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Tour Grounds For Sculpture and discover art and nature at play!

Many guests choose to discover the wonders of GFS on their own using our EXPLORE map and exhibition brochures for a self-guided tour. These materials, as well as informational support, are available in the Welcome Center.

Another option is a Docent-Led Tour. These tours are available to groups and individual guests daily, weather permitting. Well-trained in art techniques and communication skills, GFS Docents also receive continuing education on the gardens, new exhibitions and artist techniques. This training has prepared them to lead engaging tours for guests. In 2016, GFS Docents provided over 1300 tours to over 10,000 guests!

To confirm availability of our free Walk-In Tours, guests should call (609) 586-0616 on the day of their visit. Please note: GFS is closed on Mondays - except for certain holidays.

Walk-In Tour size is limited and filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  All tours are subject to cancellation without notice due to inclement weather or docent availability.


Docent-Led Tours

Outdoor Walk-In Tours are sculpture-centered tours of our 42-acres. These tours are regularly scheduled at 11:00 AM12:00 PM1:30 PM & 2:30 PM, based on Docent availability. Other times may be available on busy days. Guests should sign up for these 45-60 minute tours in the Welcome Center at the INFO Desk on arrival. Each Docent creates their own tour, so every tour is unique. These tours follow different routes and feature 12-20 sculptures selected by the Docent. Guests can take multiple tours and have an amazing experience each time.


Indoor Walk-In Tours are available in the Seward Johnson Center for the Arts and the Museum Building. Guests should sign up to participate in these tours in the corresponding building. These 30-minute tours are offered mid-day based on Docent availability.

HortiSculpture Tours offer insight into the relationship between the art and landscape of GFS. Over the course of 75 minutes, specially trained Docents provide information on the science of individual plants while guiding participants’ exploration of select works on view.  These tours are available every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 10:30 AM mid-May through October. Guests should sign up in the Welcome Center at the INFO Desk to participate. Tour size is limited to maximize the guest experience.

Touch Tours can be requested for groups with visual impairments. These tours feature a variety of outdoor sculptures that can be explored tactically with care while the work is described by a Volunteer Docent who has been trained in Touch Tour methodology. For more information or to arrange a Touch Tour, please contact the Tour Coordinator at (609) 249-0200.
 

Staff-Led Tours

Access Mobile Tours  are 45-minute tours with one of our docent-trained Accessibility Assistants on an ADA rated vehicle that can accommodate a wheelchair and provides tours throughout the park for those with limited mobility. These tours are available Tuesdays – Sundays from 11 AM to 3:30 PM on a first-come, first-serve basis. An advanced mobile tour reservation can be made and is recommended by calling (609) 586-0616. These tours start and end at the Welcome Center and are free with paid park admission. Guests should arrive at least 15 minutes early for their tour and have a timed ticket that is purchased for one hour prior to the scheduled tour.