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The Best Outdoor Art in the Hudson Valley

The Best Outdoor Art in the Hudson Valley

There is no shortage of amazing outdoor art in the Hudson Valley. The dramatic landscape of the area and accessibility for artists to create in seemingly limitless spaces allows for some of the largest-scale sculptures and best outdoor experiences, all in some very bucolic spaces. Here are some of my personal favorites!

Storm King Art Center

Cornwall, NY
Cost:
$18 – Adults
$15 – Seniors (65+ with valid ID)
$ 8 – Ages 5–18 and Students (with valid ID)
Free – Children 4 and under, and Members

If you go to Storm King, plan on it being a day trip! Bring a picnic, or bikes to ride around, and enjoy the expansive trails and fields with both permanent and changing collections of sculptures, drawings, and photographs. The site-specific sculptures are incredible in both size and concept, boasting some very well known artists including Louise Bourgeois, and Mark di Suvero. Some are situated in fields, where as others are nestled quietly in the woods. Walk around to see what surprises you may find!

Art Omi

Ghent, NY
Cost: Free

This beautiful 120-acre contemporary sculpture park boasts rolling fields, wooded trails, and rotating programming. Best of all? It’s a non-profit and open to the public for free! Their mission is to support the surrounding community through art. The outdoor works are large-scale, but there is also an indoor gallery which you can visit. Both spaces have works added or exchanged every year so you never get bored. Check it out if you’re close to Ghent!

PS21

Chatham, NY
Cost: Varies by performance

This beautiful outdoor theater is a space that encompasses dance, music and theater performances. The programming also includes workshops, free performances for children, and free movie screenings. All of this can be experienced in either an open air theater, or indoor black box theater. Sounds like the perfect summer evening to me!

Opus 40

Saugerties, NY
Cost:
$10 Adults
$7 Seniors
$3 Children ages 6 to 12
Children Under 6 Free

Opus 40 is an earthwork sculpture park; this space is constructed mainly out of stone, set against the dramatic backdrop of Overlook Mountain. Besides the unique park, there is a small museum and gallery on-site. Programming includes weather permitting concerts, art exhibitions and lectures. A truly unique, unforgettable experience.

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