NJ Sites to See

Jersey often gets a bad rap…it’s just one big highway, it’s polluted, it’s crowded…well, while this might be true for PARTS of the state, it’s also VERY diverse both culturally and environmentally, it offers a lot of history and art and a wide variety of interesting things to do and see, many for free or for a low price.  As a life long NJ resident, I’ve traveled this state from top to bottom so believe me, I know…NJ is small but mighty!  😉

As an artist here, I often enjoy photographing some of my favorite sites and spots across the Garden State and would like to share some with you…and most of these can be enjoyed year round!  If you have NJ sites, cities or places you love, feel free to comment about them below this post!

First off,  Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ has to be one of my all time faves since I was a kid!   This place is magical!  The landscape and variety of plants is beautiful and the wide range of sculptures, both indoors and throughout the park represent some of the best in the world!  Here are a few shots I took this month…

Grounds  For Sculpture (c)July2014

Grounds For Sculpture (c)July2014

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Another beautiful…and free…place I love to go is Rutger’s Gardens in East Brunswick.  They’ve made some beautiful improvements here and you can walk extensive wooded trails or stroll through flower and herb gardens…

Rutgers Gardens (c)July2014

Rutgers Gardens (c)July2014

I love the bamboo forest!

Rutgers Gardens

Rutgers Gardens

And of course there’s the great beaches in New Jersey!  Here are a few pics from 2 of my faves, Keansburg (as it has a boardwalk too) & Sandy Hook with it’s inlets, nature trails and dunes…

Keansburg Beach (c)July2013 Lauren Curtis

Keansburg Beach (c)July2013 Lauren Curtis

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this mini tour of just a few of the great sites in New Jersey…you see?  We’re not just exits off the Turnpike!  🙂

Bid on my barrel…environmental art!

Hey everyone…remember the post about the hand-painted rain barrel I created for the water conservation traveling art project hosted by an environmental group at Rutgers? (see previous post with photos of my barrel). Well, the barrels have been traveling across NJ to help educate people about water conservation…and perfect timing with Earth Day…and now the barrels are up for auction! This is a great way to buy an original piece of art starting at under $50 & to show your support for this cause! The barrels are safely treated to withstand weather & to capture rain water, so economical and environmental! To bid please go to http://cgi.ebay.com/Rutgers-Painted-Rain-Barrel-Artist-Lauren-Curtis-/200464058846?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eac96c9de
Thank you!