Things To Do in New York in October

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Best October New York City Activities

The best Things To Do in New York in October range from catching the tail end of our most popular outdoor activities and excursions to escaping the city for fall foliage cruises and apple picking. Fairs and festivals are happening every weekend, the Met Martini Rooftop is still open and there is pretty much a major NYC sports team playing every day of the week.

October is a great month to visit, since the weather is usually mild and Columbus Day, celebrated the 2nd Monday in October, creates a three-day weekend, making it a very popular time for visitors.

Visit the Met Museum Martini Bar

The Met Roof Garden Cafe Martini Bar

Skyline Views, Art and Cocktails – what more could you want? This is your last chance to visit Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar, an 8,000-square-foot, informal, outdoor setting with breathtaking panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline and Central Park. The Martini Bar is open Friday and Saturday evenings (5:30-8 pm) through October.

More info: Met Roof Martini Bar Schedule

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Ghost Tours of New York City

Downtown Ghost Tour by Wall Street Walks

Celebrate Halloween month in New York City by visiting America’s most haunted city, the Big Apple, and learn the New York of myth, movies and books.

  • Haunted Broadway Theaters Walking Tour – Visit legendary theaters where the ghosts of famous Vaudeville and Broadway stars still take to the stage long after the performances have closed
  • 2018 TBD – THE RIDE in Masquerade will be operating from October 2nd, 2017 – October 31, 2017. Chilling stories, beguiling videos, a transcendent MEDIUM channels ethereal visits with New York’s denizens of the past, a sprinkling of pumpkin orange and plenty of “BOO!” The award-winning cast of THE RIDE will don especially designed lace and jeweled masques of medieval court life to enchant and captivate their audiences on the million dollar motor coaches and billion dollar Manhattan streets.

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NYC Festivals, Fairs and Parades Fall

October Fairs Parades Festivals NYC

October in New York City is packed with Festivals and Fairs every week and weekend. If you’re looking for insider access to buildings not normally available to the public, check out the Annual ‘Open House’ New York City, allowing New Yorkers and tourists alike free access to hundreds of sites talks, tours, performances and family activities in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs.

More of a celebrity chef fan and foodie? Check out the New York City Wine and Food Festival. Have no fear music and film buffs, there is plenty for you as well:  New York Television Festival and the New York Film Festival.

There are also dozens street fairs and gift fairs every weekend in October.

More Info: October Festivals, Fairs and Parades in NYC.

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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!

Things To Do in New York in October Events Calendar

NYC Insider Guide October Events Calendar

Check out all our cool NYC events in October: New York Comic Con, Giants and Jets football, Nets and Knicks basketball, Halloween and Columbus Day Parade.

For even more things to do in New York in October, check out our guide to Fun Things to do in New York in Fall !!!!

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Free Things to Do in October

Free Things to Do in New York City

Kids, adults, outdoors, indoors, active, lazy…you name it! October is filled with free tours, attractions, museums, events, shows, fitness, movies and more.

So whether you want free Museums, neighborhood tours, a moonlight bike ride in Central Park, to ride the Staten Island Ferry, walk the High Line or Brooklyn Bridge, we have you covered with 100s of Free Things to Do in New York City (organized by day of the week).

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Apple Picking Near New York City

How’s this for irony? One of the very few things you can no longer do in The Big Apple is go apple picking! Not to fear, The Empire State has us totally covered. I try to stick to NYC adventures that don’t require a car, so rather than repeat what the experts have already discovered, I’ll lead you straight to them:

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Times Talks A-List Live Interviews

Times Talks New York Times Live Celebrity Interviews

One of the BEST ways to experience celebrities and A-Listers like only a New Yorker can. Stay tuned for top picks for October…

In prior years, they were Kate Winslet, Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin discussing the new “Steve Jobs” movie, while Jennifer Hudson and Alice Waters share their new Broadway musical, The Color Purple, with conversation and performances and Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford discuss their new film “Truth.” There are always plenty of celebrity chefs, such as Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, Mario Batali and more, celebrating the Food and Wine Festival.

More Info: www.timestalks.com

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More Things to do in October

  1. Walk The High Line and visit the Whitney Museum in the Meatpacking District
  2. Take a Fall Foliage Cruise or bus tour
  3. Take a New York City Ghost Tour or visit a Haunted House
  4. Get your Halloween costume! The good ones go fast so don’t wait until the last minute. Check out Ricky’s (including their special Halloween pop ups), New York Costumes (on 4th Ave & 11st Street) and Abracadabra (W 21st St). Suited up? Great, now book your tickets for the best Halloween Parties in NYC.

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What to Wear – What to Bring – October in New York

October can be 80 degrees or snowing! No joke…Halloween has seen heat waves and snowstorms over the last few years. Average temperatures are roughly 57°F (14°C) and a 31% chance of rain, but there tends to be major downward spikes from day to night. In just an hour, you may go from comfortable in shorts and a sweater to freezing when the sun sets. Most NYC natives are wearing light coats, sweaters, jeans/pants/skirts, boots and carrying umbrellas this time of year.

Before packing, consult with a weather website, but always include outfits with layers, comfortable shoes, and a small knapsack for dumping layers into while walking around.

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More Things to do in New York City

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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Take in ALL the Tours, Landmarks and Attractions and SAVE

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Skip the Line and Do NYC VIP Style

Do you know how many attractions and tours let you skip (most) of the lines and be treated like a VIP? Save HOURS on your NYC Vacation.

Empire State Building: Express Entry (86th Fl)

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One World Observatory: Skip The Line (Priority Reserved)

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9/11 Memorial & Museum: Skip The Line

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Empire State Building: Silver Access (86 & 102 for Fee)

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Empire State Building: Day and Night Entry

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: Priority Entrance

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Skip the Line: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Flexible Date

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Skip The Line: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

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The Guggenheim: Skip The Line

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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
  • ShowTickets.com - huge sightseeing tourist discounts

See All: Insider Guide to ALL our NYC Coupons

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Romantic Things to Do in NYC

There are tons of things to do on your romantic New York City vacation. Attractions open late with skyline views, Central Park Tours, VIP Experiences, a helicopter ride. Some of the most popular romantic ways to see NYC include:

Romantic NYC Hotel Deals

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Romantic NYC Champagne & Skyline Cruises

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Central Park Horse Drawn Carriage Ride with Photoshoot

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New York City Private Helicopter Tour with Champagne Toast

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Romantic Broadway Show Picks

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NYC Dinner & Skyline Cruise

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See more romantic things to do at: Romantic New York City Vacation and Valentine's Day in NYC

Explore and Indulge Like a Real NYC Foodie

There is no shortage of pizza, bagels, street vendors, cupcakes, craft beer and cocktails, rooftops and mini food parks to explore and so many more food choices in the five boroughs, along with wonderful guides who can't wait to show you them all!!!!

New York City Food Tours

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Spot Celebrities in NYC

Celebrities in NYC

Where to find celebrities in NYC or which celebrities are living in NYC today are common questions by all, but celebrity sightings in NYC are way easier than you may think and happen all the time. You will, of course, see them on the subway, in Central Park, at the gym, in restaurants, at all the current hotspots, at shows and more. But here are some unique ways to see celebrities all over the city.

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