Best Leaf Peeping Experiences in NYC
If you’re heading to Empire City in fall, you’ll be treated to a spectacular show of colors. Cool weather and falling leaves are the perfect combo for a day out exploring the city’s most beautiful sites this season. Instead of just strolling around New York City’s parks, combine leaf peeping with fun and interesting activities. And don’t forget to follow the New York fall foliage report to keep track of the peak season.
Take a Walking Tour of Central Park
Central Park is massive and most visitors don’t get to see its lesser-known parts. The problem is that those off-the-beaten paths present great opportunities to see fall foliage! Free Tours By Foot and Central Park Conservancy Walking Tours offer great guided tours of Central Park’s most picturesque areas. Some of the best places for vibrant fall colors are the Ramble (73rd to 79th St), the North Woods (101st St to 110th St) and the Reservoir (85th St to 96th St).
Visit The Cloisters and Fort Tryon Park
One of the best art museums in New York is The Met Cloisters. An impressive collection of medieval art is housed in an even more impressive building that will transport you to medieval Europe. What’s more, the museum is located inside Fort Tryon Park. This corner of New York offers spectacular views of Hudson River year round, but fall is the only time of the year when you’ll have the chance to truly admire the colors and unique mixture of trees lining the river.
Cycle along Hudson River Greenway
If medieval art isn’t your thing but you’re still up for some views of the Hudson River, rent a bike and cycle along the Hudson River Greenway. This route is great for avid and leisure cyclists alike, given that it can be as long as 15 miles or as short as you want it be. It starts at George Washington Bridge and ends at Battery Park.
Take a Fall Foliage Cruise along Hudson River
For those wanting to see nature’s fall colors far from the concrete jungle, Classic Harbor Line offers various Fall Foliage Cruises that sail from Manhattan to northern Hudson River. Their options include cruises from $68 to $108 per adult, lasting from about 2 to 4 hours. Choose from a small cruise, a sailboat and a yacht with brunch included.