For such an awesome/sweet/ v v v cool place, I don’t get how Storm King has flown relatively under the radar. Storm King Art Center is perched just above NYC,1-1.5 hours by car (give or take a few for traffic). It’s not the easiest to get to – a car is pretty necessary unless you’re REALLY trying to get your steps in for the day – but the drive is an adventure all on its own.
It starts with a cruise up the Hudson on the west side highway (See? Driving in the city isn’t that bad). You pop over the bridge of your choice and then the lanes get slimmer as you wind your way through tree lined mountains. Even before you get up to Storm King, you’re surrounded by red, orange, and yellow leaves and unbelievable views off the top of the mountains. It’s one of those drives that you feel like you’ve entered another world, even when you’re just a few miles out of the city.
A couple of Justin Bieber “Sorry” marathons later, and you’re at your destination.
Storm King has been around for over 50 years and is one of the world’s leading sculpture parks. It’s entirely outside, spanned over 500-something acres of fields, hills, and woods (read: you really will get your steps in) and contains a collection of over 100 sculptures. If all of that sounds too artsy for you, keep in mind lots of the sculptures double as giant playgrounds that you can climb on and jump off. See examples below.
Some of us took advantage of the rolling hills more than others…
We wondered along for about five hours and 10 miles worth of fun, called it a day, and hopped in our warm chariot back to the city.
Storm King is super cool and it’s a good adventure for friends or the whole family – though be wary with the little ones – it’s a LOT of walking. Wear comfy shoes, pack a picnic, and overdress if the temperature is cool (it often feels a lot warmer in the city than it does up north). Admission is $15 ($7 if you’re a student) and parking is included in the admission fee. Plan to arrive by 11am, as it gets a bit backed up the closer to noon you get.
If you don’t have a car handy, it’s very easy to rent one. We rented a Tahoe from Action Car Rental at Astor Place which came out to less than $50/person, including gas – same car as we took to apple picking. You can also go less expensive with a basic SUV or sedan, if you have less people. Remember to bring cash for tolls and if you’re going to fill up in New Jersey… they pump the gas for you. I’ll hold back on all the “Bring It On” jokes I’d like to make right now.
** (11/4/15) Quick edit: Kaitlin, who you met apple picking, had a great suggestion. When she visited Storm King the weekend before us, she rented bikes in order to cover more ground in less time (and it cut down on the walking, if that’s a concern). Here’s some more info on bike rentals, per Storm King’s website:
$8 per hour (two-hour minimum) or $32 for the day
Weekends and Holidays
$10 per hour (two-hour minimum) or $40 for the day
Bicycle rentals come with a bicycle map showing permitted routes and locations of bicycle racks. Helmets are included with rentals and their use is mandatory.
Storm King does not permit visitors to bring their own bicycles.