Day-trip: Storm King Art Center

With ample place to enjoy nature, walk and picnic Storm King Art Center is the perfect weekend day-trip from New York City in the spring, summer or fall.

Today, with everyone feeling the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown, it’s even more important to be able to get out of NYC. Being in the sunlight, fresh air and having the ability to roam around and social distance is freeing. Storm King Art Center is the perfect day-trip and gives you the ability to do all of the above.

The definition of a day-trip is to take an excursion that is all day but not overnight. For those of us living in cities and lucky enough to have a car day-trips and getaways are our saviors. They help us better manage being confined to small apartments.

Storm King Art Center is located in New Windsor, NY; about 62 miles north of New York City. Founded in 1960 by Ralph E. Ogden as a museum for Hudson River School paintings, it soon evolved into a major sculpture venue (500 acres) with works from some of the most acclaimed artists of the 20th century. It also contains what is perhaps the largest collection of contemporary outdoor sculptures in the United States.

Visiting Information & Dining

Visit: I drove to the park, but you can take public transportation and trains. You can find more information here. You must practice social distancing and wear a mask when near other visitors. The grounds and art center is open Spring to Fall. Wednesday–Monday (closed Tuesdays), 10:00am–5:30pm. Member Mornings: Sundays from 10:00am–11:00am (August 9, 16, 23, and 30). Timed-entry tickets are required for all visitors. Price for entry is $20 (1 Car). Other policies: Storm King welcomes ADA Title III service animals only. Not family dogs, emotional support animals, comfort animals, or therapy dogs. Storm King does not allow the use of personal bicycles. Biking is also great here call ahed to ensure the bike rentals are available.

Picnic: You are allowed to bring in food and use the designated picnic areas located adjacent to the North and South parking areas. We sat on a blanket on the lawn and ate snacks out of our backpack. The grounds crew discourages eating on the lawn but if it’s limited you can get away with it.

Another great food option and great trip on it’s own or in combination with your visit to Storm King is Blooming Hill Farm. Just a short drive from the art center, the food here is superb and always offers fresh local ingredients made in a homey way. They offer take-out and dine-in. Check out their website to confirm current conditions and opening hours.

You can also follow Storm King and Blooming Hill Farm on Instagram.