After hearing about this place for decades, I finally made my first visit to Storm King. Holy Amazeballs!
Yesterday Monte, Brooklyn and I packed up a picnic lunch, borrowed our 3 year old neighbor Oscar (because according to Brooklyn adventures with her friends are more fun) and hit the road for an unexpected slice of heaven. The drive took an hour, and is North of NYC so we escaped much of the Pope traffic and congestion. We drove through a lot of winding hilly roads and did some good leaf peeping. It was an easy drive and after a few rounds of the ABC’s and practicing the days of the week we arrived…and the kids were asleep. But after parking the car and stretching our legs they both woke on their own, eager to not miss a thing. I love the curiosity and ambition in these two munchkins.
Storm King is recognized as being one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, and from my experience (with one other) it wins! We started our day from the south parking lot. First we explored the nearby sculptures a bit, then hopped on the tram (a super sized golf cart) and rode through more of the park with a narrated tour. We got off at the North lot, and ran through and around a dozen more spectacular sculptures. Most of these you can’t touch or climb, but there are a few interactive ones and the guides were happy to point those out to us. We loved Noguchi’s Momo Taro where the kids climbed into granite orbs and pretended they were human geodes. And playing with the huge bronze doors of Pomodoro’s The Pietrarubbia Group.
From there we climbed up a big hill towards the museum, I think my favorite pieces were in this area. Although my favorites changed throughout the day.
The kids were as happy with the 500 acres of rolling hills and paths as we were with the 100+ incredible works of art. We picnicked, played hide-n-seek, chased each other, laid under sculptures and topped the adventure off with a dance party. The kids found a wedding-like tent with stage and danced their hearts out while singing Kiss’s ‘Rock and Roll All Nite.’ And it was their favorite part of the day. There are still parts of the park I haven’t seen and at $15/adult, kids under 5 free, I’ll be back again, probably within the next couple of months. You can also rent bikes there which seems a very fun way to explore the grounds.
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I can honor the fact that Brooklyn thinks adventures are more fun with other kids, as long as it doesn’t require me having a sibling for her.
Brooklyn and Oscar’s first favorite thing was the wedding tent, their second favorite was putting their maps together to make one really big map..really? How can this be?
I still have that damn Kiss song in my head. Thanks kids. And Monte for teaching it to them.