Last Updated on October 23, 2021
When planning a trip to New York City in autumn, there are several things you have to consider. You have to decide what you want to see and do and what the weather will be like so you can pack the proper clothing to look good and stay warm. Autumn in New York City means crisp air, showers, cool temperatures, and colorful, fabulous foliage. With this in mind, what you choose to wear will matter as much as what you choose to see and do.
With this in mind, let’s dive into planning an autumn trip to the Big Apple!
Dress For The Weather
Want to enjoy New York City in autumn? You must keep the weather in mind when you get dressed. Planning to stroll through Central Park to watch the changing foliage on a warm afternoon, then take in a show before heading back to your hotel? Be prepared for a 20-degree drop in temperature. To combine style and comfort, start with a cozy sweater. A turtleneck in fun colors like pinks, oranges, and reds is a good choice. When it comes to the bottom half, a pair of faux leather leggings are perfect for exploring the city by day as well as enjoying NYC at night. Comfortable closed-toe shoes, a lightweight scarf, and a nice warm jacket should complete your outfit.
What To See And Do
There are many wonderful things to see and do in New York City in the fall. Seasonal events, scenic day trips, hidden parks, and unique experiences to enjoy are all over New York City. Take a walk in Pelham Bay Park in The Bronx. The largest park in New York City, it has nature trails, forests, lakes, islands, and woodlands. Want to have some fun? Visit Little Italy during the 11 days long Feast of San Gennaro. Held on Mulberry Street in September, it’s a tradition that honors a patron saint Italian immigrants brought over from Naples. You can sample all types of Italian-American staples in the food stalls.
If you are in New York City in October, you can raise a mug in a bohemian hall and beer garden and celebrate the German tradition called Oktoberfest. Order some schnitzel or bratwurst and a stein and listen to some crazy stories. Visit big parties in Astoria, Queens, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Midtown Manhattan, Manhattan’s East Village, and Greenpoint, Brooklyn. On October’s first Saturday and Sunday, the Manhattan Bridge Archway is transformed into an exciting traditional German “beer hall” where thousands gather to celebrate.
Visit The New York Botanical Gardens
This 250-acre Botanical Garden located in the Bronx is among the most instagrammable places in New York City. Their Gram The Garden Tour is a 1.5-hour excursion where the garden employees show you its most photogenic locations. It has New York City’s largest intact tract of old-growth forest, the Thain Family Forest. Want another unique experience? Tour an urban farm. There are tours of rooftop farm locations in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Long Island City, Queens, and Randall’s Island Park in the East River, where you can learn more about urban farming.
Visit The Floral Park Queens County Farm Museum
Discover farm living of another type from another time. At the Queens County Farm Museum, there’s a traditional county fair held in early October and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch. You can also visit Manhattan’s oldest remaining farmhouse, the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum. Plus, Brooklyn’s Wyckoff House Museum has a farmer’s market every Saturday until November. You can also pick pumpkins, enjoy hayrides, see farm animals and tour the Decker Farm’s 200-year-old grounds in Staten Island. It’s New York City’s oldest continuously operating small farm.
The Village Halloween Parade
Many people travel to New York City in the fall to watch the Village Halloween Parade. Held Halloween night in Greenwich Village, this parade features some of the most creative costumes imaginable. The public can view the festivities as it goes along the route that starts at 6th Avenue and Spring Street and makes its way to 16th Street. You can feel free to join in if you want, but you must be in costume to participate. Some people say the parade alone is worth the trip to New York City in autumn.