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Local Field Trip: Opus 40 Woodstock

Discover the Unique Charm of Opus 40 Woodstock: A Local Treasure


When it comes to exploring the rich cultural heritage of Woodstock, New York, few places are as fascinating as the Opus 40. This unique outdoor sculpture park nestled in the heart of Ulster County is a wonder to behold, with its stunning architecture, breathtaking views, and rich history. Whether you're a history buff, an art enthusiast, or simply in search of an unforgettable experience, Opus 40 Woodstock is a must-see destination that is sure to leave a lasting impression.


A beautiful old stump with an array of colorful mushrooms laid out aesthetically
Mushroom Foraging Lesson

The story behind Opus 40 is just as fascinating as the sculptures and structures themselves. Created by sculptor Harvey Fite over the course of 37 years, the park took shape in an abandoned bluestone quarry, with Fite quarrying and carving over 9 tons of rock to create the unique assemblage of sculptures and architecture that we see today. The result is a sight to behold - a sprawling network of stairs, terraces, and walls that weave together in a mesmerizing dance of form and function.


One of the things that sets Opus 40 apart from other cultural destinations is its interactive nature. Visitors are encouraged to explore the various nooks and crannies of the park and experience the sculptures up close, with many structures boasting hidden passageways and secret chambers that are waiting to be discovered. Whether you're travelling with family, friends, or as a solo traveller, there's plenty to see and do at Opus 40 to make your visit unforgettable.


Aside from its striking beauty and interactive features, Opus 40 is also a hub for cultural events and performances throughout the year. From concerts and dance performances to art shows and film screenings, there's always something exciting happening at the park. This makes it a perfect destination for those looking to immerse themselves in the local cultural scene and get a taste of the vibrant artistic community that calls Woodstock home. Upcoming events include hypnotherapy, a quiet picnic, a live reggae concert, and a mushroom foraging lesson. Check their online calendar for the most up-to-date events and links to tickets and registrations.


If you're planning to visit Opus 40 on your next trip to Woodstock, there are a few things to keep in mind. The park is open seasonally, from May through October, and admission fees vary depending on the time of year and type of access you require. There are also guided tours available for those who want to learn more about the history and artistry behind the sculptures.


Whether you're a local or a visitor, Opus 40 is a true gem that should be on your must-visit list. With its captivating blend of natural beauty, history, and interactive sculpture park features, it's the perfect destination for anyone looking to immerse themselves in the unique cultural charm of Woodstock. So, why not make Opus 40 a part of your next vacation and build lasting memories that you'll treasure for years to come? We would love to welcome you to our little art hotel, Twin Gables of Woodstock, and be your partner in creating a memorable Woodstock experience. Check out our blog for other Local Field Trip ideas when staying with us in the Catskills.


We hope we inspired you to go on an adventure during your stay with us. Thank you for reading!


The Twin Gables team


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