elegant guest rooms, and is a top pick for wedding receptions and special events.
Hamilton’s Grill Room is nestled in a secluded courtyard along the canal by the Delaware River. The creation of award winning Broadway set designer and restaurateur Jim Hamilton, the restaurant is warm, soulful, and sophisticated, and an ideal spot for a special occasion. The menu delights with creative Mediterranean inspired dishes, which change with seasons.
Under the Moon is set in a pretty Victorian nestled behind a wrought iron fence with a lovely shaded patio for warm weather dining. Everything is made from scratch; and the cafe and restaurant serves a creative mix of internationally inspired cuisine.
Anton’s at the Swan serves new American comfort food in a historic, romantic, elegant restaurant with a full bar and seasonal patio. El Tule offers authentic Peruvian cuisine in a cozy family owned restaurant.
Lambertville Trading Company, Union Coffee, and Bucks on Bridge are cozy and welcoming coffee houses serving up artisan coffee, tea, and homemade sweet treats. Meta Cafe and Chive Cafe and Catering serve up coffee and scrumptious breakfast and lunch menus.
Peace Pie serves gourmet ice cream sandwiches and Owowcow Creamery is committed to supporting local farmers, sourcing local and organic dairy, fruits and vegetables, eggs, and raw honey to make their signature flavors.
Newcomer Lambertville Bakehouse serves baked goods, made fresh daily, from wholesome local ingredients. La Chocolate Box is a boutique shop offering the finest chocolates and confections from around the world and Hunterdon County.
Artisans + Antiques
Next up, treasure hunting!! Antique shops, art studios, custom jewelers, artisan galleries, boutiques, and gourmet foods can all be found in this charming small town.
A Mano Galleries, located in a historic Five & Dime building, specializes in contemporary American crafts including jewelry, pottery, and hand-crafted furniture. Surprising and creative gift options can be found throughout the large emporium including whimsical clocks, artisan barware, colorful knits, toys, and kaleidoscopes.
With 50 dealers and artists’ studios on three floors, The People’s Store Antiques and Design Center is the place to discover one-of-kind antiques and treasures. Union Jack carries uniquely British treats and gifts, and Panoply Books offers rare and out-of-print used books and vinyl records. At Sojourner “Bohemian chic” from around the world includes furnishings, textiles, beads, jewelry, and clothing. For a complete listing of shops and restaurants, visit lambertvillechamber.com
Spend a day or a weekend exploring this vibrant and historic river town by foot or by bike and you will find yourself planning your next trip to Lambertville, NJ!