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7 Reasons to Visit New York City this Fall

Updated: Aug 28, 2023

When you hear about visiting New York City, visions of the Empire Building and the Statue of Liberty come to mind. Other visions may include the Brooklyn Bridge and perhaps even Times Square.

Fall brings changes to temperatures, our wardrobe and even the smells in the air are different. New York City is no different. Visiting New York City this Fall provides a unique opportunity to enjoy something special. Of course, you can see all the usual tourist attractions, but you can also enjoy distinctive experiences. A huge plus is that the weather is so fantastic that you can do so many things outdoors.

7 Fall Experiences in New York City

#1 Stroll Through Central Park

Central Park is 843 acres which is huge! The part that is most notable and is the most beautiful during the fall is “The Mall” in Central Park. It is one of the most photographed places in New York City because of how the trees and branches lean over the walkway. It is so picturesque.

#2 Ice Skating

Even if you are a novice, ice skating is an absolute must! There are several places in New York City where you can skate. The most well-known and often seen in movies and news programs is the rink in Rockefeller Center. However, there are two other options that you can try. These include Wollman Rink in Central Park and Bryant Park Rink.

#3 The High Line

The Highline is a public park built on an old railroad. It is a 1.45 mile converted elevated green space located on Manhattan’s west side. It is one of the 7 fall experiences in New York City that I highly recommend. The line starts at several places including Gansevoort Street. Another route is the Vessel at Hudson Yards. Now, you may not want to walk the entire line, so I recommend walking the Highline to Chelsea Market. Pop into the market and treat yourself to apple cider, donuts or maybe a pumpkin latte.

#4 Oktoberfest

The very first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 to honor the Bavarian Crown Prince’s marriage. When we started celebrating it in the United States, it was moved to mid-September because of cold weather concerns. In New York City, it is celebrated in all five boroughs at various restaurants, bars, and public spaces. Enjoy the beer, so many choices for delicious food, and dance a polka or two amongst the fall foliage. In New York City, it is celebrated in mid-September through the end of October.

#5 Wander through the Upper East Side

One holiday associated with Fall is Halloween. The Upper East Side has a lot of families, and they embrace this holiday. Their creativity is on full display outside their brownstones. Grab a warm drink and take a leisurely stroll while taking in the scenery.

#6 Attend a Fashion Show at New York Fashion Week

One of the 7 reasons to visit New York City in the fall is an absolute must is attending a New York Fashion Show. When I attended one, I felt like I was royalty. There were tons of photographers, reserved seating, the “who’s who” in fashion, the music industry and more. It is an event! And a quick tip: dress up for the event with your make-up done.

#7 Eat Local

I love to travel and experience a location by the five senses. One of them is by taste. Every location, even within the United States, offers something unique. New York City is no exception. There are so many fabulous restaurants, it could take me several hours to recommend specific locations. What I would say is to try and eat at a local restaurant. I am not trying to dismiss chain restaurants, but there is something to be said for the smell, vision, and taste of local cuisine. There is little Italy, Chinatown, New York pizza, and so much more! Be adventurous.

What is the Next Step?

The next step is to think about how to dress and what you need. I recommend dressing in layers, but not too many heavy pieces. It is still warm in September. If you plan on walking, have a good pair of shoes. Plan for a nice outfit for that fashion show. Plan for your hotel and when you will travel.

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