Nature and art lovers, unite! No need to make the difficult choice between spending time outside or looking at art when it comes to Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY, located in the beautiful Hudson Valley.
There actually is an indoor museum at this sprawling sculpture park, but I never made it inside the two times I’ve visited. I’ve been too busy trying to cover as much of the 500 acres of rolling hills as I can, seeing works from Alexander Calder, Sol LeWitt, Maya Lin and more. It’s a pleasantly exhausting venture, and I’ve taken advantage of the tram (included in the admission price) both times.
Storm King is an excellent place to bring young kids who may not fare too well in a traditional museum setting. My toddler loved running endlessly around the sculptures. But the level of art is such that a serious museum-goer would also appreciate it.
Only 50 miles from New York City, Storm King is an excellent day trip for the culturally or naturally inclined. I recommend driving, but you can take the train (NJ Transit or Metro-North) to Salisbury Mills and take a short taxi ride from there. You can eat at Storm King; there are picnic benches if you brought your own food or purchased it at the small onsite café. We instead opted for Painter’s in the nearby town of Cornwall-on-Hudson, a restaurant/art gallery that’s part of an old country inn.