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Autumn is here! I’m definitely biased, but in my opinion, Fall is hands down the best season in New York City. With the leaves changing, holidays vastly approaching, pumpkin spice everywhere and, most importantly, the weather is finally cooling off. Although this Summer in New York City was fairly mild, it was still overbearingly warm and humid. With Fall here, the weather begins to cool down which makes being outdoors much more pleasant. Here are 7 things to do as we close the chapter on Summer and welcome Fall with open arms.
1. Explore Central Park
Central Park is a hot spot every season, but especially in Fall. The leaves begin to change to the most beautiful multi-color shades, fall to the ground and make great piles to toss in the air and watch them sprinkle down. You’re transported from a bustling city to a calming oasis. For an even more special view of New York City, rent a rowboat at the boathouse for $15 an hour (seats 4).
2. PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte)
It’s officially appropriate to consume copious amounts of anything pumpkin spice flavor. Starbucks definitely wins the award for best Pumpkin Spice Latte (and is available everywhere!) but if you’re looking for a Manhattan local, Grounded is a great spot to get your PSL fix.
3. Ride your Bike… Everywhere!
The weather is mild, which means it’s optimal time for a bike ride. Jump on a Citi Bike with locations all over Manhattan and journey to more scenic views and calmer paths. Some of my favorite spots are Central Park, the Highline, Governors Island and Hudson River Greenway.
4. Try the Seasonal Beer
Tis the season! Beer is really good all year but it’s especially good when the seasonal beers drop. Head to Brooklyn Brewery where they brew their own beer (they currently have 7 seasonals), take a tour of the brewery and hang with the staff. It’s located in Brooklyn’s Northside, about an 8 minute walk from the L train.
5. Apple (& Pumpkin) Picking
If you’re looking to get away from the city, there are tons of places for apple and pumpkin picking. It’s a great day trip and a fun activity with groups and children. Hanks Pumpkintown is located in Water Mill, NY (Long Island) just less than 2 hours from New York City.
6. Food Festivals
Summer is definitely the season for food trucks, but the festivities in New York City never die. There are some great food festivals that happen in Fall. Notable festivals including the NYC Wine and Food Festival (October 12-15) and the 6th Annual Harvest Fest (Saturday, October 28).
7. Sporting Events
It’s sports season! Football, hockey (and soon basketball) are finally back and baseball is in full swing. New York City has so many professional teams, so celebrate the changing season with a beer, hot dog and good company.
Those are my 7 recommendations for things to see, eat, and do in and around New York City now that Fall has finally arrived. Did I miss any of your favorites? Please let me know in the comments below.
P.S. If you want more New York City recommendations, please read Shelli’s post: A New Yorker Returning Home for a Few Days