Visit cool sculpture parks in the Hudson Valley

These sculptures are generally huge and sure to please

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Sculpture Parks and their gardens are a unique way for families to appreciate and enjoy art. The open spaces are wonderful for kids of all ages. Most locations offer space to roam and enjoy these sculptures at our own pace. Especially wonderful for kids who are looking for control of what they do and how they do it.

Brunel Sculpture Garden

Brunel Sculpture Garden
Junction of Route 28 & Desilva Road, Boiceville; (845) 205-3839

Dedicated to the mysteries and grandeur of nature, Brunel Sculpture Garden is home to over a dozen statues, sculptures, bas reliefs, and totem poles conceived and constructed by Emile Brunel, a photographer, sculptor, filmmaker, and founder of the New York Institute of Photography. These sculptures, built between 1921 and 1939 are still standing as a testament to the tangible and intangible cultural assets and practices of the Native American people of our region. The park hosts a plethora of native horticulture and serves as a tranquil, healing, inclusive and reflective space for visitors and residents.

Bradford Graves Sculpture Park
28 Doggums Way, Kerhonkson; (845) 230-0521

Bradford Graves Sculpture Park in Kerhonkson has over 200 stone sculptures. Graves was fascinated by archeology and all things of the earth. Visit this park and feel like you have entered the quarry itself. Note: Open May through the end of October, by appointment. Admission is free.

Art Omi
1405 County Rte. 22, Ghent; (518) 392-4747

This park contains contemporary sculptures on 120 acres in Columbia County. Art Omi welcomes visitors to it’s grounds and events for free. The Sculpture & Architecture Park is open daily from dawn until dusk year-round. The Benenson Visitors Center, housing the Newmark Gallery, is open daily from 9am–5pm from April 1–October 31, and 11am–4pm weekdays and 9am–4pm weekends from November 1–March 31. Visitors to the Sculpture & Architecture Park are encouraged to register for a day and time on weekends and select holidays.

Terrie Goldstein, HV Parent publisher, says Steve Heller's Fabulous Furniture is a great place to visit

Steve Heller's Fabulous Furniture
3930 Rte. 28, Boiceville; 845-750-3035

This is not really a sculpture park but Steve has done some really neat artwork and it is worth it to stop by the store. He made sculptures as a kid but began in earnest after his father passed away. The sculptures are made from found objects and run from small to larger than life. Open Wednesday thru Sunday 10am-6pm (and sometimes Monday).

Opus 40
50 Fite Road, Saugerties; 845-246-3400

Artist and professor, Harvey Fite, created Opes 40 over 37 years ago. There are more than 60 acres of meadows, forested paths and bluestone quarries — including 6.5 acres of earthwork sculpture. Opus 40 has been called the Stonehenge of North America for it’s spectacular stone monument. They ask that people get tickets online ahead. You can get tickets at the door, for a slightly higher price but they do close sales when they reach capacity, so it is advised to get tickets ahead. Open weekends in April 10:30am-5pm, Friday to Monday, from 10:30am to 5pm through Monday Labor Day then weekends, weather permitting, until November 30. 

Publisher, Terrie Goldstein discovered Polich-Tallix, this gem of a spot years ago.

Polich-Tallix Sculptures
453 Route 17K, Rock Tavern

See the works of the well-known American artist Frank Stella. These unusual metal sculptures are huge and a delight to view. Get on I-84 and take exit 32, which is for Stewart International Airport. Go in the opposite direction from the airport, from 84E make a right. Drive until you almost reach 17K (before the light stop and park). Or take 17K west to International Drive, make a left, sculptures on both right and left of the road.  

View these tremendous sculptures at Storm King Art Center

Storm King Art Center
1 Museum Road, New Windsor; (845) 534-3115

Storm King has huge outdoor sculptures in a permanent display plus rotating exhibitions of different artists. Timed-entry tickets are required for all visitors and must be reserved in advance. Open Wednesday–Monday, 10am–5:30pm. Timed-entry tickets are required and must be reserved in advance.

Updated 3/28/2024

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