Summer is a time for embracing the outdoors, but nothing says you can’t embrace a little art and education while enjoying the great outdoors, right? Located in Hamilton, OH, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park is an alluring blend of nature and art. This is an outdoor museum on a beautiful piece of property with plenty of trees, rolling hills, gardens, and a pond or two.
There are a few options for traveling through the park; my favorite option is to rent a golf cart! I don’t play golf, but I find driving these so exciting! Seriously. My dream is to own one and drive it around my neighborhood. No joke! On a sunny day, taking one of these carts out is perfect. You can rent a golf cart: $20 for the first hour and $15 each addition hour. If you want the experience of the cart, which I highly recommend, but want to save money, rent the cart for an hour, use the map to navigate, and then, when the hour is up, pick up your car to see the part of the park you missed in that first hour.
Another option is to drive around in your vehicle and get out at designated parking places and walk around. You’re encouraged to walk right up to the sculptures. Or, if you have plenty of time and energy, you can simply walk everywhere. But, beware, there are some steep hills! Part of what makes this place amazing is the marriage of art and nature. Trees, rolling hills, sculptures…when the sun is shining, you can’t beat it. And, the sculptures make for great conversation pieces and photo ops!
I’ve visited this park during each season. In summer, it’s perfect for being outside- take the family and pack a picnic lunch. In fall, you can’t beat the smell of the trees and the leaves coupled with the cool breeze. I’ve also been in late spring when the flowers are blooming- gorgeous. If you’re a hiker, there are trails available! I don’t have any first hand knowledge of the trails, but I’m certain it would add to the experience.
One of my favorite times to visit is during winter for Holiday Lights on the Hill! It’s a scenic drive filled with colorful lights and if you’re lucky, snow.
Speaking of events, be sure to check out the calendar at Pyramid Hill. There is so much happening. Here are a few highlights:
- July 27th= Blues, Brews, and BBQ’s event
- August 16th= Meteor Shower Party
- September 28/29= Art Fair featuring over 70 artists, live music, food vendors
- November 22-Jan. 5= Holiday Lights on the Hill
Admission to the park costs $8.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. Kids under 5 get in free. There’s also a museum with ancient sculptures featuring Greek, Roman, and Egyptian artifacts. The museum, which is open 12-5 daily, is an interesting juxtaposition to the very modern art in the park. Check out the website to learn more about the indoor and outdoor galleries!
Some of the sculptures are newer than others, some of the exhibits rotate, and some are a bit weathered by time, but overall, the park is serene and peaceful. It’s a refreshing respite from the stressors of daily life! Although, my husband would probably argue that riding in a golf cart with me behind the wheel is neither calming nor peaceful; it is, however, crazy and full of laughter! And those are precious moments, too!
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GO THERE (Pyramid Hill)! TRY THAT (Rent a golf cart, spend the afternoon enjoying art and nature)!