As the summer winds down and the impending change of weather looms, many of you may be wondering what to do with these last few weeks of estival bliss. For those of you that love the outdoors and art, Grounds for Sculpture just may be the answer. Located in Hamilton, New Jersey (midway between New York City & Philly) and founded in 1992, Grounds for Sculpture is a 42-acre public sculpture park home hundreds of site-specific sculptures from local and international artists. The sprawling landscape attracts more than 100,000 people a year from every inch of the world and also has an ever-changing indoor exhibition space for individuals not privy to the thought of walking in summer weather. But, as a seasoned Grounds For Sculpture visitor, I highly recommend taking the time out to explore the park’s breathtaking grounds and to take one of their many guided tours led by informative docents, enthusiastic undergrads and intelligent post-grads.
Not only is Grounds for Sculpture a hub for sculpture enthusiasts, but they also cater to a range of artistic tastes and backgrounds as well as cultural palettes. Wine tastings, art workshops, outdoor picnics, jazz concerts and artist’s talks are just a few of the events that take place on the grounds. And, you get to be surrounded by nature and beautiful art while you do them. Visit their museum shops (there are three located on the grounds!), take in the scenery and dine at the world class Rat’s Restaurant or take photographs of the peacocks that roam the park (just be careful not to disturb them). Grounds for Sculpture has something for everyone and is a wonderful place to visit before the summer is over.
If you’re interested in becoming a member so you can take advantage of even more Grounds for Sculpture opportunities, click here.
Adults - $12
Children (6-17) - $8
Seniors (65+) - $10
Members / Children under 5 - FREE