Storm King Art Center
Located an hour north of Manhattan in Mountainville, Storm King Art Center is more than just a sculpture garden – it’s 500 acres of enchanting landscapes, native grasses, woods, lakes, and yes, plenty of sculptures.
More than 100 sculptures are peppered across the grounds, from notable post-World War II artists including Roy Lichtenstein and Thomas Houseago. Even the landscape itself is a sculpture in Maya Lin’s “Storm King Wavefield,” rows of low hills that look like rippling waves.
There is a café on the grounds, but the stunning scenery is made for picnicking. Bike rentals, available on site for $20 for two hours, are a great way to take in the majority of attractions quickly if you’re short on time, while still letting you stop at your leisure (unlike the free tram service).
From Storm King, continue north 20 minutes and cross the Hudson to the town of Beacon. Dia:Beacon is home to the Dia Art Foundation’s collection of art from the 1960s to the present.
Set along the banks of the river, the warehouse-style gallery – a former Nabisco factory – is bright and open. Each room exhibits a single artist’s work, such as the minimalist work of Donald Judd and the three-dimensional wall drawings of Sol LeWitt. Admission is $12 for adults.