As a Floridian who moved to NYC to pursue my career, I’ve never really had the luxury of exploring the place I once dreamed to call home. Five days a week (or more!), I stare at my computer screen to answer emails, write, and answer more emails. While I’m incredibly grateful to call this place home, like many other transplants, I never have the time to explore what this state has to offer. Yes, I’ve seen Times Square (who hasn’t?), and I’ve even brought my Floridian friends to Levain Bakery (because, honestly, their cookies give you life). However, between the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to forget to pause and be in the moment.
Thankfully, Uber came to my rescue by forcing me to explore my own backyard. I left my computer at home, grabbed my fiancé, and partnered with Uber to take an adventure to experience Storm King for the first time. While I’ve never heard of this place before this trip (or after watching Master of None), you can bet your grandma’s arroz con pollo recipe that I’ll be there again (with a few of my friends, of course) before winter comes.
While there are plenty of ways to get around in NYC, it can be hard to take a day trip away from the Big Apple without a vehicle. Instead of filling out paperwork to rent a car, we decided to use our Uber app to book a trip to Storm King for the day to explore the art and enjoy an outdoor picnic.
Before we drove to Storm King, we stopped at our favorite sandwich spot in Queens to pick up a couple of sandwiches and root beers for our picnic. We packed everything up, buckled up in the backseat of the uberX, and cruised for the next hour until we hit Storm King. During our ride, my fiancé and I used the split fare feature so we didn’t have to worry about who owed who — because why stress about money?
Once we arrived, we settled in the picnic area, ate our sandwiches and drank our root beers; Storm King has plenty of space to lay out a blanket for a traditional picnic with your friends. While you could bring your own food (like we did), there’s a food truck nearby where you can order tacos, sodas or cookies.
Because we were so stuffed from our sandwiches, we decided to walk off the food coma. We visited the indoor museum, looked at art, and eventually rested underneath a tree to finish our root beers and sodas.
While Storm King is fun to explore, it’s almost impossible to trek the whole outdoor museum by foot. Rent a bike or use their tram for a quick-and-easy way to get around. For us, we got to explore Storm King in a few hours before we ordered an Uber to take us home. The best thing about this whole trip besides getting away for the day? My fiancé and I didn’t have to worry about stopping for gas, paying for tolls or focusing on driving throughout the whole trip. It was the perfect way to feel pampered while going on an adventure without doing much of the work.
Location: 1 Museum Road New Windsor, NY 12553
Written by Raven Ishak
Photography by Raven Ishak and Stephen Dominick
This post was sponsored by Uber