The summer is the ideal time — and the Valley the ideal place — to take in some outdoor sculptures.
Storm King Art Center
Spread across 500 acres, the world-renowned Storm King Art Center has a permanent collection of more than 100 sculptures created by acclaimed artists over the last 60-plus years. The 2013 featured exhibit, Thomas Houseago: As I Went Out One Morning, spotlights works by the Los Angeles-based artist that are inspired by the human form. On Saturdays, beekeepers conduct tours of Peter Coffin’s Untitled (Bees Making Honey), a working apiary. Visitors can explore the park by bike (rentals are available), tram, or on foot. Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through Oct. 31. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students, under 5 free.
Mountainville. 845-534-3115; www.stormking.org
The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi International
Close to 80 sculptures by an international array of contemporary artists are displayed among the 60 acres of sprawling woods and farmland. Picnics are encouraged. Open daily during daylight hours.
Ghent. 518-392-4747; www.artomi.org
Sculptor Harvey Fite spent 37 years creating this six-acre plot using the debris from an old bluestone quarry. A unique blend of landscaping and artistry, Opus 40 is on the National Register of Historic Places. Opens Memorial Day weekend. Thurs.-Sun. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $10, $7 seniors & students, $3 children, under 6 free.
Saugerties. 845-246-3400; www.opus40.org
Bradford Graves Sculpture Park
Open May through November by appointment, this park includes more than 200 clay, stone, and bronze figures by sculptor Bradford Graves.
Kerhonkson. 845-230-0521; www.bradfordgraves.com