New York City is a place that many associate with idyllic wintertime activities thanks to a variety of Christmas films being set in the city. While there are definitely a lot of iconic activities to do in New York City in the winter, there are also some memorable fall things to do. Autumn is one of the best times to visit NYC because the weather goes from being hot and humid to quite nice. It’s a beautiful time of year, and you can enjoy the many things in the city that involve walking without being too hot or cold.
If you're visiting the city, or a resident looking for some fun fall activities, here are some things you must do.
10 TAKE THE FERRY AND GO TO GOVERNOR’S ISLAND
While many tourists to the area have heard of the important Ellis Island and Liberty Island, there is one other island that’s quite accessible that many people miss. Governor’s Island is a pretty place that has buildings from the colonial and Revolutionary War era of United States History. While the most popular island activity these days is the Jazz Age Lawn Party in the summer, there are also different activities hosted there throughout the year. It’s also full of pretty trees and grass that makes it perfect to visit in the fall.
9 WALK THE HIGH LINE
When you're visiting New York City, you can usually expect to do quite a bit of walking, especially if you're trying to sight-see. One of the best places to enjoy views of the city while walking is on the High Line. While it’s decent to walk in the summer, it can be a bit hot and uncomfortable. The fall is a perfect time to take a leisurely stroll. The trees and landscaping looks beautiful with the fall colors, and you’ll be able to see many views of the city including landmarks like the Chrysler Building.
8 GO TO THE CLOISTERS OR FORT TRYON PARK
Central Park might be the most well-known parks in the city, but there are many others. There are stunning parks to visit in all of the boroughs including Prospect Park in Brooklyn and Corona Park in Queens. One of the most beautiful parks in NYC, if you're looking for something that feels more like the wilderness, is Fort Tryon Park. This park is located at the top of Manhattan and also includes The Cloisters, part of the Metropolitan Museum. This park is gorgeous and has a great view of the Hudson River and so many trees you’ll barely realize you’re still in New York City.
7 UNION SQUARE FARMERS MARKET
While New York City can sometimes make you feel like you're as far away from nature as possible, there are some great Farmers Markets you can visit to find natural products and food. The farmer’s market in Union Square is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. You can enjoy the small park while you look for goods that range from vegetables to flowers to honey and more. This is a great place to stock up on foods and treats that bring that fall feeling.
6 BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN
Enjoying the autumn season often is all about enjoying nature before things get too cold. This is why visiting the Brooklyn Botanic Garden before it closes is a great autumn activity. It covers 52-acres and has a gorgeous variety of plant life. In October, they host a Harvest Homecoming festival. The garden closes in November, so you’ll want to get a chance to see the colorful fall leaves before then.
5 TAKE A SPOOKY WALKING TOUR
One of the best things about autumn for many people is getting to celebrate Halloween. There are a variety of haunted house attractions in New York City, but one of the most fun Halloween activities you can do is go on a walking tour. One option is to do the Ghosts of Brooklyn or Ghosts of the Upper West Side tour. But, the most popular of all is the Edgar Allen Poe and His Ghostly Neighbors of Greenwich Village tour. You’ll be able to learn historical facts about the city while also having a spooky time.
4 SEE THE BROWNSTONES IN PARK SLOPE OR BROOKLYN HEIGHTS
Since New York City is an American city that’s been around since colonial times, there is quite a bit of history here. There are many old buildings that have been around for at least a couple hundred years. Some of the prettiest and most quintessential NYC buildings are the brownstones. These houses are definitely worth a lot of money now, and they are plenty in neighborhoods like Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights. These areas are more expensive, so they are good for walking around and looking at pretty things.
3 HEAD TO THE QUEENS COUNTY FARM
When you think of New York City, you probably don’t think of things like fall festivals and farmland. While there isn’t much of this in the city itself, Queens County Farm is the exception. This urban farm will give you your fall festival fix. They have things such as a corn maze, pumpkin patch, apple picking, and more. So, if you're looking to get the full fall experience, this is a great place to check out.
2 THE GREAT JACK O’LANTERN BLAZE
This activity is one of the best fall activities you can do in the city. It’s one of the most popular and well-known Halloween activities in the area, and it’s easy to see why. While it’s not technically in the city, it’s not too far and definitely accessible. Located at the Van Cortlandt Manor on the Hudson River, this festival is filled with over 7,000 pumpkins that have been carved. It’s a light-filled, spooky Halloween activity that people of all ages can enjoy.
1 CENTRAL PARK
Of course, no list of things to do in New York City that involves outdoor activities can ignore Central Park. While it might be one of the most popular and well-known tourist attractions, people who live in the city also visit often. This is because the park is truly beautiful and also quite large. In the fall, it’s the perfect temperature to explore, look at the leaves, and see some of the statues and secrets the park has to offer.