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Fall Guide NYC

Top Five Things to Do in NYC This Fall

Autumn in New York — why is it so inviting? The cool air, fall foliage, the beginning of the holidays, apples… Check out our list of activities, food, exhibits, and shows that are not to be missed this coming season.

Pennings Farm Cidery, Warwick, PA.
Pennings Farm Cidery, Warwick, NY.

The Big Apple

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.

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).

Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze, Van Cortlandt Manor.
Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, Van Cortlandt Manor.

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 45th Annual Village Halloween Parade. Anyone in costume is welcome to join the parade. Click HERE for more information.

Visit the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze during a day trip to Van Cortlandt Manor, just north of the city. Discover a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack-o’-lanterns, all hand-carved, along with a synchronized light show and soundtrack, perfect for your fall Instagram.

Beetle House
Beetle House

Fall Cocktails

Want to get your drink on in the city? Check out this awesome horror culture–themed restaurant and bar in the East Village called Beetle House, perfect for when you’ve just come from seeing the strange and unusual musical about the whole “being dead” thing — Beetlejuice. This place has drinks such as “The Beetle’s Juice” (tequila, blackberry, cranberry) and “Coco Skellington” (rum, gin, lime, coconut, orange), perfect for the Halloween feels. 

Another Halloween-themed bar is the Headless Horseman in Gramercy Park. The entrance to this bar looks like it came straight out of Sleepy Hollow, and has some ominously named drinks such as “Apocalypse” (bourbon, honey, lemon, ginger) and “Blood Spell” (mezcal, aperol, lemon, rosemary). Enjoy some delicious bar bites, like warm pretzels and cheese and fried pickles, while feeling like you’re in Gothic times.

Sleepy Hollow Experience
Sleepy Hollow Experience

Shows Perfect for the Season

Check out this outdoor immersive theatrical performance at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside estate, of his most famous ghost story. Follow the characters throughout the Sleepy Hollow Experience with live music, seasonal drinks, and tasty treats. Here’s a perfect way to immerse yourself into a story perfect for the fall season while enjoying the chilly outdoors.

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.