Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens

An hour’s drive north from the city is a little-known sculpture park hidden away in PepsiCo’s world headquarters. The Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens is as much a mouthful to say as it is chock-full of 20th century art. It was created by the former chairman of the board and chief executive officer in 1965, when PepsiCo came into being after Pepsi-Cola merged with Frito-Lay. The park has expanded over time and now houses 45 sculptures scattered over 152 acres. This is, without a doubt, one of the most impressive office environments for any worker bee!

This place shares a lot of similarities with the Storm King Art Center (reviewed here). However, the two notable differences is that this place is the private property of a major corporation, and lucky for you, admission is free! The park is carefully landscaped with a mixture of lakes, ponds, grassy fields, and woods.  I suggest giving yourself at least 2 hours to explore.  Some of the sculptures are striking, others odd, while a few, decidedly creepy. Enjoy and bring a picnic!

Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens

Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens

Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens

Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens

Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens

Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens

Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens

Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens

The park is located at 700 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase, NY. The best way to get here is by car, but you can also use public transportation – take the Metro-North to White Plains and then a taxi or the No. 12 bus to the entrance.  In the summer, the grounds are open from 7 am to 7 pm. In the winter, they are open from 7 am to 5 pm. Dogs are allowed, but not bikes. For those of you who are planning a wedding, this is a great place for wedding photos! We saw a wedding entourage taking advantage of the backdrop of sculptures and lakes. Lastly, watch out for snakes – we saw a small one on one of the pathways sunning itself without any care of passerbys.

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