Fun Things to do in New York in Fall

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Best Autumn Activities in NYC

There is no shortage of fun things to do in Autumn in NYC. Whether it’s biking, sailing, boating, walking, horseback riding or cheering on one of our awesome New York sports teams, you can do it all with the glorious and vibrant colored leaves as your backdrop. Here are some of our top picks for fun things to do this fall in New York.


Catch a New York City Sports Team

To many New Yorkers, Fall Equals the Holy Grail of Sports and this is why it is their favorite of the four seasons. You can still catch a Yankees or Mets baseball game – and hopefully a Playoff Game! The Giants and Jets are right in the middle of football season. Knicks and Nets basketball is just getting started, as are the Rangers with their hockey season. Plus this year, we welcome the NY Islanders to Barclays Center and our newest professional sports team, NYCFC to Yankees Stadium.

Fall Sports in New York So whether you head to MetLife Stadium for football, Yankees Stadium or CitiField for baseball, or Madison Square Garden or Barclay’s Center for basketball, or even just try and watch them all on TV at a bar, there’s no doubt, cheering for a NYC Sports team is one of the BEST things to do in New York in Fall.

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September, October and November NYC Events Calendar

Check out all our cool events taking place in September, October and November. Catch the US Tennis Open, Feast of San Gennaro, Street Fairs, Festivals, Parades, NYC Marathon, Halloween, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Open House New York, Chocolate Show, New York Film Festival and so much more. There is never a shortage of things to do in New York in Fall!!!!

New York City Events Fall Season Calendar

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Check Out the Skyline from a City Rooftop

The fall is still a great time to visit one of our amazing rooftops, especially on a nice night. NYC Hotel Rooftops offer some of the best skyline views in the whole City. In the fall, a rooftop that has both indoor and outdoor space (as most do) is definitely the way to go! NYC Hotel Rooftops offer everything: cocktails and food, views, pools, cabanas, sundecks and retractable roofs. 

Best New York City Hotels with Rooftops

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Take a Fall Foliage Trip to Upstate New York

With dozens of discount tickets available, you can’t miss with a trip out of the city to see the spectacular leaves turn their colors.

Fall Foliage New York

This all day Circle Line Sightseeing Bear Mountain Cruise and Onboard Oktoberfest (9 hrs) is the perfect day trip away from the hustle and the bustle of New York City. Cruise highlights include:

  • Onboard Oktoberfest – include German food and beer specials, live German oompah bands on Saturdays, and Sundays will include festive background music. 
  • Cruise up the Hudson River to view fall foliage (2.5 hrs)
  • Stop at Bear Mountain State Park – fields, picnic groves, rowboat docks, swimming pool and bathhouse, nature trails, a bird refuge, and a merry-go-round (3 hrs)
  • Perkins Memorial Tower – 360-degree view of four states (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania) as well as of the Hudson River, Bear Mountain Bridge, West Point, and (in the distance) several mountain ranges
  • Saturdays and Sundays, Sept 24 – Nov 6, 2016 + Columbus Day

Photo Credit: Margaret Sneddon, Harpist

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Take a New York Winery Tour

Enjoy the country life while and sip your way through Long Island’s wine country!

North Fork Winery Tour

This all day North Fork Winery Tour (9 hrs) picks you up on the Lower East Side, and by 10:30am, you’ll be sipping wine at your first of 13 tastings at 3 different vineyards. Not to worry, your professional tour guides will provide you a gourmet picnic lunch to absorb the wine: antipasto, artisan sandwiches, fruit, water and a snack.

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Take a NYC Biking Tour

If had to pick my FAVORITE way to explore NYC, it would be on bicycle! Just ask anyone who has visited me, I take them all around on bike. The views and hidden nooks of NYC you can see along our greenways are second to none.

Central Park Bike TourCruise the spectacular views of the river and city skyline along the Hudson River Park Greenway before heading to the famous 843 acre Central Park. You will also visit famous sites such as Strawberry Fields International Peace Garden, Belvedere Castle, Shakespeare Garden.

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See the Fall Foliage in Central Park

Fall in New York is a perfect time to take advantage of one of our FREE walking tours of Central Park. Choose from over 10 different free tours all year round, such as Waterways and Vistas or Amble Through the Ramble.
Fall Foliage in Central ParkYou can also print three self-guided tours that show you all of Central Park’s nooks and crannies. Another great option is NYC by Foot, who daily offer dozens of FREE walking tours of New York City, including Central Park. Their guides work just for tips! How great is that?

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Visit the 9-11 Memorial and Museum

The 9-11 Memorial and Museum “attests to the triumph of human dignity over human depravity and affirms an unwavering commitment to the fundamental value of human life.” Fall is one of the most popular times to visit this special memorial in New York, which features two enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools, each about an acre in size, set within the footprints of the original Twin Towers.

New-York-City-Events-September Read all about ways to honor the memories of the thousands of lives lost on 9-11-01, at the full Insider Guide to the 9-11 Memorial, 9-11 Memorial Museum and 9-11 Memorial Tours.

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Fun Things to do in New York in Fall with Discount Passes

Why not save a little bit of your hard earned money while also enjoying New York’s Best in Fall? For example, use the The New York Pass for their Lower Manhattan Itinerary, which includes Bike and Roll Rental, Shearwater Classic Schooner Manhattan By Sail, Statue of Liberty Ferry, 9/11 Tribute Center and Wall Street Walks. It’s a full day of exploring one of the best areas of NYC, staying along the water, and getting a little exercise while you explore! 

Fun Things to do in New York in Fall

Rather use the New York Go Select Pass and save on only exactly what you want to do? Check out their Historic New York Package, which includes the Hop on Hop off Downtown Bus Tour, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty Ferry Ticket and 9/11 Memorial plus Water Taxi.

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Where to Stay during Fall in New York City

Fall is the perfect time to check into one of our hotels with an awesome roofdeck, free bicycles and/or right next to Central Park. Few activities in NYC are better than riding your free bike a few blocks into Central Park to see the fall foliage and having a snack at Tavern on the Green or the Boathouse. Finish off your awesome day by immersing yourself in one of our spectacular skyline views on a hotel rooftop!


NYC Festivals, Fairs and Parades Fall

Fall is chock full of Festivals, Fairs and Parades in NYC, so many, that we’ve created a whole guide just for NYC Festivals, Fairs and Parades in New York City.

NYC Festivals Fairs Parades Fall

Some of the awesome events listed are: New Yorker Festival, New York City Wine and Food Festival, Annual Columbus Day Parade, New York Television Festival, Annual ‘Open House’, CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival and the New York Comedy Festival.

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Horseback Riding in New York

Yes, true story! With several riding schools in Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island and Wards Island, you are just a subway ride away from galloping your way through parks and trails all over New York City.

Horseback Riding in New York More Info: City Slickers’ Guide to Saddling Up in New York City or New York City Horseback Riding.

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Fall Activities in New York City

Check out this great guest post on the best fall activities in New York City! You’ll want to see Stephen’s top picks including, Opera, Ballet, Fall Foliage, Film Festivals, Halloween and Costumes, Celebrities on Broadway, apple picking, wine tours and much more!

Fall Activities in New York City

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Sightsee from the Sky

Top of the Rock, Empire State Building or One World Observatory? Which is best and, if we have to choose, which should we visit? There is no easy answer, but here are some facts to help guide your choice.

New York City Tourist Attractions

  • Empire State Building - (86 and 102 floors) Best for patient movie and history buffs who need to check it off their bucket list
  • Top of the Rock - (67-70 floors) Best for sweeping 360° vista views, including of the Empire State Building and Central Park. Shorter lines and cheaper than the ESB.
  • One World Observatory - (100-102 floors) Best for those who want to be first. Newest, most modern and high tech, with phenomenal views

See All: Top New York City Tourist Attractions

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Things to do in New York with Kids

One of the best parts of NYC is that what is fun for kids is usually just as much fun for adults. If you are joining us in NYC for a family vacation, then please read all about our local kid's favorites, along with special tips just for visitors.

Things to Do in New York With Kids

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FREE Things to do in New York City

There are tons of free things to do in New York all day, every day! Tours, attractions, museums, events, shows, sports, movie and more. Kids, adults, outdoors, indoors, active, lazy...you name it!

Free Things to Do in New York City

See All: Free Things to Do in NYC - weekly calendar of all free walking tours, free museum admissions, free things to do by season and more

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Get Out of NYC for a Day

NYC is within 3 hours of so many other cities and areas you can visit for just one day: Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Niagara Falls, the Hamptons, Woodbury Common Shopping Outlets and more quite easily. Top choices for 1-day Out of Town:

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New York City Nightlife

How do you make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps?? Some of the best 'only in NYC' nightlife experiences include skyline views, dinner cruises, Museums and attractions open late til 2am, rooftops, night tours, comedy clubs and more. Some of our top NYC Nightlife picks:

New York City Nightlife

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Save Big on Things to do in New York City

New York City Coupons and Discounts are available for almost everything one can do in NYC: concerts, shows, Broadway, sports, events, tours, attractions, beauty and spa and much more!

New York City Coupons

Sites we use ALL the time to save are:

  • Groupon - save on dining, tours, things to do, attractions, cruises, shows
  • Gilt City - upscale deals on dining, exclusive events, Broadway, shopping
  • NewYork.com - huge sightseeing tourist discounts

See All: Insider Guide to ALL our NYC Coupons

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