Storm King Ying sculpts a Prime Pick
Storm King is a vast 500 acres wonderland where enormous sculptures breathe freely, surrounded by the gentle hills of the lower Hudson valley. If you've been in the city for too long like I have, it's a surreal experience being among the lush green valleys and awe-inspiring metal creatures that seem to be born to the land right where they stand. Some places almost felt like a Miyazaki movie.
You can stroll, bike, picnic, or just while away a warm and fuzzy afternoon laying on the grass and meditating to a kinetic sculpture. Regardless, disconnect from all networks and just release your mind and senses; reception is not that great anyway. There are about 130 sculptures, and some blend into their surroundings so well that it’s easy to miss at first glance, so be observant and you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Bikes can be rented in the park near the entrance at $8/hr or $32/day. But from my experience, two hours is sufficient to explore the further sculptures and you’d still have plenty of time to walk around the areas closer to the entrance before you have to catch the bus ride home. Otherwise it doesn’t take that long (25min) to walk from one end to the other too.
[Getting there] For a day trip, the most comfortable way (apart from driving) is to get the return bus ticket from Coach USA that will take you from Port Authority bus terminal right to the park entrance. Entrance ticket is included. Note that there is only one bus to (10am; 1h20min ride) and one bus back (5pm), so don't miss them!
[Food] Café food & drinks are average at best and museum-priced, so bringing your own and have a picnic might be better.
Extra tip: There is a bee keepers tour at 1pm on most Saturdays.
Extra Extra tip: Allow yourself to appreciate the culinary arts by popping down to the local Jones Farm some of the most delicious pies, cookies and apple cider doughnuts ever baked. And if the rolling hills of the sculpture park aren't enough for you, make the 10 minute drive down to the Cornwall Waterfront for one of the best views of the Hudson River!