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Grounds for Sculpture: It’s hard to get outside when it’s cold, we know. But the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton should be your exception to the rule. Located on what used to be the New Jersey state fairgrounds, the outdoor museum showcases over 300 sculptures married with nature across 42 acres of land. We guarantee that the artwork will distract you from the near-freezing temperatures.

Essential to your experience are the gardens, complete with over 100 species of trees and an abundance of other exotic plants and flowers. Fitting for the season is a Winter Garden, complete with Edgeworthia, Winterhazel and more.

While we encourage you to bring your family and friends of all ages, don’t be afraid to explore the exhibits alone. The earliest time slot is 10 a.m. Go early-ish and spend a peaceful morning immersed in art and nature – you deserve it.

If you want to grab a bite to eat, GFS has two French eateries: Rat’s Restaurant (named after the character in Kenneth Grahame’s “Wind in the Willows”) and Van Gogh Café. Before you book your trip, know that Rat’s is closed until the 15th and you’ll have to make a reservation before you arrive.

The Grounds are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and Covid-19 restrictions require buying tickets ahead of time. The good news: tickets are discounted at $10 until the end of March. Get them here. You can buy them up to two weeks in advance.

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