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Oct 07, 2021 | Seasonal Things to Do

The Best Things to Do In NYC This Fall 2021

NYC has something to offer every season of the year, but fall is particularly magical. The arrival of autumn fills the city’s calendar with theater, ballet, and celebrations as NYC starts gearing up for the holidays. From pumpkin patches and pumpkin spice to fall foliage and fun activities and events, there is something for both adults and families with kids to see and experience in the city. Read on for the top things to do in NYC this fall.

Go Leaf Peeping

The best thing about fall is its spectacular color show. Follow the New York fall foliage report to find out when leaves will reach their peak. Stroll around Central Park’s best spots to see the changing colors: the Ramble (73rd to 79th St.), the North Woods (101st to 110th St.), and the Reservoir (85th to 96th St.).

Row a Boat on the Central Park Lake 

Rent an old-fashioned rowboat at the Loeb Boathouse until November and see the fall colors from a different perspective. Perfect for a date or family picnic!

Go to a Harvest Festival

Fall is the harvesting season. Generations have celebrated this time of bounty with festivals and New York has kept the tradition alive. The 12th annual Harvest Festival returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park this October 23 with a kick-off procession, arts and crafts, storytelling, lawn games and their signature pumpkin patch.

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Visit the New York Botanical Garden

The NYBG has unique fall experiences. In October, tour the Great Pumpkin Path to discover plentiful pumpkins and hordes of gourds, watch pumpkin carving demonstrations, and see larger-than-life puppets on parade, specially commissioned by puppeteer Lucrecia Novoa. Come November, the Fall Forest Weekends series presents tours through the old-growth Thain Family Forest, Shakespeare’s sonnets performed live along the forest path, and more.

Eat and Drink Pumpkin Spice 

Speaking of pumpkins, fall is the season of pumpkin spice everything. Have a pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin spice cupcake or muffin, slice of pumpkin pie, or a pumpkin spice cocktail. Check out these cozy coffee shops near The Manhattan Club that are sure to have what you’re looking for.

Watch the Halloween Dog Costume Parade

Tompkins Square Dog Run hosts an annual Halloween Dog Parade. This free event is open to anyone who wants to watch or bring their dogs in creative costumes.

Participate in the Central Park Pumpkin Flotilla

The Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla is a free event, open to everyone. Carve a pumpkin, hear scary tales, and drop off your pumpkin at sundown. Find a spot along the edge of the Harlem Meer to watch your jack-o’-lantern float by in New York’s largest pumpkin flotilla.

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Dress up for the Village Halloween Parade

The most fun and popular Halloween parade in New York takes place in Greenwich Village. Watch outrageous, spooky, and hilarious costumes in their full glory.

Go to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off the holiday season. You may have watched it on TV, but nothing beats being part of the holiday atmosphere.

Have a Classic Thanksgiving Dinner

Just because you’re on a NYC getaway doesn’t mean you have to forgo a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. Check out OpenTable to find out which restaurants are open on Thanksgiving. Many will be offering great prix-fixe menus. Or, celebrate Turkey Day, even if you don’t eat turkey, at these vegan eateries serving up a plant-based spread.

See a Broadway Show

Broadway’s back with a plethora of new and exciting theater this fall. See what’s new here, including breakout shows like Diana, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Thoughts of a Colored Man.

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Get Tickets to NYC Ballet

Honor the holiday season tradition of watching the magic of Tschaikovsky’s iconic The Nutcracker at the Lincoln Center.

For more seasonal things to do in New York, check out our Blog.

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