image from Discover Outdoors Some of the best ways to enjoy the fall season require you to head just a little outside city limits (but are well worth it). From apple picking to sprawling sculpture gardens to haunted hay rides, there are plenty of fun seasonal activities to discover just a hop and a skip away from the five boroughs, so read on to see all of our top picks!
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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.
Visit Storm King Art Center
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 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 from NYC a no-brainer.
Explore the Amazing Corn Maze
This year, enjoy getting lost at the Queens Country Farm Museum in their 3 acre interactive corn maze. Okay, so this fun activity is actually within the city limits in Queens but it’s so much fun that we had to mention it. In order to make your way out of the maze you have to find clues and solve puzzles. The maze is open on Saturdays and Sundays through the month of October.
Discover Halloween in the Hudson Valley
One of the best ways to experience the crisp weather and to take part in some Halloween hijinks is to venture just out of the city and into the Hudson Valley. You can gather up the kiddies for a Headless Horseman hay ride in Ulster Park, visit Massacre Mansion and its haunted graveyard (beware the graveyard is kept up by Crazy Joe the Gravedigger), or test your luck at Hell-orama at the Villa Roma as fall transforms it into a haunted hotel and terror resort.
We hope you try out some of these autumnal destinations this weekend. Happy fall everyone!