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“A First-Rate Sculpture Garden in New Jersey”

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.
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
161 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“A First-Rate Sculpture Garden in New Jersey”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Grounds for Sculpture is a great place to view a wide variety of contemporary sculptures on a lovely, landscaped forty-two acre expanse in Hamilton, NJ. The sculpture garden repays multiple visits, as there are over 200 sculptures spread around the grounds, as well as temporary exhibitions in several buildings. The landscaping not only provides a rich and varied setting for the sculpture and shade on a sunny day, it consists of trees from all over the world and greatly adds to the overall experience. Another favorite spot is the Water Garden, adjacent to one of the exhibition buildings. Food, beverages and snacks are available in several locations, including at RATS, the fine dining restaurant on the grounds. The best way to experience Grounds is simply to meander, stopping to peruse whatever catches your fancy.

Visited July 2013
Thank Martin R
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Houston, Texas
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111 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Great recommendation from local friends”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

This is an incredible place, even if you're not into sculpture. Local friends recommended it highly, and we were amazed. Many, many sculptures of all different kinds, beautifully set amid incredible landscaping. Even on a hot day, it was incredible. If you're in the Trenton/Princeton area, you won't be disappointed with a visit.

Brunch at Rat's Restaurant for $50 a person seemed steep, but offerings at the Peacock Cafe were perfect -- vegetable panini and tuna melt were both delicious, and very reasonable for $10 or so.

Visited July 2013
2 Thank Mamitxoh
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Lincroft, New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Truly Magical”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

The Grounds for Sculpture was the best attraction that I have been to in the last six months. I recommend going on one of the tours (we had a wonderful docent). We were shown many sculptures of impressionistic paintings. There is a sculpture of men in the food line during the Depression. There is an abstract sculpture of the nine muses. One sculpture had zippers and jackets that felt real. Many of the sculptures you can touch. Some of them make sounds. Some of them are ugly. But all of them are interesting. The sculptures were truly magical.

Visited July 2013
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New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
156 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“New Jersey's best kept secret”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Make the effort to find this place and you will be awe struck. I was amazed that the Grounds have been around since the early 90's. I first saw J. Seward Johnson's work in Key West in 2009. The park that he created near the Hamilton, NJ train station is a wonderful find. There is much to see on a leisurely walk. Even on a 90 degree day we found lots of shade and quiet places to sit.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank Sherstur
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Montclair, New Jersey
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

This is one of the most peaceful and enjoyable places I have found in New Jersey. It is a 42 acre park meticulously maintained with plants from all over the world and full of unusual and interesting sculptures. RATS restaurant is a great place to relax when done walking for wine +/or food. Be sure to visit the shower in back of the restaurant.

Visited July 2013
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