Spring has sprung! The sun is shining, but it's not too hot for a day of active exploration. You’ve been looking for an interactive and enriching day trip for you and your children that allows you to escape NYC and we have the answer! Located one hour’s drive outside of New York City, you will find Storm King, a sprawling, 500-acre outdoor sculpture garden, featuring monstrous sized art works sure to woo even the smallest of children. This outdoor woodland park boasts over 100 works from the world’s most relevant artists along with green meadows for romping and open fields for a family photo-op. We already know what you may be thinking, ”will my children enjoy a walking museum?” The answer is YES. Storm King is a visual playground for children and adults alike. With giant works from the likes of Roy Lichtenstein to Magdalena Abakanowicz, Alice Aycock, Mark di Suvero, Andy Goldsworthy and Zhang Huan to name a few, there is something for everyone at Storm King, simply look up and around! Round out your trip with lunch at their on-site cafe and be sure to let the kids run around, taking in all the natural and artistic splendors. There is no better way to spend a spring day than getting out of the concrete jungle and breathing in fresh, Hudson Valley air. You can guarantee one thing when taking the trip to Storm King--you will successfully wear your kids out with adventure, exercise and enrichment! Prepare for a snooze-y ride home and a day of smiles. We consider that a success!
How to get there:
While Storm King is a short and scenic 1-1.5 hour drive from Upper Manhattan (depending on traffic) and is accessible by car, coach or train. Coach USA provides an all inclusive trip package with adult tickets costing $48.00 and child tickets (Ages 5-11) priced at just $24.00. This package offers round trip car transfer and park entry fee! A third option available is to take the Metro North to Beacon Metro-North Station where a shuttle bus is available on Saturdays and Sundays! For those who wish to make a weekend out of it and explore the surrounding towns of Cold Spring, Cornwall-on-Hudson or our favorite, Cold Spring, we’d urge you to make the drive up. Having a vehicle will greatly improve your flexibility and ability to Hudson-hop!
Stay the night:
When you have finished exploring the magnificent grounds at Storm King, take the family across the river into central Beacon for some delicious dinner, or to tuck in early at the historic Roundhouse Hotel property. This steel and glass structure overlooks a waterfall and a rushing creek below, which add to the day’s natural experience. Roundhouse is home to an award winning American-fare restaurant, sure to satisfy hungry palates after a long day of walking and sightseeing! If you plan to stay the night, be sure to secure a large one bedroom suite or the penthouse which offer a cozy living room area for family fun and game night (if you can still keep your eyes open!). Should you find yourself itching for more art in the morning, explore downtown Beacon, a sprawling main street that has revived a once residential community and contributed to the development of a very active arts community. It is now considered one of the ‘hippest Hudson towns.’ After your morning coffee and croissant, take the short drive to Dia Beacon, a vibrant museum offering works from the 1960’s onward which occupies the old Nabisco box printing factory!