Autumn is my favorite time of the year and Autumn in NY – my favorite state of mind. When the summer heat is gone and Central Park is full of colors: orange is everywhere. And here they come, these cozy nights in curled up by a warm fire, hot chocolate on the way to work, dream-like weather … both nostalgic and romantic!
Autumn in the Big Apple: New York Mood
Colors and smells
Seriously, how not to love autumn?! It blinds you with colors and smells while giving you this bitter-sweet feeling of gone summer mixed with new plans for the upcoming year. It is time to pause and start again. Warm drinks and seasonal smells feel deliciously intoxicating. The changing trees look like rainbows and leaves are crackling underfoot.
But above all, autumn is a time for new beginnings, new stories, and new hopes. In New York, there are always more beginnings and stories and the hopes are always bigger. This is probably the reason why the fall in New York brings to your heart this unique feeling. Not as hot as summer, not as cold as winter – just a perfect mix of warm days and chilly nights. Therefore, there is nothing like a walk in Central Park with the purple-blue sky and soft breeze of a fall afternoon.
I love experiencing the seasons changing in the city of New York. But I´d say New York in winter and Autumn NYC are two of my all-time favorites. What about you?
Tops thing to do in New York in Autumn:
- start with the Central Park, make a stop at Bow Bridge, Belvedere Castle, The Mall, Bethesda Fountain, Central Park Zoo, Bethesda Terrace, Conservatory Garden, Gapstow Bridge
- check the High Line Park (a modern park, elevated above the city on a former rail line) you can also spot here one of the most beautiful sunsets around the world along the Hudson River
- check some of the local festivals – Atlantic Antic Street Festival and New York Fashion Week in September, New York Film Festival, Coffee Festival and Oktoberfest in October, New York Comedy Festival in November
- visit Brooklyn Botanic Garden
- take the Ferry to Governors Island and enjoy the slower pace of life, as well as some amazing Manhattan skyline views
- depending on your visit date you can also check the big events like New York City Marathon, the Halloween parade in lower Manhattan, or The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
Also read: Christmas in New York
Top things to feel Autumn in New York:
- have a picnic in one of the NY parks and collect some fall leaves with your kids
- take a sip of Pumpkin Spiced Latte or Pumpkin Beer brewed at some of New York’s microbreweries
- if visiting in September, you can rent a bike or enjoy a gondola ride (you’d need to book in advance at The Loeb Boathouse)
- eat at one of the local Farmers’ markets, fall is the harvest season and the best time for foodies
- nature lovers could escape the city buzz for a while to enjoy one of the Hudson Valley hikes
- be the first one to hit Ice Skating Rinks in Central Park and Rockefeller Center (open since late October)
- go apple picking at one of the farms near New York