About an hour's drive away from Manhattan exists this sweeping open-air sculpture park, punctuated by art installations and thought-provoking exhibits by some of the most celebrated artists of the 20th Century. The art center was originally established by Ralph E. Ogden in 1960. It was later renamed in honor of the Storm King Mountain nearby, and has since been one of the most striking and unique art venues in the State of New York. The Storm King Art Center features both permanent as well as rotating exhibits. Surrounded by natural and artistic behemoths alike, the center makes for a fascinating visit.
Tucked away in the town of Warwick, the Warwick Valley Winery is an ideal place to learn about wines and enjoy them too. Opened in 1989, it specializes in exotic fruit wines and liqueurs. Varieties like Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir are available here; however its Doc’s Draft Hard Apple Cider walks away with all the praises. Its tasting room offers you an opportunity to savor different wines and libations; the bartenders here will patiently guide you through your whites and reds. Fresh and tasty short eats like pizzas, sandwiches, salads served at the on-site cafe are an added bonus. Apart from that, the Warwick Valley Winery also hosts music and wine festivals that are well-attended. Good food, great wine and lovely music... certainly a paradise worth visiting!
Located on 28 acres (11 hectares) of beautiful gardens and woodlands, this non-profit cultural institution overlooks the Hudson River. Wave Hill is dedicated to exploring the interaction between human beings and the natural environment. It maintains four historic buildings and five greenhouses and has won many awards for its gardens. Its Arts Program presents the work of contemporary artists and landscape professionals. Partake in educational, horticultural and art programs that are held at the cultural center from time to time. Come enjoy the feast of nature in its own arms.
The Cloisters is the medieval outpost of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Overlooking the Hudson River, it is a deeply relaxing and spiritual place. The interlocking cloisters are faithful reconstructions of five French monasteries. They were erected between 1934 and 1938 on a site offered by John D. Rockefeller Jr. The museum here is devoted to medieval architecture and European art. The gardens are as beautiful as the chapels and cloisters.
Any football fanatic knows the world famous MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, New Jersey. Just the sheer size of the stadium is mind blowing, adding to the fact that it is the home field for “The New York Jets” ad “The New York Football Giants”. They are considered to be the best for their premium seating, state of the art infrastructure and best amenities. It is believed that they host over 20 National Football leagues games in a season and have the biggest concerts and events in the world. A visit to this stadium is a dream come true for any fan.
This gorgeous Downtown Newark park is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Featuring 360 acres (145 hectares) of walking paths, vast lawns and water features. Have a picnic, go for a stroll along the riverbank or ride your bike. In the Spring time the 4,000 Japanese Cherry Blossom trees bloom, making for beautiful scenery.
The 4444-acres (1798.4 hectares) Ringwood State Park opened its doors back in 1966. Located in Passaic County in New Jersey, this wooded state park offers excellent views of the stunning Ramapo Mountains. This park is home to the mid-18th century Ringwood Manor and the early-20th century Skylands Manor. Hike to the nearby Shepherd Pond and indulge in activities like fishing and boating. It also features several shared-use paths that can be used for hiking, biking, horse riding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.
The New Jersey Botanical Garden features a striking landscape spread across an area of 96 acres (38 hectares). Built in 1922, it is also known as Skylands after the manor that lies in close proximity to the gardens. Visitors can admire the diverse plant species which thrive here, stippling the landscape in colorful hues which accentuate the garden's beauty. Tours of the grounds are also offered. Families can explore the garden on hikes across its expanse and indulge in events like scavenger hunts among others.
Located amidst the vast expanse of wilderness, the Ringwood Manor has been standing strong since the 19th Century. It is situated on the Ringwood State Park premises which is known to be the birth place of the iron works in the 18th Century. It was only in the early 19th Century that under the guidance of Mr. Ryerson the present house was built. Later a New York business man Peter Cooper and his son-in-law Hewitt purchased the Ringwood property to run the iron works swiftly. Today it is a house museum which showcases the interiors and the large collection of valuables that once belonged to the family that resided here.