If you’ve never been to or heard of Grounds for Sculpture, you’re missing out on a true New Jersey gem.
It’s been a place my family has been going since I was little, and I look forward to taking a walk every year.
Located in the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds in Hamilton, Mercer County, Grounds for Sculpture opened in 1992.
It was the vision of the late artist Seward Johnson to create a space where the artwork is placed in the landscape and where visitors can enjoy discovering contemporary sculpture.
Nowhere else can you literally step into a real work of Monet painting, stroll through the woods and come across towering sculptures that blend into the landscape.
You may also be greeted by one of the gorgeous peacocks, which display their wide, colorful tail feathers in full.
You don’t have to be an art expert or an art lover to enjoy all that this amazing place has to offer. Today, the park has about 300 works on display.
Johnson, who passed away in 2020, filled the park with life-size bronze statues of people inspired by masterpieces of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. They literally bring the painting to life and invite visitors inside.
When he worked in the field, he often spent his nights in a dazzling, real-life version of Van Gogh’s bedroom. Walking into the bedroom can make you feel a little dizzy as your head tries to process what you’re seeing.
New Jersey’s most overrated and underrated
To create its list, HawaiianIslands.com says it “used TripAdvisor’s own reviews to find the most overrated and underrated attractions in America.” .
America’s most overrated attractions include the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and two theme parks near New Jersey: Sesame Place and Hershey Park.
They also calculated the most overrated and underrated attractions in each state.
For New Jersey, they named the most overrated attraction Atlantic City’s Ocean Resort and Casino. Ratings are based on reviews left on TripAdvisor.com.
The most underrated Paterson’s Great Falls National ParkThis is another gem of New Jersey attraction and well worth a visit.
Carved by glaciers 13,000 years ago, Great Falls is 77 feet high and 260 feet wide. More than 2 billion gallons of water flow over it every day. East of the Mississippi River, he is the second largest waterfall after Niagara Falls.
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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey
A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be all about the beaches. Our state has some great trails, waterfalls and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s hidden gems, there are plenty of great hiking options. Hiking is a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature. It’s also great exercise.
If you come across an uphill hiker on the descent, step aside and give the uphill hiker space. Hikers going uphill have priority unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail. Side roads may be visible unless marked as an official trail. Deviating from the trail can damage the ecosystem, plants and wildlife that live in the vicinity of the trail.
Also, you don’t want to disturb any wildlife you encounter. Keep your distance from wildlife and keep hiking.
Bicycles should give way to hikers and horses. Hikers should bow to horses too, but you never know how many horses you’ll run into on New Jersey’s trails.
If you’re thinking of taking your dog on a hike, put it on a leash and clean up all of your pet’s waste.
Finally, watch the weather. If the trail is muddy, we recommend reserving the hike for another day.
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