Autumn is a prime season for visiting New York City; apple and pumpkin flavored snacks can be found everywhere, city-goers are donning their best fall fashions and the autumn sun drips through the city while the summer heat wears off. Enjoy all of these things and let NYCTourist.com function as tour guide for presenting the best NYC activities and attractions, as well as the best NYC hotels from which to enjoy the aforementioned things to do.
NYCTourist.com knows fall is one of the best seasons for a trip to New York City and as such has provided a guide for all NYC visitors to make the most of this beautiful time of year.
One of the best ways to see New York City is to invest in a New York Pass. Pass carriers are privy to free entry to over 80 NYC attractions, get line skipping privileges and tour reservations. Attractions that are partnered with New York Pass include the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Cloisters Museum and Gardens, Top of the Rock, Rockefeller Center Tour, Statue of Liberty Ferry Tickets, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Central Park bike rentals & tours and the Empire State Building Observation Deck.
Top of the Rock is located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York NY 10112, and provides panoramic views of New York City so that you can take in the sights of the Big Apple as autumn settles over it. See the leaves changing in Central Park from afar, people watch for fall fashions or simply take in the breathtaking views.
If NYC visitors think they’ve seen all the attractions, there’s still an ample list of fall activities in the Big Apple:
Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park
Sunday, September 29th from 11:30am until 6:00pm
See Fort Tryon Park transformed into a Medieval Market Town, watch performers and festival goers dressed in medieval garb, listen to musical performers and minstrels or watch jugglers, dancers, magic shows and jesters. Of course no medieval festival is complete without jousting, crafts, food or drink so come to Fort Tryon Park to enjoy it all – at no cost.There is no charge for festival access, though crafts, food and souvenirs are available for purchase.
Goold Orchards 25th Annual Apple Festival & Craft Show
Saturday and Sunday, October 12th-13th from 9am until 5pm
Enjoy this quintessential fall festival at Goold Orchards, named by the New York Times as one of the best Apple Festivals in the US! Sample fresh cider donuts, fruit pies or strudels. For a great date or family activity come pick apples and pumpkins, visit a variety of craft booths, watch entertainment or take a horse drawn carriage ride. Adult tickets cost only $8 and kids 12 and under enter free. Parking is also complimentary, but guests are asked to please leave pets at home – no pets will be allowed on the festival grounds.
Tompkins Square Dog Halloween Parade
Saturday, October 26th at 12pm
Hosted by the Tompkins Square Dog Run on East 9th Street, this pooch-centric parade draws locals and visitors alike and really flaunts NYC’s love for all things dog! Bring Fido in his Halloween best to compete for best dog costume prizes. Owners like to dress up as well, often matching their four-legged friends. Come to the Tompkins Square Dog Halloween Parade to participate, or just to people (and dog!) watch or to take great pictures.
Stargazing on the High Line
Every Tuesday evening through October 29th at dusk
Stargaze on the High Line between West 13th and West 14th Streets in NYC’s famous Chelsea district – for no charge! Presented by Friends of the High Line in partnership with the Amateur Astronomers Association, these events are open to visitors of all ages so take advantage of a great date night opportunity or bring the kids for a great family evening everyone can enjoy. Stargazers can enjoy use of high-powered telescopes and chat with astronomy experts. There are tons of dining options nearby for a delicious meal afterwards and visitors can also catch a view of the Hudson River off of the High Line.
Catch an NYC Broadway Show:
A mainstay of NYC, seeing a musical on Broadway is a must-do activity! Not sure what to choose? There’s a reason shows like Chicago and Mamma Mia are two of the longest running shows still on Broadway. Great ready for a night of racy fun with Chicago, or bring the family to get up and dance in the aisles at Mamma Mia. These shows leave theater-goers singing for the duration of their time in NYC!
Need a great place to stay to launch all sorts of adventures in the Big City from? NYCTourist.com recommends these great New York City hotels:
4 West 31st Street, New York NY 10001
Walking distance from the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Plaza the Javits Center and most subway lines, the Walcott is a comfortable but affordable home base for any NYC vacation.
88 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Situated in Midtown Manhattan, this luxury hotel features themed suites, fine dining and plush accommodations. Reserve a Penthouse Suite and enjoy a 180-degree view of Midtown Manhattan, especially captivating at night.
341 Broome Street, New York NY 10013
The oldest running hotel in NYC, a stay at Sohotel comes imbued with rich history. This boutique hotel offers modern décor, recently renovated rooms and a variety of price ranges for all sorts of travelers’ budgets.
200 West 56th Street, New York City, NY 10019
For a unique New York experience, The Manhattan Club blends vacation ownership with the perks of a luxury hotel. Visit nearby attractions, relax in the lounge with city views or just get pampered by the staff.
Visitors should pin this list of Best Hotels, Activities and Attractions for a Fall Vacation in NYC from NYCTourist.com to their travel pack, grab a New York Pass and get ready to enjoy all that the Big Apple has to offer during the busy autumn season!
About NYCTourist.com: NYCTourist.com is an authority on traveling to New York City, making NYCTourist.com a one-stop destination when planning a NYC vacation. Find the best information, deals, reviews and tickets for events, attractions, Broadway shows and hotels in New York City. This article was written by Erica Krilov, a lover of all things New York City and a writer for NYCTourist.com.