We love museums, theaters and galleries but now that the weather is warm and sunny, we are looking for any excuse to be outside. Luckily, there are plenty of places that tick both the art and the nature boxes. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites:
Located just an hour north of New York on the Hudson River, Storm King Art Center is a sprawling sculpture garden, made up of both a permanent collection and special exhibitions. The collection includes both large scale sculptures to more intimate ones, defined by the landscape. The $15 ticket gives you full access to the grounds so you can spend your day exploring – and picnicking – in the pristine countryside.
Pioneer Works – Second Sundays
Pioneer Works’ Second Sundays are an all-day outdoor party at the Red Hook gallery, gallery and performance space. Inside you can check out the revolving exhibitions and visit the open studios of the artists-in-residence. Then head outside to the sprawling garden, complete with live music, food trucks, drinks and an adult sized jungle gym.
Art in the Parks
A city-wide initiative, Art in the Parks is a series out outdoor installations throughout the five boroughs. Although exhibits do run year round, larger sculptures pop up in the summer. From Deborah Krass’s OY/YO sculpture in Brooklyn Bridge Park to the Wanderlust series on the Highline to the Isa Genzken’s giganticTwo Orchids in Central Park, you can make up your own outdoor art scavenger hunt!
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