NYC is an exciting place to be any time of year, however the fall is an idea time of year to visit the city that’s always on the go. Fall is equally tied with the summer as my favorite seasons, if not, even ranking in slightly higher.
As a girl having grown up in southern California where the sun is practically out shining every day and winters drop to a high of 60 degrees; fall on the east coast truly is something beautiful. The fall foliage, crisp air, cider and then there all the fun fall activities NYC has to offer. So many, there aren’t even enough weekends to get in all the activities every year.
With that, here are some of my favorite (recommended) fall activities for your next NYC trip;
- Boating in Central Park: The fall foliage of Central Park is simply breath taking. This is a unique activity available spring through fall, but really the most beautiful during the autumn. Oh, and don’t worry, it won’t break the bank. Boat rentals are only $15 per hour and each boat holds four people. Kids are permitted, however simply have to be accompanied by an adult and wear a life vest.
- Biking through Central Park: Yes, I know, here I am with central park again, but what more can I say about the change of leave dead center of this jungle city? There are so many locations to rent bikes around central park, some locations are as little at $3 per/ hour per/ bike. The perimeter of central Park is 5 miles, and with one hour riding on a go, you can comfortably ride around three times. Rent for a minimum of tow hours, so that you have plenty of time to stop and enjoy the scenery, take photos and ride around comfortably.
- Governor’s Island: This is a relatively small island south of Manhattan and too often overlooked by many. None the less, the view of the lower Manhattan skyline from Governors Island on a crisp fall day is extraordinary. You can take the ferry from the Battery Park for $2.75 each way and a ten minute ride. Rent a bike or simply kick back with a picnic.
- New York City Fall Foliage: Whether you take a sightseeing cruise to enjoy the changing leaves or just go for a walk in one of NYC’s great parks, the sights and scents of autumn are truly remarkable. If you want to indulge is some major autumn colors, NYC is only an our (or a few) from some of the most gorgeous fall views in New England, Up State New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and so on.
- New York Wine & Food Festival: Take a weekend to indulge in some quality wines and enjoy food by top celebrity chefs.
- The Brooklyn Botanic Garden: It is beautiful year around, but definitely worth a visit in the fall. Whether you are looking or learn something new or simply soak of all the beauty, a visit to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden is definitely worth adding to your “to do” list. Tickets are $15 an adult, $8 children 12-17 years old (discounted with school ID) and Free under 12.
- Brooklyn Octoberfest: If you are a beer lover or merely enjoy a good beer every once in awhile, a visit to the Brooklyn Brewery, especially during Octoberfest is worthy of mentioning.
- Visit the High Line: Simply take a stroll or sit and people watch while enjoying the crisp air.
- Farmers Markets: All that needs to be said here. There are a ton of farmers farmer’s to set up this time of year, all with their own varying offerings of goodies.
- Ghost tour: Looking for something historical or even a little spooky this time of year, take a ghost tour. There are several tours offered throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan, tickets discounted via Groupon.
- Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkin Everything!: eat your way through pumpkin break, lattes, spices, etc.
- Halloween Parade: Mostly college kids, but worth participating at least once for the experience. Takes place on Halloween night in west village. Dress in your costume and stroll
Want to escape the city, check out my next post following in a few days.