August 1st, 2023 | Events in New York
There's something magical about a New York City fall. As the leaves turn golden and the air cools, the city takes on a different energy. Streets become carpeted in vibrant colors, pumpkin spice lattés take over coffee shop menus, and cozy knitwear becomes a wardrobe staple — inviting both locals and visitors to experience the enchantment of the season. From scenic foliage to seasonal festivities, there are countless activities to indulge in during this picturesque period. If you’re traveling to the Big Apple this fall, here’s a curated list of things to do in New York City during the autumnal months, ensuring you make the most of this captivating time of year.
A Central Park Stroll
Central Park is a haven for nature lovers and a must-visit during fall. As the leaves turn brilliant shades of gold and crimson, the park becomes a symphony of colors, as seen above. Take a leisurely stroll through the park's tree-lined pathways, rent a rowboat on the serene Central Park Lake, or simply relax on the Great Lawn while admiring the breathtaking foliage.
Fall Foliage Cruise
And speaking of the harvest colors, for a unique perspective on the city's autumnal beauty, embark on a fall foliage cruise along the Hudson River. These scenic cruises offer panoramic views of the changing hues along the city's waterfront, creating a picture-perfect setting for photographers and nature enthusiasts alike.
Fall Festivals and Street Fairs
Fall brings an array of vibrant festivals and street fairs to the city. From the New York Film Festival to the Diwali Festival of Lights, there are celebrations that cater to diverse interests and cultures. Sample international cuisines, shop for unique crafts, and immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere that fills the streets during this time of year. New York in the fall is the perfect season to enjoy these festivities and fairs solo or with family and friends.
Broadway Shows and Performances
New York's theaters come alive during the fall season when the outdoor activities start taking a backseat, offering an abundance of exciting Broadway entertainment. Catch a timeless classic, experience a Tony-winning musical, or explore innovative new plays. The city's theaters showcase the best of live entertainment, providing an unforgettable experience for theater enthusiasts.
Fall Harvest Markets
Explore the city's fall harvest markets, such as the Union Square Greenmarket, where local farmers and artisans gather to offer an array of fresh produce, homemade goods, and seasonal treats. These markets are the perfect place to stock up on pumpkins, gourds, and other autumnal decorations.
Take in the Views from the Top
Fall provides the ideal weather for enjoying the city's breathtaking views from its many observation decks and rooftop bars. Head to the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center or the Empire State Building's observatories for unparalleled vistas of the city's fall foliage and skyline. Alternatively, unwind with a drink at one of the city's rooftop bars and savor the panoramic views with a touch of autumn ambiance.
Visit the Botanical Gardens
New York City's botanical gardens offer a peaceful retreat from the urban hustle. Both the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden come alive with fall colors, offering tranquil settings for leisurely strolls, photography, and relaxation.
Fall Flavors and Dining Delights
Embrace the flavors of fall by indulging in seasonal dishes and beverages at the city's restaurants and cafés. From pumpkin-spiced lattés to hearty comfort foods, fall brings a plethora of delectable treats to satisfy your taste buds. Indulge in some great fall special menus, ingredients and other foods & beverages. Get ready for New York’s fall foods.
Stay at The Manhattan at the Times Square Hotel
When it comes to your stay, it’s a great idea to select accommodations that are just as much a destination as any stop on this list. Our hotel is the perfect spot to call home during the fall season to fully immerse yourself in the enchantment of autumn in New York City. A prime location in the heart of Times Square allows easy access to Broadway shows, fall festivals, and scenic foliage in Central Park. After exploring the city's vibrant streets and seasonal delights, retreat to the hotel's comfortable accommodations, where you can relax and recharge for more fall adventures. With the magic of Times Square right at your doorstep, The Manhattan hotel offers an unforgettable stay during this picturesque time of year.
Whether you're a local or a first-time visitor, New York City in the fall promises an unforgettable journey, creating lasting memories and a longing to return year after year. So, don your coziest sweater, grab a warm beverage, and embark on a captivating adventure through the colorful streets of the Big Apple in autumn. When you’re ready to plan, take a look at our Special Offers page to select the Times Square travel package that’s right for you.