Bored with the beach? Looking for something different to do? Grab the family and take a day trip to Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, New York, about an hour and 45-minute drive north to the lower Hudson Valley. Featuring more than 100 large-scale sculptures on 500 acres of open fields, hills and woodlands, Storm King is both a cultural experience and a great way to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
Originally envisioned as a museum devoted to Hudson River School painting when it opened in 1960, its founders soon began to focus on sculpture instead, and now, more than 50 years later, Storm King is among the world’s leading sculpture parks. Wonder the grounds and view enormous works by artists such as Alexander Calder, Maya Lin, Donald Judd, Richard Serra, Louise Bourgeois and Roy Lichtenstein. The museum regularly features special exhibitions in addition to the permanent installation of sculptures, and there’s so much to see that a typical visit lasts from four to six hours. Bikes are available to rent if you’d rather get around faster than on foot. There is also a tram that runs approximately every 30 minutes and takes you to designated points throughout the grounds. Pack a picnic or visit their café for lunch and relax while taking in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
Summer hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. (They are closed July 3 and 4.) For more information, visit stormking.org.