At some point during your visit, you may hear an enthusiastic “Go, Scarlet Knights!” New Brunswick is the home of Rutgers University, the state university of New Jersey and its sports teams, which have been making big news in college sports.
But that’s nothing new – the city was the location of the country’s first intercollegiate football game, Rutgers versus Princeton, in 1869.
The town’s extensive history dates back to pre-Revolutionary times. Pick up the Historic Downtown Walking Map to visit buildings from 1730 through the turn of the 19th century. There’s sophisticated entertainment and dining in New Brunswick, too.
In the 15-block downtown area, nearly 50 restaurants compete for your palate, among them the award-winning Frog and Peach.
There are three distinct theaters – the African American-focused Crossroads Theatre, George Street Playhouse and the State Theater of New Jersey for concerts and special events – as well as the American Repertory Ballet, that also perform at various venues throughout the state.