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“Outdoor Culture” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park
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Owner description: You can admire the changing exhibits, or the spectacular view of Manhattan in this park.
NYC
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Outdoor Culture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

I love this place- with views of the East River and ever changing urban sculptures, what's not to love. Can't wait for the Wednesday night outdoor international film. Great place for a picnic and a view.

Visited June 2013
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New York City, New York
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“A breath of fresh air”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Living in the city can become suffocating but living near this park has been a real treat. The grounds aren't a beautiful grassy knoll, but that's because it's intended for outdoor art exhibits so the land gets chopped up for installations. Areas around the edges are lovely - they have some small trees and a shady patch in the back by the river and on the other edge near the street are a few benches for taking it the fresh air. The view of the East River and Manhattan are nice.

It's also a great place for kids events - kite making, solstice events, summer movie nights. We have a membership to Costco which is next door so it's nice for us to do something fun before we run errands. And if you're not a member and you need some 'fast food' while you are at the park, there is a concession area attached to Costco with hot dogs, pizza, chicken salad, fruit smoothies. And on the other side of Costco is another park with some limited playground equipment.

If you're coming from the city, I think you can catch a bus on Broadway down to the river after you get off the subway.

Visited March 2013
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New York City, New York
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115 reviews
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“Good for a summer stroll”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

I went last spring, it was a beautiful place to walk and take in a nice view. I'm not sure that the pieces that I saw were the most inspiring work in NYC, but it was well worth a visit just for a stroll and a fresh breath of air, with some neat "company" in the form of art.
(warning: plan your travels, it can be a bit awkward to get to this location)

Visited April 2012
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Eugene, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Nice spot by the river.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012

This park has a nice location along the river, with views of Manhattan. As an extra stop after a visit to the excellent Noguchi Museum about a block away, this is well worth doing. As a destination of it's own, I'd probably pass. There were several interesting sculptures when we were there, and nice to just walk around outside and view art. My guess is it all depends what is being displayed at that time. It is a nice place to take photographs. We were also there shortly after Superstorm Sandy, so trees were damaged.

Visited November 2012
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Kew Gardens, New York
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“Not a destination”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

The site tries hard to be an eclectic, edgy, cool place to show outdoor art, but there is nothing that brings it all together. Because of the locals and their dogs, it was more like visiting a dog park than a sculpture park. The stench from dog waste was so bad near one of the sculptures that I could not stay to look at it. The views to Manhattan are good, but nothing special. An interesting place, but not a destination.

Visited October 2012
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