Have you heard of or been to Storm King Art Center? It had been on my radar for awhile, but it certainly had a moment of gaining mass recognition for people even outside of NYC when it was featured in an episode of the show Master of None earlier this year.
Last Friday, Jordan and I rented a car and drove an hour and 15 minutes north of the city to make our first visit there. And while I can’t compare our visit to one we’d make during another time of the year, I’m very confident that nothing could be as magical as visiting Storm King Art Center in the height of the fall.Storm King is a 500-acre sculpture park that includes sprawling grounds and more than 100 massive and thought-provoking pieces of sculpture. It’s easy to spend a day there — leisurely wandering the grounds or deciding to just sit down somewhere and take in the beautiful scenery.
Because we were working with the deadline of needing to get back to the city to pick up Jameson from daycare, we were limited to a three hour visit. But we covered a lot of ground and got to see some of the most popular pieces, which range from steel structures towering above ground, to formations meant to mimic/make use of the natural surroundings. All are pretty fascinating to see.
Like this one, which is called Wave Field and simulates the ocean. (I love seeing those people just hanging out in the middle of it). Or this one called Storm King Wall, which weaves it’s way around trees like a long snake.And this one called Mirror Fence is super cool to photograph and slightly mind bending.And one of my absolute favorites was this was one called Suspended, which is massive and defies everything you know to be true about gravity. As if the sculptures aren’t interesting enough, the fall foliage being at its peak was so incredibly beautiful. I found myself saying, “Look at this place!” way too many times. While fall has been hesitant to show up in Manhattan, it was on full display at Storm King.I’m honestly still on a bit of a high from the visit. It was the perfect fall outing.
If you have a car and can make the drive to Storm King, this is a highly recommend situation. But even if you don’t have a car, you can take the Metro North train to the Beacon station on weekends, and Storm King provides shuttle service to the grounds. Or you can check out the Coach USA bus that makes day trips from Port Authority.