Fall in New York City is one of the best times to explore. The city has just gotten over its overly-humid and muggy summer but hasn't reached the frigid sub-zero temperatures of winter yet. An even bigger perk is there are way fewer crowds in the fall than in summer or winter, making a more peaceful and spacious experience overall.

New York offers plenty of fall-centric activities. If you're looking for something to do this pumpkin-latte season, try one of these activities below.

10 Go Apple Picking

Nearly an hour in any direction outside the city, there are plenty of apple farms for New Yorkers to visit to get their countryside on.

A little over an hour northwest is Warwick, NY, home to Apple Ridge Orchards. From New York, you can get to Warwick via train or automobile.

For apple or pumpkin picking, reservations are required. Apple Ridge Orchards is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until 6PM during the fall season.

Apple Ridge Orchards is not your only option. Barton Orchards, Kelder's Farm, Fishkill Farm, Greig Farm, are just a few of the many other apple farms near The Big Apple, no pun intended.

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9 Enter A Pumpkin-Carving Contest

Did you know there are several pumpkin carving contests all over New York City?

Try the free community pumpkin carving contest at Washington Market Park in Manhattan's West Village. Prizes are awarded in five categories: cutest, scariest, funniest, most realistic, and most creative.

All you need to do is bring your own pumpkin! If you're looking for a more indulgent pumpkin-carving experience, several of the city's bars hold pumpkin-carving competitions, with the prize usually being something like a paid-for tab or a bar credit.

Lucky Dog in Brooklyn and Manhattan's Playwright Irish Pub offer this activity every October.

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8 Visit The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

If you're looking for an ethical activity to partake in, head about an hour upstate to the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. Guided tours are offered every Saturday.

The sanctuary is committed to giving a lifelong home to rescued farm animals. They allow visitors to meet with animals who have been exploited and abused and the organization champions the fight for animal rights advocacy.

The farm is currently home to over 400 rescued animals. A visit makes for a great way to spend a fall day.

7 Walk The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

Every year, both New York's Hudson Valley and Long Island host what is known as "The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze." It is exactly as the name says it is; a large outdoor art gallery of lit-up Jack O'Lanterns.

Emblazoned pumpkins are lined in rows, in all shapes, designs, and sizes. Every year is different, but some past collections have included a Statue of Liberty, windmills, and even a fire truck, all made up entirely of lit-up pumpkins.

Tickets are required for entry which can be purchased directly on their site.

6 Illuminate A Lantern At The Morningside Lights

For the past ten years, volunteers from Columbia University gather each fall in Morningside Heights to light lanterns for what is formally called The Morningside Lights.

The display features dozens of lanterns made by volunteers that attend a free workshop. Each year, the festival has a theme.

The theme for 2022 is The Reimagined Monument, an open invitation to rethink the convention of public statuary and to create your own monuments to speak to our current moment, our shared past, and our hopes for the future.

A dreamy theme indeed, this year's festival takes place on September 24, 2022.

5 Visit The Queens County Farm Museum

Whether you're looking for a family-friendly activity, a hay ride, to compost, to purchase some farm-fresh produce, or just to get out to the countryside, Queens County Farm Museum has something for everyone.

In the fall, they host several events, including a "Maze by Moonlight," which only runs four nights, and is a nighttime interactive maze. They also have a pumpkin patch, and they host "Halloween on the Farm" including a bunch of spooky-themed activities.

A unique thing to do year-round, but ideal in the fall due to fewer crowds, is to visit The Floral Escape, a colorful flower display, General admission to the Queens County Farm Museum is free, unless you're looking for a specific event.

There are some guidelines that need to be followed, which can be found on their website.

4 Watch (Or Run In) The NYC Marathon

The New York City Marathon is a 26.2-mile marathon that cuts through all five boroughs and is notoriously the largest marathon in the world. Its record numbers occurred in 2017, with close to 100,000 applicants.

If you're not interested in running, the entire city watches the marathon runners every November, cheering them on from the sidelines.

It is a wonderful sense of community to stand alongside your neighbors, or strangers if you don't live in New York, and cheer on these motivated athletes. Make it fun and bring a sign to encourage the runners to keep going!

3 Hike Anthony's Nose

About an hour drive north of New York City lies the fairly easy trail, Anthony's Nose. It's one of the most popular trails in the Hudson Valley due to its location and its level of difficulty.

It has an elevation gain of 675 feet and is approximately 1.9 miles long, roundtrip. It is apparently called Anthony's nose after pre-revolutionary war sea captain, Anthony Hogan.

He was well known for the structure of his nose, and when then-New York Representative, Pierre Van Cortlandt, saw the resemblance of the peak and Anthony's nose, well, he just knew that's what he had to name it.

2 Enjoy The Leaves At Central Park

Central Park is massive, and it's easy to spend the day there year-round. However, fall is one of the best times to visit with the leaves changing colors, making for generally aesthetically pleasing views, and also for great photography.

Make a day out of it, and bring a friend or two.

Pack a picnic and enjoy it on The Great Lawn, head over to Belvedere Castle, check out the Imagine mosaic in remembrance of John Lennon, and take in some of the many statutes dotted throughout the park, all with the beautiful backdrop of fall foliage.

1 Watch The Annual New York Village Halloween Parade

The New York Village Halloween Parade is one of the best parades the city offers. Always on Halloween itself, October 31st, no matter what day of the week it falls on, the Annual NYC Halloween Parade takes over Manhattan's 6th Ave for the day's festivities.

All different types of folks march in the parade; from people just hanging out on the street to businesses to bands.

​​​​​​​If you care less about marching and more about enjoying some seriously creative costumes, head down to 6th Ave anywhere between Canal St. and 15th St., and be prepared to have your mind blown by how clever the costumes are.