So I’ve recently moved to New York and everyone has been telling me that autumn/winter is the best season to experience over here. My mind instantly skipped to holiday season with all of the lights and giant Christmas trees but first, it’s Fall (autumn to us, Brits) and I was told the colours are pretty spectacular. I headed out to Storm King Art Center for the day and I saw for myself, Fall in New York, in all its golden glory.
Storm King Art Center is a sculpture park, around 90-minutes by bus from central Manhattan. I booked a day trip for around $45, which included half a day at Storm King followed by half a day at Woodbury Common Outlets. We left New York at 8.30am and were at Storm King by around 10am, giving us a good hour or so pretty much exploring the Park on our own before visitors started to arrive in their droves. October is said to be the Park’s busiest month. The other thing I got to see by being there early was a yoga class taking place at the top of Museum Hill. I can’t imagine anything more peaceful than that.
I travelled solo and it was a lovely park to explore on my own. It wasn’t too big that it felt intimidating but there were lots of open spaces and different areas to wander round that the morning went by super quick. I went on the first weekend of October and the weather was spectacular! It was around 25-degrees and I had just a vest top on and jeans with shades because the sun was so bright!
Set against the Storm King Mountain, the colours of Fall were evident in every direction I looked. Oranges, browns, ambers, reds, golds and green. It was autumn epitomised for me.
The Park is home to more than 100 giant sculptures by some of the world’s best artists set in 500 acres of rolling hills, fields, and lakes, including pieces of work by Barbara Hepworth, Roy Lichtenstein and Henry Moore.
Over the course of the morning I walked more than 10,000 steps. The best views were from Museum Hill where there’s a platform that looks over the Park and to the mountains beyond. The other area I particularly enjoyed wandering down was Maple Alley in the South Fields with giant maple trees lining a pathway.
I took dozens of photos and this blog gives only a flavour. The other best bit? Hunt out the clever mirrored fence. There were lots of couples sat cross-legged in front of it, trying to get that perfect selfie. I had no shame. I joined them!
Storm King Art Center makes the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of New York City if you’re looking for a taste of real Fall.