5. Art Omi, Ghent, NY 

Sign for Oar Omi with cloud sculpture in background
Art Omi Sculpture Park. Clouds by Olaf Breuning. Photo credit Bryan Zimmerman

For a low-key experience that packs a big art punch visit the one hundred twenty acre contemporary sculpture and architecture park Art Omi in the Hudson Valley. The huge, meandering landscape makes for long, peaceful walks through grassy hills and woodland. Be sure to have the map on hand since there are no paved walkways between the monumental works of art and architecture. Along with the large-scale works in nature, there is a 1,500 square foot gallery. Not only does the park feature some of the best in modern sculpture, it includes innovative artistic architecture to ponder.

Rob Fischer, Omi Pond House, 2016 Steel & glass, 20' 9" x 13' 7"
Art Omi, Omi Pond House by Rob Fischer, 2016, steel & glass. Photo by Joe Rojas

Art Omi is a super accommodating place. It is one of the few sculpture parks that allow dogs! Yes, thats right, well behaved and leashed pups are permitted to join you on the outside journey of sculpture discovery. Individuals with mobility impairments seeking to tour the park should call (518) 392-4747 to coordinate suitable arrangements. Two weeks notice of a visit is recommended. It is open in All weather, all year long. (And that includes free cross county groomed ski trails when weather permits)

Dennis Oppenheim, Marriage Tree, 1999 Steel pipe, steel plate, cast fiberglass
Dennis Oppenheim, Marriage Tree, 1999, steel pipe, steel plate, cast fiberglass.

Visitors to the Sculpture & Architecture Park must register for a day and time on weekends and select holidays. One registration is required per vehicle group. A suggested donation of $10 per person is encouraged for non-members, but all visitors are welcome regardless of donation.