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“Perfect Mother's Day”

Grounds For Sculpture
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Hamilton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The perfect day trip! Grounds For Sculpture (GFS), located in Hamilton, New Jersey (midway between Philadelphia and New York), is a forty-two acre not-for-profit sculpture park and arboretum founded by Seward Johnson. Its collection features more than 270 contemporary sculptures by renowned and emerging artists. Exhibitions change seasonally in five indoor galleries. With rich educational offerings, a robust schedule of performing arts, and fun family events, the park is open year-round. Shopping and dining options complement every visit. Members receive free admission year-round plus a host of other benefits. For hours, admission prices, membership information, and a calendar of events, visit us online.
Davidson, North Carolina
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176 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Perfect Mother's Day”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

Along with our teenagers we all enjoyed the day walking thru the grounds and coming upon both large and smaller unexpected sculptures. Bring some water and snacks since it can be a long day, but if you're game for a lot of walking through the grass and hills you'll be rewarded with a great day. Other times we've been have been cooler, and the two story warming hut by the lake is a nice touch. The small cafe out on the grounds has some interesting foods, and Rat's is a real gastro foodie restaurant if you're looking for a finer meal.
Wear comfortable shoes or beware!

Visited May 2012
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Nyack, NY
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113 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Unusual!”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

Basically, these are beautiful gardens showcasing modern art. But, there are lots of twists. The gardens have little by-ways, bridges, doors to be opened and magical paths to be taken. And as you go along you find sculptures -- sometimes hidden or obscured, waiting for discovery. The works of founder Seward Johnson are fascinating and lots of fun because they are three dimensional reproductions of Impressionist paintings well- known and loved. We were with a group and had arranged a tour which was informative and helpful, especially when viewing some of the art. However, with the Printed guide provided it is possible to just stroll and take in the ambience of the place without a tour guide's details.
The restaurant is a bit pricey but the food was good and the service attentive. And, considering the modest cost of admission it was worth staying on the grounds for a second look.
I think wheelchairs and strollers might be difficult to navigate here.

Visited October 2012
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 344 helpful votes
“A Must for Art Lovers”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

Most amazing garden, a must for art lovers. Seward Johnson made wonderful sculptures as an homage to the most famous French impressionist painters. The 2 diminutions pictures displayed in 3 dimensions. You can stroll around the grounds for a few hours and enjoy some modern sculpture of artists from all around the world. Highly recommended!

Visited September 2012
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Annandale, New Jersey
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“A love affair”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

I have been coming here for the past 15 years. At first it was free, I am happy to pay the small entrance fee today. This place is an absolute treasure. It is constantly evolving and it is a treat to go back each time to see what has changed.

Visited September 2012
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Bloomsbury, New Jersey, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“AMAZING. Must-see.”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

This stunning sculpture park is not to be missed. Plan a full day to wander the grounds, then be sure to eat at Rat's Restaurant. Their food and service is out of this world.

Visited September 2012
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