Gallery: 6 Fantastic Fall Destinations Just Outside of NYC

If you're looking for an activity that offers the perfect combination of fresh air and culture, a day trip to Storm King Art Center should be at the top of your list. This beautiful sculpture park is located in the lower Hudson Valley, just one hour north of New York City. The 500-acre landscape of hills and woodlands is the home to more than 100 site sculptures representing an impressive collection of artists and exhibitions. You can explore the center by foot, tram or bike rental and they offer several travel packages that make getting there for NYC a no-brainer.

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Go Apple Picking

One of our favorite things about fall in NYC is the quick commute to some of the best apple-picking destinations in the country. While apples are the most popular option, there are also several orchards and farms where you can get your hands on pumpkins and other fall produce. Finks Country Farm, Herbs Family Farm, and Applewood Orchard and Winery are all excellent options, but there are plenty others to choose from. Check out nyapplecountry.com or pickyourown.org for more information.

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Take a Fall Foliage Tour of NYC

As the weather gets colder, the color of the leaves on the trees in and around NYC explode with color and there are scenic foliage routes all over the tri-state area. For example, in an hour or so of travel-time, you can find beautiful vistas at Bear Mountain State Park, or Black Rock Forest, just to name a few. However, you don’t have to leave the city to catch a glimpse of this autumn beauty – there are turning leaves just outside your door. The New York City Parks Department does a great job of maintaining our parks all year round, and places like The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, Prospect Park and Staten Island Clay Pit Ponds State Park might be exactly what you’re looking for.

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Sign-up for an Outdoor Adventure

For those of you that love the outdoors, companies like Brooklyn Outfitters and Discover Outdoors make it easy to plan your next fall adventure. Weather it’s spending the day biking through the woods followed by a visit to a local vineyard, hiking along alongside waterfalls or practicing yoga from a mountaintop they have something for everybody.

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