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.
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. 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 (21+).
Halloween in the City
Halloween in NYC is a unique holiday with more activities than you can imagine. The Bronx Zoo is bringing back its annual Boo at the Zoo, the perfect Halloween celebration for families. This event is on weekends only from September 29 to October 28.
Disney fans from around the globe will love this once-in-a-lifetime exhibit that celebrates 90 years of Mickey Mouse. Mickey: The True Original Exhibition opens November 8, 2018, and runs to February 10, 2019. Located in Chelsea, this exhibit offers an immersive experience and extremely close proximity to the High Line and Chelsea Market. Tickets are $38.
Is fall synonymous with football for you? Stop by the NFL Experience in Times Square. This new must-see attraction will be a world of wonder for any football fan. Tickets start at $39.
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 day activity in the city is to view the holiday window displays of New York City’s most famous department stores. We recommend starting at Herald Square to visit the windows at Macy’s. Walk over to 5th Avenue and start heading uptown to check out Lord & Taylor, Saks 5th Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman. Next, head east to check out Bloomingdale’s. Pro tip: Buy some hand warmers for your pockets because it can get frigid once the sun goes down.
The Radio City Rockettes
Seeing this classic New York dance troupe is the perfect way to begin the holiday season. Catch a glimpse of the world-famous 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.