Top 5 Fall Activities to Enjoy on Your Next Trip to New York City

Top 5 Fall Activities to Enjoy on Your Next Trip to New York City

There are so many things to love about fall in New York. The crisp weather and the stunning foliage are more than enough to make autumn a magical time. Adding to the cheer in the air are the wide variety of activities in and around the city that celebrate the season. From apple picking to appreciating the turning leaves, there’s no limit to the fun you’ll find throughout New York this fall.

1. Take a Cruise on the Hudson

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises - Pier 83, W42nd St, New York, NY

Fall is the ideal time to enjoy the last beautiful days on the Hudson before the bitter winter weather arrives. Whether you’re a thrill seeker speeding through the water on the BEAST Speedboat or taking in the sights on a leisurely Circle Line cruise, there’s no better way to enjoy the city from afar.  

2. The Barton Orchards Harvest Festival

Barton Orchards Harvest Festival - 63 Apple Tree Ln, Poughquag, NY

If you’re inclined to take a break from the city for the afternoon, head up to Barton Orchards in Poughquag for the Harvest Festival on September 10th. Guests can enjoy fruit and vegetable picking, including a wide variety of crisp fall apples, a petting zoo, playground, games, and more.    

3. Leaf Peeping in NYC parks

New York City - Central Park in Autumn

While many people think you have to leave the city to fully enjoy fall’s brilliance, some of the best leaf peeping is right in Manhattan. For those lucky enough to live near a park, or nestled between multiple parks, like the residents of the Battery Park luxury condos at River & Warren, leaf peeping is just steps away. Take a leisurely stroll and look up to see the colorful changing leaves before the winter leaves the trees bare.

4. The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

Great Jack O Lantern Blaze - Van Cortlandt Manor 525 S Riverside Ave, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Just under an hour north of Manhattan in Croton-on-Hudson, discover one of the most elaborate and festive fall celebrations anywhere on earth. Each year, the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze showcases more than 7,000 hand carved pumpkins in a dazzling nighttime display of light, sound, and spooky fun.

5. Celebrate the Festival of San Gennaro

Festival of San Gennaro - Little Italy, New York City

New Yorkers know it’s officially fall when the Festival of San Gennaro returns in September. This festive feast takes place in Little Italy over a period of 11 days each year, bringing with it live music, art, performance, and wide variety of Italian delicacies filling the air with their intoxicating scents.

Don’t let the cooler weather keep you indoors in NYC, welcome fall and its many pleasures by getting out and enjoying these autumn activities.