Cultural day trips from New York City
New York City is an amazing place to live, but we can all use a little escape now and then. Just spending a long afternoon outside the city limits can be all you need to relax and recharge. There are many incredible places that can be easily traveled to by train or car in two hours or less. These destinations not only offer respite in a picturesque natural setting, but they also offer the chance to experience art in new and interesting ways. Immerse yourself in art and nature on these five cultural day trips from New York City.
Dia: Beacon, 3 Beekman St, Beacon, NY
Situated on the banks of the Hudson River, this former Nabisco box-printing factory is one of the country’s largest exhibition spaces for modern and contemporary art dating from the 1960s to the present. The venue is marked by 16-foot ceilings, sawtooth skylights, and massive galleries, offering a one-of-a-kind museum experience. With a focus on installation work (often site-specific) related to minimalism, conceptual, and abstract expressionism, DIA features the most influential artists from the last half century including Richard Serra, Andy Warhol, Robert Irwin, Louise Bourgeois and Agnes Martin, among others.
The Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center, 82 North Broadway, Nyack, NY
Edward Hopper didn’t fit neatly into any of the artistic movements of his time. By breaking the mold, he solidified his place in American art history.One the painter’s birthplace and family home, the Edward Hopper House honors his legacy through artifacts, photographs, and exhibitions of artists that he inspired over the years. A dynamic calendar of events includes art talks, family art workshops, and jazz in the garden.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Rd, Bethel, NY
Located just over a two-hour drive from NYC, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts stands on the site where the original Woodstock festival was held in 1969. Travel back to the time of love, peace, and music through immersive exhibitions that dazzle the eyes and ears. Giving unparalleled access to this pivotal moment in American history for music, art, and politics, the museum’s permanent collection features period photographs, film footage, newspaper, clothing, jewelry, posters, and other treasures.
Storm King Art Center, 1 Museum Rd, New Windsor, NY
Art and nature converge at this 500-acre outdoor museum located in the Hudson River Valley. Storm King offers a cultural day trip like no other and the chance to discover large-scale sculptures and site-specific commissions against a breathtaking backdrop of rolling hills, meadows, and trees. Exhibitions and permanent works feature pioneering artists such a David Smith, Sol LeWitt, Maya Lin and Alexander Calder.
The Glass House, 199 Elm St, New Canaan, CT
One of the best art and culture day trips from NYC, the Phillip Johnson-designed Glass House is located on a picturesque estate in New Canaan, CT. From 1945 to his passing in 2005, Johnson worked on creating an archetype of modern architecture and design, eventually referring to the Glass House as his “50-year diary.” Take a guided tour to learn more about the minimalist structure where the architect once lived and explore other cultural features that include a Painting Gallery, Sculpture Gallery, the red and black “Da Monsta” gatehouse, and outdoor sculptures.
Storm King Art Center photo by Gene L. via Yelp. DIA: Beacon photo by Rolf Müller. Bethel Woods photo by Marc Holstein. Glass House photo by Staib.