NJ Central: Five reasons why Peddie’s location is perfect


Raga Bhagavathi ’19 sums up why Peddie’s locale is tops.

Peddie is located in the heart of New Jersey, just outside of Princeton and only an hour from Philadelphia and New York City. It's the perfect location, here are five reasons why.

1. The Jersey Shore

Peddie is about a 45-minute drive to the Jersey Shore, which is full of great places like Belmar and Asbury Park. You could spend an entire day relaxing on the beach and going into the water, or you could spend a night on the Asbury Park boardwalk. No matter what time of day you choose to go, there are so many amazing restaurants to choose from and places to visit!

Fun fact: The Silverball Museum Arcade is run by Peddie family Jeanne Laman Ilvento ’79 and her husband, Robert P ’12, who are parents of Carly Ilvento ’12!

Peddie students at the Jersey Shore

There is so much to do in Asbury Park! Karly Bullock '19 (right) and I recently enjoyed a relaxing day there.

2. NYC

There’s something for everyone here. You could catch a Broadway show, walk around Times Square and eat at one of the hundreds of tremendous restaurants in the area. Just like the beach, no matter what time you end up in the city, there’s always something fun to do.

Fun fact: Peddie frequently has school-sponsored trips to museums, concerts and Broadway shows, so all you have to pay for is your dinner!

Peddie students Broadway show

My friend Bella Lagrego '19 and I saw “School of Rock” on Broadway during a Peddie trip to NYC.


3. We’re pretty close to Philadelphia, too.

Philly is about an hour away and consists of so much of our nation’s history. You could go to Independence Hall or visit the Liberty Bell, or go to any of the cool museums: Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Museum of Art, or the Museum of the American Revolution. And last but definitely not least, Philadelphia has such a wide variety of foods to choose from! The city is known for its street food culture, but it also contains many high-end restaurants that are equally as good.

Fun fact: The Junior class takes a trip to Philadelphia during the fall term to visit the American Revolution Museum!

Peddie students on a trip to Philly

Philly has great food! That’s my friend Mia Pangasnan ’19 and I at The Little Lion.


4. Princeton University is practically our next door neighbor.

You could visit one of the top universities in the nation and walk through its comforting campus, or you could spend a day in town. Being from the Princeton area myself, I have spent many days and nights in town with my friends. You could go to the Princeton Art Museum for a relaxing couple of hours, or just walk around its streets. There are so many shops and restaurants that it is so easy to lose track of time here.

Peddie students visit Princeton

I love spending time in Princeton with my friends. L to R: Shannon Boyle '21 Kate McClellan '21, Jess Scopellite '19 and Raga Bhagavathi ’19


5. Super diverse

New Jersey is one of the most diverse states in the country – both geographically and culturally. If you took a drive through N.J., you’d be able to see suburban communities, farmland and bustling cities all in one car ride! In addition to the state being physically diverse, it is also one of the most culturally diverse as well. People from all over the world live in New Jersey, making the state a true blend of hundreds of different ethnicities and cultures.

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