Our Favorite Fall Activities to Celebrate the Season

The leaves are changing and the temperature is dropping–that could only mean one thing: the glorious season of fall is upon us.

That means it's finally time to indulge in a few of our longtime favorite fall activities. From leaf-peeping in Central Park to visiting a free outdoor art show across the city, take advantage of the season by exploring our must-visit spots and events across New York.

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See Fall Foliage in an NYC Park

Walking through Central Park is magical no matter the season, but in the fall it’s a particularly beautiful experience. The 840-acre park has some of the best leaf-peeping in the New York area. The park's famed monuments are also worth exploring during your visit, including the new Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument featuring Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony. Make sure you map out your walk here. If the other boroughs are more your scene, Brooklyn Bridge Park is known for its beautiful gardens, where you can view fall foliage at its most scenic. The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx is a mecca for garden and foliage lovers–and they have a special pumpkin-themed path just for the season. 

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Head to a Newly Reopened Museum

Many of New York’s acclaimed cultural institutions have reopened in the wake of coronavirus, but with new rules for visitors to accommodate limited capacity restrictions and newly reduced hours. It's easier than ever to plan your visit: just reserve your spot in advance. You can reserve tickets at the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the MoMa, MoMa PS1, and the American Museum of Natural History, to name a few must-visit spots.

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Visit an Outdoor Art Show

2020 is no doubt the year of outdoor activities, so it's also the perfect time to enjoy The Photoville Festival. The annual city-wide exhibition, which runs until November 26, displays works of art in over 60 outdoor locations across the five boroughs. Expect to see moving portraits taken during the coronavirus pandemic along with compelling photos from various Black Lives Matters protests that took place earlier this year–you can explore all the exhibitions here as you plan your visit.

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Plan a Day Trip to Pick Pumpkins

Okay, this one might *technically* involves leaving NYC, but it's worth a short trip to take part in an activity that is truly the epitome of fall: pumpkin picking. Demarest Farms in New Jersey is just 24 miles from midtown Manhattan by car, and you can reserve your spot ahead of time here. If you're looking for a true day trip, you can make a slightly longer trek to the farmer's market favorite Fishkill Farm. You can pick your own pumpkins and apples, and then enjoy a cider in their adjacent cider garden