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Top 5 Things to Do this Fall

Top Five Things to Do in NYC This Fall

Autumn in New York — why is it so inviting? We finally get to feel the cooler air and the exciting anticipation of the holidays. Fun activities like apple picking and corn mazes come back into popularity. Check out our list of activities, food, exhibits, and shows that are not to be missed this coming season.

Top 5 Things to do in NYC This Fall
Union Square Greenmarket.

The Big Apple

In the mood for an apple cider donut? The state of New York has earned the nickname “The Big Apple” for good reason: We have some of the best apples in the world, and fall is peak season. If you are visiting NYC, we highly recommend heading downtown to the Union Square Greenmarket on a Saturday morning. You will find fresh flowers, delicious baked items, and the most beautiful apples you have ever seen. Check out Grow NYC for other open-air markets throughout the city, in whichever neighborhood you decide to explore during your trip.

Whether you are a local or a seasoned tourist, take a car trip north of the city to Pennings Farm Cidery in Warwick. You can pick apples, sip beer at the beer garden, grab a bite to eat at the pub, and visit their cidery (for guests 21 and older).

Fort Tryon Park.
Fort Tryon Park.

Enjoy the Changing Weather

Ready for the cooler weather to come in? Fall is the perfect time to venture outdoors, enjoy the changing leaves, and take in that crisp cool air. Fort Tryon Park, located in Upper Manhattan, is the perfect place to take a beat, and relax among the cool breeze. Other places to relax we recommend are Prospect Park, Riverside Park, and of course, the iconic Central Park.

Dive into farm life with the Urban Farm at Randall’s Island Park, where students have the opportunity to learn to plant, harvest, and compost, as well as learn about sustainable gardening practices. Another option to visit a farm is to get your usual dose of pumpkin picking this fall. Check out the Queens County Farm Museum for fresh produce at the farmstand, and NYC’s only corn maze, filled with clues to find and puzzles to solve.

Top 5 Things to do in NYC This Fall
Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade.

Halloween in the City

Halloween in NYC is a unique holiday, and the city offers more activities than you can imagine. Do you have a great costume planned this year? Share it with the world at the 48th Annual Village Halloween Parade. Anyone in costume is welcome to join the parade. Click HERE for more information.

In the mood for a different kind of Halloween parade? Check out the Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, where you’ll get to see the cutest and most creative costumes on pooches in NYC. Called the “largest dog costume parade in the world,” don’t miss the hundreds of dogs in adorable costumes, some with owners who dress up in matching ones as well. Click HERE for more information.

Want some costume inspiration? Check out the new Broadway costume interactive exhibit, Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Screen.

Skyline Drive-In.
Skyline Drive-In.

Shows Perfect for the Season

An old tradition has been reborn! Outdoor movie screenings, also known as drive-ins, have come back into popularity this last year. Whether you have access to a car or not, this is a perfect experience for a night out while staying socially distanced and safe. Take in the NYC view with the Skyline Drive-In, located right next to the East River in Astoria, where you can enjoy a movie from the comfort of your car, especially as the weather gets colder, or outdoors. Also available is the Queens Drive-In, located at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park for another drive-in option.

Seeing the most famous New York dance troupe is also the perfect way to begin the holiday season. Catch a glimpse of the Radio City Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall for their Christmas Spectacular. You will be dazzled by the sparkling costumes, perfect kick lines, and the famous toy soldiers scene.

Macy's in Herald Square
Macy’s in Herald Square

The Holidays

Visiting NYC for Thanksgiving? Plan to get an up-close look as teams inflate the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade floats in the streets near the American Museum of Natural History the Wednesday before the holiday. You will be amazed at the incredible size and detail of each balloon. Want to feel like a true New Yorker? Get bagels and coffee and watch the parade on TV — you will get to see all the Broadway performances that are part of the show.

A great activity is to view the holiday window displays at the city’s most famous department stores. We recommend starting at Herald Square to visit the windows at Macy’s. Walk over to Fifth Avenue and start heading uptown to check out Saks 5th Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman. Next, head east to check out Bloomingdale’s. Pro tip: Buy some hand warmers because it can get frigid once the sun goes down.