Docent-guided "Highlights" tour: 2pm daily, free with admission. Tour length: 45 minutes - 1 hour
Self-guided tram tour: Trams run daily every half hour beginning at 12 noon. Free with admission. Handicapped accessible. Feel free to disembark, walk around, and re-board at designated points along the way. Acoustiguides are available for rent to enhance your ride.
Storm King Art Center is like a sculpture garden on steroids! The place is huge, the sculptures are bigger-than-life and they absolutely fascinated my kids. There is a tram available to take you all around the grounds so that you can see everything and hear a description of each sculpture's history from the tour guide, but I highly recommend that you take some time and hop off the tram so that you can walk around and even walk right up to the sculptures to get a sense of their incredible size. Of course one of the challenges is to convince your kids that they are not allowed to touch or climb on the sculptures as the very idea of that looks so inviting!
We took some modeling clay with us and while we enjoyed a picnic in the grass, the kids had a chance to try to create their own sculptures out of the modeling clay- which made it so much fun. We also took some pictures from a distance to make it look like the kids are holding up the sculptures!
There is a small café, but the selections are rather limited (sandwiches and cold drinks). I felt the prices were little expensive so I highly recommend taking your own lunch from home and having a picnic on the gorgeous grounds. Also make sure to check for the free days when the admission fees are waived. We didn't know it ahead of time, but when we pulled up to the gate on a Wednesday morning it turned out to be one of the free admission days! Bonus for us! I
Our family highly recommends the Storm King Art Center. In fact we intend to go back again this summer!
Storm King Art Center is a must-see, especially if you live nearby and even if you don't! A tram takes you along a path where you can see large-scale sculptures from a lot of the twentieth centuries most influential artists. Besides the tram, Storm King offers walking tours, as well as special days where you can get in for free (Orange County Residents Day, for example). An unforgettable and enjoyable experience for both kids and parents, as well as an early introduction to art for your children.
Wow! Wonderful works of art, fresh air, and a beautiful view.
If you are visiting the Hudson Valley, or even if you already live here, This is a stop you shouldn't pass up on. Take the kids and have fun. You get fresh air and exercise while enjoying the art work.
As the kids run around, they get to see all of the sculptures around them.. In the midst of this wide open field, there are randomly placed sculptures. There is also an indoor museum. I found it a great place to take my budding photographer!!! I wouldn't suggest it for the smaller children as they may get bored easily. Make sur eyou put on your running shoes though.
It would be hard to find a better place to introduce your children to modern art. The largest sculpture park in the country, this breathtaking 500-acre park and outdoor museum has more than 120 sculptures nestled among rolling foothills and landscaped gardens, backed by the spectacular Shawangunk Mountains. It’s an opportunity for everyone in the family to see the works of master sculptors—from Calder and Moore to Nevelson and Noguchi. Pick up a map at the gate and explore! Pack a picnic lunch or eat at the small cafe, which is open on weekends. Call about special events for families.