We have to admit, autumn in New York might be our very favorite time to visit. You don’t have to sweat walking the city, there is still plenty of daylight, and you finally get to wear boots again! We could write story after story about all the fun fall activities and events in NYC. So, order a chai latte (or yes, the ever popular pumpkin spice latte) and jump in to one of these fall New York activities. There is so much waiting for you here!
Fall Foliage in Central Park
Grab a lobster roll at Luke’s Lobster in the Plaza Hotel Food Hall to enjoy over in Central Park. You could spend your entire vacation exploring the colors, wonders, and cultures inside the park. Start at the Conservatory Water, near the entrance at Fifth Avenue and 72nd Street. Continue into the middle of the park, known as Tupelo Meadow. The leaves here will appear in various shades of red, yellow, and purple through the season. Continue your walk to the North Woods to admire leaves of oak, elm, red maple, and black cherry trees. The crunch of these leaves once they fall is like no other! Kids, get ready for some serious leaf-pile jumping!
Oktoberfest Central Park
One of the merriest of celebrations is happening this fall in Central Park. Oktoberfest, a traditional and autumnal festival, is celebrated by drinking copious amounts of beer, sporting lederhosen, polka dancing, and eating massive Bavarian pretzels. Celebrate mid-September through early October.
Comic Con NYC
Missed Comic Con San Diego this year? If you are traveling to NYC over October 4-7, you are in luck. Fans of comic books, games, sci-fi, anime, manga, and pop culture convene at New York Comic Con at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Midtown Manhattan.
If you are going to be in New York during Halloween night, your kids are in luck! They certainly won’t miss trick-or-treating back home in their own neighborhood with all the places in New York to get candy and find goblins and ghouls.
Craft Beer Tasting
Is there anything cozier than drinking a rich, creamy stout by the fire? Since the weather is cooler, it’s the perfect time to try some of New York City’s best stout beers. Plan a visit to Stout to get you started!
Gotham Ghost Tour
What better way to explore the tales of New York City’s most celebrated “ghosts” and “spirits” than with a Gotham Walking Tour? You’ll visit sites associated with Aaron Burr, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Eleanor Roosevelt, the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, and more. Enjoy learning about Manhattan’s village past of buildings now gone, cafes, clubs, and personalities that made NYC the heart of a bohemian society.
New York City Marathon
Sure you can run it, but you can also enjoy this exciting 26.2 mile race as a spectator. Watch runners cross the finish line in Central Park, or cheer them on along the city course.
Fall Art Shows
MoMA, Met, Brooklyn Museum, and so many others pick their best to display at fall art shows. Spend a day or two touring some of the best featured artwork in the city
New York has the most scrumptious apples of them all! From November 2-11, celebrate the apple in the “Big Apple” during Cider Week! These festivals cultivate an appreciation for New York’s orchard-based cider by showcasing its diversity, food friendliness, and excellent quality.
Biking NYC with a Bike Tour
Rent a bike on your own, or join up with a city bike tour to take in the smells and sights of the fall. Pedal through Brooklyn, Central Park, or the pleasantly-surprising Bronx. If you are nervous about cycling in a big city, check out this story from New York Times.
Fall Foliage Train Ride to Hudson River Valley
From Penn Station in Manhattan, take the Amtrak train to Poughkeepsie for gorgeous views of gold, orange, and red leaves bursting from the trees. Enjoy a lunch at the Culinary Institute of America where some of the top chefs in the world train. If the weather is still warm, bring a picnic blanket and enjoy your lunch out on the grass lawn overlooking the mighty Hudson River.
Autumn in New York is enchanting. We hope you enjoy these fall activities and events in NYC on your next vacation to the Big Apple!