Among New Jersey’s many gems is Grounds For Sculpture, a botanical garden and art exhibit in one. Located on the former NJ State Fairgrounds, it features larger-than-life pieces of art that will make you feel tiny in comparison. With 42 landscaped acres and over 270 sculptures to explore, it’s easy to get lost, but that’s arguably the best way to explore. You might even run into some wildlife along the way!
Grounds For Sculpture is truly a place for the senses. Guests are invited to lightly touch the sculptures to feel their different materials, and observe how each work of art fills the space it’s placed in. A new sculpture awaits down each path and around every corner, even where you least expect to find one. Where there isn’t a sculpture, there’s beautiful landscapes, picturesque ponds, and just fresh air to enjoy. Some of my favorite pieces from my excursion include The Awakening by Seward Johnson and The Dance by Henri Matisse.
This is the perfect place to spend the day outdoors with friends and family. There are cafes with snacks and beverages and Rat’s Restaurant available on site, or you can visit one of the various restaurants that are located within a 5-mile radius from the grounds. Tickets to the grounds are issued for a specific date and arrival time, but you can stay for as long as you’d like.
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