A Trip Upstate: The Storm King Art Center

No, I don’t have a car in Manhattan. I get that question a lot. So while I can get around the city and back and forth to the airport just fine, I don’t usually make it out to upstate NY and the surrounding area. But, this weekend I did.

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I’ve heard a lot about the Storm King Art Center, so I stopped by on the way back from my friend’s wedding. It’s basically a dream come true: a museum of larger-than-life art that’s outdoors in an unbelievable terrain. The grounds themselves are art.

How to get there: We had rented a car, but you can get there via bus, New Jersey Transit or Metro-North.

Admission: $18 for adults, and $8 for students  

Who to go with: A big group of friends or your SO

How to get around: Walking is great, but I was definitely jealous of those who rented a bike there

How far away from Manhattan? A little over an hour

Storm King is a giant green park with majestic structures scattered throughout. It felt to me like Rome – the way you stroll around and these behemoths just pop up around every corner. I suggest taking your time, throwing out the map, and just seeing it ALL.

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I wasn’t familiar with a ton of the artists but I did recognize a bunch of structures by Alexander Calder. He is one of the highlights of the park.

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Definitely make an effort to see “Wave Field” by Maya Lin.

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While you’re there

Since you already went upstate, make a whole day out of it.

First, head to Woody’s All Natural Burgers & Fries. They are about 10 minutes’ drive from Storm King, they have fresh farm-to-table burgers and a nice casual outdoor patio. I ate it so fast, and forgot to take a picture of it…so…at least someone else did:

Summer starts now! 🍔🍦😎 #truelove #foodphotography #foodstagram #nyeats #pinelandfarms

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Next, go to Woodbury Common. It’s over 200 outlet stores, and the discounts are AMAZING. You actually might need an entire day for this…

So put this on your “to-do” list! Also, let me know if you’ve seen the Storm King Art Center on a recent Season 2 of a certain Netflix show….ahem…

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