With the weather finally warming up across the country, we thought it might be a nice idea to take an artful stroll. From botanical gardens to outdoor sculpture parks, we’ve compiled six fun outdoor art walks to explore this spring, perfect for getting some fresh air (and still social distancing).
Storm King Art Center — Hudson Valley, New York
Tucked among the rolling hills of New York’s scenic Hudson Valley, Storm King Art Center is a 500-acre outdoor museum boasting large-scale artworks and rotating exhibitions. Peruse some of the sculptures and installations while enjoying the solitude of following one of the center’s woodland paths, as well.
Brookgreen Gardens — Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
These enchanting gardens just outside Myrtle Beach are home to the largest collection of American sculptures in the country. Nestled within the lush greenery of the gardens, sculptures stand out amid the dramatic Spanish moss, the South Carolina Lowcountry’s signature scenery.
New York Botanical Garden — New York, New York
New York City is slowly coming back to life, and catching a spring bloom within its iconic Botanical Garden—home to literally 1 million plants—is the perfect way to celebrate. Plus, contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama currently has an exhibition at the garden; tickets are still available through June 30.
Desert X Festival — Palm Springs, California
This outdoor exhibition within California’s Sonoran Desert has been a Palm Springs mainstay since its 2017 inauguration, and this year’s iteration pays homage to the desert as both a place and an idea. Installations and pieces are scattered throughout the greater Palm Springs area. And to make things even easier, Desert X is free and open to the public.
Tippet Rise Art Center — Fishtail, Montana
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Beartooth Mountains, Tippet Rise Art Center is situated on a working sheep and cattle ranch and is home to a host of large-scale sculptures. It also hosts classical music performances and recitals. Stretch your legs with and stroll the hills to see some of the giant structures up close.
Laumeier Sculpture Park — Sappington, Missouri
One of the first and largest sculpture parks in the U.S., Laumeier boasts more than 60 sculptures throughout its 105 acres. Myriad trails, including the popular 1.4-mile loop that takes you throughout the park and winds its way through woodlands, will make you forget that you’re just 15 miles outside of downtown Saint Louis.