If you’re looking for a fun winter day trip for the family, Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY is the perfect destination. This 500-acre outdoor museum is a favorite Hudson Valley spot in the warmer weather, but winter offers visitors a different yet equally captivating experience.
Come check out the modern and contemporary sculptures while shopping, dining, hiking and exploring the surrounding area in Orange County, New York. Kids will marvel at the large-scale sculptures and you’ll all get to experience a break from screens and some time in the great outdoors together as a family. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. A warming station is located under the picnic pavilion near South Parking for guests who need a break from chilly temps.
“Storm King Art Center, one of Orange County, NY’s signature attractions, is a new and unique experience in each season,” says Amanda Dana, Director of Orange County Tourism & Film. “In the chillier months, the sculptures stand out more boldly against a blanket of white or a starker landscape. It’s a wonderful experience to see them in the light of a Hudson Valley winter. When you’re finished marveling at the renowned art works, explore all the other treats that make Orange County so special.”
Visitors have enjoyed the melding of art and nature at Storm King since 1960. There’s plenty more to do including hiking in Storm King State Park or on one of the eight marked trails in Schunnemunk Mountain State Park.
Afterward, check out the Shops at Jones Farm where you can pick up homegrown produce and gourmet foods in the country store, sample baked goods in Grandma Phoebe’s Kitchen and peruse the furniture, jewelry, clothing and accessories in Clearwaters Gifts, a converted Dutch barn.
When it’s time for a bite, Painter’s Tavern offers local seafood, meat and produce, served in a restaurant that’s also an art gallery.
Storm King is located at 1 Museum Road in New Windsor, and is open Saturdays and Sundays through March 27, from 10 am to 4 pm each day. (Member-only hours are from 10 am – 11 am Sundays.) Timed tickets are required must be purchased in advance here.