Sculpture Park & Walking Trails
In my quest to find Things to do Near Me on Long Island, I discovered a real gem at the Nassau County Museum of Art. To be honest, I have no interest in visiting this museum, but it turns out that they have quite an elaborate sculpture garden and beautiful walking trails.
Nassau County Museum of Art is located in Roslyn, N.Y. The museum has a variety of art programs and is popular for school trips. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the museum is closed, but you are free to explore The Sculpture Park and Walking Trails.
The Sculpture Park was a real pleasant surprise! A friend on Facebook posted pictures on a walking trail, but never mentioned the park. After you park your car, you walk on to a grassy area that is sprinkled with large sculptures of various size and stature. Each sculpture has a plaque nearby with the title of the sculpture and the artist’s name. There are more than 40 sculptures. The grounds are beautiful this time of year with all the flowering trees and shrubs. Sprinkled throughout The Sculpture Park are benches where you can sit and admire the view. The Sculpture Park was founded in 1989.
In addition to The Sculpture Park there is a vast woodland area and trails. There are more than a half dozen different trails with names such as Twin Pond, Hempstead Harbor Overlook, Mountain Laurel, and Tulip Tree. The majority of the trails are an easy going walk with beautiful views of Hempstead Harbor. The dirt paths are sprinkled with colorful flowers and greenery.
The indoor Museum of Art may be closed, but the outdoor Museum of Art is open for all to enjoy and explore!
Update! My daughter and I have returned to the Museum and discovered that there is so much more to explore. Upon looking at the Museum’s website, I discovered that there were many more trails, open spaces, and sculptures on the Museum grounds.
We enjoyed another day out walking the trails and taking in the beauty of Long Island. We kept saying how it felt like we traveled far from home, but in reality this beautiful place is a stones throw away in Roslyn. I’m sure if we returned again we would discover even more beautiful spaces and uniques sculptures.