CULTURE: Escape The City - Storm King (7.24.17)
You may recognize it from the latest season of Master of None, but Storm King Art Center has been one the world’s most prominent sculpture parks for over 50 years. Located in the lower Hudson Valley, it’s an easy hour-long drive away, featuring 500 acres and over 100 perfectly sited sculptures from a slew of artists. Visitors are welcome to explore nearly every acre of the nonprofit’s offerings, encouraged to engage with most of the art and explore nature in a new way. Think of it as a playground filled with art. Gigantic, jaw-dropping art. The type of playground made for Instagram.
It’s a great day trip whether you do it with your kids (we’ve brought both infants and teens), a group of friends, or even with out-of-towners who have visited before and are itching to see something “new.” There are children & family programs, as well as public programs, including outdoor concerts, yoga, moonlit walking tours, beekeeper tours, and more.
From now until August 31st, you can visit Wednesday through Sunday from 10AM until 5:30PM. Extended Summer Hours happen May 26th through September 2nd, when Storm King stays open Fridays and Saturdays until 8PM.
If you plan on visiting, here’s our advice:
-Leave early. We usually go late morning so we miss the traffic but get a full day out of our exploring. You can take the Metro-North train from Grand Central Terminal, but we usually drive so we can make a few stops throughout the day.
-If walking bores you, consider renting a bike on-site to explore the often-overwhelming grounds. It’s a fun way to cover it, especially if you’ve been before and want to explore further than you did last time. Otherwise, walking is more than sufficient.
-Pack snacks. There is an on-site Storm King Cafe, but we usually bring some water and light snacks (or a full-on picnic) to enjoy at the designated picnic spots on the grounds. When we don’t picnic, we usually take a water/snack break, then hit up Cornwall, NY for lunch (see below).
-Consider adding an outlet run. Woodbury Common Premium Outlets are fairly close by, and we’re not one to turn down a quick drive-by of the Nike, Barney’s New York, Rag & Bone, and Theory shops (another reason we rent a car when we go!).
-Visit Cornwall, NY, a cute nearby town, for lunch. We like to grab coffee at 2 Alices Coffee Lounge, and enjoy a post-exploration burger at Woody’s Farm To Table. It’s a great town to spend an hour or two.
-Need more for your art fix? Dia: Beacon is a close drive in Beacon, NY, offering a constellation of sites and galleries with rotating exhibits to engage visitors.
Storm King Art Center
1 Museum Road
New Windsor, NY 12553
$18 – Adults
$15 – Seniors (65+ with valid ID)
$ 8 – Ages 5–18 and Students (with valid ID)
Free – Children under 4 and Members