25 More Things Every Hudson Valleyite Must Do!

Back in 2007, we told you about 20 local activities — from dining at the CIA to taking a swim in the Hudson — that help separate true Valleyites from the out-of-town tourists and weekend wannabes. But — we now realize — that list wasn’t half long enough. Here are 25 more can’t-miss Valley pursuits to spice up your late summer/early fall weekends


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20. Stroll through Storm King Art Center

One of the brightest jewels in the Valley’s cultural crown, this Orange County sculpture park showcases close to 125 works sited throughout 500 acres of hills, fields, and woodlands. Created between 1945 and the present day, the sculptures are often monumental in size (you have probably caught sight of Mark di Suvero’s orange-painted Mother Peace while traveling on the Thruway south of Newburgh) and are representative of each artist’s oeuvre. You’ll see a mile-long stone wall by Andy Goldsworthy; one of Alexander Calder’s last stabiles; and Maya Lin’s Storm King Wavefield, an 11-acre environmental work composed of grass and earth. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this season, the site’s special exhibit, 5+5: New Perspectives, features 12 new works, which are on loan and sprinkled among the permanent collection. Insider’s tip: Trams are available to help you get around the park, but walking up to, around, and even through the sculptures is part of the fun. So wear comfortable shoes.

Storm King Art Center
845-534-3115 or www.stormking.org
1 Museum Road, New Windsor

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