There are so many ways to enjoy the pleasures of summer in the Valley — it all depends on your mood. Looking for something relaxing? Take a stroll through a formal garden or a cruise down the Hudson. Need more excitement? Watch a stock car race, rock out at a summer concert, or hurtle down a 600-foot water slide. The choices are endless. So gas up the car, and get going!
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Al Fresco Art
The Hudson Valley abounds with limitless opportunities for both outdoor enthusiasts and culture vultures. But when these two passions can be combined into one pit stop, well, that’s just nirvana for some. So it is with Storm King Art Center, the world-famous 500-acre sculpture park in Orange County, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with two major exhibits. 5+5: New Perspectives comprises 12 new and recent works by both favorite artists and some whose work has never been on view at Storm King before. Examples include two large-scale steel works by Mark di Suvero and a sculpture by Chakaia Booker made of cut, twisted, and looped car tires. The View from Here: Storm King at Fifty is actually an indoor exhibit focusing on the center’s history. Two second-floor galleries are each devoted to the work of a single artist: one spotlights Alexander Calder, best-known for inventing the mobile; the other looks at the work of David Smith, the undisputed master of oversized steel abstract sculpture.
Of course, strolling through Storm King’s verdant fields and hills is always a pleasure, and a record number of visitors came last summer to experience Maya Lin’s Storm King Wavefield (shown above), seven undulating hills of earth and grass that resemble ocean waves. Walking through the 240,000-square-foot wavefield is akin to being amid large swells at sea, and many report that it is a one-of-a-kind experience.
Storm King Art Center
Open Wed.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., through Nov. 14; grounds remain open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day
Mountainville. 845-534-3115 or www.stormking.org
Other opportunities to see art outdoors include:
The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi International
A little cousin of Storm King, this Columbia County gem features 400 beautiful acres of farmland dotted with contemporary sculpture by internationally recognized artists.
Ghent. 518-392-4568 or www.artomi.org
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Become a Beach Bum! Play a Round of Miniature Golf! Get Creative Outdoors! Go to the Zoo! Go Fruit-picking! See some Al Fresco Art! Get Fast and Furious! Visit a Formal Garden! Take in a Horse Show! Rent a Bike on the Walkway! Take a River Cruise! Go to a Water Park! Go to the Drive-in! Enjoy an Outdoor Concert! Picnic at Vanderbilt Mansion! Ride the Rails! Indulge in Dining Delights!