1 Museum Road, New Windsor, NY 12553
(845 534 - 3115
DescriptionThe Storm King Art Center is located in New Windsor, New York. There are several, gravel-packed, parking lots. Each has some handicapped-spaces.The parking lot closest to visitor center has the most handicapped spaces. If those are taken, parking can be made available in staff parking spots.
There is a ramp to the single door, visitor center entrance. This two story building has some artwork in it. The second floor is accessible only by stairs.
The main restrooms are located about 1/10 mile to the left of the visitor center. You will find multi-stall restrooms with a large handicapped stall and baby-changing station. Other restrooms on the property consist of groups of porta-sans, sitting on well-packed gravel. Included are handicapped-accessible units.
The Storm King Cafe is located near the North Parking Lot. It is one step up from the parkinig lot to the hilly path to the cafe. If that step is a problem, go to the left of the restrooms to find a path that doesn't require the step. These restrooms are porta-san style/
Wheelchair accessible trams provide 45 minute narrated tours of the venue. One can get off at any of the stops, look around, and get back on the next tram. One can remain in a wheelchair, which gets locked in place on the tram. Benches are strategically placed around the venue.
This venue is very hilly. Many paths are paved, some are gravel. Bicycles can be rented here.
- Surface of lot: gravel
Transportation to venue offered: a tram
Places to rest: a few benches
Paths and walkways: most are paved
Location of handicapped entrance: at main entrance of visitor center
Doors: single door
Ramps: to main entrance
Steps and staircases: to second floor
Width of aisles: roomy
Places to sit: benches outside visitor center
Location of restrooms: **
Baby changing station: yes
Available food services: Storm King Cafe
Friendliness of staff: pleasant and helpful
Notes: *There are several parking lots. All have several handicapped spaces. The lot closest to the visitor center has the most handicapped spaces. If those are taken parking can be made available in staff parking spaces.**Restrooms near the visitor center are multi-stall, handicapped-accessible, with baby-changing stations.Restrooms in other areas are groups of porta-sans, sitting on gravel, that include handicapped-accessible units. These do not have any water.
We decided to take advantage of a gorgeous June day and head upstate to the Storm King Art Center and Dia:Beacon. We had visited Storm King before, on a cold, gray day, and had loved it. Today was even better. From our house in Syosset the ride was about an hour and forty minutes. Since we left quite early, and it was a Saturday, we did not encounter any traffic. Going home was a different story!
Storm King is one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, a “…500 acre landscape of fields, hills and woodlands that provides the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures and installations created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time…” (website) It has been open since 1960 and continues to grow and evolve.
We paid our admission and were directed to the north parking lot. There are several parking areas in the vast complex. Each lot has several handicapped spaces. We were told that the lot closest to the visitors’ center has the most handicapped spaces. If those are taken, parking can be made available in staff spots. The parking lots are gravel that is well-packed down. Baby-carriages did not seem to have any difficulty maneuvering. The wide paths are paved. The area is hilly, which can be a challenge.
We made our way up to the visitor center, located in the area called “Museum Hill.” We found a ramp to the single-door entrance. Inside, we found the small gift-shop, admission desk, and theor exhibition of work by the guest artists. Only the main floor of this building is handicapped accessible. The upper floor can only be reached by stairs. The temporary installations are generally set in this area, around the mansion. A perfect addition for summer is installation entitled “Water Sources,” by Lunda Benglis. It is Storm King’s first exhibition centered around the outdoor water fountains.
The main restroom is located on Museum Hil, about 1/10 mile to the left of the visitor center. Multi-stall restrooms with a large handicapped-accessible stall have a baby-changing station. Benches are located just outside the restrooms. Take note – the restrooms in other locations are groups of porta-sans, including handicapped-accessible ones, that sit on gravel. They do not have water in them.
From Museum Hill we made our way to the elevator (a separate building that looks like one of the installations) to go down to the tram stop. Although visitors are encouraged to discover the sculptures on foot, we found that the narrated, informative 45 minute tram ride around the property is a great way to get an overview of what is offered here. One can disembark at any of the stops, visit an area without a long walk or having to traverse the hills, get back on another tram and continue to the next location. All of the trams are wheelchair accessible. A ramp at the front car allows easy access. The chair can then be locked in place. One can easily disembark at the destination of choice. We noticed that all of the tram stops had benches, a nice touch if you have to wait for the next tram!
Before leaving we decided to have a snack and drink at the Storm King Cafe, an open air cafe which just happened to be located next to the lot where we were parked. Organic, locally grown ingredients made for a declicious lunch. It is one step up from the parking lot to the hilly path to the cafe. If that step is a problem, go to the left of the restrooms where you will find a path that doesn’t require the step. The restrooms located here are the porta-san variety that were previously discussed.
As we enjoyed our lunch we talked about what an amazing venue this is. Depending on the time of day, weather, or season, the sculptures take on different looks and even seemingly different colors. We watched families enjoying the space in various ways. We saw bcycle riders (they can be rented here) and hikers. We saw people sitting on some of the strategically positioned benches to view the art. If you have not been here you should definitely visit. We have been here before and we will be here again.
As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.stormking.org, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”